If you want to gauge a brand’s performance engineering, cast a look at their lineup of supercars. These cars stand at the apex of a company’s automotive design and prowess, and are created to be sold as limited editions.
For the longest time, Europe was where most performance-heavy supercars were created by brands such as Ferrari and Lamborghini, but America has slowly caught up.
With brands like Ford and Chevrolet, America is no longer a far bystander at the global show of road performance stars. Here are the top six American supercars worth beholding.
1. 2014 Shelby GT500
Take the Ford Mustang muscle car and tweak it to the point of perfection, and you get the 2014 Shelby GT500. Based on the lean, handsome look of the Ford Mustang, this two-door coupe offers an affordable back-door to hit speeds of more than 200 mph. The 5.8L supercharged engine fitted in this vehicle offers a potent 662-horsepower and churns out 631 lb-ft of torque.
The GT500 comes with a standard 6-speed manual transmission housing, a robust collection of suspension capability, aero upgrades, and features a launch-control system.
2. 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06
This two-door, two-seat coupe starts at a glistening price tag of $83,00. Powered by a supercharged 6.2L, 8-cylinder and hooked up to a standard 7-speed manual transmission that returns an EPA of 15-mpg in city and 22-mpg on the highway, the car revs up to 650 horsepower and grinds out 50 lb-ft of torque.
The car comes with an option to upgrade to an eight-speed automatic transmission. This lets the supercar sprint from 0 to 60 mph in less than 3 seconds.
3. 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat
As one of the fasted American muscle cars, the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is fitted with a powerful supercharged 6.2L, Hemi V8 engine that results in 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque.
The latest version comes with a standard eight-speed automatic transmission with an option to go for a six-speed manual for more conventional drivers. The powerful system of this beast lets it sprint from 0 to 60 mph in less than 3 seconds; it’s priced a little north of $46,995.
4. Hennessey Venom GT
Founded by the longtime tuner, John Hennessey, the Hennessy Venom GT takes a gigantically powerful engine, and stuffs it inside a lightweight automobile-shaped box.
The incredible power that the Hennessey Venom GT brings to the automobile market makes you rethink vehicular performance. Inspired by the exterior design of the Lotus Exige, The Hennessey Venom differentiates itself with a much-needed upgrade—a twin-turbo 6.2L, V8 engine that results in a whopping 1,244 horsepower and 852 lb-ft of torque.
The 3000 lb curb weight boasted by the car lets you see why it’s so easy for it to go from 0 to 200 mph in a matter of seconds, making it one of the fastest production cars globally.
5. 2015 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
A touch more capable than its Shelby GT500 rival, the 2015 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is one of the best muscle cars put forward by General Motors. Featuring a potent supercharged 6.2L, V8 engine that results in 580 horsepower and 556 lb-ft of torque, this car can go from 0 to 60 mph in less than 4 seconds.
Coming with a choice between a six-speed manual and a six-speed automatic transmission, the ZL1 provides superior stability control with magnetically-controlled shock absorbers and brembo brakes.
6. SSC Ultimate Aero
Until the Bugatti Veyron came along, the SSC Ultimate Aero was the fastest car on the market—this introduction alone leaves little to be said about the potency this car has to offer.
Created by a company that was once popular as ‘Shelby SuperCars,’ this vehicle is fitted with a 6.3L, V8 engine that hits a top speed of over 260 mph and makes going from 0 to 60 mph in 2.78 seconds look effortless.
Apart from the exotic look, the car runs on 1287 horsepower and 1112 lb-ft or torque, resulting from a twin turbo set up.
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