Originally Posted by unconscionable
You want to buy a new, and only new, play thing. You really don't want to spend more than $140k and you aren't interested in buying a $100k car with $40k in options (ahem... Porsche). You also don't want a used super car due to maintenance and insurance (Mclaren, Lamborghini). Kit cars are a pain to register, so they're out.
Personally, I value both power to weight ratio and curb weight. I autocross a lot and that is a factor to me. I would have trouble with the "only new" bit of your requiremens--not just because of budget but also there might be some other cars to consider that aren't made anymore.
- Jaguar F Type SVR = sounds awesome, but I am not a fan of the curb weight. I imagine this as a softer ride, more GT than sport.
- Mercedes AMG GT S/C = Don't see many of these. It seems like it would be a good all around car. For my tastes I would still be concerned about the weight. I haven't driven one but from what I understand the handling has been vastly improved compared to the related SLS. I just don't have much faith in Mercedes making cars that would satisfy me on an autox or occasional track day, but this might be the one Merc that does it.
- Lotus Evora 410 sport = If thinking of a more GT style car, this would do it for me. Probably the reason I have a Lotus in my garage and I am not capable of fairly comparing these cars. Power, light compared to its competition, and sublime handling combined with rarity makes this my kind of car.
- Corvette Z06 = A practical choice (in my deranged world, yes, a Z06 is practical). See them all the time, I personally want something "different". They've gotten fatter with the C7, weight is up to like 3500 pounds. Still, these cars are hard to ignore from a performance/price perspective.
- Viper ACR = I kind of feel any Viper is an awesome choice. It is still on the portly side for my taste, but having a V10 is something cool in itself. I mean, if you are going to be over 3000 pounds, having 10 cylinders is a good reason. Vipers litter top 10 track records across the US.
- 911 GT3 = They're awesome. All the trick stuff I would want to do to mod a car is already done. I don't feel like p cars in general are particularly durable, that is a concern for me. My biggest problem with the GT3 though is that some of the Cayman trim lines tick the right boxes for me and cost a lot less.
- Wait for ZR1 = It's more rare, but to a lot of people it is still "just a Corvette".
- Wait for V6 Exige = This would be best IMO, and maybe play with something else in the meantime. Cars to consider during the wait: Cayman, Alfa 4C, perhaps even a Miata, or a used car that has already taken a depreciation hit