Affordable muscle cars are the people’s champions, machines that might not have the all-around performance pedigree of a dedicated sports car but which still pack significant power under the hood. The democratization of inexpensive muscle has reached a fever pitch over the course of the last decade or so, with anywhere between 300 and 500 horsepower accessible to gearheads at surprisingly reasonable prices both on the used and new market.
In recognition of this golden age of cheap performance we’ve put together a list of the 10 best affordable muscle cars money can buy, split between 5 brand new 2015 models and 5 recent used vehicles. Let’s see how much tire smoke per dollar you can get on the modern market.
2015 Ford Mustang GT – MSRP $32,300
The 2015 Ford Mustang GT has been completely redesigned, but while it’s gained a new independent rear suspension system and more modern styling it hasn’t lost its affordable muscle car reputation in the process. With a starting MSRP of $32,300, the Ford Mustang GT delivers 435 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque from a 5.0-liter V-8 engine that can be mated to either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission. The Mustang GT can launch itself to 60-mph from a standing start in just 4.4 seconds, and chows down the quarter mile in 12.8 seconds.