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Top 10: 150mph classics ‘on the cheap’

If you fancy a brand new car with a top speed of 150mph, you need to spend a significant sum these days, despite manufacturers’ best efforts at gaining maximum power from their latest engines. But on the modern-classic scene, things are a little different – with 150mph cars at your disposal from just £1000 upwards.

The UK’s motorway speed limit is still 70mph; but a car with a top speed of well over twice that figure brings effortless long-distance cruising, safe overtaking and an impressively upmarket driving experience. So which of these 150mph classics is likely to make your wallet itch?  

By Paul Guinness, Contributor

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Fiat Coupe 20v Turbo – 149-155mph

With its wedge-like shape, dramatic wheel arch ‘slashes’, bubble-top headlamps and race-type filler cap, the Fiat Coupe was a typically distinctive design from Chris Bangle. Choose the 16v Turbo version though, and you got 187bhp and a top speed of 140mph.

That’s not good enough for this Top 10, however, which is why we’d recommend the 20v Turbo of 1996-on – this latest model offering 217bhp and a top speed of 149 or 155mph depending on whether it was the original five-speed or later six-speed version. Pay anything between £1000 and £4000 now for the Italian ride of your life.


Fuzzy19650    on 12 June 2017

What a shame not to include the 256 hp Saab 9-5 Aero. I believe the saloons are good for 152 and the estates 150mph. My estate is certainly very happy and quiet at an indicated 135 on about 3/4 throttle. They're very comfortable have very reliable electrics, and properly serviced will absorb a lot of miles. (Ex) main dealer prices and parts are a fraction of those of all my friends BMWs.

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