Here are the cars that fly the furthest under the radar.
If you don't mind a muscular V-8 rumble, the C63 could be the perfect car for you. Unlike some of the other cars on this list, it doesn't even have widened rear fenders to fit bigger tires. That's commitment to the sleeper philosophy. for sale for way under MSRP.
The Focus RS might not be the first car that comes to mind when you think "sleeper," but get it in a color like black or white (instead of that incredibly bright blue), and many people won't be able to tell the difference between it and a normal Focus. painted in white, and it's listed for sale on eBay now.
The current M3 is a bit too shouty to be a sleeper, especially in Competition form. But the last-gen car was much more subtle. A different bumper, a bump on the hood, and some bigger wheels were all that distinguished it from a normal 3-Series. is painted in all black, and it's for sale right now.
Of course, if you'd like something newer, BMW offers a not-quite-M5 version of its 5-Series sedan called the M550i. It's faster to 60 mph than the last-gen M5, and looks no different than a base 530i. you can own right now.
The IS-F's looks aren't much different from the regular last-gen IS sedan. Aside from the wheels and those stacked exhaust pipes, there's nothing making it stand out. The 5.0-liter V-8 under the hood is more akin to a muscle car than anything else, though. you can own right now for less than the price of a new GTI.
Car enthusiasts will easily be able to pick a Typhoon out from the crowd, but to most people, it just looks like any other GMC SUV. Little do they know just how capable these things really are in a straight line. up for grabs on eBay right now.
This is a case of picking the right color. Choosing Volvo's awesome Rebel Blue for the V60 Polestar will sure get you looks, but then again, that's not the point of a sleeper. If you want to stay under the radar, white, black, or silver is the way to go.
Though Honda no longer offers the V-6 in its Accord sedan, it does offer the 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four from the Civic Type R. It's detuned to 252 horsepower, but we think that's still plenty. Plus, you can get it with a stick. with the manual that you can own today.
Sleepers are what Mercedes-Benz does best. For years it's let sub-division AMG shoehorn big powerplants into its cars, creating some of the most burnout-happy executive sedans on the planet. The latest one is this, the 603-horsepower twin-turbo 4.0-liter Mercedes-AMG E63. The best part? you can even get it .
Of course, the newest E-Class isn't the only car that deserves to be on this list. The 500E was built in a collaboration between Mercedes and Porsche, with Porsche installing a 326-horsepower 5.0-liter V-8 under the hood, along with widened fenders and a strengthened rear end. has a lot of miles, but it's on the cheaper side and comes in a great color.
Though it's gained a couple of exhaust pipes over the years, Volkswagen's top-spec Golf R remains a true sleeper in the hot hatch world. Option it with a subtle paintjob, and to most, it looks like you're just driving a Golf with some fancy wheels. painted in an unassuming gray shade on eBay now.
Though pretty much every generation of the BMW M5 qualifies as a sleeper, the E39 stands out. There's almost nothing differentiating it visually from a normal 5-Series—it's only when you look under the hood and see that 4.9-liter V-8 do you see the upgrades. had some recent service, and you can own it.
The current SHO is getting killed off, but that's no reason to forget about it. With 365 horsepower under the hood from a 3.5-liter turbocharged Ecoboost V-6, it has some serious shove, and looks no different than any other Taurus. Plus everyone will think you're an undercover cop. Used examples with low miles can be had for Camry prices.
Mazda doesn't currently make a Mazdaspeed3, and that's a shame. Previous versions of Mazda's hot hatch were hilariously overpowered front-wheel drive fun machines that could blend into traffic without getting a second look. has a fair amount of miles on it, but it can be yours for under $9000.
Though we don't get the Audi RS6 in America, we can't help but appreciate its status as a stealthy Autobahn missile. With a twin-turbo V-8 and Quattro all-wheel drive, it can defeat pretty much anything off the line, making for one seriously cool stationwagon.
Though the CTS-V looks like a normal CTS, it's basically a Corvette Z06 underneath. Its supercharged V-8 sends 640 horsepower through an eight-speed automatic to an electronic limited-slip differential, resulting in a big American sedan that can keep up with most supercars. with low miles for sale well under MSRP.
The CTS-V isn't the only sporty Cadillac that can fly under the radar. Its smaller sibling, the ATS-V, gives off the same vibe, but doesn't look much different from the regular ATS, save for a grille and some wheels. Plus, unlike the CTS, it doesn't have a shouty V-8 engine, meaning you'll draw even less attention to yourself. for sale right now for just over $30,000.
The age of fast SUVs is upon us, and one of today's most capable examples is the BMW X5 M. Save for a couple of sporty-looking bumpers, it's basically a normal X5, a few hundred more horsepower. can be yours for a fraction of its original price.
The SS isn't based on any run-of-the-mill Chevy sedan, though people often confuse it with the Malibu. The SS actually isn't American at all—it's Australian. Built on the now-defunct Holden Commodore platform, the SS uses an LS3 V-8 and could be optioned with a six-speed manual transmission. It was a true performance car, with the looks of pretty much any plain-jane American sedan on the market. A true sleeper. with 38,000 miles you can own for less than $30,000.
Like the Chevy SS, the Pontiac G8 is based on the Australian V-8-powered Commodore, but unlike the SS, it doesn't have a bunch of chrome and shiny wheels to make it stand out. Most people will look at it and see just another old Pontiac. painted in a lovely shade of red, and it has the six-speed. You should buy it.