To celebrate America on this day of Independence, we have compiled a top 10 list of American supercars. While America isn’t known for their sports cars, they do exist. Here is the top 10 (and if you have any suggestions, don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments below):
EDIT: We published this on July 3rd of 2014 and it started a commotion amongst our fans. So we decided to update it with the latest in domestic power.
The first American flat-plane V8 can be found in this 9,000 rpm beast. The screaming nature of such a high-revving engine is a throwback to the 289 and Boss 302 era. Rumors of a supercharged version have been leaking from Dearborn, so look for a return of the GT500 in the near future.
Back in 2004, the first CTS-V shocked the world. The notion of a Cadillac sedan with the beating heart of a Corvette Z06 (see below) was downright bonkers. Now in its 3rd generation, this well-dressed executive cruiser can be as subtle as an axe murderer when provoked.
Chevrolet Corvette ZR1
0-60 mph: 2.85 seconds
HP: 755 hp
The return of the ZR1 was something not planned for the C7. It is the result of incredible engine advancements that could not be denied. A secret project inside the Chevrolet Skunk Works, the project was known internally as BAS, for Big A Supercharger. It allows this American to compete with anything in the world, at a fraction of a Supercar budget.
Dodge Challenger Demon
The most powerful American car in history is the Dodge Demon. It is a Challenger coupe with a 6.2 liter HEMI V8 and a big 2.7-liter supercharger. It makes 770 horsepower on 93 octane, but for $1 more you will have 840 horsepower on race fuel. The optional Demon Crate includes an impact gun, jack, skinny front tires, and the programmer needed to unlock race fuel. It was a 1-year only special project, so expect collectors to jump all over it.
0-60 mph: 3.5 seconds
HP: 350 hp
The Mosler MT900 is a light & nimble machine that is built around a C5 or C6 Corvette chassis. Find a flood salvage Z06 and you can build your own MT900 in a few weekends. Because it has a rear-mounted transmission, weight distribution is optimal for the track.
Dodge built the Viper for those who think the Corvette is too soft. Carroll Shelby laid out the chassis and suspension, so you know it was built to run. A monster V10 is based on the 360 Magnum V8. Viper never offered a V8 or manual transmission. It doesn’t play well with others, especially the GTS and ACR editions.
0-60 mph: 3.3 seconds
HP: 550 hp
Steve Saleen likes going fast, so he turned his Mustang aftermarket business into a supercar builder witht the S7. The body takes inspiration from a stillborn Aston Martin racing project. Into it, they built a 427 ci (7 liter) V8 that was naturally aspirated. In 2005, a twin turbo model was introduced. It makes 750 horsepower and 700 lb-ft of torque. Rumors of a new Saleen model were confirmed in early 2018, so we can barely wait to see his next creation.
Tesla Model S P100D
0-60 mph: 2.5 seconds
HP: 588 hp
The latest American hero comes with batteries included. Tesla’s Model S sedan is offered in several flavors. Their top model is the P100D, it has electric motors front and rear which combine to offer 588 horsepower and 920 lb-ft of torque. If you want to scare everyone inside and around you, Ludicrous Mode will launch hard and run the quarter-mile in 10 seconds.
Hennessey Venom GT
0-60 mph: 2.7 seconds
HP: 1,244 hp
What happens when you stretch a Lotus by 11″ and drop in a twin-turbo Chevrolet V8? The Hennesey Venom brought the land speed production record back to the US, and it can be custom built to your specifications. The 2nd generation has evolved into the Venom F5, and it offers a more refined interior along with infotainment upgrades.
0-60 mph: 3.2 seconds
HP: 647 hp
Price: $139,995 (Original MSRP)
Henry Ford II wanted to go racing. The easiest way to do this was to buy Ferrari, but Enzo wouldn’t sell the rights to his racing teams. So Ford asked Carroll Shelby to take a Lola chassis and stuff it with American power. The 2018 Ford GT is a 50th anniversary of the originals, which brought home first place in 1967 and 2017.