9. Mazda RX-8
We had to include a rotary engine car on this list. The RX-8 was Mazda’s attempt to try and capture the same popularity the RX-7 had with the RX-8. Sadly however, that never happened. Poor sales, horrible gas mileage, and unreliable engines made for low demand. That being said, you can still find good examples starting at around $6,000 that you have a lot of fun with.
8. Nissan Silvia
This is a great alternative for those who want a fast and fun vehicle that doesn’t cost a fortune. Fortunately, the S14 Silvia provides a great driving experience at a fraction of the price. Plenty of them were made and prices start at just under $5,000.
7. Toyota Celica GT-Four (ST205)
Bred to be a race-winning rally car, the Celica GT-Four is starting to rise in price thanks to its AWD system and 3S-GTE engine that produces 242hp. Prices start in the low teens, making it a bargain compared to the GT-R.
6. Subaru WRX Impreza STI
The WRX STI is truly a lot of car for the money. Starting around the $5,500 mark, you get the famous Subaru AWD system combined with a four-cylinder turbo boxer engine that, if modified properly, can give the GT-R a run for its money.
5. Nissan Fairlady Z (300ZX)
Another Nissan that can compete with, well, the Nissan Skyline GT-R is the Fairlady Z, just at a much lower price. Granted, it was never offered with AWD, but it did come with an optional twin-turbo V6. Prices have steadily gone up in the last few years for the 300ZX, so if you’re in the market for one, we suggest buying one before they get out of reach.
4. Toyota Soarer
This two-door Toyota is vastly underrated. It came with the same 2JZ engine found in the Supra, but in a much more comfortable package. These cars can be had with a starting of just over $5,000, so they make for a great GT-R alternative.