We know the drill.

You’re looking to buy a new car with some horsepower, but don’t want to spend too much money. With so many options available in the new car market, and since we are in the middle of a factory horsepower war right now, there are some great options available. Never before has so much horsepower been available so cheaply. You can now buy 10-year-old supercar horsepower for modern-day grocery getter prices!

We want to help you make the best buying decision for your performance demands and budget. That’s why we’ve created the dollar-per-horsepower rankings below. Using a simple formula that factors in each vehicle’s base MSRP and maximum horsepower, we rank the vehicles by the cost of making one horsepower to determine the best bargains.

Our criteria take into account the base MSRP for each engine that was available in each chassis. This will be as bare bones as you can get, and we opted for a manual transmission where it was available (that fancy sound system or GPS navigation will cost extra, so remember that when looking at our list).

We started with the American Big Three and picked the essentials: the Challenger (yes, that includes the ferocious Hellcat), Mustang, Camaro, and Corvette. Then we threw in some German powerhouses in the form of the 911 Carrera and 911 Turbo from Porsche and the M3 from BMW. Japan is represented by the Nissan R35 GTR. Just for fun, we even threw in two Japanese lightweight options — the new Mazda Miata and the Toyota/Scion GT86/FRS.

This may not be an apples-to-apples contest, but everyone’s dollar spends the same. If you’re looking for the best value strictly in terms of horsepower and purchase price for model-year 2016 performance, this list will benefit you.



Again, what you see is how much money it costs per horsepower in each car. The lower the dollar amount, the better the value. For example, for every $75 you spend on that Mustang, you’re getting one horsepower. Conversely, you have to spend $294 to get that same horsepower on a Porsche 911T.

Based on this chart, we declare the 2016 Ford Mustang GT 5.0L the performance bargain of the year!