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Go Fast on a Budget: 20 of the Best Cars with 300 HP or More for Under $10K

Vukasin Herbez March 10, 2019

  1. Nissan 350Z

Available as a coupe or a roadster, the Nissan 350Z is a sports car legend in an affordable package. The handsome front-engine rear-wheel drive car has a potent V6 engine and limited slip differential as standard equipment. This feature makes it safe to drive hard and also makes it a favorite drift car.

And don’t forget the enormous aftermarket support for this model. It means you can easily tune and customize your car. Best of all, under the hood is a 3.5-liter V6 with 300 HP that delivers a respectable performance.

  1. Mercedes CLS 550

This gorgeous four-door coupe was one of the most radical Mercedes sedans they ever built. It captivated the public’s imagination with elegant styling, a luxurious interior, and powerful engines. For example, the 2008 CLS 550 came with a V8 engine and 382 HP that provided a sports car-like performance.

The base price for this car was close to $70,000 just 10 years ago. But now you can find them for less than $10,000 due to the magic of depreciation and its notoriously expensive maintenance.

  1. Jaguar XF Supercharged

For just $10,000 you can buy a 420 HP, supercharger 10-year old Jaguar. This statement is exciting and yet frightening at the same time. First, having a blisteringly fast 4.2-liter V8 powered Jaguar is exciting. But owning 10-year old luxury sedan that is in need of painstaking, expensive maintenance is also scary. However, the choice is yours. So, are you brave enough?

  1. Volvo S60 R

If you are looking for a stealth super-sedan with all-wheel drive, a 300 HP engine and great performance for a bargain price, the Volvo S60 R is for you. The mid-2000s S60 Rs are budget-friendly, too.

And better yet, it packs its turbocharged five-cylinder engine with exactly 300 HP. This makes those cars eligible for this list, and their prices are well below the 10-grand limit.

  1. Porsche Cayenne Turbo

Porsche unveiled the Cayenne Turbo in the early 2000s. However, the Cayenne Turbo may have offended a lot of brand purists since it was an SUV. But it also brought much to the segment in terms of driving dynamics, performance and prestige. It was a proper Porsche with a 450 HP engine providing capable handling.

Also, it had plenty of interior space. But, even though it is Porsche Turbo, it doesn’t drive like one because it is still just an SUV, despite the fact it produces 450 HP.

This list showed you how to go fast on a budget with the 20 best cars with 300 HP or more for under 10k. Did you choose your favorite? If you did, you’d better hurry up before they become rarer and far more pricey.

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