Thirteen rebellious British colonies had to endure 7 years of war to secure their freedom. Delegates met in Philadelphia during the first week of July 1776 to formally announce our cause to the world, and this Thursday will mark 243 years since the Declaration of Independence was signed. In a letter to his wife, Founding Father John Adams said our “day of deliverance should be celebrated with games, sports, guns, bells, and bonfires from one end of the continent to the other.” We think he would have included fancy carriages also, but peacetime was still 7 years away. So here are our Top 7 American Cars for Independence Day 2019.
This will be the most significant year in the history of the Chevrolet Corvette. The 8th generation model will be unveiled in two weeks, and it will be a mid-engine monster. If you prefer to have your engine in front of you, click the link below for great deals on the final examples of the C7.
If you missed out on the limited run of the Dodge Demon, the latest Challenger Hellcat Redeye has 797 horsepower and 707 lb-ft of torque. Light the fuse on the rocket and you will have consistent 10-second quarter-mile times. It is loaded with features no other car offers. Torque Reserve, Power Chiller, After-Run Chiller, and a Line Lock from the factory…You won’t find them anywhere else.
Like many legendary superheroes, the CTS-V is going out on top. What began as a wild project on 2004 will come to an end later this year. Being a low-volume model has already made them immortalized as the car that saved a brand. Nothing beats a comfortable sedan with a supercharged Corvette Z06 V8 under the hood.
Ok, this one might draw some criticism as it has been discontinued, again. Nevertheless, the Dodge/SRT Viper was and is an American assertion of power. It was the last collaboration between Lee Iaccoca and Carroll Shelby, and the V10 engine traces its legacy back to the legendary 440 Magnum. If you need an automatic transmission, look somewhere else!
If you have never seen the iconic chase scene from the movie Bullitt, it proved the potency of Ford’s Big Block engine in the lightweight Mustang. With all the history of SVT, SVO, Cobras and the Mustang GT, the 2019 Mustang Bullitt offers 480 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque from the 5.0L V8. Not only is it more powerful than the Big Block cars, it offers 24 mpg and a six-speed stick.
Big news for Camaro Comrades comes in the form of a new trim level. The 2020 Camaro LT1 is named after its 6.2L V8, and it offers V6 looks with 455 lb-ft and horsepower. Rear Brembo brakes, Bose audio, and the premium touchscreen are not available. It is also the first V8 Camaro to offer a non-staggered tire setup (20″x8.5″ at all corners) since 2002. The best feature is the price of $34,995. That makes it cheaper than what I paid for my new 2002 Camaro SS, eighteen years of inflation stings a little!
The goal of the Ford GT was to build a world-class supercar and win LeMans. A secret program developed a carbon fiber masterpiece with two suspension systems at each corner. Powered by a 3.5L twin turbo V6, it uses less weight and more grip to dominate on the world stage.
Regardless of what you drive, do it without drinking and remember that firework debris will destroy your clear coat. Have a happy & safe 4th of July from all of us at the duPont REGISTRY!