Every New Car With 500 HP for Under $100,000

A new 500-hp car is more attainable than you might have thought.

The Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 (pictured above) is an absolute beast of a car, built to be incredibly capable on the dragstrip, the track, and the street. Expect the Z/28 to have a single focus: race track domination. It's been testing (and crashing) on the Nurburgring, and as far as we can tell, it'll be one serious performer. 
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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.

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The brilliant new Shelby GT350 is arguably the performance bargain of the century. It can embarrass thoroughbread sports cars that cost way more. Even a loaded GT350R at $65,195 is reasonable.

 Just avoid dealer markups on early production examples.
Ford
Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 – 526 HP – $57,240

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.

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Chevrolet
Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 – 650 HP – $61,500

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.

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<p>When the second cheapest car on the list is 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 <a href="http://quizcards.info/car-culture/a8620/a-weekend-with-the-2015-dodge-challenger-srt-hellcat/">Challenger</a> and Charger Hellcat.</p><p>The <a href="http://quizcards.info/new-cars/first-drives/a26249/dodge-charger-hellcat-test/">Charger Hellcat</a> is actually the fastest sedan in the world with a top speed of 204 mph. It's a lot cheaper than an M5, too.</p>
Dodge
Dodge Challenger/Charger Hellcat – 707 HP – $64,195/$67,995

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.

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Alex Bernstein
Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio – 505 HP – $73,700

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.

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<p>Mercedes's <a href="http://quizcards.info/new-cars/first-drives/news/a25100/first-drive-2015-mercedes-amg-c63/">ultimate C-Class</a> just barely made it on the list with 503-hp out of its twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8. It costs more than all of its rivals, but then again, none of its rivals are on this list. </p>
Mercedes-Benz
Mercedes-AMG C63 S Sedan – 503 HP – $73,700

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.

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<p>The 650-hp <a href="http://quizcards.info/new-cars/road-tests/a27092/corvette-z06-pcoty-opinion/">Corvette Z06</a> is a legitimate supercar beater that costs a fraction of its rivals. Only the Dodge Viper can offer similar levels of performance at a similarly thrifty price, but that car is $10,000 pricier than the Z06 and <a href="http://quizcards.info/new-cars/news/a28014/the-viper-is-dying-because-it-makes/">ending production soon</a>.</p>
Matt Tierney
Chevrolet Corvette Z06 – 650 HP – $79,495

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.

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Jaguar
Jaguar F-Pace SVR – 550 HP – $79,990

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.

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Drew Phillips
Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio – 505 HP – $79,995

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.

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Land Rover
Range Rover Sport Supercharged – 518 HP – $82,050

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.

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Dodge Challenger SRT Demon – 840 HP – $84,995

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.

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Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk – 707 HP – $86,000

The Trackhawk is the most powerful SUV you can buy today, and among its peers, it's a bargain. That Hellcat-sourced 707-hp supercharged V8 also makes the Trackhawk a total speed demon. We love it.

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<p>Using an ever so slightly detuned version of the engine found in the Corvette Z06, the <a href="http://quizcards.info/new-cars/first-drives/a26224/2016-cadillac-cts-v-first-drive/">Cadillac CTS-V</a> well outguns its luxury performance sedan rivals. With a 200 mph top speed and quarter mile sprints in the elevens, the 640-hp CTS-V is unlike any Cadillac before it.</p>
Cadillac
Cadillac CTS-V – 640 HP – $86,495

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.

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Nissan
Nissan GT-R – 565 HP – $99,900

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.

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