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Horsepower has always been a universal indicator of a car's performance. So, let's find out what are the cars that offers the lowest cost per bhp!

26 Nov 2018


To a car enthusiast, every detail in the specification sheet of a car is important as they all play a part in painting a complete picture of the car in point. To most people, however, information such as 'double wishbones suspension', 'Carbon fibre monocoque' or 'gasoline direct injection' are just technical jargons that serve little purpose. Horsepower, however, is much simpler to understand.

As the term suggests, the origin of this unit of measurement came from the desire to compare the output of an engine to that of horses (which were used to complete tasks such as pulling carriages in the past). So, more horsepower equals to more energy which is surely a plus point! Our aim here is to find the cars that give you your metaphorical horses at the lowest price point, which will no doubt means the best deal (because, clearly, power is the only thing that matters).

Here are the top 20 new cars with the cheapest horsepower.

1. Skoda Octavia 2.0 TSI RS245

$539/bhp

Price: $129,900 (including COE)
Bhp: 241
OMV: $26,004
Annual Depreciation: $11,600

2. Kia Stinger 3.3 GT V6

$542.46/bhp

Price: $197,999 (including COE)
Bhp: 365
OMV: $42,239
Annual Depreciation: $17,200

3. SEAT Leon CUPRA 2.0 TSI DSG

$543.36/bhp

Price: $155,400 (including COE)
Bhp: 286
OMV: $33,884
Annual Depreciation: $13,500

4. Maxus G10 Executive 2.0T Luxury

$544.18/bhp

Price: $116,999 (including COE)
Bhp: 215
OMV: $25,085 (Flagship)
Annual Depreciation: $10,343.95

5. Subaru Forester 2.0 XT

$549.58/bhp

Price: $130,800 (including COE)
Bhp: 238
OMV: $16,760
Annual Depreciation: $12,200

6. Mazda CX-3 2.0 Standard

$575.64/bhp

Price: $89,800 (including COE)
Bhp: 156
OMV: $17,024
Annual Depreciation: $8,100

7. Hyundai Elantra 1.6 GLS

$587.29/bhp

Price: $73,999 (including COE)
Bhp: 126
OMV: $12,424
Annual Depreciation: $6778.70

8. Skoda Superb 2.0 TSI Ambition

$589.40/bhp

Price: $127,900 (including COE)
Bhp: 217
OMV: $27,255 (Ambition Plus)
Annual Depreciation: $11,282.15

9. Subaru WRX 2.5 STI M

$593.92/bhp

Price: $175,800 (including COE)
Bhp: 296
OMV: $26,700
Annual Depreciation: $16,100

10. Subaru WRX 2.0 M

$597.73/bhp

Price: $157,800 (including COE)
Bhp: 264
OMV: $24,239
Annual Depreciation: $14,500

11. Renault Megane RS 1.8T TCe

$597.82/bhp

Price: $164,999 (including COE)
Bhp: 276
OMV: $30,800
Annual Depreciation: $14,700

12. Honda Civic Type-R 2.0 Turbo

$598.04/bhp

Price: $182,999 (including COE)
Bhp: 306
OMV: $41,257
Annual Depreciation: $15,800

13. Toyota Harrier 2.0 Elegance (MY18)

$599.07/bhp

Price: $135,988 (including COE)
Bhp: 227
OMV: $32,604
Annual Depreciation: $11,700

14. Kia Cerato 1.6 L

$603.17/bhp

Price: $75,999 (including COE)
Bhp: 126
OMV: $11,115
Annual Depreciation: $7,000

15. Perodua Bezza 1.3 Premium X (M)

$604.26/bhp

Price: $56,800 (including COE)
Bhp: 94
OMV: $10,986
Annual Depreciation: $5130.70

16. Subaru Impreza 4D 2.0i-S EyeSight

$615.58/bhp

Price: $94,800 (including COE)
Bhp: 154
OMV: $14,815
Annual Depreciation: $8,700

17. Infiniti Q50 3.0 Red Sport 400

$617.00/bhp

Price: $246,800 (including COE)
Bhp: 400
OMV: $45,804
Annual Depreciation: $21,900

18. Subaru Impreza 5D 2.0i-S EyeSight

$622.08/bhp

Price: $95,800 (including COE)
Bhp: 154
OMV: $$14,600
Annual Depreciation: $8,900

19. Renault Megane GT 1.6T TCe

$624.39/bhp

Price: $127,999 (including COE)
Bhp: 205
OMV: $25,065
Annual Depreciation: $11,445.35

20. Subaru XV 2.0i-S EyeSight

$626.14/bhp

Price: $95,800 (including COE)
Bhp: 153
OMV: $16,709
Annual Depreciation: $8,700

So, these are the cars that offer the cheapest horsepower. Understandably, you may be wondering about the other end of the spectrum – no worries, we've got you covered. The car that charges the most for horsepower is the Lamborghini Aventador S Coupe. This Lamborghini offers 730bhp at a hefty price tag of $1,530,302. At a cost of $2096.30 each, we will expect these 730 horses to be gold plated!

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