In 1987, the legendary Ferrari F40 became the first-ever production car to achieve a top speed of over 200 mph, and it didn’t take long for other manufacturers to follow along. These days, a Ferrari F40 costs millions at auctions, making it out of reach for most gearheads.
Thankfully, manufacturers have built many fantastic sports cars that can crack 200 mph since the ’80s, and if you look hard enough, you’ll find plenty of cheap options. Keep in mind that we’re using the word ‘cheap’ loosely here – the amount of technology a car needs to hit 200 mph safely comes at a much higher cost than the average Point A to B car. With that said, let’s explore ten of the least expensive 200-mph cars you can buy today.
10 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat – $40,000
The Dodge Challenger has always been considered to be one of the best muscle cars ever. However, in 2014, the Challenger cemented its position as the top dog in the muscle car space when Dodge introduced the crazy SRT Hellcat.
The SRT Hellcat combined a mean-looking muscular design with one of the most powerful engines ever installed in a muscle car — a monstrous supercharged Hemi V8 pushing out 707 ponies. A 0-60 of 3.6 seconds and a top speed of 200 mph made the SRT Hellcat a feared drag racing weapon.
9 2013 Nissan GT-R – $55,000
The Nissan GT-R needs no introduction, as it’s one of the most iconic Japanese sports cars. Its unique design, power, all-wheel-drive layout, and affordable price tag compared to European equivalents have earned the GT-R a cult following worldwide.
In 2013, the GT-R received an upgrade that boosted power output to 544 hp, allowing it to break the 200 mph barrier. The 2013 GT-R also got a new flywheel housing and a retuned suspension system.
8th Chevrolet Corvette Z06 C7 – $60,000
The C7 Corvette stuck to the same winning formula that gearheads love about the American icon — a superb design, powerful V8 engine, and affordability. Just like it had done with the previous generation, Corvette introduced a high-performance version of the C7 in 2015, the Z06.
Equipped with a 6.2-liter supercharged and intercooled V8 engine belting out 650 ponies, the Z06 could hit a top speed of 205 mph. This made it one of the fastest American cars of the last decade.
7 2011 Bentley Continental GT – $50,000
The Continental GT is one of the most important Bentley models ever, as it was the first car the British marque built under Volkswagen’s ownership and the car that brought in many sales. The Continental GT’s impressive design, luxurious interior, and power have made it a huge hit among gearheads.
The second-generation Continental GT debuted in 2011 with plenty of upgrades, particularly in the power department. Since it has a massive W12 that can be hard to maintain, prices have dropped massively, and now you can find one for as low as $50,000.
6 Audi R8 V10 – $70,000
Audi has a long list of cars to be proud of, but few are as iconic as the R8. The R8 debuted in the mid-2000s and instantly impressed gearheads with its unique design, advanced technology, power, and all-wheel-drive layout.
There were several versions of the R8, and one of the best is the V10. The R8 V10 was equipped with a 5.2-liter V10 with 525 hp on tap, making it super fast.
5 2016 Cadillac CTS-V – $60,000
In the early 2000s, Cadillac developed the CTS sedan to take on the compact luxury sedan market, which was largely dominated by European giants like BMW and Mercedes-Benz. While the CTS looked the part, it didn’t have as much power as the competition, so Cadillac introduced the high-performance CTS-V in 2004.
The third and final CTS-V generation debuted in 2016, and it was just as great as its predecessors. With a hearty 640-hp 6.2-liter supercharged V8 under the hood, the 2016 CTS-V was incredibly fast.
4 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10 – $65,000
The iconic Dodge Viper shocked the motoring world when it debuted in the early ’90s. Its design and power combination enabled it to compete with some of the best European sports cars of the day, which is why it stayed in production for almost three decades.
In 2008, Dodge introduced one of the most powerful iterations of the Viper — the SRT10. Equipped with an 8.4-liter V10 producing 600 hp, the Viper SRT10 could reach a top speed of 202 mph.
3 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 C6 – $55,000
In 1970, Chevy introduced the ZR1 performance package for the third-generation Corvette, which included a power boost and several upgrades. The ZR1 package was so popular that Chevy has introduced one for most Corvette generations since.
The C6 ZR1 debuted in 2007 as the high-performance version of the lightweight Z06. Equipped with a 6.2-liter supercharged LS9 V8 with 638 hp on tap, the C6 ZR1 topped out at 205 mph.
2 Bentley Continental Flying Spur – $70,000
The Continental Flying Spur is a superb full-size luxury sedan that Bentley introduced in 2005 to take on the likes of the Rolls-Royce Phantom and Mercedes-Benz S-Class Maybach. Like the aforementioned Continental GT, the Flying Spur helped Bentley make a comeback in the 2000s as it brought in thousands of sales.
The Flying Spur used most of the mechanical underpinnings of the Continental GT and also had a 6.0-liter twin-turbo W12 engine generating 544 hp. With a 200-mph top speed, the Flying Spur could keep up with sports cars half its weight.
1 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat – $55,000
The Challenger SRT Hellcat wasn’t the only powerful Dodge muscle car to debut in 2014. Dodge also decided to give the Challenger’s four-door brother a performance boost, resulting in the Charger SRT Hellcat.
The Charger SRT Hellcat looked a lot like the base Charger but had a redesigned front fascia featuring a larger lower grille and special badges. At the heart of the Charger SRT Hellcat was the same 707-hp supercharged Hemi V8 in the Challenger SRT Hellcat, making it the fastest four-door sedan ever.