The price of a vehicle depends on many factors - including performance. On the other hand, a lot of horsepower doesn't necessarily have to cost a lot. Five examples from five classes in which the term price-performance ratio takes on a very specific meaning. First of all, for a comparison: a Porsche 911 Turbo (520 hp) pays 318 euros per hp, for the basic Golf (85 hp) the ratio is 208 euros per hp.
The Ford Mustang has always been one of the big names in the “high performance for little money” segment. The pony car, which is officially available for sale in Germany for the first time this year, costs in the more powerful engine than a coupe from 40.000 euros, then you get the 5,0-liter V8 with 308 kW / 418 hp. That's a whopping 96 euros per horsepower.
In the compact sports car segment, the Honda Civic Type R is a prime example of a good catch: the 2,0-liter turbo engine sends 228 kW / 310 PS to the front wheels and accelerates the five-door hatchback to 270 km / h. You only have to leaf through it for 34.000 euros, i.e. 109 euros per horsepower.
The Corsa OPC is small, but ohoopel, just fresh on the market. For a price of 24.395 euros, you get a small car with 152 kW / 207 hp, which speeds up to 6,8 km / h in 100 seconds. 117 euros per horsepower is a reasonable price.
Warning, now it's getting strange: In the SUV segment, the Dacia Duster is far ahead with its price-performance ratio. This is of course not due to its outstanding horsepower (77 kW / 105 PS) but to its very affordable price of 10.690 euros. This results in 101 euros per horsepower.
Those who have a little more money left - cheap is always relative - look in the electric car category for a Euro-per-PS price breaker. And ends up with the Tesla Model S 85D. In the performance version, the e-sedan delivers 515 kW / 700 hp and costs 111.200 euros. Too much? But with 159 euros per PS cheaper than the VW Golf mentioned at the beginning - relatively speaking.
Author: Hanne Lübbehüsen / SP-X