Five awesome used performance sedans under $40k

We’ve all spent countless hours looking on CarSales and sites like it looking for our next performance car. If you’re in the market for a fast sedan (probably because you’re trying to consider family and fun) then checkout the models we’ve listed below.


2008 Lexus IS-F

The Lexus IS F was the carmaker’s first crack at a proper performance car. The 2UR-GSE V8 engine features technology such as ‘Dual VVT-i’, titanium inlet valves, Yamaha-designed high-flow cylinder heads, a two-stage intake system, and direct injection. The engine produces a healthy 311kW and 505Nm, and is bolted up to an 8-speed automatic.

With enough room for four occupants (limited to four) it’s a good contender for a daily driver. And being a Lexus, you know it’ll also come with Toyota levels of reliability.




2008 Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG (W204)

Equipped with arguably the best-sounding V8 of its era, the W204 C 63 AMG is a force to be reckoned with. The M156 engine in the 2008 C 63 AMG punches out 336kW and 600Nm, and feeds power to the rear wheels through a 7-speed automatic. At the time of the W204 C 63 AMG’s release it was the quickest production sedan in the world.

If you’re after a sedan that has brute horsepower look no further than the C 63 AMG. In this writer’s opinion, it’s also the best looking/most menacing of the five we’ve listed – if that’s what you’re after.


2014 Volvo S60 Polestar

With a sweet transverse turbocharged 3.0-litre inline six up front, the S60 is a nice option for those who don’t want the crazy V8 rumble or look-at-me looks. The S60 Polestar’s B6304T5 engine punches out 258kW and 500Nm and sends power to all four wheels via a 6-speed automatic.

The Swede sedan might be considered an oddball choice, but in terms of value for money on the used market it’s a worthy option given the level of creature comforts and safety features.




2006 Audi RS 4 (B7)

After using a turbocharged 2.7-litre V6 ‘biturbo’ for the B5 RS 4, Audi decided to switch to a naturally-aspirated 4.2-litre V8 for the B7 model. The all-alloy 4.2-litre V8 produces 309kW and 430Nm and comes with a six-speed Getrag manual transmission (no automatic option). Naturally, the B7 RS 4 uses Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive system.

Inside you’ll find a huge pair of hugging Recaro seats, as well as a Momo steering wheel and gear knob. Looks wise the RS 4 stands out thanks to its flared wheel arches, giving the RS 4 a much wider track than the regular A4.


2012 FPV F6

The only Aussie model in this list, the FPV F6 is quite the performance car. Delivering 310kW and 565Nm from its 4.0-litre inline six, it’s also very fast. With room for the whole family, the F6 makes quite a case in this list as its size and tuning potential make it great value.

Transmission wise you have the choice of either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed ZF automatic. It’s fair to assume that in years to come the FPV F6 will become a sought-after classic. So grab one while they’re affordable and with relatively low milage.


Here at Tunehouse we offer performance upgrades and routine servicing on all the above models. If you’d like to know more about any of the models listed above please call us on (02) 9557 4000 or email

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