Biggest bang-per-buck cars

Top 40 cars with highest engine power relative to price. Updated May 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. 2016 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350R 97 Photo of 2016 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350R
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. 2019 Tesla Model 3 AWD Long Range 87 Photo of 2019 Tesla Model 3 AWD Long Range
11. 2009 Ford Focus RS 87 Photo of 2009 Ford Focus RS
12. 2017 Ford Mustang GT Convertible 86 Photo of 2017 Ford Mustang GT Convertible
13. 2002 Nissan 350Z 84 Photo of 2002 Nissan 350Z
14. 2015 Honda Civic Type R 84 Photo of 2015 Honda Civic Type R
15. 2009 Nissan 370Z 84 Photo of 2009 Nissan 370Z
16. 2016 Ford Focus RS 83 Photo of 2016 Ford Focus RS
17. 2017 Hyundai i30 N 83 Photo of 2017 Hyundai i30 N
18. 2018 Tesla Model 3 Performance 82 Photo of 2018 Tesla Model 3 Performance
19. 2019 Dodge Charger SRT Widebody 82 Photo of 2019 Dodge Charger SRT Widebody
20. 2020 Dacia Sandero TCe 100 Eco-G 82 Photo of 2020 Dacia Sandero TCe 100 Eco-G
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. 2012 Renault Clio RS 200 EDC 81 Photo of 2012 Renault Clio RS 200 EDC
24. 2017 Hyundai I30N Performance 80 Photo of 2017 Hyundai I30N Performance
25. 2013 Ford Fiesta ST 80 Photo of 2013 Ford Fiesta ST
26. 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT-8 392 80 Photo of 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT-8 392
27. 2018 Ford Mustang Bullitt 79 Photo of 2018 Ford Mustang Bullitt
28. 2016 Ford Fiesta ST200 79 Photo of 2016 Ford Fiesta ST200
29. 2014 VW Polo GTI 1.8 79 Photo of 2014 VW Polo GTI 1.8
30. 2004 VW Golf GTI 79 Photo of 2004 VW Golf GTI
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 VW Polo GTI 79 Photo of 2017 VW Polo GTI
35. 2015 Opel Corsa 1.4 Turbo 79 Photo of 2015 Opel Corsa 1.4 Turbo
36. 2017 Honda Civic Type R 79 Photo of 2017 Honda Civic Type R
37. 2015 Renault Clio RS 220 Trophy 79 Photo of 2015 Renault Clio RS 220 Trophy
38. 2017 Seat Leon Cupra 300 79 Photo of 2017 Seat Leon Cupra 300
39. 2017 Honda Civic Si 78 Photo of 2017 Honda Civic Si
40. 2018 Dacia Duster TCe 125 78 Photo of 2018 Dacia Duster TCe 125

Sources

All data sourced from manufacturer's official figures.

List authored by Christian Zelcs. Last updated on 05/25/2021, last addition - Dacia Sandero TCe 100 Eco-G.