Biggest bang-per-buck cars

Top 40 cars with highest engine power relative to price. Updated March 2021.

Powerful and affordable cars are hard to find and things are getting worse with the overall trend of downsizing and gradual extinction of multi cylinder engines.

Electric cars are not yet democratizing power as we might have hoped either - mostly due to cost of batteries. All we have left is good old American muscle and some European-style "hot" hatchbacks.

This list presents cars with highest power to price ratio - the most horsepower you can buy for $10,000.

# make & model Hp/$10k▼ Image
1. 2020 Nissan Kicks 445 Photo of 2020 Nissan Kicks
2. 2017 Dacia Sandero SCe 75 103 Photo of 2017 Dacia Sandero SCe 75
3. 2019 SsangYong Tivoli 1.5 T-GDI 96 Photo of 2019 SsangYong Tivoli 1.5 T-GDI
4. 2017 Ford Mustang GT 94 Photo of 2017 Ford Mustang GT
5. 2015 Ford Mustang GT 93 Photo of 2015 Ford Mustang GT
6. 1999 Honda S2000 93 Photo of 1999 Honda S2000
7. 2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS 88 Photo of 2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS
8. 2009 Renault Clio RS III Cup 88 Photo of 2009 Renault Clio RS III Cup
9. 2015 Ford Mustang V8 GT 88 Photo of 2015 Ford Mustang V8 GT
10. 2020 Tesla Model 3 Long Range Performance 87 Photo of 2020 Tesla Model 3 Long Range Performance
11. 2017 Ford Mustang GT Convertible 86 Photo of 2017 Ford Mustang GT Convertible
12. 2002 Nissan 350Z 84 Photo of 2002 Nissan 350Z
13. 2015 Renault Clio RS 220 Trophy 84 Photo of 2015 Renault Clio RS 220 Trophy
14. 2009 Nissan 370Z 84 Photo of 2009 Nissan 370Z
15. 2016 Ford Focus RS 83 Photo of 2016 Ford Focus RS
16. 2018 Ford Mustang Bullitt 83 Photo of 2018 Ford Mustang Bullitt
17. 2015 Honda Civic Type R 83 Photo of 2015 Honda Civic Type R
18. 2018 Tesla Model 3 Long Range 83 Photo of 2018 Tesla Model 3 Long Range
19. 2018 Tesla Model 3 Performance 83 Photo of 2018 Tesla Model 3 Performance
20. 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT-8 392 82 Photo of 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT-8 392
21. 2016 Seat Leon Cupra 290 81 Photo of 2016 Seat Leon Cupra 290
22. 2007 Nissan 350Z 81 Photo of 2007 Nissan 350Z
23. 2017 VW Polo GTI 81 Photo of 2017 VW Polo GTI
24. 2012 Renault Clio RS 200 EDC 81 Photo of 2012 Renault Clio RS 200 EDC
25. 2018 Dacia Duster TCe 125 80 Photo of 2018 Dacia Duster TCe 125
26. 2013 Ford Fiesta ST 80 Photo of 2013 Ford Fiesta ST
27. 2017 Hyundai I30N Performance 80 Photo of 2017 Hyundai I30N Performance
28. 2016 Ford Fiesta ST200 79 Photo of 2016 Ford Fiesta ST200
29. 2018 Ford Fiesta ST 79 Photo of 2018 Ford Fiesta ST
30. 2014 VW Polo GTI 1.8 79 Photo of 2014 VW Polo GTI 1.8
31. 2015 Ford Mustang Ecoboost 79 Photo of 2015 Ford Mustang Ecoboost
32. 2015 Opel Corsa OPC 79 Photo of 2015 Opel Corsa OPC
33. 2015 Lada Vesta 1.6 ATM 79 Photo of 2015 Lada Vesta 1.6 ATM
34. 2017 Seat Leon Cupra 300 79 Photo of 2017 Seat Leon Cupra 300
35. 2015 Opel Corsa 1.4 Turbo 79 Photo of 2015 Opel Corsa 1.4 Turbo
36. 2014 Dodge Challenger SRT-8 Hellcat 79 Photo of 2014 Dodge Challenger SRT-8 Hellcat
37. 2020 Dacia Sandero TCe 90 78 Photo of 2020 Dacia Sandero TCe 90
38. 2017 Honda Civic Type R 78 Photo of 2017 Honda Civic Type R
39. 2018 Hyundai i30 N Performance Fastback 78 Photo of 2018 Hyundai i30 N Performance Fastback
40. 2019 Dacia Duster TCe 150 78 Photo of 2019 Dacia Duster TCe 150

Sources

All data sourced from manufacturer's official figures.

List authored by Christian Zelcs. Last updated on 03/31/2021, last addition - Dacia Sandero TCe 90.