Almost everyone has fantasized about owning a sports car at some point in their lives. However, with their high costs and impractical nature, many of us think we’ll never get the chance to own one or even drive one. After all, most high-performance sports cars cost north of RM300,000 with cars like the Lamborghini Huracan costing more than RM2,000,000.
That being said, there are actually many affordable sports car options in Malaysia that you can consider. These cars not only offer high performance and precision handling but are also attainable for many drivers. With prices ranging from around RM50,000 up to RM200,000, the sports cars on this list cost similar to many passenger cars, and have reasonable maintenance costs (on par with regular Japanese and continental cars).
So, let’s check out some of the best affordable sports cars you can get in Malaysia.
One of the best affordable sports cars in Malaysia is the Mazda MX-5. Also known as the Mazda Miata, it’s a compact two-seater sports coupe designed specifically for fun and spirited driving. The current-generation Mazda MX-5 is powered by a SKYACTIV-G 2.0-liter engine that produces 181 PS of power and 205 Nm of torque. When you pair that engine with the MX-5’s lightweight body and rear-wheel drive, you get a spirited car that you can chuck around corners on twisty roads and on the track.
While a brand new MX-5 has a starting price of RM258,000, you can still get a pre-update one with the regular SKYACTIV engine for below RM150,000 on the used car market. That puts it in the same price range as regular passenger cars such as the Mazda 3 and Mazda CX-5.
The Toyota 86 and its twin, the Subaru BRZ are identical sports coupes jointly developed by Toyota and Subaru and launched in 2012. Both cars were designed as back-to-basics sports cars with a near 50:50 front-to-back weight distribution and a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout. That gives the Toyota 86 superb handling, allowing you to be one with the car while driving on twisty roads.
It’s powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder boxer engine producing 200 PS of power and 210 Nm of torque which is more than enough for the average driver. To make weekend outings to the track easier, Toyota and Subaru have even designed the car to be able to carry four full-sized tires when the rear seats are folded down.
The Toyota 86 has been replaced by its second-generation version: the GR86. However, since it has yet to be launched in Malaysia, you can find a used Toyota 86 or Subaru BRZ for as low as RM100,000. With its fun factor, practical versatility, and affordability, the Toyota 86 is one of the best affordable sports cars you can get in Malaysia.
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The Nissan 350Z, also known as the Nissan Fairlady Z, is a two-seater sports car that’s powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine capable of producing 287 PS of power and 371 Nm of torque, making it a serious sports car. Like the previous two cars, it has a rear-wheel drive that promises confidence-inspiring handling. Although it was manufactured between 2002 and 2009, it’s reported to be a very reliable sports car which means owning one should be a fairly fuss-free experience.
The 350Z also has unique, aggressive styling that further highlights its sporty nature and is sure to grab attention on the road. With a used Nissan 350Z selling for around RM50,000, it’s one of the best affordable used sports cars you can find in Malaysia.
Looking for an affordable German sports car? Then the Audi TT is your best bet. This four-seater sports car offers modern styling and impressive performance in a compact, refined package. Being also a luxury car, you can expect high-quality trims and advanced features such as the high-definition Audi Virtual Cockpit instrument cluster, S Tronic dual-clutch transmission, and Audi Matrix LED headlights.
The 2.0-liter TFSI turbocharged engine in the Audi TT produces 230 PS of power and 370 Nm of torque which makes it a car that can only be pushed to its limits on the track. That being said, its plush interior and refined styling mean that it’s a car that won’t be out of place whether you take it to a coffee date or out running errands. While a new Audi TT starts from over RM280,000, you can get a used one for less than RM200,000.
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The Volkswagen Golf is one of the best-selling sports cars in the world for good reason. It has plenty of power to keep driving enthusiasts engaged while also having enough passenger and cargo space for the average family. Powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine producing up to 320 PS of power and up to 400 Nm of torque, the Golf is designed with performance in mind and doesn’t disappoint.
It’s available in front-wheel and all-wheel-drive layouts which also makes it more accessible to drivers with various needs and budgets. A new performance-oriented Golf GTI and Golf R start from RM211,689 and RM356,412 respectively, but you can find a used Golf GTI for around RM175,000. With its price and practicality, the Volkswagen Golf is easily one of the best affordable sports cars you can get in Malaysia.
Mercedes-Benz A 250
Mercedes-Benz makes some of the most prestigious luxury cars in the market. However, it also has an excellent value-for-money sports car in its A-Class lineup, specifically, the A 250 sports hatchback. The Mercedes-Benz A 250 is a great alternative to the Volkswagen Golf if you want a sports hatchback that boasts one of the best interiors on the market. Besides having a luxurious and high-tech interior, the A 250 has an impressive 2.0-liter turbocharged engine producing 227 PS of power and 350 Nm of torque which can definitely keep you happy during spirited driving.
If you want an executive, luxury car that you can take to business meetings that is also able to satisfy the racecar driver in you, you can’t go wrong with the A 250. The Mercedes-Benz A 250 is no longer officially sold in Malaysia, but a used one can range from around RM100,000 to RM200,000.
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Devan is a long-time writer who has dabbled in different fields from media to marketing. He enjoys some virtual driving on Forza Horizon and likes reading about various topics including cars.