Biggest bang-per-buck cars

Top 40 cars with highest engine power relative to price. Updated December 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. 2017 Dacia Sandero SCe 75 103 Photo of 2017 Dacia Sandero SCe 75
2. 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS 101 Photo of 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS
3. 2016 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350R 97 Photo of 2016 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350R
4. 2019 SsangYong Tivoli 1.5 T-GDI 96 Photo of 2019 SsangYong Tivoli 1.5 T-GDI
5. 2017 Ford Mustang GT 94 Photo of 2017 Ford Mustang GT
6. 1999 Honda S2000 93 Photo of 1999 Honda S2000
7. 2005 Ford Focus ST 92 Photo of 2005 Ford Focus ST
8. 2015 Ford Mustang GT 90 Photo of 2015 Ford Mustang GT
9. 2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS 88 Photo of 2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS
10. 2009 Renault Clio RS III Cup 88 Photo of 2009 Renault Clio RS III Cup
11. 2015 Ford Mustang V8 GT 88 Photo of 2015 Ford Mustang V8 GT
12. 2019 Tesla Model 3 AWD Long Range 87 Photo of 2019 Tesla Model 3 AWD Long Range
13. 2009 Ford Focus RS 87 Photo of 2009 Ford Focus RS
14. 2008 Renault Twingo RS Cup 86 Photo of 2008 Renault Twingo RS Cup
15. 2017 Ford Mustang GT Convertible 86 Photo of 2017 Ford Mustang GT Convertible
16. 2015 Honda Civic Type R 85 Photo of 2015 Honda Civic Type R
17. 2002 Nissan 350Z 84 Photo of 2002 Nissan 350Z
18. 2009 Nissan 370Z 84 Photo of 2009 Nissan 370Z
19. 2017 Hyundai i30 N 83 Photo of 2017 Hyundai i30 N
20. 2016 Ford Focus RS 82 Photo of 2016 Ford Focus RS
21. 2019 Dodge Charger SRT Widebody 82 Photo of 2019 Dodge Charger SRT Widebody
22. 2015 Seat Ibiza Cupra 1.8 82 Photo of 2015 Seat Ibiza Cupra 1.8
23. 2018 Tesla Model 3 Performance 82 Photo of 2018 Tesla Model 3 Performance
24. 2007 Opel Corsa OPC 82 Photo of 2007 Opel Corsa OPC
25. 2020 Dacia Sandero TCe 100 Eco-G 82 Photo of 2020 Dacia Sandero TCe 100 Eco-G
26. 2006 BMW 130i E87 82 Photo of 2006 BMW 130i E87
27. 2003 Peugeot 206 RC 81 Photo of 2003 Peugeot 206 RC
28. 2007 Nissan 350Z 81 Photo of 2007 Nissan 350Z
29. 2012 Renault Clio RS 200 EDC 81 Photo of 2012 Renault Clio RS 200 EDC
30. 2002 Mini Mini Cooper S 80 Photo of 2002 Mini Mini Cooper S
31. 2016 Seat Leon Cupra 290 80 Photo of 2016 Seat Leon Cupra 290
32. 2013 Renault Megane RS 265 80 Photo of 2013 Renault Megane RS 265
33. 2017 Hyundai I30N Performance 80 Photo of 2017 Hyundai I30N Performance
34. 2013 Ford Fiesta ST 80 Photo of 2013 Ford Fiesta ST
35. 2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS Convertible 80 Photo of 2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS Convertible
36. 2014 VW Polo GTI 1.8 80 Photo of 2014 VW Polo GTI 1.8
37. 2018 Ford Mustang Bullitt 79 Photo of 2018 Ford Mustang Bullitt
38. 2016 Ford Fiesta ST200 79 Photo of 2016 Ford Fiesta ST200
39. 2010 Skoda Fabia RS 79 Photo of 2010 Skoda Fabia RS
40. 2004 VW Golf GTI 79 Photo of 2004 VW Golf GTI

Sources

All data sourced from manufacturer's official figures.

List authored by Christian Zelcs. Last updated on 12/15/2021, last addition - Seat Ibiza Cupra 1.8.