The 200 mph benchmark is a goal that both established automakers and adrenaline-driven petrol heads in DIY cars chase relentlessly. From the modified cars and motorcycles that flock to the Bonneville Salt Flats every year, to the performance supercars, coupes, and sedans that we love, 200 mph is an exciting accomplishment. However, thanks to depreciation, you don’t have to be rich or a master mechanic to get behind the wheel of a 200 mph car. Ideal Cars made a list of seven of the cheapest cars that will take you to and beyond that golden number: 200 mph.
- Chevrolet Corvette Z06
- Cadillac CTS-V
- BMW M5
- Shelby GT500
- Bentley Flying Spur
- Volkswagen Phaeton W12
- Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG
The Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is a (near) 200 mph road rocket and performance bargain
The C6 Corvette Z06 is a performance bargain with a 7.0L LS7 V8. That insane beating heart produces over 500 horsepower and is capable of getting the Z06 to 199 mph. While you might be asking yourself why the Z06 is on the list, a tune or ditching your buddy might be all you need to hit 200.
Cadillac CTS-V is a four-door Yankee brawler designed with European rivals in its sights
Cadillac initially designed the CTS-V with one purpose: to make an American luxury car with M5-performance credentials. Frankly, the CTS-V delivered on that intent. Equipped with a 640 horsepower Corvette-sourced V8, the CTS-V will take you and your friends to 200 mph or just around a parking lot over and over until your tires melt.
BMW M5 is the last word in performance sedans, and it will do 200 mph
BMW’s M5 is performance car royalty. When the next model year is released, the rest of the world typically plays catch-up with the Bavarian super-sedan. Furthermore, the E60 generation of M5 came with a seriously powerful (albeit unreliable) 5.0L V10 engine. Ideal Cars reports that the E60 BMW M5 will sail well above 200 mph if you remove the limiter.
Shelby GT500 is an animal, albeit a collector’s item
The S197 generation Shelby GT500 has a mind-blowing claimed top speed of 202 mph. That’s 202 mph in a Mustang with the aerodynamic qualities of a shoebox. If you can find one for the right price, it is one of the best performance bargains out there.
Bentley Flying Spur will take you to 200 mph in serene comfort
The Bentley Flying Spur is a four-door luxury car with a secret. That secret: the Flying Spur is packing a 6.0L W12 engine that will push the heavy British car past 200 mph. Additionally, you’ll be headed past the magic number in total comfort.
The Volkswagen (yeah, you read that right) Phaeton W12 is one of the most underrated luxury performance sedans out there
Volkswagen engineers created the Phaeton as a pioneer in technology and luxury. In addition to the elegant interior and fine details, Volkswagen equipped the Phaeton with a W12 engine. That W12 engine will motivate the four-door Phaeton to 201 mph.
Mercedes-Benz got it right with the E63 AMG, a performance sedan (or wagon) that will take you and your passengers all the way to 200 mph.
The E63 AMG is an absolute lunatic of a performance sedan with an unhinged 6.2L naturally aspirated V8 making over 500 horsepower. Like the M5 or the Phaeton, removing the limiter will allow drivers to take the car to over 200 mph. Additionally, if you want to take everyone you know along for the ride, the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG was available as a wagon.