The 500-horsepower club is not as exclusive as it once was. These 10 cars will get you a membership for $100,000 or less.
The brilliant new Shelby GT350 is one of the performance-car bargains of the century. It can embarrass thoroughbred sports cars that cost way more, and even the $64,740 GT350R is reasonably priced. Just avoid dealer markups.
Borrowing its 650-hp supercharged V8 from the Corvette Z06, the new Camaro ZL1 manages to squeeze in as the second-cheapest car on this list. The Challenger Hellcat might be a little more powerful than this pony car, but we'd bet the Camaro would smoke it on a road course.
When the third-cheapest car on the list is one of the most powerful, you've got a heck of a deal on your hands. Dodge took the muscle-car game to the next level with the 707-hp Challenger and Charger Hellcat. The Charger Hellcat is actually one of the fastest sedans in the world with a top speed of 204 mph. It's a lot cheaper than any European super-sedan, too.
The Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio costs as much as a Mercedes-AMG C63 S and has just a bit more power. They couldn't feel more different, though. Where the AMG is luxurious and rapid, the Alfa offers sharp, supercar-like handling. And hey, this 505-hp 2.9-liter V6 is basically a Ferrari V8 with two cylinders chopped off.
Mercedes's ultimate C-Class just barely made it on the list with 503-hp from its twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8. It costs more than all of its rivals, save the Alfa, but it's the most luxurious car on this list. And that V8 is a monster.
The 650-hp Corvette Z06 is a legitimate supercar-beater that costs a fraction as much as its European rivals. You can, however, have the Z06's supercharged V8 for a lot less money in the Camaro ZL1.
To create its first super SUV, Jaguar took the 550-hp Supercharged V8 from the F-Type R and stuck it in the F-Pace. We haven't driven it yet, but it should be a riot.
The Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio is essentially a Giulia Quadrifoglio in SUV form. It uses the same basic platform and 505-hp twin-turbo V6, but here, it sends its power to the front and rear axles. It drives a heck of a lot like the Giulia too.
While not as powerful as the 575-hp Sport SVR, the Range Rover Sport Supercharged gets by fine with 518 hp from its 5.0-liter supercharged V8. Starting at $82,050, it's actually a good deal among SUVs with way more power than necessary.
Technically, Dodge isn't building any more Challenger SRT Demons, but you can actually find lots for MSRP or below. On standard fuel, it makes a crazy 808 hp, and with race gas and a specific ECU, it'll make 840. That's far more than any car on this list, and it's not even the most expensive. Well done, Dodge.
Using an ever-so-slightly detuned version of the engine found in the Corvette Z06, the Cadillac CTS-V easily outguns most of its luxury performance sedan rivals. With a 200-mph top speed and quarter-mile sprints in the 11-second range, the 640-hp CTS-V is faster than any Cadillac road car before it.
The Nissan GT-R was once a performance-car bargain, but a few years after it launched, its base price crept past the $100,000 mark. For 2018, Nissan created the $99,900 GT-R Pure edition to bring its performance to the (still relatively well-off) people.