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Six Second Cars For £6,000

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A low budget doesn't have to be a barrier to high performance. £6,000 could buy you a band new Dacia Sandero, the cheapest new car in Britain. However on the used market, £6,000 could get you a fantastic variety of tyre smoking options which get to 62mph in half the time of the rather lazy Sandero. OK, running costs won't match the budget Romanian supermini, but you're likely to lose less to depreciation.

Each of these can reach 62mph within six seconds and can be found for £6,000.

BMW 545i

The fastest model in the 5 Series range at its time of release in 2003, 338bhp from its 4.4 litre V8 helps the 545i to make 62mph in 5.8 seconds and carry on to an electronically limited top speed of 155mph. The multi talented BMW saloon also boasts surprisingly sharp handling and can transport five adults comfortably. The flagship model, the 545i was also well kitted out with comfort and convenience features.

Nissan 350Z

Nissan's best Z car for a generation, the 350Z is light, bright and fresh, characterised by some very traditional rear wheel drive entertainment. Avoid Japanese import versions as the history may be unreliable and go for a UK 3.5 litre V6, with 284bhp to send it to 62mph in 5.9 seconds. While this model is reliable, it also has an unfortunate drinking habit - fuel economy is quoted at 24.8mph.

Jaguar S-Type R

More affordable than Mercedes AMG versions or M badged BMWs, the R version of the S-Type saloon is a full fat driving experience. 62mph arrives in a flash at 5.3 seconds and with a 4.2 litre V8 providing 406bhp, you'll easily keep up with the big Germans. Watch out for rust but otherwise £4,000 can buy you an awful lot of car.

Lexus GS 450h

Less brutal than the Jag, this hybrid offers a very civilised way to reach 62mph in 5.9 seconds. The electric motor offers immediate power delivery and is assisted by a 3.5 litre petrol V6, but the GS is not made for racing. It is a dignified and comfortable ride and doesn't respond well to being thrown around corners.

Subaru Impreza WRX

If you're looking for some good old fashioned fun, the Impreza WRX is the way to go - and it is available in options other than Colin McRae WR Blue and gold alloys. However, there's little point trying to deny its Playstation origins, as the Subaru is a purist boy racer's dream, and four wheel drive only adds to the fun. Watch out for DIY modifications.

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