Speed. The United States of A is all about that. It’s in our blood, dated back to the cowboys and cowgirls, or even further back, like the ancient aborigines, when you had to be quick and agile in order to survive. Here’s the list of Fastest American Cars. Truth be told, we never lost that craving for speed, and that’s great news! What is the most popular sports event? Super Bowl. Why? Partially because it has a lot to do with fast running and fast thinking. What cars are the most loved ones in America? The fastest ones, of course!
I might be reaching a bit here with the speed dilemma, but there is some truth to it, you better believe that. We know what it’s like to feel the wind hitting our faces when we’re running a marathon or just riding down a highway in our muscle cars. Right, the good-old Europe does have a grip on the supercars, and nobody can beat them in a fair fight yet (not us, not even the Japanese), but they’ll never truly understand the blessings of cheap gasoline, never-ending highways with Led Zeppelin or AC/DC blasting from the speakers and that America-exclusive hooliganism when it comes to design and powertrain.
Bringing The 60’s Back With A Positive Twist
And fortunately, we’re in luck, because with the engineers constantly raising the bars of horsepower, acceleration and top speeds, while gas prices and emission levels dramatically dropping, the US manufacturers are in for a treat. Yep, it’s pretty much like the golden age of muscle cars is back, and it’s the reincarnation of the 60’s and 70’s.
The Mustangs, the Camaros, the Corvettes, and the Hellcats are back! The only difference is the American carmakers are that much closer to figuring out how to beat the Europeans when it comes to super fast and super expensive luxury cars.
So, not only are we one of the biggest players on the market of speedsters, but we also have our own style, our unique attitude, and swagga with the muscle cars. Wait, that’s not the best part: the best part is, even though the majority of US-made muscles come with a weighty price-tag, we can still be the kings of our blocks with a Mustang or a Camaro – that was never possible before. That what is meant by saying Fastest American Cars. So, the next 6 100% American cars are the best of the best: the fastest and the most iconic ones – don’t forget to put your seat belts on!
Fastest American Cars – Ford Shelby GT350
Let’s kick this one off with the Detroit giant. Now, as much as I personally love their Mustang, it’s just not a match for the rest of the mighty bunch. But the Shelby GT350 is. And while the elder brother, the GT500 is stronger and grittier, it’s like a big-bad dinosaur in those corners. The GT350, on the other hand, is pretty nimble in tight turns and corners, and that adds up to the overall great picture.
In fact, it’s so great in handling that can easily be named one of the best combinations of speed and ride quality. Because it’s one thing to be driving insanely fast on a straight-line highway and a completely different story when you can actually ride in your favorite city blocks as well.
The GT350 comes with a 5.2-lit V8 that’s good for 526HP and 429 lb-ft of torque that takes the car from zero to 60 miles per hour in 3.7 seconds. And it sounds really awesome. Finally, if you’re all about that speed and don’t care about conditioning and noise-free driving, go for the GT350R that’s stronger and faster than the standard edition. So, this vehicle definitely stands on its place in the Fastest American Cars list.
Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
Ever since the early days, the Camaro was Mustang’s most fierce opponent. And, with the all-new edition Camaro coming in 2016, I’m pumped up to see the two clash again. However, right now the current ZL1 is not as quick in those corners and tight spots as the Shelby GT350, and that took a serious toll on the competition.
Still, on a race-track and on a highway Chevy is still king: with a 580 HP-strong 6.2-lit V8 it’s still one of the fastest things on planet Earth. That’s why it is in the list of Fastest American Cars And while in the year-end sales charts Ford is far ahead of Chevrolet, they say the brand-new ZL1 has been spotted doing test-runs at the Nürburgring, so, expect a lighter, edgier, and, of course, faster edition hitting the markets in 2017. And that means the Blue Oval fellas need to get something awesome going on right this second, otherwise in 2016-2017 Chevy will practically own the market of muscle cars. In any case, it will still be a Detroit giant ruling it.
Chevrolet Corvette Z06
Corvette is the second drop-dead gorgeous model from Chevy, and the Z06 is just another step towards perfection. With a super-strong 6.2-lit V8 that’s good for 650 Horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque, this piece of automobile art Zooms from zero to 60 miles per hours in less than 3 seconds! Again, rumors claim the team behind the current edition is working on a completely new Corvette ZR1 for 2017. If that’s true, Ford gotta do everything I just said in double speed and with double creativity. They even say the upcoming ZR1 will be mid-engined and come with a not-so-steep price-tag. Right now you can get the Z06 for 80K, which is not even close to an average year-end salary. Other than that, the Corvette is perfect.
Fastest American Cars – Dodge Hellcat Charger
I know that everybody loves the Hellcat Challenger that comes packed with a whopping 707 horses-strong engine, flies from 0 to 60 in 3 seconds and has a max speed of 199 miles per hour. And that’s not even the best part: the car can be yours for 60K! Gotta love American cars, folks. However, that’s not the fastest cat from hell, if you can believe that.
The Charger is considered to be the fastest sedan car in history and is only 4 grand pricier. And it deserves to be in the Fastest American Cars list for sure. You’ll get pretty much the same powertrain; the difference is, acceleration is slower (3.7 seconds), while top speed is higher – 204MPH. Add in quite a luxurious and comfortable interior, and you’ll get a pretty sweet deal.
I’m not saying that you should immediately stop whatever you’re doing, liquidate all your accounts and get the Charger at the closest dealership, but I am definitely saying that if you’ve got that kind of money lying around, you should at least check it out.
Dodge SRT Viper
What, you thought only Chevy is allowed to have 2 cars in the list? The SRT Viper is one of the biggest and most obvious reasons why we all love American-made cars. This beautiful creature features an 8.4-lit V10 engine that has 640 horses under that hood and goes from zero to 60MPH in 3 short seconds with a top speed of 206 miles per hour. You might say that with a price-tag of 97K starting the SRT Viper is not really a cheap purchase. However, we’re talking about Ferrari-level performance here, and Ferraris never go below that magical 100K threshold. So, in that regard, the Viper is our most “economical” offer on the market. Give or take. Take, if you can, and give some thought if you can’t. Either way, it’s a killer on the road.
Hennessey who? Is that even a real thing? Oh yeah, and it’s quite the real deal, folks – a Texas-based manufacturer that outruns all the major players in the business.
If you checked out my “American Impact – 6 US-Made Cars That Changed The Industry” post, then you already know that the Venom beat the Bugatti Veyron in a fair fight and became the fastest car in the world. It’s got a 7.0-lit Twin-Turbocharged V8 that’s as strong as 1244 horses and goes from 0 to 100MPH in 5.6 seconds.
So, yeah, that’s about it – the Hennessey Venom has a stronger engine and better acceleration/top speed than any car on the market. So that it’s here? in the list of Fastest American Cars. How about that?