Irvin Gordon’s Volvo P1800S is set to cement its place in the record books when it passes the three million mile mark this autumn.
MG ZT 190 – 140mph, 0-60mph 7.5 secs from £1k
Following in the footsteps of the impressive track stars at the Olympics, we wondered: what are the fastest real-world sprinters in the car world? It'd be easy to fill this gallery up with angry supercars with six-figure price tags, but what if we kept the budget at the more sensible and realistic end of the food chain? These are the results, ranked in speed order...
Based on the Rover 75, the now-defunct MG ZT was a decent performance saloon. It handled well and it looked the part too. There was even a V8! 190 models are the quickest but £1,000 or so is enough to bag a standard car from 2002/03 in good nick.
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The last Celica, lots of looks, but minimal go unless you wanted to do a lot of work on it, if you were paying £1K for an Impreza, you deserve everything that happens!
Looking at all the examples and the quoted start prices, I have to ask whether the MSN herberts actually know anything about cars apart from what they read?
Surprising that they don't show the big Lexus LS400 0-62 6.2seconds quarter mile 14.6 seconds and can pick up for less than £10k, problem is that it does drink the gogo juice!
They also missed the hyper tanks - Merc AMG jobs, Volvo T5, Honda Type-R's, Loads of Nissan's, Toyota Supra, Renault hot hatches, etc.
Not sure that I would go for a VW GTi as the newer versions tend to be lard wagons, but the R32's and VR6's certainly qualify as do the corados.
the title says its all ...cheapest ways to go fast....
everyone is talking for 8k that ... for 5k this thats just the cost of the car
for 2k you can pick up a 180mph sports bike, 0-60 in 3 seconds, insure it, tax it, fill it full of peterol and take it to a track ..and when youre done there you can ride back and blow away anything you come across ....
First comment about the cars...!!!
Got a '99 vectra 2.5 sri for £650. 167 hp, 142mph restricted.
Handles like a slug on an ice cube, but who wants to chance it at top speed?
Hi Tin Tin and Adam Critchlow.
They DO show the Lex LS400 which can be picked up for £500 and up, or £200 less than Adam pays for a motor bike with rain, bugs, bored police men and half hour riding preparation times thrown in.
(I am a man who has had a string of good bikes and just sold my beloved Firestorm, but there is NO BIKE to touch one of these listed cars for sheer value.)
Incidentally, the big Lex can return about 35 MPG on a cruise, not much worse than my old Mondeo or Firestorm, while carrying me and 2 tons of luxury mobile Hi-Fi and other assorted tasty bits.
You could just about fit a sandwich in the Honda.
In the Lex you can do 155MPH (where legal), listen to your sounds AND eat the sandwich AT THE SAME TIME !.
Check out the Mitsubishi GTO/300GT Twin Turbo
a 1989 kawasaki zx10 £700, £100 to insure, 20 quid to tax and 0-60 in less than 4 seconds.
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Mazda RX8, a car I wish I was brave enough to own!
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