Five 0-60 Heroes To Buy Now

A tempting quintet of great modern classics that should be on your radar...

In our world, a five-second dash from 0-60mph is seriously quick. From freedom to a jail cell in about the time it takes to find your car keys in the first place.

All of these cars offer slightly different takes on going fast and all of them provide base-level childish thrills. They’re the kind of cars that make you laugh inside, and to hell with the consequences. Well, until you get a letter from the magistrate.

They’re also at the bottom of their depreciation curve - so it’s unlikely they’ll be this cheap again.

Here are our favourite five-second frighteners to buy for less than £15k…

1. Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 8 MR FQ340

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t’s difficult to think of a car that will get you places much quicker than an Evo. With the MR not only will you get 340bhp from its 2.0-litre turbo’d four, but you’ll also get BBS wheels, a six-speed ‘box, Bilsten dampers, LSD, an aluminium roof and an array of engine tweaks. You’ll hit 60mph in four-and-a-half seconds and top out at 157mph - it feasts on supercars.

Cost new: £34,950 Value now: £14,000

2. Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG

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For the cost of a boggo Ford Fiesta you can have a twin-turbocharged 6.0-litre V12 that rolls out a mighty 612bhp and frankly ridiculous 738lb ft of torque. It’s limited to 155mph but you’ll be kissing 60mph in just 4.3 seconds. And you’ll be well cosseted while you do it - the interior’s a pleasing mixture of gadgetry and gorgeous leather. You don’t so much overtake in this - you obliterate.

Cost new: £142,000 Value now: £10,000

3. Subaru Impreza P1

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If you grew up watching Colin McRae or Richard Burns battling away on rally stages, then the sight of a Sonic Blue Impreza will take you right back to rallying’s glory days. With 60mph on the dial in 4.7 seconds and 155mph at the top end, the Prodrive-built P1 makes you feel like a rally driver too. Built on a 2dr body and with UK-friendly suspension, ABS and 276bhp, it’s a truly special car even in Impreza circles - just 1000 were built. Road trip to Kielder, anyone?

Cost new: £31,440 Value now: £13,000

4. TVR Cerbera

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If you want to make a statement, choose a TVR Cerbera. Even before you see one you’ll hear its glorious V8 rumble, and when it does come into view it’s a thrilling assault on the senses. That’s a lot to do with the eye-popping colour schemes they came in.But if it’s pumped-up aggression you’re after, the Cerbera delivers. A 4.5-litre car is good for 420bhp, 185mph all-out and 4.1 seconds until you have to worry about the boys in blue. Yes, please.

Cost new: £46,525 Value now: £14,000

5. Maserati 4200 GT V8 Cambiocorsa

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This Maser’s a voluptuously styled delight with an interior that’s better appointed than most people’s homes. Unlike a semi-detached its beating heart is a 385bhp 4.2-litre V8 that screams all the way to 7000rpm. With its 332ft lb of torque coming in at a heady 4500rpm, wind one of these up on a flowing A-road and you’ll never want to get out. You’ll wave goodbye to 60mph in 4.8 seconds and be saying hello to 177mph all-out.

Cost new: £58,995 Value now: £15,000

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Published in Modern Classics magazine