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Cars you wish you could buy here

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Ford F-150 Raptor

You may not have heard of some of these cars because they're not sold in the UK.

The UK has a pretty good choice of the most modern cars in the world, but there are some models which are sold elsewhere in the world that we just don't get. In some cases we're dodging a bullet but there are some other interesting and attractive cars it would be really nice to get the opportunity to buy.

The best cars you can't buy

Honda S660

This is a kei car, a Japanese term for small cars. The two seater S660 has a tiny three cylinder 660cc turbocharged engine and isn't a sports car by anyone's definition, despite sleek and athletic looks. However it weighs only 830kg and has a rear wheel drive format with a mid-mounted engine. It is, apparently, very entertaining. The cabin is pretty tight but nicely finished and Honda is said to be considering a 1.0 litre turbo version with 127bhp for export - let's hope they bring it to the UK because there's a definite market.

Ford F-150 Raptor

Pick-ups are as American as apple pie and are part of a growing market in the UK. The Raptor is Ford's most extreme version of its best-selling model, a huge 6.2 litre V8 with four wheel drive and enough ground clearance to challenge a Land Rover. Despite its bulk it can get to 60mph in 7.1 seconds and costs about £35,000 in the US. This is a hardcore machine but there's sure to be a niche market for it in the UK.

Suzuki Alto Turbo RS

Suzuki's entry to the kei car sector is a four seater with a three cylinder 660cc petrol turbo engine and some pretty serious kit - you can buy it as a two or four wheel drive model and it comes with a five speed auto gearbox including paddle shift for serious driving. At less than £8,000 it's a bit plasticky in the cabin but is an interesting little car.

Genesis G90

Hyundai's premium sub-brand has big ambitions. Its G90 is designed to compete with the likes of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, with a smart interior and plenty of gadgets. It's also equipped with a fairly pacy 5.0 litre V8 or 3.3 and 3.8 litre V6s. Hyundai has no plans to sell the G90 in the UK but is planning to offer other Genesis models here.

Dodge Challenger Hellcat SRT

The Hellcat is ridiculously loud and brutally powerful. It means business. There's 707bhp to play with but, Bugatti Veyron style, you'll need a second key for full access. The Hellcat is surprisingly good to drive, if a bit tough on the rear tyres. In the US it costs the equivalent of about £45,000, but you can only buy it as an import in the UK.

Renault Espace

The MPV is being pushed out by crossovers and SUVs and Renault has had a pretty tough time of it in the UK for the last few years. As a result, the French company is erring on the side of caution and sticking with left hand drive and the continental European market for the latest, reportedly rather good version of the Espace. The new Espace could be good enough to regain some MPV defectors, with plenty of style and modern technology, a cavernous interior and a nifty range of engines.

Daihatsu Copen

Another cute little kei car with a three cylinder 660cc turbo petrol engine, this time using a practical monocoque D-Frame construction method which makes it easy to customise and cheap to repair. This could be a great little car for younger drivers, costing about £11,000 in Japan.

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