Biggest bang-per-buck cars

Top 40 cars with highest engine power relative to price. Updated September 2022.

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. 1961 Studebaker Lark-8 4-door-sedan 666 Photo of 1961 Studebaker Lark-8 4-door-sedan
2. 2017 Dacia Sandero SCe 75 103 Photo of 2017 Dacia Sandero SCe 75
3. 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS 101 Photo of 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS
4. 2016 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350R 97 Photo of 2016 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350R
5. 2019 SsangYong Tivoli 1.5 T-GDI 96 Photo of 2019 SsangYong Tivoli 1.5 T-GDI
6. 2017 Ford Mustang GT 94 Photo of 2017 Ford Mustang GT
7. 1999 Honda S2000 93 Photo of 1999 Honda S2000
8. 2005 Ford Focus ST 92 Photo of 2005 Ford Focus ST
9. 2015 Ford Mustang GT 90 Photo of 2015 Ford Mustang GT
10. 2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS 88 Photo of 2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS
11. 2009 Renault Clio RS III Cup 88 Photo of 2009 Renault Clio RS III Cup
12. 2015 Ford Mustang V8 GT 88 Photo of 2015 Ford Mustang V8 GT
13. 2019 Tesla Model 3 AWD Long Range 87 Photo of 2019 Tesla Model 3 AWD Long Range
14. 2009 Ford Focus RS 87 Photo of 2009 Ford Focus RS
15. 2008 Renault Twingo RS Cup 86 Photo of 2008 Renault Twingo RS Cup
16. 2008 Ford Focus ST 86 Photo of 2008 Ford Focus ST
17. 2017 Ford Mustang GT Convertible 86 Photo of 2017 Ford Mustang GT Convertible
18. 2015 Honda Civic Type R 85 Photo of 2015 Honda Civic Type R
19. 2002 Nissan 350Z 84 Photo of 2002 Nissan 350Z
20. 1984 Callaway GTV-6 Twin Turbo 84 Photo of 1984 Callaway GTV-6 Twin Turbo
21. 2009 Nissan 370Z 84 Photo of 2009 Nissan 370Z
22. 2017 Hyundai i30 N 83 Photo of 2017 Hyundai i30 N
23. 2016 Ford Focus RS 82 Photo of 2016 Ford Focus RS
24. 2019 Dodge Charger SRT Widebody 82 Photo of 2019 Dodge Charger SRT Widebody
25. 2015 Seat Ibiza Cupra 1.8 82 Photo of 2015 Seat Ibiza Cupra 1.8
26. 2007 Opel Corsa OPC 82 Photo of 2007 Opel Corsa OPC
27. 2020 Dacia Sandero TCe 100 Eco-G 82 Photo of 2020 Dacia Sandero TCe 100 Eco-G
28. 2006 BMW 130i E87 82 Photo of 2006 BMW 130i E87
29. 2003 Peugeot 206 RC 81 Photo of 2003 Peugeot 206 RC
30. 2007 Nissan 350Z 81 Photo of 2007 Nissan 350Z
31. 2012 Renault Clio RS 200 EDC 81 Photo of 2012 Renault Clio RS 200 EDC
32. 2002 Mini Mini Cooper S 80 Photo of 2002 Mini Mini Cooper S
33. 2018 Tesla Model 3 Performance 80 Photo of 2018 Tesla Model 3 Performance
34. 2016 Seat Leon Cupra 290 80 Photo of 2016 Seat Leon Cupra 290
35. 2013 Renault Megane RS 265 80 Photo of 2013 Renault Megane RS 265
36. 2017 Hyundai I30N Performance 80 Photo of 2017 Hyundai I30N Performance
37. 2013 Ford Fiesta ST 80 Photo of 2013 Ford Fiesta ST
38. 2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS Convertible 80 Photo of 2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS Convertible
39. 2014 VW Polo GTI 1.8 80 Photo of 2014 VW Polo GTI 1.8
40. 2018 Ford Mustang Bullitt 79 Photo of 2018 Ford Mustang Bullitt

Sources

All data sourced from manufacturer's official figures.

List authored by Christian Zelcs. Last updated on 09/30/2022, last addition - Callaway GTV-6 Twin Turbo.