Rally cars are synonymous with speed and power. Due to the homologation rules we get to drive these wonderful cars on the road. Here are my top 10 rally cars for the road.
10. The MG Metro 6R4. It was manufactured from 1984-87. The Rally car had 410bhp where as the road going version only had 250bhp. But still kept that outrageous body kit. To buy a clean one now you’re looking at £70,000.
9. The Renault 5 Turbo. These were produced between 1980-84, a total of 3576 R5 Turbo’s were manufactured during this period. This car won 4 World rally events between 1981-86. The Rally car had 345bhp in R5 Maxi Turbo form, were as the road car produced 158bhp and 163lb ft of torque. This helped it to reach a top speed of 120mph and do 0-62mph in 6.6 seconds. To buy a good Renault 5 Turbo 2 you would need to spend between £25,000 to £40,000.
8. The Ford RS200. Ford manufactured these between 1984-86 the rally cars had 444bhp and 361lb ft of torque. This propelled them to 60 in 3.5 second and onto a top speed of 118mph. The road cars only had 250bhp. Currently to but a Ford RS200 you’re looking at between £90,000 to £150,000.
7. The Lancia Stratos. This car won 18 rounds of the WRC between 1974-81 while doing this it claimed 3 World Rally Championship manufacturers titles in 1974, 1975 and 1976. The Rally spec car had 280bhp, where as the road car had 192bhp letting it reach 60mph in just under 5 seconds and on to a top speed of 144mph. After a quick check on line to buy a Lancia Stratos HF Stradale you would have to spend £265,000.
6. Ford Escort Cosworth. This car competed between 1993-1998, it won 8 events as a Group A car and 2 more in WRC spec. The road car had a 2 litre turbocharged engine which had a max power of 225bhp and 229lb ft of torque. This gave it a top speed 147mph without the whale tail spoiler, 144mph with, and a 0-60 time of 5.7 seconds. This iconic car can now be yours for as little as £10,000 but you can go all the way up to £20,000 for an immaculate example.
5. The Mitsubishi Evolution 6. One of the best known rally cars of the modern era made famous by Tommi Makinen. This car competed between 1998-2001 during this time it won 1 World Rally Championship and 2 drivers titles. The road car had 276bhp officially, but in reality it was nearer 330bhp. It had 275lb ft of torque, did 0-60 in 4.6 seconds and had a top speed of 150mph. You could have one of these sitting on your drive for as little as £8,000 but could go all the way up to £14,000.
4. Lancia Delta HF Intergrale. It was produced between 1987-93. The car was introduced to the WRC in 1987 and dominated from then on winning 46 rallies, 6 Constructors championships and 4 drivers titles. The road car had 212bhp in its most powerful incarnation, with 232lb ft of torque. Taking it to 60mph in 5.7 seconds and on to a top speed of 137mph. You can pick up an Evo 1 for as little as £15,000 or go the whole hog and spend £45,000 on a Evo 2 final edition.
3. The Audi Quattro. This car won 23 races between 1981-85, taking 2 World Rally Championship constructors titles in the process. In it’s final incarnation this car is widely believed to be the most powerful rally car of all time with 591bhp taking it to 60mph in 3.1 seconds. The last production road cars, produced 217bhp and could do 0-60mph in 7.1 seconds and continue on to a top speed of 143mph. You can pay anything from £6,000 for a high mileage example up to £30,000 for almost like new one.
2. The Toyota Celica GT4 185. This car was produced between 1989-93, but competed in the WRC from 1992-94. During this time it won 16 rally stages, 3 drivers titles and 2 World Rally Championship’s. The Road car had 222bhp and 224ib ft of torque taking it from 0-60mph in 7.1 seconds. Here we have the cheapest way into a rally car for the road, prices start at £1,000 up to £6,000 for a Carlos Sainz edition.
1. The Subaru Impreza. Finally we get to the number 1 spot and of course it has to be Subaru Impreza with the legendary classic shape . The first generation Impreza was produced between 1992-2000. It was introduced to the WRC in 1993 and went on to win 3 World Rally championship’s and 1 drivers title. The WRX P1 was released in 2000 and had 276bhp and could do 0-60mph in 4.6 seconds and reach a limited 155mph. For a quality example of the P1 you could spend anywhere between £7,000 to £10,000.