Ford Mustang GT Leads 21 Sporty Cars in Bang for the Buck
A few things to keep in mind before we get into explaining how the 2016 Ford Mustang GT offers more bang for the buck than any other sporty coupe sold in the American market.
First, the list below has numbers for both the 2015 and 2016 model years, depending on what is available right now. This comparison looks at all of the cars that are available for ordering now or in the next few months, so you will find that most of the cars are from the 2016 model year, but with the Hyundai Genesis Coupe, the Dodge Viper, the Dodge Challenger and the Chevrolet Camaro still working with the 2015 model year pricing. However, since we have preliminary pricing for the 2016 Camaro, those figures are included as well.
It should be noted that in terms of raw price per horsepower, the 2015 Camaro V6 1LS trim is the leader in the US market with a rate of just $76.47 per horsepower. However, with the 2015 models on their way out, the 2016 Camaro coming in with a higher starting price point and the 2016 Mustang GT costing just 7 cents more per horsepower, Ive gone ahead and named the Mustang the leader in bang for the buck. Chevy guys, flame away, but when the 2015 models are gone in a few months, the Mustang GT will be the undisputed leader in price per horsepower.
Next, you will notice that there aren’t any high performance exotics on the list topped by the 435hp Ford Mustang GT, because those cars all cost far, far more than the cars atop this list. To make my point, the end of the list includes the Nissan GTR and the Lamborghini Aventador, simply to show the difference in price per horsepower between the top cars and those popular supercars.
Finally, the list includes cars in their least expensive form for the given trimline, so in the case of the 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, I’ve used 455 rather than the 460 you get with the performance exhaust. By using “base” forms of each trimline, that allows me to not take into consideration the cost of adding things like performance exhaust systems and such. Ive also not included the Subaru BRZ since it is just a pricier version of the Scion FRS and the new Mazda Miata isn’t included because it is only available as a convertible and because of that, its price per HP would be the highest on the list next to the Nissan GTR.
Now, for the list.
Best Bang for the Buck Coupes in the US
As mentioned above, the Chevrolet Camaro V6 and Ford Mustang GT offer the most power per dollar, and the list is dominated by the American automakers for the most part with one interesting exception. The Hyundai Genesis Coupe – a car which is often forgotten in performance car discussions – packs 348 horsepower with a base price of just $27,645, giving it a price per horsepower of $79.44. This makes the Gen Coupe the only sporty car in American under $80 aside from the 2015 V6 Camaro and the 2016 Mustang GT.