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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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Vauxhall Omega 3.0 V6 – 208bhp

Launched in 1994 and running for nine years, the Omega was a big, rear-wheel drive model that was mostly sold in 2.0- and 2.2-litre four-cylinder guise. For those seeking 200bhp-plus, however, there’s the 3.0-litre V6 Omega, which usually comes in high-spec Elite trim. You get a top speed just shy of 150mph, with effortless acceleration through the auto ’box. The 2962cc 24-valve six-pot suits the Omega well – and with prices starting at less than £1000, there’s no denying the astonishing value for money of this range-topping Vauxhall.

Read our Vauxhall Omega 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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