Since most of us don't have the cash for a 911 Turbo or a Jag F-type, we are big fans of hot-hatches and sport-compacts that fit within our modest budget. However, when these pocket-rockets first hit the market, often the law of supply and demand is not in our favor. The Focus ST, BRZ, and FRS, just to name a few, were not as "affordable" as they could have been within their first year of sale. But as with most popular items as time passes on, prices go down. So if getting the best deal is important to you, it might be best to wait.
Not long ago I helped a fellow Jalopnik reader acquire a Fiesta ST. He was shopping at a time when inventories were limited and discounts were difficult to come by. I found a price he was happy with and he was able to take delivery quickly. The Fiesta is still a hot seller, but there are deals to be had if you shop smart.