16 Cars That Are Shockingly Fun When Ordered With the Right Options

They might not look like much, but there's more than meets the eye here.

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Honda

In the Sixties, a savvy car buyer could order a one-of-a-kind muscle machine by mixing the myriad options offered from the factory. Then car companies discovered just-in-time manufacturing, which dictates that it's maybe not such a good idea to maintain an inventory of four body styles, five engines and fifteen camshafts. The days when you could order a Chevelle station wagon with a hot V8, four-speed manual, and heavy-duty suspension are, sadly, no more. But the discerning enthusiast can still dig up gems by spending some quality time with an online car configurator.

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BMW
BMW M3 and M4 With the Competition Package

The base BMW M3 and M4 drive fine, but the optional Competition pack brings out the car's full potential. A retuned suspension, slightly more horsepower, and bigger wheels all work together to make a truly fun track machine you can drive to work and back. with just over 20,000 miles on it you can own.

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Toyota
Toyota Corolla Hatch With The Six-Speed Manual

Have you heard? The new Corolla is actually a fun car. It comes with two choices of transmission: A CVT or a six-speed. You can probably guess which of the two we recommend for generating the most smiles.

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Chevrolet Corvette With Z51 Package

There is perhaps no better value-for-money package out there right now than the Z51 pack for the new Corvette. For $5000, you get a dry sump oil system, an electronic limited-slip differential, larger brakes, differential cooling, transmission cooling, more aero trim, summer tires, shorter gear ratios, and more. You can't afford not to get it. with a manual transmission you can own now.

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Ram
Ram 1500 Tradesman Regular Cab 4X2 6'4

If you want affordable V8 power in 2018, you can't do better than the Ram 1500. Opt for a 395-hp Hemi and six-speed auto in the base work truck, rather than the default 305-hp V-6 and eight-speed auto, and Ram will add just $1950. Use that extra cash for a 3.92 axle and limited slip differential, and you have a V-8 sport truck that costs just over $30,000.

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Honda
Honda Accord With a Six-Speed Manual

Any Accord will be reliable and comfortable, but only an Accord sedan equipped with a six-speed manual remains a stirring enthusiast car. It's the latest—and dare we say, the last—carrier of our favorite Honda genes: a competent four-cylinder engine, a manual shifter as precise and smooth as a Swiss watch, and surprisingly eager handling. for sale on eBay right now.

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Chevrolet
Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab Long Box RWD Six-Speed Manual

A bad manual transmission is kind of like bad pizza, which is to say it's still pretty good. The six-speed gearbox on the four-cylinder Colorado is as sloppy as you'll find in a modern vehicle, but so help us, we love it.

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Chevrolet
Chevrolet Camaro 1LE

Although the new Camaro drives fine without it, the 1LE package should be a must-have for any enthusiast planning on taking their car to the track. It gives the Camaro bigger brakes, a retuned suspension, and in the case of the V8, an electronic locking differential. up for grabs right now.

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Ford
Ford Mustang Performance Package Level 2

Like the Chevy 1Le package, the level 2 Performance Package for the Mustang should definitely be on the list of buyers planning on track driving. It gives you bigger Brembo brakes, a 3.73 locking rear end, a larger radiator, MagneRide damping, and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, among other things. for sale can be yours today.

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BMW
BMW M240i With Non-Metallic Paint and "SensaTec" Upholstery

You already know the M240i is awesome, but you may not have realized you can afford one. The key here is knowing what not to order. Pass on metallic paint, navigation, and leather seats—yes, you can still do that—and the best-driving modern BMW is yours for $45,800. Pick your car up in Spartanburg, South Carolina, and BMW will throw in free driving instruction.

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Mazda
Mazda6 Sport With the Six-Speed Manual

Though the manual can't be optioned with the Mazda6's new turbo engine, we think it's worth the tradeoff for a third pedal. You still get all the looks and driving dynamics from the new car, but with a shifter to change gears. you can own today.

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Ford Fiesta SE Three-Cylinder

One of the few instances where you'll pay more for fewer cylinders, and one of the fewer still where it's worth it. The 1.0-liter gets great fuel economy but, more important to us, sounds more soulful than a four-banger. The three-cylinder only comes with a manual transmission, sealing its status as a secret enthusiast car. And yes, you can still get the Fiesta new at dealerships, at least for a little while longer.

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Volkswagen
Volkswagen Jetta

Yeah, you could buy a GLI. Or you could spend six grand less and still get a turbo-four with a manual transmission. You'll have just as much fun.

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Honda
Honda Fit Sport HFP

The Honda Fit is a light, nimble car as-is, but it truly shines when specced with a manual transmission and Honda's stiffened HFP suspension.

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Toyota Sienna SE

You find car enthusiasts in the most unlikely places—like at Toyota, in charge of minivan development. That's how we got the Sienna SE. Lead engineer Kazuo Mori, who races go-karts in his spare time, made sure a version of his mom-mobile got firmer dampers and springs, thicker antiroll bars, higher-effort steering, and nineteen-inch wheels.

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Hyundai
Hyundai Veloster R-Spec

We've long been asking for a Veloster that's as fun to drive as it is to look at. If you don't want to drop nearly $30,000 on a Veloster N, the R-Spec is the only car to answer the call. It comes standard with a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine and a six-speed manual transmission. on sale right now.

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Hyundai
Hyundai Elantra Sport

Of course, if the Veloster is just a little too flashy for you, Hyundai offers another option: the Elantra Sport. It may not look like much, but with a 201-horsepower turbo engine and a six-speed stick, it drives pretty well. You can own painted in white today.

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