List: 400 Horsepower For Under $30K

By Brandon Turkus

May 11, 2010

2005

2005 Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG: 469 horsepower, $29,900

2000

2000 Dodge Viper RT/10: 450 horsepower, $29,830

2004

2004 Mercedes-Benz CL55 AMG: 493 horsepower, $29,270

2003

2003 Audi RS6: 450 horsepower, $27,965

2006

2006 Cadillac CTS-V: 400 horsepower, $27,135

2008

2008 Dodge Magnum SRT8: 425 horsepower, $26,900

2006

2006 Cadillac STS-V: 469 horsepower, $26,800

2004

2004 Volkswagen Phaeton W12: 420 horsepower, $26,235

2004

2004 Chevrolet Corvette Z06: 405 horsepower, $25,745

2006

2006 Dodge Ram SRT10: 500 horsepower, $25,500

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If horsepower is the only thing on your mind when purchasing a car, the current market has no shortage of choices. 200- to 350-horsepower cars can be had at a price that won't break the bank, but what if you want something more. 400-horsepower cars, from your local dealer, are becoming more and more attainable, but are still a long way from being as common as a 300-horsepower car. The new breed of muscle cars (Mustang, Camaro, Challenger) can all be had with big V-8s that are north of 400, but when you are done with the options sheet, the grand total will still be in the mid-to-upper $30,000s. So what is the best way of breaking 400 horsepower without breaking the bank? We got ten ideas, here. 


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