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Seven best rally cars for the road


Experience day provider recently announced that over the past couple of years, rally driving had risen to become one of their most popular offerings. It's no surprise, then, that there is a growing interest in rally cars that can be taken on the road. But this is something of a problem as there just don't seem to be any new rally-inspired road cars being made.

That means that if you want to enjoy the thrill of driving a rally car on the road, you need to choose a classic model. Thankfully there are still plenty about and they are available at reasonable prices. Let's take a look at seven of the best rally cars that you can take on the road.

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Toyota Celica GT4 185

The Toyota Celica GT4 185 has achieved something of a cult status among rally fans. This is partly because it was very successful (16 rally stages and 2 World Rally Championships won), but additionally thanks to its striking looks. Boasting 222bhp and a 0-60 time of 7.1 seconds, this is a car that can really move while remaining smooth and comfortable. If you are considering purchasing one, the model you really want is the Carlos Sainz Limited Edition which is the most upgraded version of the 185.

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Mitsubishi Evo 6

Now here is a real classic – the Mitsubishi Evolution 6 is one of the best known and popular rally cars in history. Made famous by the success of Tommi Makinen, the road version of the rally car boasted 276bhp along with 275lb ft. of torque and could achieve 0 to 60 times of 4.6 seconds. One of the more modern models on this list, the Evo 6 competed from 1998 to 2001 – there are a few different models, and if you're interested in buying one, the Tommi Makinen edition is the one to look out for. A lot of bookies gave more advance for Peugeot, though, which was also featured by bookies that offer optimised betting mobile applications where wagering on World Championship is now a viable option.

Source: something in the region of the price of a flat. Perhaps it's unfair to have such an exclusive car on this list, but with a shade under 200bhp, four wheel drive and an iconic appearance, there might be no cooler rally car you can drive on the road.

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MG Metro 6R4

Manufactured between 1984 and 1987, the 6R4 has a real bad-boy look and a V6 engine that generates up to 250bhp on the road. 0 to 60 times were reputed to be as low as 3.5 seconds. This is another pricey one – in good condition a model will set you back a six-figure sum.

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Audi Quattro

Truly an icon – the Audi Quattro was as successful at the rally stages as it was at home on the road. The car won 23 races and two World Rally Champion constructors' titles between 1981 and 1985. The rally version of the car is ridiculously powerful at 591bhp, while the version still packs a meaty 217bhp with a 0 to 60 time of 7.1 seconds. Quattro's can be picked up relatively inexpensively, especially if you are willing to do a bit of work to restore it to its former glory.

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Subaru Impreza 22B STI

There's no doubt that the Subaru Impreza is one of the most impressive and well-known rally-inspired road cars. But there is a model that stands out even in the esteemed company of other Imprezas – that is the 22B STI. With 280bhp it can achieve 0 to 60 in 4.5 seconds. It's worth noting that there are cheaper Impreza models out there – a good 22B STI can cost in excess of £70.000.

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Lancia Stratos

The Lancia Stratos might be one of the beautiful cars ever created, and add to the fact that it is a 3 time World Rally Championship manufacturer's title holder, it's not hard to see how the car has gained a semi-mythical status. The road car had 192bhp with a 0 to 60 time of around 5 seconds, and if you want to get your hands on one, it will cost a small fortune.

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