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Fastest cars for £10,000

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Who says fast has to be expensive? All of the cars here will complete a fast quarter mile - on a budget!

£10,000 budget cars

The best news is that they can all be found used for no more than £10,000!

Subaru Impreza WRX

In the 1992-2002 generation, go for the turbocharged models and you'll find that the WRX has plenty of drag racer potential. It's lightweight, has four wheel drive and the engines offer plenty of capacity for tuning. Standard spec in the UK comes with about 210bhp, compared to the 276bhp of the WRX and STI models you'd buy in Japan. However, both can be tuned to extract a lot more firepower, to great effect. To achieve a ten second quarter of a mile you'll need to spend a bit of money. Prices for used models start at about £1,000 - but it will have worked hard for that sort of money. Up the budget to about £7,000 to get something stunning.

Toyota Supra

Petrol heads will remember the 1992-2002 generation Supra's stellar turn in the 'Fast & Furious' film franchise, thanks to its potential for blistering turns of speed. Japan-sourced Supras come with about 276bhp as standard but take very enthusiastically to a bit of tuning. Given the £10,000 budget you're looking at an automatic, and beware of amateurish modifications.

Nissan Skyline GT-R

The Skyline has always been the working man's supercar, a four wheel drive road legal racer capable of making a quarter of a mile within eight seconds, given some attention from a decent tuning mechanic. Among the 1989-1998 generation, encompassing the R32 and R33 variants, rising popular classic status is pushing prices up so you'll need to hurry to avoid breaking the £10,000 budget. Officially equipped with about 276bhp, somehow they all weigh in with at least 300bhp and well-tuned models pass the 400bhp mark. For sheer brutality go for the RB26 version, with a twin turbo straight six.

Mercedes-Benz CL 600

The Merc stands out like a sore thumb in this company, but look past its staid appearance and you'll find a twin turbo-assisted V12 under the bonnet, throwing out 493bhp. It reaches 60mph in less than five seconds and 100mph in about ten seconds. There aren't many around but those you do find from the 2003-2006 era should fall well within the £10,000 budget and offer plenty of scope for modification. There's plenty of extra power to be squeezed out of that V12: Brabus took it to 700bhp. And there's plenty of gear you could remove from the cabin if you want to push weight saving to ridiculous levels. However you will need deep pockets to keep it going.

Chevrolet Camaro

Fast & Furious indeed, the Camaro is as American as the Statue of Liberty, with similar levels of displacement. Working on the theory that bigger is better, the 1997-2002 fourth generation model features a 5.7 litre V8 with 325bhp. Later models got an aluminium forged LS1 V8, which can be massively accessorised to add extra power. Stick a turbocharger on it and you're looking at four figures of horsepower. They can be found for about £7,000 and you'll need what's left of your £10,000 budget for petrol!

Audi RS6

The RS6's 444bhp comes from a twin turbo V8 and will get you from 0-62mph in 4.6 seconds, assisted by Audi's quattro four wheel drive system. Like all the cars on this list, you can easily push that power output further to 500bhp plus if you switch out the exhaust and do an ECU remap. You can find them for £7,000 but this is one case where you get what you pay for, so it's worth stretching to the limit of your £10,000 budget or even further if you can.

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