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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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Mitsubishi 3000GT – 155mph

There was no shortage of Japanese coupes on sale in the ’90s, though one of the fastest was this Mitsubishi flagship, which cost a cool £40,000-plus when new. For that you got a 3.0-litre quad-cam 24-valve V6 with twin turbochargers and dual intercoolers – a beast of an engine that developed 300bhp.

This improved still further in 1994 when output was increased to 320bhp, by which time the car’s 0-60 sprint had been reduced to a minuscule 5.2 seconds, while its top speed remained artificially limited to 155mph. The price of all this excitement now starts from as little as £5000.

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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.
PB.

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