The whole tradition of muscle cars tends to be the most power and performance possible for the least amount of money. But recent top of the line offerings from Ford, Chevrolet and Dodge have seen prices climb to well over $60,000. The GT500 can get up to a whopping $100,000 or more. With the manufacturers charging more and more for their most powerful models, there is more reason than ever for aftermarket manufacturers that can add lots of power for not much money. For instance, Callaway claims their new Callaway Camaro SC630 is the, “most powerful new car in the world under $54k.”
The Callaway Camaro SC630 is based on the base level Camaro LT1, the cheapest V8 Camaro you can buy from the factory. Callaway then attaches their Genthree supercharger, intercooler, intake, and ECU tune. With that, you’re looking at 630 hp and 610 lb-ft of torque with a smattering of Callaway badging for just under $54,000. To keep that price down, it doesn’t look like there are any handling, brake or transmission alterations. Best of all, it keeps the full GM warranty.
The only downside is that, while Callaway will offer you the most power-per-dollar in a Camaro, there’s another muscle car out there that can actually give you more power for less money.
Lebanon Ford Performance (LFP) offers a Ford Mustang build with a choice of five different superchargers, all in for $42,495. Essentially, LFP’s supercharged Mustang is the cost of a base Mustang GT and the purchase and install of a supercharger. The four superchargers on offer have slightly different power outputs and warranty levels:
- Roush R2650 supercharger: 700 hp, 3 year/36,000 mile warranty
- Whipple 3.0 liter twin screw supercharger: 750 hp, no warranty
- Vortech supercharger: 800 hp, no warranty
- Procharger supercharger, 750 hp, no warranty.
All superchargers from LFP are paired with the required modifications like cooling systems, too. Like the Callaway Camaro, the LFP Mustang is only offered at such a low price because there are no handling or brake modifications, and they use the base spec V8 trim of each model. Still, you’re paying $10,000 less than you would in the Callaway Camaro.
Overall, these muscle cars provide incredible value, but if you truly want the most power with a warranty, the answer is clear: a 700 horsepower LFP Ford Mustang with a Roush Supercharger.