Just because you're on a budget doesn't mean you should leave speed on the shelf. Today, affordable 300 HP cars are a reality without requiring anyone to spend an extra ten thousand over just to get those extra ponies. So what base model cars offer the most affordable power? Check out our list of affordable cars for sale that are both fast as heck and easy on your budget below.
By the Numbers - Five 300 HP Cars Under 30k
While there are plenty of fun to drive and sporty cars on a budget these days, (think hot hatches and RWD toys like the FRS) not all of them have the numbers to back them up. So to satisfy everyones lust for horsepower, here are the five most affordable cars under $30,000 with 300HP or more.
2013 Ford Mustang - $22,200 MSRP - 305 HP
The base V6 Mustang maybe no Cobra but as far as cars offering cheap speed there's nothing better you can buy on a showroom floor. It's the cheapest of our 2013 cars under $25000 with a sticker price of $22,200 for 305 HP. To put it all into perspective, consider that the Mustang is only $6,000 more then the Ford Focus, but with more then twice the power.
2013 Chevrolet Camaro - $23,345 MSRP - 323 HP
Like the Mustang, the Camaro is another V6 built for those who need power on a budget. The price is a pinch more then the Ford, costing an extra $1,145 but it comes with some extra horsepower to go along with it. The Chevy's 3.6L V6 engine pulls with 323 horsepower, 18 HP more then the 'stang.
2013 Dodge Challenger - $25,795 MSRP - 305 HP
Of course, after the Camaro and the Mustang, the price of that extra horsepower takes a bit of a step up. The Dodge Challenger packs all the horsepower of the Ford Mustang but at a bit of a step up in price. A $3,595 step up to be exact. Still very much middle of the road when compared to some of the other cars under 30,000 for sale however.
2013 Chevrolet Impala - $25,860 MSRP - 300 HP
Of all the cars on our list, the Impala might be the most easily forgotten. After all it doesn't have that next tier to 400 HP monster like the Mustang, or Camaro. But who doesn't love a dark horse? With the Impala you can blend in and still stand out when you stand on the gas.
2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe R-Spec - $28,750 - 344 HP
The standard Genesis Coupe is nothing to sneeze at with a turbo charged four-cylinder capable of pushing 260 HP. But that still doesn't make it suitable for our 300 HP club. So to get there, means stepping up to the Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 R-Spec, and moving up to the bigger V6 means 344 HP but at the cost of $28,750. This may make the R-Spec the most powerful car on our short list of under 30k, but that doesn't mean to much if you are willing to spend a bit more.