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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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Alfa Romeo GTV 3.0 – 220bhp

With a ten-year production run from its launch in 1995, the front-wheel drive GTV was one of the longest-lived coupes of its generation. And with 220bhp offered via the 3.0-litre version, it was one of the quickest – providing a top speed of 140mph and the 0-60 dash in 6.7 seconds. This characterful coupe is more of a driver’s car than the Spider it’s derived from, thanks to the convertible version’s severe scuttle shake. But the best news is the value that’s on offer here, with decent 3.0-litre GTVs priced from as little as £1500-2000 upwards.

Read our Alfa Romeo GTV 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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