When American Muscle Cars Invade The German Autobahn
Given enough space, these pony cars can do some pretty gnarly speeds on the ragged edgeby Khris Bharath, on
Ever wondered what a true-blooded American muscle car can do on an open stretch of highway with no speed limits? Well, the following videos that I’ve put together will give you an idea of what exactly it feels like to go flat out on the German Autobahn. The cars in question aren’t your base- or mid-spec models, but some of the most potent versions from the big three with proper burly V-8s under the hood.
I suppose one of the most frustrating things about owning any kind of performance car, is that you can’t really open the taps on the public highway. Well, the Germans don’t have to put up with the ordeal of being stuck at 65 mph, because de-restricted sections of the Autobahn network (a.k.a the ones with no speed limits) allow them to go flat out.
Now, these kinds of serious speeds are obviously possible because everybody out there adheres to some pretty strict rules, like not passing on the right. Channels like AutoTopNL have built an entire YouTube channel out of driving fast cars on the Autobahn. Max loves American muscle cars, especially since they aren’t really that common on the continent. These POV videos put you right in the driver’s seat and let you experience the lunacy from behind the wheel.
Wanna go fast on the Autobahn? Stick to the left-hand inside lane and be in absolute awe as people make way for you.
Ford Mustang GT Top Speed
The first car on my list is this souped-up 5.0-liter Whipple Supercharged V-8 Mustang GT that’s packing 780 horsepower and 550 pound-feet of torque. Tuned by Geigercarsm, this very orange Mustang is also packing forged pistons, steel connecting rods, a forged crankshaft, a Torsen limited-slip differential, six-piston performance Brembo brakes, Michelin Pilot Sport tires and lots of carbon-fiber.
Out on the open road, the whine of that big ol’ supercharger is addictive. Pushing the needle to the top speed takes no time at all. With the sun going down and the road getting busier, Max had to bail after a couple of high-speed passes.
Dodge Hellcat Top Speed
The Challenger name really needs no introduction and you have a wide choice of permutations and combinations to choose from. This lime green car in question is an XR Hellcat widebody with features the 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI V-8 that produces 888 ponies and 737-pound feet of torque, making it even more powerful than a Demon.
Tuned by AEC Performance, who is the official importer of Dodge and RAM vehicles in Europe, this Hellcat has turned this Hellcat XR up to a eleven. It comes with a carbon fiber hood, side skirts, trunk, spoiler, and the rear diffuser. Performance Brembo brakes and sticky 305 section Pirelli P Zero tires are present on all four corners.
Enough talking numbers. After a quick soundcheck and launch times, it was time to point the Hellcat’s nose towards the autobahn. Unlike the Mustang run, Max found himself on the road at a not-so-busy part of the day, and thankfully, he was able to take the XR to its V-Max. Can you guess how fast? Well, it’s north of 180 mph. Watch the video to find out.
Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Top Speed
Okay, this is the only stock car here, but don’t dismiss the Chevy ZL1 just yet as it happens to be quite the package, out of the box. GM plonked in a lot of bits from the Z06 Vette, including the active dampers, the active diff, and the traction management system. But most important the beastly 6.2-liter supercharged small-block V-8 that’s putting out a healthy 650 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque.
Just like the Challenger Hellcat XR, this ZL1 is also sitting on 305 section rubber, this time Good Year Eagles. Even without the aggressive aero that is offered on the 1LE, this bad boy still looks the business.
The open road beckons. Max found himself at the helm of the ZL1 on a truly gorgeous sunny day. Before long, he was giving it the beans doing the sort of speeds that could get you into a lot of trouble in this country. Find out, just how fast Max managed to go with the ZL1. Do keep in mind that not all parts of the Autobahn network are de-restricted, and there is a recommended speed limit of 80 mph.
1966 Ford Mustang
While we got to see some top-drawer modern-day muscle cars take on the ’Bahn, watch what this old ’66 Mustang from back in the day can do.
American Car Culture Elsewhere
Just like we love our Euro and JDM cars, here’s taking a look at how people from other parts of the world are embracing American cars.
You can see the simplicity and raw power that pony cars shine through in these videos. Straight-line speed is something that American cars have been renowned for, but over the past two decades, the U.S. cars have certainly started to close the gap with European and Japanese rivals. Gaining better hardware including nicer tires, sophisticated suspension setups, and better brakes, which means, muscle cars are now just as fun in the bends as they are on arrow-straight roads.