General Motors isn’t shy on enthusiast offerings. Although most are beyond what many would consider “affordable,” there’s no denying the bang-for-your-buck some GM performance cars offer. For a quick example, ten years ago, over 500 horsepower in a Chevrolet Camaro from the factory would seem unimaginable.
AutoGuide has put together its yearly list of the top ten cheapest cars that return over 500 hp. This time, GM held three of the ten spots. First up is the 2017 Cadillac CTS-V in ninth place. With 640 hp and 630 pound-feet of torque, it eclipses the 500 mark and then some, though it rings in at $87,290 for an entry-level model.
Moving right along to seventh place is the 2017 C7 Corvette Z06. Like the Cadillac CTS-V, it uses the same 6.2-liter supercharged LT4 V8 engine to power it. Though, the Corvette Z06 makes 650 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque. Not a bad hp-dollar ratio considering it costs $80,490.
But, the third and top-placing GM car is the best value proposition here, especially if over 500 hp and a factory warranty are musts. The 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 starts at $62,135 and offers the same 650 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque found in the Corvette Z06. All three of these cars use the same 6.2-liter LT4 V8 as well. The only other cheaper option for 500-plus hp? The Ford Shelby GT350.