I'm currently going to school for mechanical engineering, when i finally graduate and hopefully get a job i'm buying myself a present for making it.
First off i'm definitely keeping my truck, i just really wan't something fast that i can take to the NJ motorsports park on weekends or autocross. While also being able to use it as a daily driver, since the xtra-cab taco is a pain in the ass with more than one passenger.
I've been looking at European/japanese sports cars, since i've driven and loved Bmw ,audi, subaru, etc. Depending on my job my budget will be somewhere in the 15-20k range. It will definitely be used, because of the budget. I will definitely be upgrading suspension, brakes, engine(exhaust,intake,cams....)probably keep it n/a if it doesn't have a turbo/sc stock, tires/rims, and i'm sure many other things with time.
Here is the criteria:
Would really like to fit 4 comfortably
solid manual transmission
Good handling stock
Easy to upgrade
200+ hp stock
Easy to maintain/little maintenance