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  • The 2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing is the best V8 sports car out there
  • However, the 2023 Chevrolet Corvette’s flat-plane V8 could change that
  • If you want a cheap V8, the Dodge Challenger is only $37,230

It’s no secret the V8 motor is on its way out. More to the point, the sports car seems to be an increasingly slim segment. However, if you want both, you’re actually spoiled for choice. Cars like the Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing prove that the best V8 sports cars are still alive and well. Even better, some of them are kind of a bargain. Kinda.

The 2022 Dodge Challenger and Charger are excellent examples of the best V8 sports cars out there, shot here in a warehouse
The Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger offer shocking value | Dodge

Sports cars with a V8 engine are shockingly affordable

At $37,230 the 2022 Dodge Challenger is just about as cheap of a V8 sports car as you can get. Furthermore, it’s an icon of Americana with 375 hp and doesn’t take itself too seriously. You can’t take yourself seriously and have a paint color called “Hellraisin” after all. But for this kind of money? For that kind of power? You can’t beat the Dodge Challenger.

How much is a 2022 Chevrolet Corvette?

The 2022 Chevrolet Corvette lineup including LT1, LT2, and LT2 trims
The 2022 Chevrolet Corvette also comes in targa and convertible models | Chevrolet

Now to move up the tax brackets in our list of the best V8 sports cars. The 2022 Chevrolet Corvette starts at $60,900. With 495 hp, you aren’t just moving up a tax bracket, you’re moving up in the lap times too. Consumer Reports ranked it among their best road test scores ever for a reason. And with the flat-plane V8 in the new Z06, this is very easily one of the best V8 sports cars on sale today.

The 2022 Lexus IS 500 is a killer V8 sports car

A chalk grey 2022 Lexus IS 500 shot from the front 3/4 in a warehouse
The IS 500 is as good as Japanese sedans get | Lexus

However, sometimes you need to haul kids instead of ass. That’s where the 2022 Lexus IS 500 comes in. It’s a 472 hp V8 luxury car with some sports car sprinkled on top. If that sounds like a lot, that’s because it also costs a lot, at $56,500. Still, it’s basically a Toyota, and as such, will go forever. And it’s cheaper than a Corvette.

The 2022 Ford Mustang offers 460 hp on the cheap

A blue 2022 Ford Mustang GT shot from the front 3/4
The 2022 Mustang GT is the cheapest way into a V8 | Ford

At a mere $415 cheaper than the 2022 Dodge Challenger, the Mustang GT is, and has been, one of the best V8 sports cars out there. If you thin the Challenger is America in V8 form, the Mustang would like a word. And, like the Challenger, the Mustang also comes with a manual transmission. You do get more power than the Challenger, with 460 on tap.

Haul groceries and ass in the 2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing

A blue 2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing mid drift on a race track
What’s better than a V8 sedan you can drift? | Cadillac

Really though, this is it. The 2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing overpowers the BMW M5 and just about every other V8 car out there. It ain’t cheap, at $84,990 but who cares when you can haul groceries and ass? You bet there’s a stick shift, and the only driven wheels are at the back. We simply cannot think of a better V8 sports car.


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