If you want to get the most horsepower for the money, there’s a tried and true segment of the automotive industry that will never let you down: muscle cars. Simply put, muscle machines provide you with the biggest bang for the buck – in a straight line – of any car on the market, every single time.
What you might not have known, however, is that you don’t have to opt for the V-8 option in the majority of these rough and tumble coupes to stretch your dollar, as in many cases the entry-level V-6 or (dare we say it?) turbo four-cylinder motors will give you an even greater return on your investment. Following are the top 10 that will give you the most horsepower for your money:
10. Chrysler 200 Limited 3.6 – $89.77 Per Horsepower:
The 2016 Chrysler 200 Limited 3.6 is somewhat of an outlier on this list – no muscle car heritage, no real performance credibility, and yet still a significant amount of horsepower for the money. The secret is the Chrysler 200 Limited’s 3.6-liter V-6 engine, which produces a respectable 295 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque and which is mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission.
With a surprisingly low price of $26,485, the 200 Limited 3.6 posts an ask of $89.77 per horsepower, slipping just under the $90 mark and joining some fairly exclusive company.
9. Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat – $88.39 Per Horsepower:
Batting clean-up for the 2016 Dodge Challenger is the eye-popping SRT Hellcat model, which throws down an enormous 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque. This ridiculous level of production from its supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 is enough to overcome the car’s $65,490 starting price (which has grown since the model was first introduced last year).
A six-speed manual strains to control the mighty SRT Hellcat’s acceleration, which under perfect conditions rockets the coupe to 60-mph in well under five seconds. On the street, be prepared for more smoky burnout sessions than stoplight glories, unless you fit a set of drag radials under the car.