ls1 or ss (cuz they look tons better).
-30 mpg if light on throttle on freeways good for daily drivers
-Solid engine with parts everywhere
-6 speed transmission
-tons of potential sports car brakes and cornering abilities
Or you could get a honda civic with money left over for
-NEON LIGHTS THAT BLINK WITH MUSIC
-SHAVED DOOR HANDLES
-PADDED SEATBELT COVERS
-JAPANESE WRITING ON YOUR BACK WINDOW
-ADD ANOTHER WING
-GROUND EFFECTS KIT
-WHEELS AND TIRES
-SAVE MONEY AND CUT SPRINGS
-AIR INTAKE OF COURSE
-BIGGEST EXHAUST BIGGER THE MORE HORSEPOWER
-AFTERMARKET SPEEDO GAUGES AND TAC
-DARKEST WINDOW TINT
-NAWS (OTHERWISE KNOWN AS NITROUS)
-BIGGEST AMP AND SUBWOOFER. LEAVE STOCK SIDE SPEAKERS ALONE. ALL YOU NEED IS BASS.
is it something that you wont to mod or engine swap? or just buy and drive to work?
if you don't plan on modding, definitely an LS1, I think you may be close to used honda s2k territory, but i'm not really sure about that. or you could get an mr2 turbo...that has good gas mileage, not very good space though.
my 2 cents: be money wise a daily driver....look for a car under $3,000, you can find decent year camery with decent milage around that price, which gives great gas milages and very low insurance. and take your hard earned $12,000 and put it towards your house, or whatever has real vaule. com'on times are changing, must be money wise. that's just me though.