Top 10 Most Powerful American Cars


The development of the US automotive industry proves the fact that the Americans have always loved powerful cars. Moreover, people are ready to pay a lot for extra HP. Though 10-cylinder engines may sound to be enough even for most demanding speed buffs, V8 is still the example of engines’ perfection and excellence when it comes not only to sound but to performance. Despite the fact the Europeans can offer something over 1000 HP considering their supercars, the American producers still take the lead. And here is why. Get acquainted with our list of top 10 most powerful American cars.

2005 Ford GT


2005 Ford GT opens our list of top 10 most powerful American vehicles. This car appeared to be a legendary representative of sport autos produced in 2005. The new model turned out to be an interpretation of the legendary Le Mans endurance race winner. The new Ford GT has astonishing design and excellent power characteristics. Its engine has been modified in comparison with its previous versions. This time auto has a 5.4-liter 32-valve DOHC engine, which produces 550 HP. Such mixture of style, beauty and power resulted in a real automotive masterpiece that is the 1-th in our rating. Not so bad for a start, is it?

2011 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500


The 9th place is for another representative of the leading automotive American giant. Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 was produced in 2011. Though the car was presented to the public not so long ago, it managed to become a legend and now it is found in our list due to its outstanding engine characteristics. The 5.4-liter V8 motor is able to produce 550 HP with enormous maximum speed. The main feature of the new pony vehicle is the fact that it received a lighter body in comparison to its predecessors, which resulted in better acceleration. Later Ford came up with newer versions along with several modifications and improvements.

2000 Saleen S7


Produced in 2000 Saleen S7 promised to become a serious rival in the super car segment. Well, this auto had everything necessary to “mingle” with speed toppers. The car was so fast that some people called it “unstoppable or uncontrollable”. It was equipped with a 7-liter V8 engine that had 16 valves and produced 550 HP. The idea of this motor was taken from a popular Ford V8 block-mounted engine.

2009 Cadillac CTS-V


Our first three participants have almost equal characteristics. But now it is now time to check with the second part of our rating and bring you to a higher level. Cadillac CTS-V produced in 2009 also has a powerful V8 6.2-liter supercharged engine with 6 valves, which makes it possible for the motor to produced 556 HP. One of the engine’s main features is the fact that it was totally produced and developed by the Cadillac engineers. And they succeeded considering CTS-V road tests and its ability to reach 60mph in 4.3 seconds.

2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1


Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is not only an iconic muscle car that enters our top list of the best American autos. It is also one of the most powerful vehicles ever produced by the American automakers. It represents style, power, force and excellent automotive traditions. The new model produced in 2012 is not an exception. It has V8 6.2-liter engine with 16 valves, which is a modified version of the Corvette ZR1 V8 motor that produces 580 HP. This car is a perfect example of immortal traditions and perfection in very detail.

2008 Dodge Viper SRT-10


Here we are in the middle of our rating with another representative of American super cars. Dodge Viper SRT-10 was produced in 2008 to meet serious competition from other rivals in this segment. However it seemed like any other car was hopeless in competing with the 8.4-liter V10 20-valve engine with 600 HP. Who is able to take such challenge? The new engine has several special features including separate ignition coils for every separate spark plug. At the same time this engine is perfect for tuning. In case you call for even more HP, special turbocharged kits are available for speed buffs. You will certainly benefit from them in case you want to create a speed monster of a monster and add extra HP.

1990 Vector W8


Produced in the very beginning of the 90s Vector W8 showed up with award-winning power characteristics and a stylish body. But all the auto fans were mainly interested in that thing under car’s bonnet which made it possible to gain a maximum speed of 258 mph. It turned out that Vector W8 was equipped with a 6-liter V8 twin-turbo motor with 16 valves and 625 HP. At the same time the engine also had aluminum small-block with an intercooler and twin turbochargers.

Chevrolet CORVETTE Z06


We are happy to inform all Chevy’s fans that their fav is back in the list. Tough competition with Viper made it possible to gain experience and power which resulted in production of CORVETTE Z06. This new super sports auto has a 6.2-liter V8 engine, which produces 650 HP. In other words Z06 is actually a racing car legally designed for streets. It has become extremely popular with consumers not only in the US bit also in Europe. It is a great comeback with a bronze medal in our competition!

2014 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500


Once again get ready for a warm welcome and meet our silver winner Mustang Shelby GT500 produced in 2014. We hope there is no need to introduce Carroll Shelby and his contribution to the development of automotive market and sports car segment in particular. We will only note that the latest version of Mustang Shelby GT500 has new powerful engine which produces 662 HP. It is enough to be the 2nd but not enough to take the lead.

2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat


We suppose that you have never heard such a name before. SRT Hellcat is a new version of the traditional muscle car that is adored by millions of fans over the globe. It is equipped with a ferocious 6.4-liter V8 engine that produces 707 HP. Lamborghini. Ferrari and the rest of other Europeans were hopelessly left behind. Meet our new winner!

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