The Best Performance Cars For Under £500 Per Month

The increasing popularity and flexibility of PCP deals means that getting into your dream performance car is more achievable than you may have first thought. Here Ape runs through some of the standout options for less than £500 a month.

Toyota GR Yaris

Toyota probably isn’t the first brand that you’d associate with performance cars, but the new GR Yaris is a bolt from the blue. The sensible and hybrid-powered Yaris has been transformed into a road-going version of the firm’s rally car, powered by a 270bhp 1.6-litre three-cylinder engine and an adjustable four-wheel drive system.

Best of all, Toyota’s amazing finance offer means you can grab one for only £269 per month – that’s some bang for your buck.

Tesla Model 3

The Model 3 Standard Range Plus may be the entry-level Tesla but it still packs some punch. It uses a single motor on the rear axle capable of hitting 0-62mph 5.3 seconds but still covers an impressive 278 miles on a single charge.

Currently, if you put down a £9,000 deposit, you get into a Model 3 from £486 per month.


If you want to go as quick as possible for as little as possible the Golf GTI has long been the go-to option. The hot hatch has been refined and honed over the years and the latest version has been given a serious performance upgrade thanks to a 242bhp 2.0-litre turbo. If you want even more power, VW has also developed a faster Clubsport edition packing 296bhp.

You can get one on your driveway from £404 a month.

Porsche 718 Cayman S

Accessible performance cars don’t come much better than the 718 Cayman S. The mid-engined sports car is at the very top of its class thanks to a wonderful chassis, superb built quality and thumping performance courtesy of a 345bhp 2.0-litre flat-four engine.

You have to stump up a chunky deposit – over £13,500 – to bring your monthly bill down to £498 per month, but it’s worth it.

Jonathan Burn

Jonathan Burn is a world renowned automotive journalist, and Ape's resident car expert with a deep appreciation for anything that drives fast.