Do you know whats cooler than 300 horsepower? 400! Here’s a list of the cheapest ways to get 400 or more ponies rocking under your hood.
Note that the list starts with our most expensive of the top ten, and goes all the way down to the most affordable. All prices include destination fees.
Our list starts off with an American icon, the Chevrolet Corvette. Using a 6.2-liter V8 engine that pumps out 455 hp the ‘vette can hit 60 mph in under four seconds. The Chevy is one of the best bargain sports cars on the market, and capable of keeping up with European exotics for just under $60,000.
Juts because a car has over 400 ponies under the hood, doesn’t mean it’s going to always be a sports car. Here the luxury oriented Kia uses a 5.0-liter V8 to make 420 hp, allowing this Kia to have the grunt to take on cars from German luxury brands.
Another V8 equipped luxury car, the Hyundai Genesis Sedan sports a 5.0-liter beating heart that makes 420 hp. Our AutoGuide.com Car Of The Year Winner for 2014, the Genesis is a smooth ride, and its eight-cylinder engine has a lot to do with that. At $52,450 for a V8 equipped Genesis, you’re getting a sweet engine to go along with a fantastic car.
The SRT trimmed Dodge Charger isn’t just a sedan and isn’t exactly a sports car, but its 6.4-liter Hemi V8 does make over 400 hp, giving it enough juice to place it in this top ten list. That engine packs 485 hp and 475 lb-ft of torque, making it even more powerful than that Corvette sitting in the number 10 spot.
The top competitor for the Dodge Charger SRT is this, the Chevrolet SS sedan. A 6.2-liter V8 sits under its hood, sending 415-hp to the rear wheels. It may have anonymous styling, but it’s fun and available with a six-speed manual transmission. It all comes in under $49,000, making it a pretty good bargain.
Our list isn’t just confined to cars. Trucks make more than 400 horsepower too. In this case, we’re talking about the GMC Sierra 1500, which can be equipped with a 6.2-liter V8 engine, when you choose the double-cab standard box SLT version. With the lack of that weight over the rear-wheels, our truck expert Stephen Elmer exclaims that it can do burnouts all day long.
Sitting in the number four spot of our list is the SRT trimmed Challenger. Like the Charger, but $4,000 cheaper, the SRT Challenger is awesome value, especially thanks to its 485-hp 6.4-liter V8 engine. Sure, it’s no Hellcat, but you can still go fast, and have fun in a “regular” SRT challenger. Just ask our managing Editor Jodi Lai, who named the Scat Pack SRT Challenger as her favorite modern muscle car.
If a GMC truck is on a top ten, you can bet that its Chevrolet cousin will be nearby. The Silverado can be equipped with the same 6.2-liter V8 as the Sierra, meaning it has a hearty 420-hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. Only available on the LTZ trimmed Silverado, which isn’t too expensive at just $44,180.
Jumping in this list from 44 grand to 37 grand is a bit jarring but the 2016 Camaro SS is here to break your fall. With a 6.2-liter V8 engine borrowed from the Corvette, this is the second most affordable way to get over 400 ponies in your ride. With 455 hp, the new Camaro is powerful, and affordable.
It should come as no surprise that the new Mustang GT tops our list of the most affordable ways to get 400 hp in your garage. Making 435 hp, the 5.0-liter V8 equipped Mustang is often described as the Mustang to get. We won’t argue, especially at just over $32,000.