Friday, July 4, 2014

The most powerful American-made cars

2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

With the USA celebrating their ID4 or Independence Day today, let's just take a moment to get to know what are the most powerful speed machines made by the Americans. Now obviously the only answer comes to mind includes the words Hennessey Venom GT and the non-existent SSC Tuatara but what if we exclude these two? This is going to be one of the most intriguing list I have ever come up as we get to know what are America's mightiest...

- 2005 Ford GT - Ford's modern remake of the race-winning GT40 produces 550HP from its 5.4L DOHC 32V supercharged V8 engine.

- 2011 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 - On the 2011 update of this hypo-Mustang, the 5.4L DOHC 32V supercharged V8 engine, similar from the Ford GT, develops 550HP of power output.

- 2000 Saleen S7 - One of the most notable American-made supercars in history, the S7 comes with the 7.0L 16V V8 engine, mounted in the middle, developing 550HP of power output.

- 2009 Cadillac CTS-V - Based on the second-generation CTS, America's C63 AMG beater comes with the supercharged 6.2L V8 engine developing 556HP of power. Not bad for a high-performance saloon with the heart of the muscle car, despite the fact it was honed from the Nurburgring.

- 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 - This was Chevrolet's effort to edge out against the Ford Shelby GT500 when it was revealed at the 2011 Chicago Auto Show but they failed. However, the ZL1 is one of the high-performance vehicles General Motors have ever made that gets worked out at the Nurburgring. The 6.2L Supercharged V8 engine develops 580HP of power.

- 2008 Dodge Viper SRT-10 - With no safety features on its belt, this is one heck of a beast, especially when it comes with a massive 8.4L V10 engine developing 600HP of power.

- 1990 Vector W8 - Fans of Gran Turismo will recognize this unsung American-made sportscar that time forgot. Of course it's a playable car in GT2 but who remembers this machine more than we do? This unsung supercar from the USA comes with the clever twin-turbo 6.0L 12-cylinder engine developing 625HP of power output. Any Gran Turismo fan can tell...

- 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 - The ZR1 is the flagship of the Corvette legacy and this model turned this from a redneck muscle into a half-decent supercar aimed against Europe's finest after taking its lessons from Le Mans. The supercharged 6.2L V8 engine that powers it develops 638HP of power output.

- 2013 SRT Viper - Returned in 2012, the new Viper is aimed to be one of America's finest supercars on the road and thanks to the addition of safety features, it's the most civilized. The 8.4L V10 that powers it now churns out 640HP of power.

- 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 - Based on the Chevrolet Corvette C7 Stingray, the high-performance Z06 now comes with the GM's newly-developed supercharged 6.2L LT4 V8 engine that is SAE-certified at 650HP of power output.

- 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 - The 2013MY GT500 pushed the envelope as one of America's most powerful machine ever made when it gets a SAE-certified rating of 662HP of power output from its 5.8L 32V supercharged V8 engine. That's more than what you get from European supercars! With all that power comes with a big price as like all Mustangs, it doesn't go round corners thanks to its rear live axle. Sounds old-school but it's less sophisticated than its European exotics.

- 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat - The new king of American-made cars is now helmed as the upcoming Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, with its supercharged 6.2L V8 HEMI engine, is more powerful than the C7 Z06 and the GT500 because it has exactly 707HP of power output! You got that right. 7-0-7-horse-power. That's more than what you get from the Lamborghini Aventador.

Wow, with all that power, the Hellcat is truly a machine that revs GOD BLESS AMERICA from its exhaust!

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