We previously brought you the list of the cheapest ways to put 300 horses in your driveway, but now that family sedans are approaching 300 hp we understand you may be looking for a little more power. With some impressively low sticker prices on this list, why not snag a hybrid for your daily commute and stick one of these in the garage for the weekends?
Ford Mustang GT: 412 hp, $31,545
The first and second entries on this list should be very familiar: they’re the cheapest models to pack 300 hp underhood, and the cheapest ways to get 400 hp as well. But there can be only one price leader, and again it’s the Ford Mustang. The GT coupe starts at $31,545–Honda Accord money, to be honest–but has enough firepower to make the Accord blush. With a 5.0-liter V-8 engine sending 412 hp to the rear wheels through either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission, you’ll be laughing as you blast down on-ramps…and laughing all the way to the bank.
Chevrolet Camaro 1SS: 400 hp, $33,535
The Mustang might be the cheapest way to buy a car with 400 horsepower, but the Camaro is the more popular option and it packs a bigger punch–the Camaro outsold the Mustang in 2012, 84,391 units to 82,995. While we’re on the subject of numbers, the Camaro 1SS uses a 6.2-liter V-8 engine and a six-speed automatic or manual transmission, makes a round 426 horsepower (but only 400 hp with an automatic), and rings in at $33,535. You’ll have to cope with a plasticky interior and go without slick features like Chevrolet MyLink, but the speed alone is probably worth it.
By Ben Timmins