Let's face it: we all want a bad ass car so we can live out a James Bond fantasy. But the sad reality is that most of us never will be in the British Secret Service, have the joy of zipping across the country in a killer Aston Martin DB5 or bang the hottest, most exotic chicks in the world. But that doesn't mean we have to settle for less. You can still get some pretty phenomenal cars on a budget.

Here are my top 5 manly cars you can get on a budget.

Porsche 944

Built from 1982 to 1991, the Porsche 944 is one of the most over looked Porsches ever built. During it's time, it won damn near every award to be had in the car industry and was one of the last front engine Porsches ever built. So, this car is not only really fun to drive, but it's also going to be a rare collector's item in a few years. You should be able to score one for 10 grand or less.

 BMW E36 M3

BMW's aren't generally known for their speed, but the M3 is an exception. This car rocks 236 hp and amazing chassis, that go hand in hand to make for one hell of a fun drive. And not only is it sporty, but it's a BMW which means it got all the luxury that will make the ladies cream themselves before getting in the front seat. You should be able to get one of these bad boys for somewhere between 5-8 grand.

Corvette C4

If American Muscle is your thing, you can't go wrong with a C4 Vette. With a massive 5.7 liter V8 and tight handling, you'll be hard pressed to find a better deal. Not to mention, the aftermarket for these are just amazing. You can turn a minimum investment into a car that can damn near out perform the most modern sports car. You can pick up one of these beasts for somewhere between 4 & 8 thousand.

GMC Syclone/Typhoon

I know a lot of folks enjoy their trucks. So, if pickups are your thing, you have to own a GMC Syclone! For about $10 grand, you can own what is essential a pure, American muscle car trapped in a pick ups body. They're all-wheel-drive, they have turbocharged 4.3 liter V6s, and they are faster than any truck has a right to be! (And it was made right here in Shreveport).

Subaru Impreza WRX

The Subaru WRX is just plain fast. Turbo charged, all-wheel drive and overall just bad ass. IT go through mud just as quickly as it can asphalt. And you can get one for 8 grand or less!

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