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Top 10: Power for peanuts

If you’re on a tight budget, you might think that a classic with more than 200bhp on offer is beyond your reach. But that’s not necessarily the case. In fact, you can get your hands on a car with a couple of hundred horsepower (or more) from just a few hundred pounds.

Whether it’s a coupe, a roadster or a touch of luxury you fancy, there’s something in this high-powered line-up that’s sure to appeal – assuming you’ve got somewhere between £500 and £5000 to spend. Which one gets your ‘power for peanuts’ vote?

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Fiat Coupe 20v Turbo – 217bhp

Launched in 1993, this dramatically-styled Fiat was always at its best in turbocharged guise, with the initial 16v Turbo pushing out an impressive 187bhp. Three years later, however, this was replaced by the new five-cylinder 20v Turbo – which brought 217bhp and a top speed of 149mph. This increased to 155mph when the six-speed version arrived, making this one of the most powerful and fastest coupes in its sector. Decent cars can be found from £4000, although values of the best survivors are increasing.

Read our Fiat Coupe review here


Captain-Cretin    on 25 August 2018

I drove a few of those V6 Omegas; some in police trim, while working for Vauxhall Fleet; they were awesomely good fun.

In contrast, the V6 Calibra was a bag of poo due to the awful gearbox and clutch.

shush    on 28 April 2021

heyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy babe, does ur car run on vodka?

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