Biggest bang-per-buck cars

Top 40 cars with highest engine power relative to price. Updated February 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. 2007 Nissan 350Z 81 Photo of 2007 Nissan 350Z
2. 2002 Nissan 350Z 84 Photo of 2002 Nissan 350Z
3. 2009 Nissan 370Z 84 Photo of 2009 Nissan 370Z
4. 2010 Nissan 370Z Roadster 78 Photo of 2010 Nissan 370Z Roadster
5. 2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS 88 Photo of 2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS
6. 2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS Convertible 78 Photo of 2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS Convertible
7. 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT-8 392 82 Photo of 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT-8 392
8. 2014 Dodge Challenger SRT-8 Hellcat 79 Photo of 2014 Dodge Challenger SRT-8 Hellcat
9. 2017 Honda Civic Type R 78 Photo of 2017 Honda Civic Type R
10. 2015 Honda Civic Type R 83 Photo of 2015 Honda Civic Type R
11. 2012 Renault Clio RS 200 EDC 81 Photo of 2012 Renault Clio RS 200 EDC
12. 2015 Renault Clio RS 220 Trophy 84 Photo of 2015 Renault Clio RS 220 Trophy
13. 2009 Renault Clio RS III Cup 88 Photo of 2009 Renault Clio RS III Cup
14. 2015 Opel Corsa 1.4 Turbo 79 Photo of 2015 Opel Corsa 1.4 Turbo
15. 2018 Dacia Duster TCe 125 80 Photo of 2018 Dacia Duster TCe 125
16. 2019 Dacia Duster TCe 150 78 Photo of 2019 Dacia Duster TCe 150
17. 2013 Ford Fiesta ST 80 Photo of 2013 Ford Fiesta ST
18. 2018 Ford Fiesta ST 85 Photo of 2018 Ford Fiesta ST
19. 2016 Ford Fiesta ST200 79 Photo of 2016 Ford Fiesta ST200
20. 2016 Ford Focus RS 83 Photo of 2016 Ford Focus RS
21. 2017 Hyundai I30N Performance 80 Photo of 2017 Hyundai I30N Performance
22. 2016 Seat Leon Cupra 290 81 Photo of 2016 Seat Leon Cupra 290
23. 2017 Seat Leon Cupra 300 79 Photo of 2017 Seat Leon Cupra 300
24. 2018 Tesla Model 3 Long Range 83 Photo of 2018 Tesla Model 3 Long Range
25. 2020 Tesla Model 3 Long Range Performance 87 Photo of 2020 Tesla Model 3 Long Range Performance
26. 2018 Tesla Model 3 Performance 83 Photo of 2018 Tesla Model 3 Performance
27. 2018 Ford Mustang Bullitt 83 Photo of 2018 Ford Mustang Bullitt
28. 2015 Ford Mustang Ecoboost 79 Photo of 2015 Ford Mustang Ecoboost
29. 2015 Ford Mustang GT 93 Photo of 2015 Ford Mustang GT
30. 2017 Ford Mustang GT 94 Photo of 2017 Ford Mustang GT
31. 2017 Ford Mustang GT Convertible 86 Photo of 2017 Ford Mustang GT Convertible
32. 2015 Ford Mustang V8 GT 88 Photo of 2015 Ford Mustang V8 GT
33. 2017 VW Polo GTI 81 Photo of 2017 VW Polo GTI
34. 2014 VW Polo GTI 1.8 79 Photo of 2014 VW Polo GTI 1.8
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. 2019 SsangYong Tivoli 1.5 T-GDI 96 Photo of 2019 SsangYong Tivoli 1.5 T-GDI
38. 2015 Lada Vesta 1.6 ATM 79 Photo of 2015 Lada Vesta 1.6 ATM
39. 2015 Hyundai i30 1.6 GDI Turbo 78 Photo of 2015 Hyundai i30 1.6 GDI Turbo
40. 2018 Hyundai i30 N Performance Fastback 78 Photo of 2018 Hyundai i30 N Performance Fastback

Sources

All data sourced from manufacturer's official figures.

List authored by Christian Zelcs. Last updated on 02/05/2021, last addition - Tesla Model 3 Long Range Performance.