Cars with 400 Hp Under 20k

So you like fast cars with power to burn, but don’t want to spend over 20k? Well your in luck. Here’s a list of cars with over 400 Hp and under 20k.If you want to turn heads, while also going fast, check out these cars with 400+ Hp and prices under $20k. Some of these are true sleeper cars that deliver supercar performance at an affordable price.

Is your car 400 Hp or higher under 20k ? Yup it is. How you might ask, well check out below and you might be surprised that you already have a car that’s got 400 Hp or more under 20k. Some of these cars might surprise you as to just how much horsepower they pack and as a result they could scoot 0-60 in the better part of 3 seconds.

Are you looking to get the most horsepower out of your car? Do you want a faster car with more luxury and better gas mileage? Well if you asked these questions, then you are in the right place because this article is going to list three different cars that all have 400+ HP with under 20k in price.In today’s economy it can be quite the task to find quality used cars for sale that offer a diverse option of performance and luxury features for a decent price. Look towards the under-20k part of the market, where there are many great cars that can fit most needs and still offer top speed performance.

Cars With 400 Hp Under 25k

Looking for a bargain barnstormer? These sporty cars are less costly, but still offer plenty of driving fun.

There’s something about a car that goes vroom that can’t be beat. When you’re sitting behind the wheel of a powerful car, your heart races and your mind wanders to all the places you can go. There are plenty of used cars out there that deliver high horsepower for low prices. 


2009 Nissan 370Z

Nissan stepped up its edgy design aesthetic with the 370z. This car’s length has been trimmed by three inches, the wheelbase lost four inches, and the long-hood looks are extended. The 370Z has a powerful 332-horsepower V6 engine that reaches 60 mph in 4.9 seconds. However, the 370Z requires premium gas to power that engine. On the interior, the two-seater is a tighter fit but it includes padded knee rests for both the driver and passenger.  

2008 Nissan 350Z

The Nissan 350Z is known for being a modern, edgy sports car. On the exterior, the car has kept the basic shape of the classic Datsun Z but the design is smoother, with fewer angles. With rear-wheel drive, the 350Z also has plenty of power. Under the hood, the standard V6 engine delivers up to 306 horsepower with a 0 to 60 time of 5.6 seconds. And the 350Z delivers a smooth driving experience. The steering is responsive, which comes in handy when you’ve got 268 pound-feet of available torque. Rear visibility is limited, due to the design. And while the car only has seating for two, it fits taller passengers comfortably.

2012 Dodge Challenger

The year may say 2012, but the Dodge Challenger looks like the classic model from the 1970s. The 305 horsepower V6 engine revs up nicely and pairs with a five-speed automatic transmission. The base model goes from 0-60 mph in 6.4 seconds. A new option for this model is the high performance Harman Kardon® audio system. The car comes with six airbags, ABS, and interior head-impact protection, among other features. The Challenger’s comfortable seats and trunk space make for an ideal road-trip pick.

2008 Infiniti G35

Known for being one of Infiniti’s best-selling models, the G35 was reinvented as a sedan in 2008. Still, the powerful V6 engine brings up to 306 horsepower. The car comes with a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. This model includes keyless entry and a push button to start the engine. The G35’s handling is still top of the line, and the backseat has plenty of legroom. Leather comes standard, making the ride comfortable for everyone inside. 

2011 Chevrolet Camaro LT

Chevrolet stepped up the engine in the Camaro LT, bringing the horsepower up to 312 compared to the previous year’s 304 horsepower. Going 0 to 60 mph takes just 4.9 seconds. The V6 engine does well on fuel economy, getting up to 28 mpg on the highway. While some car reviewers found the steering wheel to be overdesigned, they agreed the Camaro LT handles curves well. The LT also comes standard with OnStar®.

2012 Hyundai Genesis

This Hyundai Genesis was released with several upgrades to the previous year’s model. The V6 engine has more horsepower, at 333 hp, and a standard eight-speed automatic transmission. The Genesis also comes standard with leather seating and eight airbags. The optional navigation system also includes a rear view camera. While some have noted the Genesis could have more responsive steering, it does have good fuel economy, with an EPA-estimated 28 mpg on the highway. There’s also ample legroom for five passengers and decent trunk space.

2011 Infiniti G37

The Infiniti G37 is a car that balances both speed and luxury. The V6 328 horsepower engine can go from zero to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds. Leather seats come standard for the interior, as well as premium speakers. While the G37 is not known for its roomy backseat, drivers find it offers user-friendly handling, making for a comfortable drive. With an engine that delivers 270 pounds-feet of torque, the G37 carries the title of being the strongest in the Infiniti G series.

2014 Chevrolet Camaro LS

Chevrolet took a note from their competitors and designed a modern car with a classic feel that looks straight out of a movie set. But that review is just for the exterior. Under the hood, the Camaro LS comes with a standard 323 horsepower V6 engine that provides serious off-the-line acceleration. The LS can carve through turns well, making it feel like you’re driving a smaller car. As with other sports cars, the Camaro’s low visibility is something to be aware of, especially while trying to park. 

2014 Ford Mustang

This classic pony car celebrated 50 years of continuous production in 2014. With the standard 305 horsepower V6 engine, the Mustang can reach 60 mph in 5.8 seconds. The six-speed automatic transmission can also save money by reaching an estimated 31 mpg on the highway. The 2014 Mustang was built similarly to the previous year’s model but with new colors available: Oxford White and Ruby Red Metallic. Like previous models, reviewers still find the backseat is a little tight, but the electric power steering makes for a smooth drive either on the highway or on winding country roads.

400 Horsepower For Under $20K: Go Fast For Cheap

You no longer have to be rich to drive a crazy powerful car. Oh, and, 600- and 500-horsepower can be had for $20k, too.

Oct 10, 2017 at 12:00pm ET1By: Seyth Miersma

It’s a common question / bar topic amongst those of us obsessed with cars: “What’s the fastest car I can get for [insert personal budget here]?” And, frankly, it’s a hard question, even for experts, to answer. There are a ton of variables: Prices change from region to region, deal to deal, and day to day; “fast” is a very relative term, and “fastest” more slippery still.

Yet, without involving NASA or those eggheads at SAE, we can drum up a pretty good hit list just by careful use of the internet.

For our simplistic purposes, we’re going to call anything with 400 or more horsepower “pretty fast” (and looking at the results, we stand by it). These days a used car with that much power can actually be had for under $15,000 if you’re patient, and know what you’re looking for, but the options really open up if you have $20k to spend. For the sake of consistency, if not science, we’re developing our car values using Kelly Blue Book tools, assuming 50,000 miles (we don’t want a rolling pile of garbage, and there are Jaguars on this list… ), a private party sale, and Very Good or better condition.

As a way to organize the top results, we’ve decided to sort by horsepower per dollar. It’s a truly meaningless metric, but fun to put on the spreadsheet, anyway. The resulting list isn’t comprehensive (we look forward to seeing your picks in Comments, below), and it isn’t without flaws, but it is a lot of fun.

2005 Cadillac CTS-V

400 HP | $14,895 | $37.24 per HP

Cadillac got serious about fighting BMW M and Mercedes AMG in the early 2000s, notably with its bloody fast sports sedan, the CTS-V. Today, just under fifteen grand will buy you a reasonable example of the 400-hp car, and undoubtedly many miles of fast Art & Science driving in the process.

2009 Jaguar XF Supercharged

420 HP | $15,067 | $35.87 per HP

If there’s a big car-guy lesson that was reinforced in the process of compiling this list, it is that storied brands with big depreciation problems create some alluring secondhand vehicles. The XF Supercharged, powered by an impressive 4.2-liter V8, falls tastily into that group. Used Jags don’t always make the most compelling ownership propositions, but when everything works, cars like this bruiser of an XF are a joy.

2010 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Supercharged

510 HP | $17,625 | $34.56 per HP

The second product from Jaguar Land Rover in our list, this blown, 5.0-liter V8-powered SUV, will not be the last. And while at nearly $18,000 to allegedly put one in your driveway it isn’t crazy cheap, the slight price premium is more than made up for by legendary Range Rover off-road ability, and 510 mighty horsepower.

2006 Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG

604 HP | $19,973 | $33.07 per HP

If you were impressed with the Range Rover throwing up 500+ ponies for under twenty grand, don’t look now. Yes, the S65 is a little older, and the most expensive car on this list. But it makes the cut easily, thanks to a massive 604 hp created by its segment-leading, 6.0-liter V12 engine – “segment” here being used, 400+ hp cars for under $20k. Getting a hilariously fast sedan for that money is bonkers… just don’t expect your purchase payment to be the last check you write to keep this exotic limo on the road.

2005 Maserati Quattroporte

396 HP | $12,876 | $32.52 per HP

That’s right, you too can now be the owner of a sexy Italian exotic, powered by no-less than a Ferrari V8, for the bargain price of… $13,000! Good deal, or the best deal? Much of that depends on how thirsty your soul might be for drinking in the aural liqueur that is a Maserati exhaust note at 5,000 rpm. Four shy of four hundred horsepower (we just couldn’t resist adding it) come galloping from 4.2-liters of revvy V8 here, and the result is magic on the cheap.

2006 Cadillac STS-V

469 HP | $13,693 | $29.20 per HP

In our opinion the best-deal Cadillac on this list sits up there at #10, but you can’t front on the bold, sub-$30-per-horse STS-V. What’s that you say? You didn’t know there was ever such a vehicle? Here in the Motor City, the V version of Cadillac’s big boy STS is a little less rare, but we’ll admit that the supercharged, 4.4-liter V8-engined sedan is probably an uncommon sight in most neighborhoods. All the more reason to seek one out; with 469 hp driving the rear wheels, you can afford to be less picky about dynamic things like bodyroll and steering feel.

2003 Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG

469 HP | $13,651 | $29.11 per HP

In March of 2003, Car and Driver’s Dan Pund reported that, at its v-max of 155 miles per hour, the E55, “feels a lot like the average new car doing 90 mph.” That – with comparisons to Ferraris and reports of 4.5-second 0-60 times – was impressive when the car was new and cost $70,000-ish. It’s goddamn unreal now that you can pick one up for the price of a horrible Mitsubishi Mirage.

2006 Jaguar S-Type R

400 HP | $10,686 | $26.72 per HP

We’re not going to belabor this point, because it’s hardly critical to the inclusion of another Jaguar on our list, but the S-Type, even in R guise, is U-G-L-Y ugly. It’s an ugly car. We don’t care for its looks. You get that?

Even still, 400 hp for just over ten grand is pretty impressive. In theory the motive force of that lovely 4.2-liter V8 (an engine we’re not done with yet) will move the car along smartly enough that people you care to impress won’t be able to get a good look at it. Speed over taste, always.

2006 Jaguar XJR

400 HP | $10,311 | $25.78 per HP

Now, that’s more like it! The same supercharged 4.2-liter V8 found in the grotesquery that is the S-Type’s face, can also be had – for less money – under the utterly classic hood of the XJR. Why are we still even discussing it? Buy the XJ.

2005 Chrysler 300 SRT8

425 HP | $8,348 | $19.64 per HP

It’s downright criminal that a 425-hp vehicle can be purchased for four figures, considering some of you idiot drivers we see on the highway every day. For the love of god, don’t tell your dummy 16-year-old kid about the original 300 SRT8 or we’ll all be dead.

Now that we’ve cleared that up, there’s just not a bargain like this out there anywhere else. Consider this: There are three other SRT8 models that share this basic powertrain, and none of them is cheap enough to crack the top 10. (The 2006 iterations of the Dodge Charger SRT8 and Dodge Magnum SRT8 can be found on the runners up list, but the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 still lives well above the $20k mark). Why no love for the baller 300? We couldn’t say. But we do know that, on a list of smokin’ cheap power bargains, the Chrysler is the hottest thing on fire.

Runners Up

  • 2006 Dodge Charger SRT8: 425 HP | $16,253 | $38.24 per HP
  • 2005 Pontiac GTO: 400 HP | $15,423 | $38.56 per HP
  • 2006 Dodge Magnum SRT8: 425 HP | $17,248 | $40.58 per HP
  • 2006 BMW M5: 500 HP | $20,412 | $40.82 per HP (Yeah, yeah, calm down. We’ll loan you the $412)
  • 2012 Hyundai Genesis 5.0: 429 HP | $17,873 | $41.66 per HP
  • 2002 Chevy Corvette Z06: 405 HP | $17,748 | $43.82 per HP
  • 2011 Ford Mustang GT Coupe: 412 HP | $18,111 | $43.96 per HP
  • 2012 Hyundai Equus: 429 HP | $19,404 | $45.23 per HP
  • 2007 Jaguar XKR Coupe: 420 HP | $19,161 | $45.62 per HP
  • 2010 Chevy Camaro SS Coupe: 400 HP | $18,466 | $46.17 per HP
  • 2011 Infiniti M56: 420 HP | $19,831 | $47.22 per HP

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