• Nov 20, 2008
300 horsepower. Not too long ago, that was a number to brag about. Nowadays, minivans edge close to that number, making 500 or even 600 horsepower the new 300. While the proliferation of big horsepower might scare the beejeezus out of average drivers, car lovers see it as an opportunity to get a musclebound automobile at a fire sale price. If you've got a need to have the latest, best stuff, then the idea of picking up 300 still-exciting horsepower under the hood of something interesting from the last two decades might not do it for you, but the idea that you can get 300 horsepower for less money than an Aveo has a real appeal to us. Next Autos has whipped up a list of what they think are some of the better options in the sub-10K marketplace that pack the magic triple-hundred rating. We agree with some of the picks, one we've even singled out in the past as a Future Classic, but as is the case with any list, opinions will vary. One thing to bear in mind when contemplating the purchase of some of these cars is that while the price of entry might be pleasant, service costs can add up to monumental sums. Not that maintenance costs would stop us from being suckers for the roar of enraged pistons and the firm shove of hundreds of horsepower. Hit the link to see if the list is right on or full of beans.

[Source: Next Autos/Winding Road, Photo: Edmunds]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      I love my WS6( ls1 fbody) very easy to work and live with. Everythings great with the car....except the interior =(
      • 6 Years Ago
      Is it me, or did they pick a SMZ for their z-car photo...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Are the 02 35th Aniv. edition SS's really going for that cheap? I've never really seen one going for much under $20k. Seems more likely to find a '98-'01 SS going for under $10k.
        • 6 Years Ago
        you are right, i would expect 12-25k for a 35th SS depending on condition, if you found one for 10k it would be a completely abused A4 car with about 150k on the clock.... you could get a 98 or 99 LS1 camaro for under 10K, though.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Unfortunately, most of thses cars are at least 10 to 15 years old, as mentioned above, very expensive to maintain, high mileage and not the best for everyday drivers. A great option for just a couple of grand over $10K is the 2005/06 Chrysler 300C. You get 340HP, a lower mileage car and last gen Mercedes E-class components.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I can't believe the author was being derogatory toward the Mercedes' styling. I love that big coupe, and I would love to own one, although I'd get the V8 version. I guessing the V8 is a little cheaper to maintain.

      The Porsche, BMW, and the Jag: Endless black hole of money dumping, but all beautiful cars.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I have a 2001 cadillac sts with 300hp. Those are selling well under 10k now. The comfort is great and the acceleration isn't bad. 0-60 in 6.5. The maintenance isn't bad either but you might be better off getting a 300C.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The STS is a nice car. You can drive in comfort, and slip under the suspicious eyes of the law when you want to take things a little faster. That would be on my short list for a 300hp
      • 6 Years Ago
      That webpage wouldn't load half the time. What'd they have to say about the Lightning and what Mercedes was that? Excellent list though. +1 for the 300ZX
        • 6 Years Ago
        On the Lightning, they said Giddyup!
        The Benz was a 93 600SEC, and they rightfully commented about the drab styling. The W126 coupes looked much, much better.
      • 6 Years Ago
      NextAutos site is S L O W for some reason.

      They lost my interest anyway after they changed the format from what used to be a great site. "The Winding Road" Now, it's just trash IMO.

      Cheers AutoBlog for keeping things simple and informative.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @LloydChiro
        In today's market, that's not saying much. 300 points could drop in a blink of an eye.
        • 6 Years Ago
        No kidding. In the time it took me to go through that list, the DOW dropped like 300 points!
      • 6 Years Ago
      If I'm paying $10K for a used Camaro, it better come with a free mullet.

      Ditto for the 'Vette... except I want a free wax-job for the bald-spot I'll need to shave into my 'do to get the deal.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I might pay $10K for a C5 vette, but it better be the Z06 version.
      • 6 Years Ago

      My favorites are the BMW and the Jag.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yay Z32!
      • 6 Years Ago
      In '87 it was something to brag about.
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