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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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Saab 9-5 3.0 – 200bhp

The first-gen Saab 9-5 was a long-lived machine, remaining in production for thirteen years after its debut in 1997. The vast majority came with four-cylinder turbocharged engines, but in 1999 along came the 9-5 3.0t – featuring a GM-supplied 2962cc V6 (complete with low-pressure turbo) tuned to produce 200bhp. This particular 9-5 ran for just four years and is obviously one of the rarer versions, but it’s a model worth seeking out if you fancy a touch of Swedish style at a bargain price. You’ll pay just £1250-2500 for a decent survivor.

Read our Saab 9-5 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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