Lancia Delta Integrale 16v (I owned and loved an 8v, so a known qty)
Porsche 968 Sport. (I've driven a 944 8v and loved the handling balance.
VW Scirocco FSI.
RS Megane 230 F1 Tea....
If you could run to an RS250 I'd be tempted to go for that. Reliability wise they are solid and a vast improvement over the previous (big arse) Megane. Had mine from new for two and half years and it just got better and better with more miles. The only things I had to buy were servicing and tyres. Awesome fun and only one warranty claim needed to fix the well-known camshaft drive belt pulley rattle.