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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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BMW 8-Series – 155mph

With various high-performance models to choose from, there are plenty of modern-classic BMWs with top speeds of 150mph or more. But one of the most underrated must be the 8-series coupe, launched in 1989 and available over the years with engines ranging from a 4.0-litre V8 to a 5.4-litre V12.

All 8-series models have an artificially limited top speed of 155mph, which means no example is exactly a slouch. Best value by far will be an 840Ci from the mid-1990s, with prices starting from less than £5000: not bad for a car that cost £55,000 twenty years ago.


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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