Here are the Best affordable Sports Cars in the Philippines
The sports car industry has been occupied by a lot of automobiles from automakers such as Toyota, Mazda, Subaru, Hyundai, Mitsubishi, and Honda, to name a few. If you are planning to buy a car, you would surely prefer one which won't break your bank. We've got you covered.
Most of us spend a lot of time in our cars, which explains why we want them to be comfortable and well-equipped, without costing us an arm and a leg. This is particularly true for those living in emerging countries like the Philippines. Are you looking for a new car that won't break your bank? If that is so, we've got you covered. We have rounded off your possible options and listed a slew of highly-rated cars with affordable price tags.
Crowned as the world's best-selling, multi-awarded two-seater sports car, the fourth iteration of the Mazda MX-5 was launched in the country, embodying a more aggressive yet sleeker compact chassis. It embraces the SKYACTIV technology in order to deliver the same driving experience regardless of its lightweight body. It can run for about 22 miles per gallon in the city and 28 miles per gallon on the highway. At the helm is a SKYACTIV-G 2.0L in-line 4-engine mated to either a SKYACTIV-DRIVE 6-speed automatic or a SKYACTIV-DRIVE 6-speed manual transmission which provides 160 hp and 200Nm of torque. For a brand-new Mazda MX 5, the price tag will be PHP 1,880,000.
The Toyota MR2 is Japan's first mid-engined production sports car. It is a two-seat, rear-wheel-drive coupe manufactured in Japan and marketed globally by the popular Toyota from the year 1984 to 2007. Conceived as a small, economical and sporty car, the Toyota MR2 employs a 1.8L base engine with 4 inline cylinders and an electrohydraulically-automated 5-speed manual transmission. The engine system generates 138 hp and 125Nm of torque. The fuel economy is 23 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highways. Fortunately, you don't have to pay more than PHP 1M to own a second-hand Toyota MR2 in the Philippines.
The Toyota Celica is a sports coupe that was produced by Toyota from 1970 to 2006. For starters, the name Celica was derived from the Latin word "coelica" which means "heavenly" or "celestial." Living up to its name, the Celica ensured that it comes with a breathtakingly-sleek design and an excellent engine system. Throughout its lifespan, the automobile packed a 1.8L inline four-cylinder engine with manual and automatic transmission options. It generates 140 hp at 6400 rpm and goes with a fuel economy of 25 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highways. You can get a second-hand Celica for under PHP 1M.
Hyundai Genesis Coupe
First introduced in 2008, the Hyundai Genesis Coupe was in production until 2016. The car is hailed as the Philippines' most iconic and most photogenic model up to this day, destined to go against Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ in the coupe battle. Roaring deep within is a choice of either a 260 hp 2.0L turbocharged TCi or a massive 305 hp 3.8L MPi gasoline engine which are then mated to either an 8-speed automatic or a 6-speed manual transmission. As for the design, the Genesis Coupe exceeds our expectation for an affordable sports car as it looks awesomely well as much as it performs. The cheapest latest variant of the Genesis coupe will be around PHP 1.5M
The Mitsubishi Eclipse has been running on our roads for almost 29 full years, after being out back in 1989. Its most recent model, unveiled in 2011, comes with a 2.4L four-cylinder engine mated to either a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission. While patrons liked the vehicle's overall aesthetic, they noticed that it's constructed with cheap-looking plastics. If you are a tall person, you might find it hard to fit into the Eclipse. The passengers may also feel a slight discomfort due to the cramped back seat. You can purchase the 4th-gen Mitsubishi Eclipse in the Philippines for just less than PHP 1.7M.
The Mazda RX-8 is a popular sports car manufactured by the Japanese vehicle maker Mazda between the years 2002 and 2012. In 2009, the car underwent a facelift and re-emerged having a refreshed exterior and interior design. The engine specs include a 1.3L rotary cylinder engine with 6-speed automatic or manual transmission making 212 hp at a screaming 7500 rpm. It is destined to bring a smooth ride and comfortable seating not only to the driver but also to the passengers. The second-hand RX-8 is now being sold for a price just below PHP 1M.
The German automaker AUDI started mass producing the mid-sized, two-door AUDI TT in 1998 up to the present. The AUDI TT comes with a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine which can generate up to 211 horsepower and 258Nm of torque when coupled with an S-Tronic dual clutch six-speed automatic transmission. It can accelerate from 0 to 60 in merely 5.3 seconds. It has a magnetic ride control while its fuel economy is 22 mpg for city and 31 mpg for highways. You can buy a second-generation of AUDI TT for a less than PHP 2M.
The Porsche Boxster is a mid-engined, two-seater sports car manufactured under the Porsche umbrella. It first went on sale back in 1996 while its production got discontinued last 2016. The first-gen Porsche vehicle only received a flat 2.5L, 6-cylinder engine, in line with its moniker "Boxster" which might refer to its boxer-type system. An upgraded model was launched and it comes with a higher-capacity 3.2-liter engine with a 6-speed manual transmission and a revamped exterior appearance complete with a metallic silver finish, improvised headlights, and cooling vents. If you have at least PHP 1M, you can buy a 1st-generation Porsche Boxster.
Nissan employs the 350Z with a ubiquitous 3.5-liter, 24-valved V-6 engine resulting in a 287 horsepower at 6200 rpm. Engine specs include 6-speed manual transmission. The two-seater Nissan 350Z has the body style of 3-door coupe or 2-door vehicle complete with a sleek design having FMR layout specs and lightweight wheels. It is a rear-wheel drive and front-mid engine vehicle. The cabin design is pretty great with fast steering options and safety features. The 350Z entered production in 2002 and ended in 2009. You can now buy the second-hand 350Z for below PHP 1M.
Serving as the successor of the Nissan 350Z, the Nissan 370Z started selling in 2009 up to the present day. The two-door, two-seater sports car includes either a 7-speed automatic or a 6-speed SynchroRev manual transmission. Almost every piece of the Nissan 370Z comes from its predecessor, that's why they pack a striking resemblance with each other. The aluminum-clad vehicle makes use of lightweight materials and smaller exterior dimensions, without sacrificing the overall pure driving experience. The second-hand of its unit is now priced at under PHP 2M.
Within its 10 years in production, the Honda S2000 proved to be an interesting roadster which can provide a strong acceleration and tough engine thanks to its 6-speed manual transmission. As what its name suggests, the S2000 has an engine displacement of two liters, following the naming scheme tradition of the S500, S600, and S800 sports cars back in the 1960s. It arrives with a power-operated rear glass window, a sleek interior, and a good central console. Safety specs are remarkable and the overall frame is rigid and is essential for easy handling. You can be a proud second-hand user of a Honda S2000 for a price of below PHP 2M.
Introduced in 2002, the two-door BMW Z4 roadster features a turbocharged 2.0L twin-cylinder engine mated to an automatic 8-speed power transmission system. It arrives with a rear-wheel drive platform and a dynamic driving control system. Special features include a fold hard top, ample interior space, elegant-looking leather upholstery, redesigned headlight, wind deflector, an accurate navigation system, and emergency assistance. Its 2009 model and earlier ones can be bought for below PHP 2M
A small yet capable sports coupe, the Subaru BRZ is among the most spotlighted nameplates in the Japanese automaker's fleet. Considering that the Subaru BRZ, alongside the Toyota 86, is made under the collaboration of Subaru and Toyota, it's no surprise that the BRZ resembles the latter a lot. In fact, its general exterior and interior layout, as well as its components, are around 90 percent identical to the Toyota 86. Under the hood, we can spot a 2.0L DOHC Subaru Boxer Engine paired with a 6-speed automatic or manual transmission. It produces 200 hp and 205Nm of torque for a fast and smooth drive. The brand new Subaru BRZ will cost you more than PHP2M but you can now purchase the second-hand unit for under PHP 1.5M.
Design-wise, the Toyota 86 flaunts a redesigned look and a more powerful and aesthetically-pleasing stance thanks to its aggressive new front fascia with stunning LED front headlamps, rear tail lamps, and fog lamps. Inside, there's a newly-designed, sportier-looking instrument cluster and entertainment console for information transmission purposes. Deep within, it has a 2.0-liter engine system coupled with a 6-speed manual and 6-speed automatic transmission. It can displace 205 hp at 700 rpm and 156Nm of torque at 6400 rpm. In the Philippines, the brand new Toyota 86 prices start at PHP 1,930,000.
In this emerging market, automobiles come in different colors and sizes but one thing's for sure: They are made by their respective companies for our comfort. We hope that this article helped you in choosing the best affordable sports car.