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When it comes to the pursuit of speed, we seem to have no limit. The Ford Model T, the first production car, featured a 20 horsepower engine and reached a top speed of about 70 km/h – a profound technical achievement at the time.

Yet just over a century later, the Koenigsegg Agera RS, now the world’s fastest production car, puts out over a thousand horsepower and tops out at a record-breaking 445 km/h. Certainly, a new milestone will be reached in the near future, only to be surpassed once again soon after.

While most of the highest-profile sports cars made by the likes of Lamborghini, Ferrari, Bugatti and others are often out of reach of most consumers due to their exorbitant cost, many automakers produce much more affordable high-performance vehicles.

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We’ve featured some of our favourite offers this week on sports cars under $40,000. If you don’t find an offer that suits you, be sure to check out the new Globe Drive Build and Price Tool to see the latest incentives and discounts on any new car, truck or SUV.

2018 Nissan 370Z Sport Automatic

2018 Nissan 370Z.

Most 2018 Nissan 370Z trims feature a 3.7-litre, V-6 engine that outputs 332 horsepower and 270 lb.-ft. torque. The Sport trim is available with a seven-speed automatic transmission with manual mode and paddle shifters. It also features sport-tuned shock absorbers, speed-sensitive power steering, brake assist and electronic brake force distribution for improved handling. Other highlights on this trim include automatic bi-Xenon HID headlights, smoked LED tail lights, an eight-speaker Bose premium audio system and speed-sensitive volume control.

  • MSRP: $35,498
  • Manufacturer cash incentive: $1,000
  • Estimated dealer discount: $1,000
  • Freight, PDI, government fees: $1,890
  • Cash purchase price before tax: $35,388
  • Finance for 60 months at 0.9 per cent interest (as compared to 1.9 per cent in May) for $701 per month including tax and assumes zero down payment
  • Lease for 48 months at 1.9 per cent interest for $543 per month including tax and assumes a 20,000 annual kilometre allowance with zero down payment

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2018 BMW 230i Coupe

2018 BMW 2-Series.

The 2018 BMW 230i is equipped with a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder engine that outputs 248 horsepower and 258 lb.-ft. of torque, available with BMW’s xDrive proprietary all-wheel drivetrain. An available M240i engine packs an additional 85 horses and 111 lb.-ft. of torque. Its technology features include dynamic radar cruise control, a high-fidelity sound system, automatic climate control, a rearview camera and heated front seats. Its standard exterior features include rain-sensing automatic LED headlights, LED fog lights and 18-inch wheels with run-flat tires.

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  • MSRP: $38,050
  • Manufacturer cash incentive: $1,000
  • Estimated dealer discount: $500
  • Freight, PDI, government fees: $3,215
  • Cash purchase price before tax: $39,765
  • Finance for 60 months at 0.9 per cent interest (as compared to 1.9 per cent in May) for $766 per month including tax, which includes a $1,000 manufacturer incentive and assumes zero down payment
  • Lease for 48 months at 1.9 per cent interest (as compared to 2.9 per cent in May) for $584 per month including tax, which includes a $1,000 manufacturer incentive and assumes a 20,000 annual kilometre allowance with zero down payment

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2018 Subaru BRZ Sport-tech Automatic

2018 Subaru BRZ.

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The 2018 Subaru BRZ comes standard with a 2.0-litre, four cylinder Boxer engine, and, unlike Subaru’s other vehicles, it features a rear-wheel drivetrain, which lends it a more dynamic drive. The Sport-tech trim generates 200 horsepower and 151 lb.-ft. of torque relayed through a six-speed automatic transmission with manual mode and paddle shifters. This trim also features a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system with built-in navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, SiriusXM capability, a rearview camera and an eight-speaker audio system. On its exterior, the Sport-tech trim features automatic, wiper-activated LED headlights and LED daytime running lights, fog lights and taillights.

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  • MSRP: $31,195
  • Manufacturer cash incentive: $1,000 (as compared to $500 in May)
  • Estimated dealer discount: $1,000
  • Freight, PDI, government fees: $2,039
  • Cash purchase price before tax: $31,234
  • Finance for 60 months at 1.99 per cent interest for $628 per month including tax, which includes a $500 manufacturer incentive (as compared to no incentive in May) and assumes zero down payment
  • Lease for 48 months at 1.99 per cent interest for $488 per month including tax, which includes a $500 manufacturer incentive (as compared to no incentive in May) and assumes a 20,000 annual kilometre allowance with zero down payment

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2018 Chevrolet Camaro 2LT Coupe

2018 Chevrolet Camaro.

The 2018 Chevrolet Camaro is available with two engine variants – a highly efficient turbocharged 2.0-litre, four-cylinder engine that produces an impressive 275 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. of torque, and a 3.6-litre, V-6 that delivers an additional 60 horses. The 2LT trim features a limited-slip rear differential, which locks to turn both rear wheels in unison for added traction, and an electronic stability control system, which automatically adjusts braking and engine torque upon detecting wheel slippage during emergency manoeuvers. Other key features include an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a nine-speaker Bose premium audio system and available heads-up display.

  • MSRP: $36,745
  • Manufacturer cash incentive: $3,500 (as compared to $2,500 in June)
  • Estimated dealer discount: $1,000
  • Freight, PDI, government fees: $2,257
  • Cash purchase price before tax: $34,502
  • Finance for 60 months at zero per cent interest for $716 per month including tax and assumes zero down payment
  • Lease for 48 months at 1 per cent interest for $610 per month including tax and assumes a 20,000 annual kilometre allowance with zero down payment

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Andrew Tai is CEO of Unhaggle. Follow on Twitter @ahytai

Manufacturer incentives and pricing calculations are based on Ontario customers and subject to availability of inventory. Dealer discounts shown are estimates for illustrative purposes only, may vary by region and are given at the discretion of individual dealers. Please note that while every effort is made to ensure the information above is accurate at the time of publication, pricing, incentives and discounts are subject to change or discontinuation at any time. Vehicle images may not represent the exact model featured in the pricing provided. Consult your local dealership for details.

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