Best dream coupes under $250,000

in Planetautolast month (edited)


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Since a young age I have had a fascination with cars, the faster and more rare the better. Bright colors and customization to stand out even more. I’ve come to realize that my favorite style of car is a coupe. I’m not a huge fan of convertibles, perhaps it’s because I have to deal with the winter season. There are some very impressive sedans, but they just aren’t as good as a coupe when it comes to driving them aggressively. Sure there are many great four-door cars, but if I had to choose only one car to drive every single day it would only have two doors.

Selecting that one car would surely be one of the most difficult decisions of my life. There are so many things I love about many different cars. I have been able to narrow it down to about twelve different cars, all of which are newer models. Still I have no idea which one I would actually choose to be my one and only.

Now I have kept this list realistic as I could never see myself paying millions of dollars for a car, even if I had the money to do so. I’d rather have multiple cars that were cheaper so I have more variety. Plus I’d constantly be sick to my stomach nervous driving around in a car valued over a million dollars. It’s just to big of a risk with crazy drivers on the road and hazards that can appear out of nowhere no matter how good of a driver you think you are.

With each car on this list I have provided some info and a few words about why I like it. I have also attached a video by Doug Demuro for each one (besides one car that is unreleased). He is my favorite car content creator and does the best job of throughly going over every single little quirk and feature of the coolest rides.

I hope you enjoy looking through this list of amazing cars that are all under $250,000. Most are well below that price at base level, but it’s quite easy to start adding extra features and get close to or even eclipse $250k.

Audi R8

Price: $142,700

The pinnacle of Audi’s German production, the R8. I have a personal affinity towards Audi since I have been driving a 2009 A4 for over 7 years now. The signature Quattro AWD system paired with the latest tech and luxury options that Audi has often pioneered is easy to fall in love with. The R8 is the best of the best from Audi. I first became an Audi fan when I saw Jason Statham driving them in the Transporter movies. Also later on in the latest Hitman movie. Neither of those films featured the R8, but I think the car looks gorgeous and is said to perform very well.

Tesla Roadster

Price: $200,000

This is the only electric car on my list and it’s American-made. I prefer the hypnotic sound of regular engines going from gear to gear like I’m used to hearing, rather than a silent hunk of electricity. This Roadster here by Tesla is a unique specimen and sure to change the car industry forever, much like Tesla has already done. It has not been released yet, but it will be the new version of Tesla’s very first car that was released back in 2008. Currently it is only available to be reserved, but by the time it hits the streets it will still be the fastest accelerating car and most futuristic inside and out. This video is the only one on the list that is not by Doug Demuro, but it does a good job of explaining everything we know about the Roadster so far.

Porsche GT3 RS

Price: $188,550

There is no way I could do this list and not have a Porsche on it. Every true drivers dream at some point more than likely will include a German-made Porsche. This version of the 911 is in my opinion the best Porsche that you can get for under $200k. Some may try to debate in favor of the Cayman GT4, but there just isn’t a strong enough argument to choose that one over the GT3 RS right now. That comparison will become much more neck and neck once the new GT4 RS releases. In the meantime, if you show up to the track with this ride, everyone will surely know you are taking things very seriously.

Ferrari Portofino

Price: $215,000

A red Ferrari with tan leather. This is the symbol of having reached the highest level of exotic car mastery. Most Ferraris are way above the price threshold that this blog has, but the Portofino can be purchased for just over $200k which allows it to prance into this criteria. The accented yellow logos and calipers make for a spectacular looking Italian monster that is sure to provide many thrills when taken out for a proper spin.

Lamborghini Huracan Evo

Price: $208,571

Here is another Italian beast on my list. This raging bull is one of the more affordable Lamborghinis. The saying is, “When moon, Lambo”. Many cryptocurrency enthusiasts have a vision of one day buying a Lamborghini once prices skyrocket to ultimately high levels. Some already have done so, many more surely will too. There is no denying the beauty of this Lamborghini, but the fact that many have their eyes on it may keep some others who wish to be more unique from choosing this iconic car.

Mercedes AMG GTR

Price: $162,900

The German automaker Mercedes is well known for its luxury qualities. Once you step into the AMG Benz territory, not only do you get the luxurious interior, but also elite level performance. The striking look of this AMG GTR is unforgettable, especially if you opt for one of the crazier colors such as Green Hell Magno.

BMW M8 Competition

Price: $147,995

BMW is another top-tier luxury brand that is very capable of providing high-level performance with its M series. The M8 is one of those cars that could slip under the radar if you don’t know what you’re looking at. One thing for certain is that you will not find many cars on the road that can keep up with this German gem.

McLaren 570S

Price: $192,500

You won’t find anything but super cars from McLaren and they definitely know what they are doing in that category. I first heard of this manufacturer back when the F1 was one of the fastest cars around back in the 90s. Now they provide many different types of cars depending on your price range. The 570s is going to be your best bet for under $200k and looks the part too. One of the most beautiful and exotic cars you will find for this price with performance to match.

Aston Martin Vantage

Price: $139,000

James Bond fans will know this car right away. Aston Martin, the famous British manufacturer of 007’s weaponized vehicle of choice. Aston Martin has finally updated the Vantage in the last few years. The design is absolutely beautiful and something to marvel over for many hours. Pair that with explosive power and a car that is rare in USA and you have yourself the Vantage.

Nissan GTR Nismo

Price: $210,740

Finally I’m getting to the first Japanese car on this list. The R34 GTR was popularized in the movie 2 Fast 2 Furious back in 2003. Fast forward to 2008 and the new R35 was unleashed to USA. The Nismo is the ultimate version of the GTR, which is is nicknamed Godzilla. What this car lacks in luxury features, if more than makes you for with driving pleasure and a true JDM feel.

Lexus LC 500

Price: $93,050

Another Japanese car lands on my list. this time by Lexus and for right around $100k. By far one of the most satisfying exhaust notes you will find on the market for this price range. Lexus is sure to eventually update this model with a new look, but I am still in love with what they have stuck with for many years now.

Chevrolet C8 Corvette ZO6

Price: $59,995

The only other American car on this list is made by Chevrolet. Featuring the highly sought after Corvette and its American muscle with a mid-engine for the first time. I break my neck to check these C8s out every time I see them in person. This is the most common car on this list, most likely because it’s the most affordable. I look forward to the ZR1 which is rumored to cost ≈$130,000. Once that version releases it will surely be more competitive with the other cars in this list. I had to include the ZO6, it’s just such a sexy car.

Stop drooling 🤤

I think about these kinds of cars every single day, but it’s not a daily habit that I write about them like this. It’s easy to talk about these technological wonders for a long time, there is just so much to compare between all of the different cars.

One thing is for certain, I will always believe that your car is an extension of your personality. As long as you are able to have some sort of vehicle, it is up to you to make it your own. Sure not everyone may be able to afford their dream car, but mark my words. I will one day!

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@planetauto which one are you choosing?

Now that's a question and a half, and it's going to have to be the McLaren, a fantastic car yet a challenge to turn around on a country even with optional front lift, we had the chance to drive one a couple of years, what a car, there's a video of me grinning as i floor it through a tunnel.

Such a difficult question to answer indeed. I feel like you can't go wrong with a McLaren. I've never driven one, but I've seen a couple of them around in my area. Only experience I have with them is in video games. Although thats nothing like real life, I still have been able to somewhat compare it to many of the other cars on this list. Lightweight and quick. Wasn't aware of the bad turn radius though, that's pretty funny.

I want to see that video!

This review was before we had boom mics, gimbles etc - what a car though

Wow! I'm super jealous. Both the blue and orange are totally gorgeous rides. Looks like you two had a great time with the McLaren. I can see why you would choose that one, after driving it I wouldn't be able to forget about it.

Even back then your video was still well made. Getting upgrades is a great feeling. Your videos look even better now!

The car that most stands out to both Annabelle and myself and we want to get in the next few years is an i8, i've never driven anything quite like it, the 570s was raw power and fun but hardly a car that could be used everyday, where as the BMW is. We had one of those on review for around 12 days as well as aDS7 at the same time, and Goodwood FoS. Thank you for the kind words, we're looking forward to seeing what you write next.

I thought about putting the i8 on this list actually. Chose the M8 instead. However if I would have added two bmws it would have for sure been included.
I have seen on around my area locally and also one at the beach. No denying they are bad ass.

Yes crazy to think theyre powered by a Mini Cooper 3 cylinder turbo engine heavily modified and with an electric motor, amazing machine

how can I not droooool!!!
Look at those!! I think I have to change my pants haha!

The lc 500 is making a lot of noise, especially in the UAE. Not sure about other places. Granted we are huge lexus fans, maybe a bias.

This list is full of sexiness.

The LC 500 is pretty popular over here in the USA too. It's fairly priced and has great power and styling. The exhaust is my favorite part about it. I feel like the Lexus line is going to be receiving a huge update very soon. It's long overdue.

Fully agree!
The LS 450 and LX570 are still are a popular option in the UAE. Not sure if I'd put em under "economic cars", but they were the most luxurious in their class.
I think as long as lexus keeps differentiating themselves from the sister company toyota, they'll keep developing banger upates.

I agree with ya. I've always loved their doesn't choices and can't wait to see what is next.
The LFA used to be one of my favorite cars.

Now those are some fantastic cars and welcome to the group, great read and thank you

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