By Joe Bruzek on September 13, 2011
The number of new 500-plus horsepower cars is a surprisingly long list, but admission to the club isn’t cheap even from non-exotic automakers. The supercharged 2012 Chevy Camaro ZL1 — slotted above the already potent SS — will make 580 horsepower when it goes on sale in early 2012. Pricing hasn’t been announced, but we expect the ZL1 to stay close to its most appropriate rival, the 2012 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 that starts at $48,645.
Below are a few examples of how much money it takes to get 500-plus horsepower. A Camaro or Mustang won’t be mistaken for an Audi R8, but the money-to-horsepower ratio of ’roided-up muscle cars like the supercharged GT500, and potentially the ZL1, is impressive. And as you can see, only one has more than 580 hp.
Road Test Editor Joe Bruzek covers Cars.com’s short-and long-term fleet of test cars and drives a 1998 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am. Email Joe