The Toyota 86 is rightly viewed as one of smartest ways to spend $30-odd grand on a fun set of wheels. But fun means different things to different people.
The 86 is perfect if you want to carve some corners, but if you crave $30-odd grand of grunt (sorry, Russell Crowe) then you're going to need to look elsewhere.
Thankfully, a quick trawl of the classifieds at tradeuniquecars.com.au revealed that the used-car world is your eight-cylinder oyster.
We've outlined a variety of options below, everything from US muscle cars to more exotic screamers from Japan and Italy, but one of the tastiest tempters was a 2003 Mercedes-Benz S55 AMG.
In the early 2000s AMG was beginning to play a major part in Mercedes' product strategy and the introduction of its 5.4-litre supercharged V8 was a game-changer, transforming everything from the SL55 to the E55 into tyre-frying tyrannosaurs.
PCOTY 2005: Mercedes-Benz C55 AMG
Up until 2002 the biggest dog in the super-sedan yard was the BMW M5 with 294kW/500Nm, a paltry amount of power compared with the AMG's 368kW/700Nm.
The S55 was one of the more incongruous homes for this engine, gifting this two-tonne palace on wheels the ability to sprint from 0-100km/h in 4.8sec or, more accurately, perform rolling burnouts for hundreds of metres – it's an immense amount of car and performance for the money.
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Go in with your eyes open as there's a lot to fail on these cars, but the mechanicals are pretty good and you'll feel like a king.
|2018 Toyota 86 GTS||vs||2003 Mercedes Benz S55 AMG|
|1998cc flat-4, DOHC, 16v||ENGINE||5439cc V8, SOHC, 24v, s/c|
|152kW @ 7000rpm||POWER||368kW @ 6100rpm|
|212Nm @ 6400rpm||TORQUE||700Nm @ 2750rpm|
|6.9sec (claimed)||0-100KM/H||4.8sec (claimed)|
Modern classic tempters we found on tradeuniquecars.com.au
2013 Chrysler 300 Core - $32,990
6.4L V8, 350kW/637Nm, 135,572km, Homebush, NSW
The SRT Core was basic, but it still looks good, goes hard and sounds mega.
2008 Lexus IS F - $34,990
5.0L V8, 311kW/505Nm, 149,991km, Homebush, NSW
Japan's M3 can't quite match its German rivals, but it's depreciated a lot harder.
2006 Maserati 4200GT - $35,000
4.2L V8, 287kW/452Nm, N/Akm, Malaga, WA
Those looks, that noise – if you can stomach the Cambiocorsa gearbox.
2002 Ford Mustang - $29,500
4.6L V8, 240kW/430Nm, 73,300km, Pymble, NSW
Can't wait for current Mustangs to depreciate? Here's one to consider.