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. 2006 BMW 130i E87 82 Photo of 2006 BMW 130i E87
2. 2003 Peugeot 206 RC 81 Photo of 2003 Peugeot 206 RC
3. 2009 Mazda 3 MPS 86 Photo of 2009 Mazda 3 MPS
4. 2002 Nissan 350Z 84 Photo of 2002 Nissan 350Z
5. 2007 Nissan 350Z 81 Photo of 2007 Nissan 350Z
6. 2009 Nissan 370Z 84 Photo of 2009 Nissan 370Z
7. 1964 Oldsmobile 4-4-2 F-85 Cutlass Holiday Coupe 822 Photo of 1964 Oldsmobile 4-4-2 F-85 Cutlass Holiday Coupe
8. 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS 101 Photo of 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS
9. 2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS 88 Photo of 2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS
10. 2019 Dodge Charger SRT Widebody 82 Photo of 2019 Dodge Charger SRT Widebody
11. 2015 Honda Civic Type R 85 Photo of 2015 Honda Civic Type R
12. 2012 Renault Clio RS 200 EDC 81 Photo of 2012 Renault Clio RS 200 EDC
13. 2009 Renault Clio RS III Cup 88 Photo of 2009 Renault Clio RS III Cup
14. 2007 Opel Corsa OPC 82 Photo of 2007 Opel Corsa OPC
15. 2016 Ford Focus RS 82 Photo of 2016 Ford Focus RS
16. 2009 Ford Focus RS 83 Photo of 2009 Ford Focus RS
17. 2005 Ford Focus ST 92 Photo of 2005 Ford Focus ST
18. 2008 Ford Focus ST 86 Photo of 2008 Ford Focus ST
19. 1984 Callaway GTV-6 Twin Turbo 84 Photo of 1984 Callaway GTV-6 Twin Turbo
20. 2007 Abarth Grande Punto 85 Photo of 2007 Abarth Grande Punto
21. 2015 Seat Ibiza Cupra 1.8 82 Photo of 2015 Seat Ibiza Cupra 1.8
22. 1961 Studebaker Lark-8 4-door-sedan 666 Photo of 1961 Studebaker Lark-8 4-door-sedan
23. 2016 Seat Leon Cupra 290 80 Photo of 2016 Seat Leon Cupra 290
24. 2009 Seat Leon Cupra R 83 Photo of 2009 Seat Leon Cupra R
25. 2002 Mini Mini Cooper S 80 Photo of 2002 Mini Mini Cooper S
26. 2019 Tesla Model 3 AWD Long Range 87 Photo of 2019 Tesla Model 3 AWD Long Range
27. 2018 Tesla Model 3 Performance 80 Photo of 2018 Tesla Model 3 Performance
28. 2015 Ford Mustang GT 90 Photo of 2015 Ford Mustang GT
29. 2017 Ford Mustang GT 94 Photo of 2017 Ford Mustang GT
30. 2017 Ford Mustang GT Convertible 86 Photo of 2017 Ford Mustang GT Convertible
31. 2011 Ford Mustang RTR 96 Photo of 2011 Ford Mustang RTR
32. 2010 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 91 Photo of 2010 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
33. 2015 Ford Mustang V8 GT 88 Photo of 2015 Ford Mustang V8 GT
34. 2010 Abarth Punto EVO 84 Photo of 2010 Abarth Punto EVO
35. 1999 Honda S2000 93 Photo of 1999 Honda S2000
36. 2017 Dacia Sandero SCe 75 103 Photo of 2017 Dacia Sandero SCe 75
37. 2016 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350R 97 Photo of 2016 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350R
38. 2019 SsangYong Tivoli 1.5 T-GDI 96 Photo of 2019 SsangYong Tivoli 1.5 T-GDI
39. 2008 Renault Twingo RS Cup 86 Photo of 2008 Renault Twingo RS Cup
40. 2017 Hyundai i30 N 83 Photo of 2017 Hyundai i30 N

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.