Do you want to smoke some fool in a Ferrari but you’re worried that you can only afford a wimpy little Honda on your budget? Well, you may be in luck.
There are some cars on the market today that have some serious horsepower and are affordable for us normal people. That’s right, you don’t have to be rolling in the dough to be a sportscar slayer on the road.
We’re talking BIG numbers! One car on our list hits a ridiculous 580 horsepower. And another one gets up over 500 horsepower and can be yours for under $30,000! If you like power, keep reading.
Here are the cheapest cars out there RIGHT NOW with over 500 horsepower!
2006 BMW E60 M5
Want a whole lot of BMW beast mode for not so much money? The E60 is the younger brother of the E39, and this car could probably beat its older brother in a wrestling match, because the E60, is bigger, taller, heavier, faster, and more powerful!
Under the hood, this M5 Bavarian land rocket’s got a Formula1-inspired naturally-aspirated 5.0-liter V10 that’s churning out 500 horsies. Unfortunately they put a limiter on it, but if you were to take the reins off, the M5 E60 could rev up 8,250 rpm and get going over 200 miles per hour!
And the best part about the M5: you could roll away in one of these German pavement-pulverizers for less than $20,000! That’s one of the cheapest 500-horsepower cars you can find on this planet!
However, just know that these are about the most unreliable cars ever made, and you can safely assume fixing an F1 powered luxury car from Germany isn’t going to come cheap!
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2006 C6 Corvette Z06
The C6 Corvette Z06 is a sleek speed demon that has some serious muscle. It’s got everything that was great about the C5, which made a huge splash in the world of sports cars, but all those little imperfections in the C5 got ironed out.
Those rounded edges on the previous generation were replaced with sharper fender peaks that make the C6 look a whole lot meaner. And it’s not all bark and no bite. The C6 features a 7-liter V8 that’s capable of revving up 505 horsepower, an absolutely absurd amount of power to have on the road.
The C6 Z06 is going to run you $30,000, but if that’s not enough power for you, level up to the 638 horsepower ZR1 for about twice the price. Worth it for sure!
So if you’re in the market for a car as powerful as the Z06, I’d be pretty pumped that there’s a badass Corvette out there for that cheap. This ain’t no cut-rate Corvette, this is the king of the hill!
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2014 Mercedes-Benz AMG C63 507
Straight outta Stuttgart, this super swanky Mercedes-Benz AMG C63 507 looks like a hundred-thousand-dollar car. But in reality, it’ll blow your mind with how little it costs. Yup, that’s right, you could get behind the wheel of one of these beauties for somewhere in the neighborhood of $50,000.
Now sure, $50,000 is a pretty penny, but when you look at the 507’s specs, you’ll understand that this is a certified STEAL at this price!
This cruiser’s got a force-fed 5.5-liter V8. And why’s it called the 507? Because that’s how many horses it’s got under the hood.
The styling on this car is a bit more in-your-face than the typical Benzo, but when you’re talking about that kind of power, obviously you have to make a mean-looking car. Imagine having a SmartCar with a 500 horsepower engine, it just wouldn’t be right.
But the inside of the 507 is also a beauty, with luxurious leather and some handy tech features that’ll make your driving experience all the more enjoyable.
All in all, this is an absolutely amazing car for those of you who want to go fast but don’t want break the bank.
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2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio
Say hello to Giulia, a sick-ass Italian speed machine that’s certainly not lacking in the style department. The Italians are known worldwide for their fashion sense, and it’s clear that they’ve applied those skills to the world of carmaking as well, because Ole Giulia is a real head-turner.
That sleek V-shaped front grill combined with the flowing lines that run all across the body makes for a one-of-a-kind visual experience, and she’s also got some good stuff hidden under the hood.
An all-aluminum 2.9-liter V6 that cranks up 505 horsepower? This car’s got some serious kick. Especially when you consider the 443 pound-feet of torque that this beautiful beast is capable of generating. Asphalt BEWARE! Because the Giulia’s on the loose and ready to run down any road from Rome to Rio!
And what’s even better? You can buy one of these bad girls for around $50,000! Are you kidding me?
Of course, this car has had some historic problems with reliability, and obviously getting your Alfa Romeo repaired in the USA is going to be a bit more expensive than you’d hoped. But still, for this price and this amount of power and one of the newer cars on our list? I’d say the Giulia Quadrifoglio’s still a good deal.
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2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and 2016 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat
These cars have so much power they’ll shoot you down the road just like a bat outta hell! Or a cat outta hell?
Anyway, the Dodge Challenger Hellcat’s got some serious horsepower that will make you believe it came straight out of Satan’s lair. Plus, those cat-eye headlights send the message that this car is not to be messed with.
The 2020 Challenger Hellcat shoots out an absolutely silly 717 horsepower. Unfortunately, the newest model costs around $70,000, which is pricey, but definitely not outta-this-world. If you want to buy a used version of this Cat Outta Hell, you can probably find one for somewhere around $50,000, which when you’re talking about that kind of power, is a super low price.
This car also comes standard with lightweight 20-inch alloy wheels and some well-equipped Brembo brakes that can handle all the power that this Hellcat puts out. Earlier versions of this car had pretty low-quality interiors, but after 2016, they made some serious improvements to the cabin comfort.
Overall, what this car offers today is great quality and power for the price. And if you like American motors, the Dodge Challenger Hellcat is a tough one to beat.
The Dodge Charger Hellcat’s got a much bulkier body than its Challenger brother, but its 6.2-liter 8-cylinder, the same engine as the Challenger Hellcat, is more than capable of propelling this car’s mass.
The 2020 version of this demonic driving machine can hit top speeds of 196 miles per hour, which would be seriously scary to see zooming behind you in a high-speed chase.
The body of the 2016 Charger Hellcat looks like it’s ready to intimidate any other car on the drag strip with that widebody frame and menacing front grill configuration. Seems like this car would cost a ridiculous amount of cash, right? WRONG! You can have this kind of power at your disposal for around the same as the Challenger Cat, $50,000.
It’s almost a little concerning that this car is so underpriced. Imagine a world of charged-up Hellcats ruling the roads. See you later, Mr. Civic. And with 650 pound-feet of torque, there would probably be no more roads to drive on in a matter of months.
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2014 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
The obvious first impression that you get when you glance at the Chevy Camaro ZL1 is unrestrained power. I mean, just look at that massive front grill. That thing looks like it’s ready to gobble up every other car on the road with no regrets whatsoever.
Camaro’s have always looked like they’re built for power, but the body design of the ZL1 just kicks it up a notch. And this car is definitely not a sheep in wolf’s clothing, Under that mean-looking hood of the 2014 Chevy Camaro ZL1 is a 6.2-liter V8 engine capable of putting out 580 horsepower. Unfortunately, this super powerful engine guzzles up gas faster than a fish drinks water. Do fish drink water…? The point is that the Camaro ZL1 gets a dismal 20 highway miles to the gallon, a pretty pathetic attempt at fuel economy in today’s age.
But if you’re into powerful cars that won’t hurt your wallet, the ZL1 should make your ears perk up, because it costs $63,000 to buy the new 2020 model, and if you look on the secondhand market, you can totally get a 2014 model in the ballpark of $40,000. Not a bad deal for an engine of that caliber.
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2009 Cadillac CTS-V
I hate to break it to anyone watching this video that’s still too afraid to buy a stick shift, but here’s yet another car that you won’t be able to enjoy if you’re stuck in your automatic ways. And the Cadillac CTS-V is not a car you want to miss out on.
Despite having that classic Cadillac style, this car hides a 6.2 liter supercharged V8 under its hood that churns out an super impressive 640 horsepower. It also hits 60 miles per hour in under 4 seconds and has a top speed of 200 miles per hour.
And while this the 2020 model of this car is retailing new at around $90,000, you can easily get your hands on a 2009 model of one of these supercharged mid-sized luxury sedans for a little over $40,000.
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2005 ZB I Dodge Viper
This road-ripper is an absolute statement from Dodge. It’s HOT, LOUD, and FAST.
The Dodge Viper takes no prisoners with its odd-firing 8.3-liter Viper V10 engine that spits out a ridiculous 500 horsepower. And when you get that engine going, this snake starts straight up spitting VENOM out the tailpipe! Sure, your neighbors might end up hating you if you’re constantly drifting your Viper around the block, but who cares! You’re driving THE American badass supercar! .
The Tremec six-speed manual transmission is the only option available in this car, so if you’re not a fan of shifting your own gears, stay away!
But if you want a hot rod with a stick shift that spits out 500 horsies for around $40,000, the Dodge Viper might be the perfect fit for you, if you’re willing to sacrifice some comfort and safety.
The Viper is notorious for having very few driver aid features, so you may not be as safe as you’d like as you’re blazing down the drags. Honestly, this car’s fun to drive, but it’s about as safe as wrestling a real Viper.
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2009 Shelby GT500
The GT500 is ICONIC when it comes to cars with a lot of muscle. The sound of this thing rumbling down the road is like music to my ears, and when you hop behind the wheel, you’re going feel the power that the GT500’s bringing to the track.
How much power, you ask? Well, if you couldn’t tell from the name, these 2nd-gen American-made lightning bolts got a supercharged gas-drinking V8 that spits out 500 horsepower!
Plus these cars are crazy inexpensive! You could have all that American muscle for under $30,000! And, you’ll be helping to continue the Shelby GT’s long legacy of road-ripping beast machines.
But if you’re an absolute power addict, you could go out and grab a 3rd generation GT500 that cranks out a whole 760 horsepower. If you have around $70,000, that is.