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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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Jaguar XK8 – 290bhp

Launched in 1996 as a replacement for the classic XJS, the XK8 coupe and convertible were both handsome machines, with more than a hint of DB7 in their styling. Under the bonnet sat a 290bhp 4.0-litre V8, boosted to a whopping 370bhp the following year when the supercharged XKR arrived. Even the standard XK8 provides a top speed of 155mph, with similarly impressive acceleration and effortless cruising capabilities. It’s remarkable value for money too, with early XK8s starting in price at just £3000-4000.

Read our Jaguar XK8 review here

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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.

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