The speed is as American as the Constitution, Taco Bell and the Super Bowl. It is in our DNA; In fact, it puts any American, regardless of age, behind the wheel of a fast car and watches their faces light up with pure, unadulterated joy as they step on the accelerator. It’s just what we are. Sure, Europe can claim the supercar, but they could never in their wildest dreams begin to match the pure vandalism of a great V8, a foot of lead, cheap gas and hundreds of kilometers of straight and flat road.
And with technology increasing power and maximum speeds, while emissions and prices fall, American automakers are in the midst of a golden age that dates back to the days of powerful and powerful muscle cars in the 60s and 70. Only now, we have discovered how to handle Europeans and, as a result, our best high-performance cars are also among the best on the planet.
Americans have not only been able to defend themselves on the international stage when it comes to speed, but they can also claim the fastest cars in the world. And after several generations of design and engineering adjustments, speed has been democratized and is now available to almost all users with a driver’s license. And although our daily drivers have been faster, our performance cars have gone completely crazy.
These 10 fastest vehicles manufactured in the United States are a sight to behold, and are a rarity in themselves. If you take a look at one, be sure to have the camera ready, as it is very likely that they have gone in the blink of an eye. As a reference, we have compiled them here into an easy-to-read list.
Tesla P90D (155 Miles Per Hour)
Yes, the P90D is limited to a maximum speed of “only” 155 miles per hour, just like a full-size Mercedes SUV. But unlike other cars in the 155 club (a common maximum speed for limited cars), the P90D has 762 horsepower and can run from zero to 60 at a watering of 2.8 seconds. The maximum speed will be condemned, the P90D is simply fast.
Ford Shelby GT350 (180 miles per hour)
Unlike the old Shelby Musangs, the GT350 is not a rocket in a straight line. I mean, it’s that, but unlike its predecessors, this ponycar can also take a corner. In fact, the new GT350 sculpts corners as well as the best in Europe, and is fast becoming one of the most formidable track toys in the world. Zero to 60 comes in around 3.7 seconds, and with 526 horsepower and 429 pound-feet of torque from a Ferrari-inspired 5.2-liter V8 flat crank, it sounds different than anything from the US. UU From A. For drivers who see things like air conditioning and sound deadening as excess weight, they can opt for the GT350R even more focused on the track (photo above).
Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 (184 miles per hour)
With a completely new Camaro on the way, the current ZL1 is a lame, a fact that Ford is happy to exploit with the GT350. But the current ZL1 is far from dead; it is still available from Chevy, and with a V8 of 6.2 liters and 580 horsepower, it is still one of the most formidable on the road. And while Ford has Chevy at the top end of the muscle car market for now, a next-generation ZL1 has just been seen at the Nürburgring, and should go out in 2017. Expect it to be lighter, worse and faster .
Chevrolet Corvette Z06 (185 miles per hour)
Like the Camaro, when the C6 Corvette was replaced by the infinitely better C7 in 2014, it lost its superior ZR-1. While that car could break the important 200 miles per hour mark, the current Z06 reaches a maximum of 185. Still, the new ‘Vette is more refined in virtually every way, and with 650 horses taking the car from scratch at 60 in 2.95 seconds, it’s much faster for most. For the few who are still not convinced, rumor has it that Chevy is working on a next-generation ZR1 for 2017, and it may even be – gasping! – with the middle engine.
Dodge Hellcat Challenger (199 miles per hour)
Frankly, we’re still getting over the fact that FCA’s crazy geniuses found a legal way to sell a 707-horsepower car that can go from zero to 60 in about three seconds and reach 199 miles per hour for less than $ 60,000 If you ever needed a reason to love American cars, here it is.
Equus Bass 770 (200 miles per hour
What do you get when a mysterious European businessman decides to build a sports car with 640 horsepower and more than $ 200,000 that can reach the magic mark of 200 miles per hour? Something as American as baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet, that’s all. Presented at the 2014 Detroit North American International Auto Show as a 2015 model, the Bass 770 built in Detroit is the most classic muscle car that leaves Motor City since GM A-Body left production in ’81. Composed primarily of carbon fiber and aluminum, it borrows its supercharged 6.2-liter V8 from the Chevrolet Corvette.
Cadillac CTS-V (200 miles per hour)
The last CTS-V was a hell of a performer. For 2016, Cadillac has done even better. Car and Driver calls it the “four-door Corvette,” and they do not exaggerate. He shares his supercharged 640 horsepower V8 with the Z06, and amazingly, Cadillac has found a way to make the engine even hotter. Zero to 60 comes in 3.7 seconds, on its way to a top speed of even 200 miles per hour.
Dodge Hellcat Charger (204 miles per hour)
Like the CTS-V, the big four-door Dodge shares its engine with a smaller coupe, and also like the Caddy, this sedan is faster. In fact, it is the fastest production sedan in the world. For less than $ 64,000, the lucky owners of Hellcat get a time from zero to 60 of around 3.7 seconds, that 707 supercharged 707-horsepower 6.2-liter Challenger, and an incredible top speed of 204 miles per hour.
Dodge SRT Viper (206 miles per hour)
It is not surprising that the children of Mopar own the horsepower list, and the Viper is one of the main reasons. Dodge’s long-lasting auto halo employs a V10 engine of 8.4 liters and 640 horsepower, capable of going from 0 to 60 in about three seconds. With a price starting at $ 97,000, the Viper barely looks like a bargain, but with that huge V10 and a top speed of 206 miles per hour, you’re talking about Ferrari’s performance for Mercedes S-Class prices.
Hennessey Venom (270 miles per hour
More mythical beast than a full-blown production car, it would be a crime to put the Hennessey Venom GT anywhere, but at the top of the list. Capable of speeds of up to 270 miles per hour, the Venom GT has beaten the Bugatti Veyron to become the fastest production car in the world. Virtually leaves blisters on the asphalt, jumping from 0 to 100 miles per hour in 5.6 seconds thanks to its engine of 1.244 horsepower of 7.0 liters Twin Turbocharged. Made in Texas, the $ 1.2 million Venom GT is easily the fastest car ever to come from America.