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500bhp for less than £10k

Discussion in 'Motors' started by nick.lidgett, Mar 20, 2017.

  1. geekman


    Joined: Sep 28, 2012

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    Location: Monterrey, Mexico

    Dead easy to get 500BHP for less than £10k.

    Contrary to manufacturers figures, most Merc E55 Kompressor / W220 S600 BiTurbos / S55 Kompressors / W215 CL600 BiTurbos will make over 500BHP and there's plenty of good ones available for less than £10k.

    Alternatively, I paid £4K for my 400BHP Jag, spending £6k on modding it would easily take it over 500BHP, and I'm sure the same goes for a lot of other mid 2000s sports saloons.
  2. breadturbo

    Wise Guy

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    You're not too far off the lower end V10 M5's with 10k are you?
  3. GhostWKD

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    As the old saying goes, Cheap / Fast / Reliable, pick 2 :D

    But yeah easily manageable really tbh, and probably quite reliable (balance being 10k isn't that cheap :D)
  4. adam cool dude


    Joined: Oct 22, 2002

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    Location: Boston, Lincolnshire

    Not really 10k is a lot to play with if you choose wisely.
  5. DannyW


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    Location: England

    They are around 12-13 for chavved up ones

    I'm not sure I'd trust any of them Mercs as daily drivers but guess that isn't the point of the thread
  6. Nasher


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  7. Jez


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    The 55K models are actually very reliable on the whole. Ironically its the suspension which is more of a headache than anything to do with the drivetrain.
  8. Siliconslave

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    the 500bhp thing is pretty misleading though isn't it, you should be able to get something significantly faster for the money (in pretty much any measure than speed to financial ruin) than any of the above if you weren't hung up on the BHP.

    So a counter question - can you get 300bhp/tonne reliably for £10k (the rs6 ~250, the Chrysler ~215 and the mercs weigh the same as a small bus)
  9. RenoRanes007


    Joined: Mar 13, 2010

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    I know of 450bhp going for a quid under £10k ;)
  10. Dis86


    Joined: Dec 23, 2011

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    Location: Northern England

    I'd agree with this view. Should be possible with the likes of an mx5
  11. Nasher


    Joined: Nov 22, 2006

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    Stripped out Jag v12 with a NOX kit. Like on the old Top Gear.
  12. mccarf

    Wise Guy

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    Cheapest monaro on eBay for £6500 & try and grab an ls procharger supercharger kit from the USA for the remaining £3500. You'd still probably go a little past 10k though.
  13. Armageus


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    Location: Spalding, Lincolnshire

  14. Six6siX


    Joined: Nov 25, 2004

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    Location: Hertfordshire

    Another vote for a 55K based Merc + basic mods.
  15. Muncher


    Joined: Oct 17, 2002

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    Location: Ipswich

    I bought a Cayenne Turbo for £8.5k last month. £10k wouldn't quite get you a Turbo S but wouldn't be far off. A remap on mine would certainly see it north of 500bhp.
  16. suggestions welcome!


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    I hope you've got deep pockets @Muncher :p
  17. Nasher


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    Cayenne is a big lumbering thing though. 500hp won't feel like 500hp.

    If you want to go nuts with a cheap car, it needs to be scary :D
  18. nick.lidgett


    Joined: Oct 31, 2011

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    Ok so apart from a great big Porsche , a yank tank and a few old Mercs there isnt much in the sub £10k unless we start looking at modifications,

    Most of these are limited to 155mph so keeping that in mind.............

    ............ my next question is whats the fastest car, road legal daily driver for £10k or less that is capable of hitting 155mph regardless of HP?

    Just messing around here guys its not a spec me thread, Just this whole 500bhp argument I was having as piqued my interest.
  19. olv


    Joined: Jan 12, 2005

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    Location: london

    Hundreds of options surely? Even a 986 Boxster S will do 162mph and they are from £5k.
  20. nick.lidgett


    Joined: Oct 31, 2011

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    Really? as many as that? Im not really a car guy as such so my question might be a bit dumb if there are that many options :D

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