Many automobile manufacturers in India are now offering performance-spec cars at a fraction of cost when compared to some of the premium luxury brands. So gone are those days when we had to pay a premium price to own a performance machine. So here are some of the pocket-friendly and power-packed performance cars in the increasing order of their maximum power on offer.
Top 5 affordable performance cars in India
1. Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS - 101 bhp
Ex-Showroom Price: ₹8.47 lakhs
The Maruti Suzuki Baleno RS is a premium hatchback with a prominent road presence and a sporty look, thanks to the bigger 16-inch all-black alloy wheels. Even on the inside, the Baleno RS is very well equipped and gets some of the best-in-segment features. The main feature of the Baleno RS, however, is its ability to produce 18 bhp more power when compared to a standard Baleno. The Baleno RS is equipped with a 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine capable of producing 101 bhp of max power and 150 Nm of peak torque.
2. Volkswagen Polo GT TSI - 104 bhp
Ex-Showroom Price: ₹9.4 lakhs
The Volkswagen Polo GT looks quite sporty and the GT badging on the car differentiates it from a standard Polo. Externally, the Polo GT gets black treatment at various areas, and the car sits on the bigger 16-inch 'Estrada' alloy wheels. On the inside, the Polo GT TSI gets a simple interior with a black and beige dual tone treatment. But the Polo GT comes with a powerful 1.2-litre turbocharged TSI petrol engine, capable of producing a max power of 104 bhp and a max torque of 175 Nm. Also, the Polo GT TSI comes with a refined 7-speed DSG gearbox and a solid built quality.
3. Tata Tiago JTP - 113 bhp
Ex-Showroom Price: ₹6.39 lakhs
The latest car in the market, the new Tata Tiago JTP is a performance edition car based on the Tiago hatchback and features a sporty body-kit and major mechanical changes under the hood. Designed and developed in association with Coimbatore's Jayem Automotives, the new Tata Tiago JTP comes with a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine, capable of producing 113 bhp of max power and 150 Nm of max torque. The car is feature loaded and the transmission duties are done by a 5-speed manual gearbox.
4. Fiat Abarth Punto - 145 bhp
Ex-Showroom Price: ₹9.67 lakhs
Next-up in our list is the Fiat Abarth Punto, and the car is one of the hottest hatches in the country. Abarth is a racing car manufacturer based in Italy owned by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and has a long history of producing performance-spec Fiat cars. So the main attraction of the Fiat Abarth Punto is its 1.4-litre 16 valve turbojet petrol engine capable of producing a whopping 145 bhp of max power and 212 Nm of max torque. This powerful engine comes mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox and the car sits on bigger 16-inch alloy wheels.
5. Skoda Octavia RS - 230 bhp
Ex-Showroom Price: ₹25.48 lakhs
Finally, the most powerful car in our list is the Skoda Octavia RS, and this German car comes with the finest build quality and offers an exhilarating driving experience as well. The Skoda Octavia RS is a powerful affordable sedan and comes loaded with the best-in-class features. Under the hood, the Skoda Octavia RS is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine capable of producing a max power of 230 bhp and a max torque of 350 Nm. Also, the 7-speed DSG gearbox on offer is a pure gem that compliments the powerful 230 bhp engine.