10 Breakthrough Cars Under $100K

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We’ve covered the ten vehicles that offer the best power-to-weight ratios for both the sub-$25,000 and $50,000 price brackets, and now, to round out the trilogy provided by Autoblog, here are the best options if you have $100,000 laying around that you can blow on a car of your choosing.

Power-to-weight ratios are defined by how much weight a single horsepower is responsible for moving. So — for the interests of simplicity — if you had a 1,000 car that had 100 horsepower, you power-to-weight ratio would be 10.

Engines are becoming increasingly powerful, with turbo-fours cranking out as much as V8s were achieving 20 years ago. At the same time, breakthroughs in materials are making cars lighter than ever, despite all the added safety equipment and various gadgets and features. The Koenigsegg One:1 has perhaps nailed the holy grail for power to weight, as each horsepower only has to move one kilogram — about 2.2 pounds. But, at over $1 million, it’s a bit out of reach for the average buyer.

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