When it comes to performance, torque is as important as horsepower, as is a vehicle’s power-to-weight ratio. But why cloud the situation with complexity, am I right? Horsepower ruled yesterday, horsepower rules today, and horsepower will rule tomorrow (or so we think).
To find 10 of the most affordable cars with high horsepower, we set a floor of 325 hp, then researched the cheapest and most powerful models from every single automaker, both mainstream and luxury. In cases where a model line offers multiple high-powered engines, we factored those into the equation. The result is a list of cars making between 332 hp and 485 hp, all priced between $28,000 and $40,000. We’ve listed them in order of base price, not including destination charges.