Also go for a z-car!! zcars.org.uk: Single Engined Mini
No one has mentioned the 207GTi - 1.6 turbo (175Bhp) or the even quicker Corsa VXR - 1.6 turbo (190Bhp) although the Corsa is very boy racer!
I think a combination of IAM, postcode, car location etc etc etc made for my massive discount, as I said, I doubt very much that it is typical. IAM on its own should present you with a substantial sum of money off though.
Have to say I'm biased here - but what about an A4 Avant. The 2.0t is nice and quick, doesn't drink toooo much, and there's enough room to use the back as a double bed! (back seats folded of course), might have to stretch the mileage a bit, but they tend to see mainly motorway use so last longer...
Dont have one myself but what about a hyundai coupe ? supposedly a good value for money coupe and looks pretty good also.
A friend of mine very recently picked up a new Focus ST and he hasn't stopped ranting about how nice it is. I haven't had a drive of it yet though!
It is a group 17 for insurance purposes however, so it may be something to bear in mind when comparing it with other options and its not the best for fuel economy (but fuel economy can't be at the forefront of your mind when buying a 2.5 ltr turbo car!).
if you can stretch the age you can get a 2004 monaro with <20k miles for £10k.
How about a 407 coupe? huge depreciation has made them a bargain.
RX8s are very thirsty and if not used correctly can be complete money pits (you have to completely warm up the engine before turning it off so no short journeys without a minimum 10min wait at idle before you set off.)
Drive round in a 9 year old shed for a year, then when its ten year old, trade it in for a new one with the £2k to £4k off with the government scheme, while your money is making a tiny bit of interest in the bank as well. Or as someone said, An Audi A3 or you can get a good BMW 1 series with 10k.
I doubt the scrapage scheme will still exist in a years time. The pot of money is quickly diminishing!
Audi, BMW, Merc, they are all good!
Auto Trader UK - MAZDA RX8 4dr  Coupe
= RX8 on autotrader
So i've settled on a Peugeot 207GTi, pick it up on Saturday. Thanks for all the help guys.