V8 Cage Match: 06 CTS-V vs 04 GTO vs 10 Challenger R/T

“You don’t need a V8” — said nobody. Imagine for a minute that you have $10-$15k to spend on a cheap rear-drive late model V8 powered family coupe/sedan. It might seem like not a lotta money if you went to Carmax and saw all of the overpriced Camrys, but in your local craigslist you’ll find a cornucopia of pushrod equipped V8 monsters that’ll fit your mild budget. Just be sure to budget appropriately for fuel and tires. But first you’ve got to choose between a Pontiac built in Australia, a Dodge with a badboy reputation or a Cadillac thinks its a Corvette.

Let’s start first with this 2006 Cadillac CTS-V that is offered for $14,000 in Pomona, CA via craigslist. It has (as all first gen CTS-V’s were equipped) a 6-speed manual gearbox attached to the LS2 V8. 400 horsepower and 5 seats is a good combination if you can find it.

Next up is this 2004 Pontiac GTO offered for $13,800 in the High Desert outside of Los Angeles, CA via craigslist. The Holden Monaro based GTO wasn’t the sales success that Bob Lutz assumed it would be and was ultimately canned by GM before the Pontiac brand was abandoned entirely. The GTO was criticized for its bland styling and high MSRP, but a used one seems like a good way to get into something with a V8.

The final entry into this 3-way cage fight is the wide stanced brawler of the group. It is this 2010 Dodge Challenger R/T offered for $10,000 in Los Angeles, CA via craigslist. Today’s example is rough, but it has a 5.7 liter Hemi V8 that’ll leave black stripes all over ground.

What would you drive? Comments below.