Apart from the Kardashians, there are so many things that define America. The Super Bowl, the Constitution, and of course, crazy fast muscle cars. In a country that runs on time, speed is an integral part of the culture; it's enshrined in the DNA the moment you are born.
The highest you can go on US highways is 85mph, and that’s on a section of the Texas freeway. But that has not stopped American automobile manufacturers from making brutal muscle cars with neck-breaking speeds. With the rapid advancement in tech, the battle for the most powerful vehicles in the US is ever active. Europe might be popular for luxury and finesse in automobiles, but America rules when it comes to fast cars!
10 Tesla Model S
Tesla’s reputation on the American market was minuscule until the Model S came out. While Tesla’s P90D has incredible speed and performance from 2015, it was the all-electric luxury charm of the Model S that got the entire country in a Frenzy.
The 2019 Tesla Model S is ferocious and efficient and is the highest performing model from the manufacturer capable of doing zero to 60 mph in 2.4 seconds. On a Ludicrous preset mode, the Model S offers neck-breaking speeds making it one of the fastest full-electric cars in America to date.
9 Ford Shelby GT350
The Mustang is the pride and joy of American muscle cars; its design, rumble, and agility remain unparalleled. The Ford Shelby GT350 is a powerful muscle car that has a long history in the American muscle car scene. It was specifically designed to take over race tracks while still comfortably rolling down the neighborhood streets.
Its sheer power comes from a 5.2L V8 engine, aka Voodoo that generates 526hp. It's a throttle happy race car and can rev past 8,000rpms. It comes with race track-tuned suspension to help it handle tight corners without bone-jarring the street. Ford produced a more brutal version of the Ford Shelby GT, the Ford Shelby GT350R, that does zero to 60mph in 3.9 seconds.
8 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
The new Chevy Camaro ZL1 offers more power than the original. It has a ferocious looking front end and under the hood packs a supercharged 6.2L V8 paired to a standard 6-speed manual or optional 10-speed automatic transmission generating 650hp.
It packs a lot boost and will make a lunch snack out of the Ford GT on a good day. The Camaro ZL1 produces some incredible figures and is a favorite on drag strips. It makes a ton of power that will leave black streaks all over the track when pushed to the limit.
7 Chevrolet Corvette Z06
The Chevrolet Corvette is an American darling. It continues to win the hearts of Americans throughout the ages. And like the American spirit, it is still alive and in production today. The eighth generation of the Chevrolet Corvette, also known as the C8, like the Ferrari, has its heart at the back of the passenger cabin.
The Corvette comes with a 6.2L V8 engine that makes 650hp and 650 lb-ft of torque placing it in the supercar segment. The new C8 will be in showrooms in early 2020. If you are looking for an American version of the McLaren with brutal speed, the Chevrolet Corvette makes a perfect fit.
6 Dodge Hellcat Challenger
It's still unbelievable how such a monster got its way into the American streets. The Dodge Hellcat Challenger, like its name, is a beast straight from hell. There are two options from the same recipe, the ferocious SRT Hellcat that packs a Hemi V8 making 717hp and the Redeye variant generating a whopping 797hp.
Both these monsters come standard with a 6-speed manual transmission or a variable 8-speed automatic. It's noticeable anywhere with its distinct thundering engine, wide wheels and tires, and flared fenders. The Dodge Challenger SRT might not be as brutal as the Camaro or the Shelby GT350 on the track, but it still makes an incredibly fast all-American sports car.
5 Equus Bass 770
The Equus Bass 770 is an impressive muscle car, and while it borrows heavily from the Challenger and the Mustang, it's still a unique and powerful American muscle car. Its genetic coding is fit for the drag strip being a two-door sports coupe with a high-performance engine.
The Equus Bass 770 comes with a supercharged 6.2L LS9 engine making 640hp. It doesn’t come cheap either, the Bass 770 costs a whopping $250,000, almost in line with some of the best-selling supercars in the world. Its powerful engine pairs with a 6-speed dual-clutch manual transmission mounted on the rear axle. It does zero to 60 in 3.4 seconds.
4 Cadillac CTS-V
Nothing spits American like a Cadillac. They are all over the streets, and are even the Secret Service’s choice of car. But the CTS-V is unlike any Cadillac. It not for show, and while its luxurious interior is as welcoming as a Christmas tree when it comes to business, all hell breaks loose.
The Cadillac CTS-V packs a 6.2L V8 supercharged engine making 640hp. It doesn’t come with a manual transmission variant, but its brute power will do zero to 60mph in 3.6 seconds. With its magnetorheological suspension, the CTS-V is capable of top speeds of up to 200 mph—There's no need to argue.
3 Dodge Hellcat Charger
The Dodge Hellcat Charger is the epitome of performance. It’s a four-door sedan, meaning you could be tearing supercars on the drag strip on Sunday, and drive your kids to school on a Monday morning like nothing happened.
Its neck-breaking acceleration and widebody demeanor makes this track bully look even meaner. It also packs a 6.2L V8 making 707hp and 650lb-ft of torque. Additionally, its limited version of the Daytona 50th Anniversary makes a whopping 717hp.
2 Dodge SRT Viper
2017 was a sad year for the Dodge Viper, and it marked the end of the fifth-generation Viper; however, an all-new model is set to debut in 2020. There are two versions of this ostentatious beast, a calmer naturally aspirated V8 producing 550hp and its brutal supercharged sibling making 700hp.
Whichever version you pick, rest assured, the Viper will wipe off a mustache at top speeds. The new 2020 Viper will first come as a convertible and much later in a coupe version. It’ll also keep its aluminum and carbon fiber character to keep up with the C8 Corvette.
1 Hennessey Venom
At first glance, the Hennessey Venom looks like a concept car straight out of a car magazine, but it's not. By the end of 2017, the Hennessey Venom was fighting for the top spot for the world's fastest car. And yes, it is American!
This iconic beast is capable of 270 mph, and based on the numbers; the Venom GT has beaten the Bugatti Veyron on the asphalt. It can do zero to 100mph in 5.6 seconds! It comes with a 7L twin-turbo V8 engine generating 1,244hp. You won't get this supercar with lunch money, the Hennessey Venom costs $1.2 million and is one of fastest production cars in the world today.