When it comes to the American automobile industry, we instantly think about the rough, tough and ready-for-whatever pick-up trucks like the best-selling F-150 and the close-second Silverado. The world-famous muscle cars like the Mustang and the Camaro come to mind next. That’s what we’ve got to give to the world, that’s our legacy, if you will. In addition, the United States majors like General Motors, Ford, Chrysler and the rest of the bunch are pretty great in making routine, day-to-day affordable cars as well: take the Ford Explorer, the Fusion, or the Chevrolet Impala, Sonic and such. We’re also quite competitive on the market of hybrids and EVs (electronic vehicles): the Chevy Volt is one of the best in the segment, right next to Toyota’s Prius Plug-in and Nissan’s Leaf. And the promising Bolt is on the way, not to mention the gorgeous Model S, Model X and Model 3 from Tesla – the best-looking and most fuel-efficient electronic cars in the whole wide world. So, yeah, America is definitely one of the leaders in the industry of cars, but that’s not what we’re here to talk about. Today we’ll take a look at top 5 US-made supercars.
Keeping Up With The European Monsters
That’s right – not just your regular trucks and musclers, but the super, the hyper stuff. Believe it or not, but the Land Of The Free does have a couple of strong contestants that can make even the best European models nervous and restless. I’m not saying that the following bunch is better than Lambo, Ferrari or Bentley (my guess is, these three will never be beaten); however, they are pretty dope to be called equal rivals. They’ve got mighty performance, roaring engines, killer looks and enough innovative tech to make you fall in love and stay that way for the rest of your life. These vehicles deserve a special place at the pedestal, believe me. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at top 5 US-made supercars. If you love domestic, home-grown and cooked, the following models will make your day.
#1 – The Mosler MT900
Five bucks says you never heard of this one. Actually, no, make that 10 bucks. The story with the MT900 is truly American: the founder, Mr. Warren Mosler, started with the Consulier Industries and renamed it to Mosler Automotive later on. And he backed this beautiful car with an open time-trial competition with an award of 100K. The man is known for his big love for lightweight materials – the company’s engineering philosophy is pretty much based on this principle. You might think him to be a crazy man, but the team actually achieved great results with the MT900: they made everybody talk about this US-made supercar when it outran the Ferrari Enzo and the Porsche Carrera GT in a fair fight. The new kid on the block jumped from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 3.1 seconds, while Enzo did that in 3.3, and the GT did it in 3.5. Furthermore, the Mosler MT900 also came in first in quarter-mile run-up (11 seconds sharp vs 11.2 (Enzo) and 11.2 (GT)). So, yeah, this speedster definitely makes it into the list of top 5 US-made supercars. Besides, Warren Mosler once tried to run for the President (that was back in 2012). I bet Donald Trump would approve.
#2 – The Dodge Viper ACR
Dodge has always been one of the best American manufacturers of light-speed fast cars. The Viper is, of course, the most popular model, and the ACR (American Club Racing) editions are known for their versatile attitude, so to speak: you can’t really tell whether they are street cars or race-track champs. However, the 5th generation is definitely leaning towards racing perfection. The brand-new 2016 Dodge Viper ACR can be equipped with an Extreme Aero package that features several aerodynamic pieces that you can adjust to your own personal liking or simply let go of. The car is well capable of producing almost one ton of downforce, and that’s quite impressive. The suspension also comes from the world of racing and allows you to fine-tune and adjust it, thanks to the Bilstein coilovers, which are pretty flexible and can be adjusted for compression, rebound and come with 10 available settings. The 2016 edition will hit the dealerships in the middle of the year, so, the wait is almost over. The Viper never disappoints and I’m not even worried about the future release.
Top 5 US-Made Supercars – #3, The Saleen S7
The engineers at Saleen Automotive, the team behind the S7 supercar, are real auto enthusiasts, no doubt about it. They were so focused on trying to make this beast the best out there that they forgot about how much production might cost and ended up having all kinds of financial troubles. The press was talking about the company’s bankruptcy and problems with the investors, even though none of that was true. The Irvine-based auto maker had only one goal – to create the first production supercar in the United States. That’s a very noble task, don’t you agree? And when I said that these fellas were fans of engineering, I wasn’t exaggerating: they went to Scotland, to the University of Glasgow to use their wind tunnel in order to fine-tune the car’s aerodynamics. The carbon fiber bodywork, on the other hand, was built with the help of Formula One pros in the UK. The bodywork cost 100K, by the way. The final price on this piece of art is 500K, but it’s well worth it. Of the top 5 US-made supercars this one is definitely the most cherished one.
#4 – The SSC Ultimate Aero TT
The Aero TT has a permanent place in the history of American supercars, as it managed to outrun the Buggati Veyron back in 2007. True, today we’ve got a lot of new, faster cars, and the SSC Ultimate Aero TT (that’s the full name) doesn’t hold the Guinness world record anymore, but we all remember that glorious day. On the race-track this futuristic speedster could reach an unbelievable top speed of 256MPH, but besides this highly impressive (and documented) fact, there’s not much info out there. I’m talking about development, the materials used in construction – that sort of thing. Well, we do know that under the hood the Aero TT has a twin-turbo 6.3-lit V8 that pumps out 1.183 Horsepower and 961 pound-feet of torque. Furthermore, thanks to heavy usage of lightweight materials, the total weight of the car is 2.750 pounds. So, what’s the target customer base for a car like that, who are the potential buyers? The celebrity athletes, of course! And the rappers, too. They even had a press-release note about the car being comfy for an average-sized NFL player.
Top 5 US-Made Supercars – #5, The Ford GT
The Blue Oval Brand’s legendary race-track hero, GT, has been around since the break of dawn. The brand-new 2017 edition promises up impressive performance and a gorgeous design that successfully combined recognizable features of the original model with modern-day developments and tech. It might not be the fastest or the quickest of the top 5 US-made supercars, but it’s not even trying to be that. When it comes to the Ford GT you can’t really be objective, you know what I mean? It’s all about heritage, lineage, that iconic status and the timeless design. Critics love it, the racers love it, the simple folks love it. I say that’s enough to call this zipper the best American-made supercar. Besides, even though it’s mainly based on the GT40 model from over 5 decades ago, it still looks as sleek and sexy as the best of the best on the market. The original is, of course, quite valuable on the “black market” (I mean in resale), and if the second gen manages to deliver the same top-notch experience on the road, we’ll have yet another crowd pleaser in our hands from Ford.
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