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Fastest American Cars

Our list of 20+ cars produced right here in the States is made up of everything from good ol’ muscle cars to outright land rockets

While most people might automatically assume some of the fastest cars ever made are from Europe or Japan, that simply isn’t the case because you’ve got some pretty serious speed machines conceived right here at home. My list comprises cars from both mainstream automakers and boutique manufacturers who produce just a handful of super-exotics per year.

Top 10 Fastest American Cars

These extreme machines pack some serious performance and can get you into trouble if you’re not careful with the gas pedal, and I mean that literally. So without further ado, here’s a list of 10 street-legal fastest American cars.

SSC Tuatara - 282.9 mph

Let’s kick things off with the SSC Tuatara. A successor to the Ultimate Aero, the Tuatara first debuted as a concept car at the 2011 Concourse’ D’elegance in Pebble beach. It was conceived with one purpose to reclaim the title of the Fastest car in the world, from the Bugatti Veyron. Remember, this was 2011, and the Chiron didn’t exist yet. The supercar was in development for the better part of a decade and the production model finally hit the road in 2018. 

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With its 5.9-liter twin-turbo V-8 that puts out 175hp and 1341 lb-ft of torque, the Tuatara clocked an average top speed of 282.9 mph at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida back in January last year

Its V-8 engine was developed by Tom Nelson of Nelson Racing Engines. The 5.9-Liter twin-turbo V-8 features a flat-plane crank and puts out a whopping 1750 horsepower on 91-Octane gas. That is enough poke to propel the 2749 pounds, rear-wheel-drive Tuatara that features an all-carbon construction to some serious speeds.

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Here’s a list of some of the fastest American cars of all time. Let’s kick things off with the SSC Tuatara

SSC attempted a speed run back in October where the Tuatara hit an average speed of 316 mph. However, the legitimacy of this run couldn’t be verified. Consequently, Jerod Shelby himself came forward and said that they’d try again and a few months later, SSC went for it again, this time at the Florida Kennedy space center where the Tuatara clocked in an average speed of 282.9 mph, making it the fastest production car.  

SSC Tuatara specifications
Engine/Powertrain: 5.9-liter twin-turbo V-8
Horsepower: 1750 HP
Torque: 1341 lb-ft
0-60 mph: 2.5 sec
Top Speed: 282.9 mph

Hennessey Venom GT - 270.49 mph

The Venom GT just like the Tuatara that I just spoke of was also designed to be the fastest production car in the world, designed to take on the mighty Bugatti Veyron. The Venom GT is the brainchild of John Hennessey of Hennessey Performance Engineering based in Sealy, Texas. The tuner is renowned for turning up the heat performance on a range of vehicles with everything from trucks and SUVs to sports cars.

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The next car on our list is Hennessey Venom GT. It features a 7.0-liter twin-turbo V8 that puts out 1244 hp and 1115 lb-ft of torque

But about a decade ago, they decided to have a go at the world record for the fastest production car. The Texan tuner created a stir when they showcased a Lotus Elise-based supercar at the 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed. The Venom GT features a 7.0 liter twin-turbo V-8 engine that puts out 1244 horsepower, with power going to the rear wheels. In May 2014, Hennessey Performance pushed the Venom GT to V-max that managed to top out at a cool 270.49 mph, also done at the Kennedy Space Center.

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The Venom GT was pushed to its VMax back in 2014, where it managed to punch in an average speed of 270.49 mph, also at the Kennedy space center

Now although that was a number that was higher than the Veyron SuperSport, in order to claim the title of World’s Fastest Production Car, 30 production cars and tow back-to-back runs were needed, but Hennessey couldn’t care less. Do keep in mind that Hennessy never really had the kind of resources that Bugatti had, under the VW umbrella.

Hennessey Venom GT specifications
Engine/Powertrain: 7.0-liter twin-turbo V-8
Horsepower: 1244 HP
Torque: 1115 lb-ft
0-60 mph: 2.7 sec
Top Speed: 270 mph

SSC Ultimate Aero - 257.41 mph

Turning it back to SSC once again, the third car on the list is the predecessor to the Tuatara, the SSC Aero, more specifically the Ultimate Aero. The Aero had a production run that was the better part of a decade from 2004 to 2013 and the Ultimate Aero was the car that was the car that went for the speed run. The hypercar made its international debut back in 2006.

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Turning it back to SSC, the third car on our list is the Ultimate Aero TT. It features a 6.4-liter twin-turbo V8 that produces 1183 hp and 1094 lb-ft of torque

At the heart of the Ultimate Aero TT lies a 6.4-liter twin-turbo SSC V-8 engine that delivers 1287 horsepower. The ultimate version had trick aero over the standard model including carbon-fiber louvers on the side intakes, and an active rear spoiler, which was quite advanced for its time. This RWD monster could hit speeds in excess of 250 mph as early as 2007. 

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Out on a closed stretch of highway up in Washington, the SSC Ultimate Aero hit 255.83 mph in 2007, a s[eed record that it held until the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport came along in 2007

The same year, the Ultimate Aero went for a series of high-speed passes, on a closed stretch of highway up in Washington state averaging 255.83 mph, hence helping it eclipse Bugatti’s 253 mph back then. The SSC Ultimate Aero held this title until Bugatti came along with the Veyron Super Sport in 2010.

SSC Ultimate Aero specifications
Engine/Powertrain: 6.4-liter twin-turbo V-8
Horsepower: 1183 HP
Torque: 1094 lb-ft
0-60 mph: 2.7 sec
Top Speed: 257 mph

SCG 003S - 230 mph

The SCG 003, codenamed P33 is a limited run-supercar that was first announced by the boutique automaker back in 2013. Designed by Paolo Garella, the production version of the road-going racer first broke cover at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. The firm chose to produce three variants, the Competizione, the Competizione Stradale, and the Stradale. 

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This is the Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus 003S. It features a 4.4-liter Twin-turbo V-8 that produces 800hp and 627 lb-ft of torque

The firm had previously developed and raced cars at places like Le Mans and the Nurburg ring. The Stradale, which was essentially was the road-going version and was by far the most forgiving of the three variants. However, that wasn’t to say that it was forgiving in any way. Its BMW sourced 4.4-liter twin-turbo S63 V-8 put north of 800 horsepower, enough to take the 2866 pounds, SCG 003 to some serious speeds. How fast? Well, speeds in excess of 230 mph.  

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That BMW sourced engine has enough poke to propel the SCG003 can hit speeds in excess of 230mph

The most extreme car of the bunch has to be the Competizione Stradale. While this car is street legal, it is essentially a track weapon with license plates attached to it. The car features a beefier rear wing and a stripped-down cockpit. The SCG 003 is hand-built at a quaint little town up in Hollow, New York.

SCG 003S specifications
Engine/Powertrain: 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8
Horsepower: 800 HP
Torque: 627 lb-ft
0-60 mph: 3.0 sec
Top Speed: 230 mph

Ford GT - 216 mph

The Ford GT is one of the most iconic model names in automotive history. The OG GT40s of course became world-famous for giving Ferrari a run for their money at Le Mans back in the mid to late ’60s. 

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Moving on to the legendary Ford GT, this is the second-gen GT. It’s the only V-6 on our list of super exotic American supercars

Now nearly six decades on the GT name lives on. While the first-gen GT hit the road back in the mid-2000s and features a V-8, the current model for the first time features a V-6. Not just any V-6, but a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 that produces 647 horsepower. The top speed is rated at 216 mp with all that power channeled to the rear wheels.  

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The 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6 is good for 647 hp and 550 lb-ft of torque and a top speed of 216 mph

Back in 2016, Ford Performance along with Chip Ganassi Racing took the GT LM GTE-Pro back to Le Mans and managed to take an emotional victory celebrating 50 years of Ford’s first-ever win of the 24 hours endurance race. Coming back to the road-going car, production began in 2016 and around 1350 units have been planned in total.

Ford GT specifications
Engine/Powertrain: 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6
Horsepower: 647 HP
Torque: 550 lb-ft
0-60 mph: 3.2 sec
Top Speed: 216 mph

Chevrolet Corvette C7 ZR1 - 212 mph

This is a Vette that you don’t want to mess with. The ZR1 nameplate is reserved for the Ultimate Corvette that money can buy and the C7 ZR1 is the ultimate Corvette in history. Chevy first used the ZR1 moniker on the C3 Vette back in the 70s and since then, it has appeared on all generations except the C5. 

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The C7 ZR1 is by far one of the most extreme Vettes that money can buy. It features a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 engine that produces 755 hp and 715 lb-ft of torque

Coming to the engine, the C7 ZR1 features a 6.2-liter Supercharged LT5 V-8 that puts out 755 horsepower and 715 pound-feet of torque. The ZR1 takes the already potent Z06 and turns it up a notch. The Aero package is made up of the splitter, a rear wing ad, and an underbody spoiler developed in collaboration with Pratt and Miller’s racing team. The result? 0-60 in is decimated in 2.8 seconds and top speed is rated at 212mph. 

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To give some context to those numbers, the ZR1 has twice the torque of a Lexus LFA and can hit a tops speed of 212 mph

To give you some context about how big a deal these numbers are for the C7 Chevy Corvette ZR1 has more power than most Aventadors is faster than a Ferrari 812 Superfast snd has more than twice the torque of a Lexus LFA. But that’s not all, Chevy will do you one better. The optional ZTK Performance package for the ZR1 adds a higher fixed rear wing that generates 60% downforce as compared to the Z06 with the Z07 package. 2019 was the final model year of the C7 ZR1 Vette. 

Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 specifications
Engine/Powertrain: 6.2-liter V-8
Horsepower: 755 HP
Torque: 715 lb-ft
0-60 mph: 2.8 sec
Top Speed: 212 mph

Dodge Demon - 211 mph

We can’t talk fastest American cars and not bring up muscle cars can we now. In fact, before all these mid-engined American exotics came along, thorough-bred American muscle cars were not just the fastest cars Stateside, but some of the fastest in the world. 

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A list of fastest American cars would be incomplete without a Muscle car and this one is the Demon, which also features a 6.2-liter Supercharged Mill, a HEMI V-8

Let’s talk Demon. The Demon name itself dates back to the early 70s when it was used on the Dodge Dart. Today’s SRT Demon is essentially a Drag Racer for the road. It is the most extreme Dodge Challenger that money can buy today. Under the hood lies a 6.2-lIter Supercharged HEMI that puts out 840 ponies. With the right settings, the Demon is capable of 0-60 in 2.1 seconds topping out at 211 mph, and did I mention this thing getting some air while launching?

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With 840 ponies and 770 lb-ft of torque, the Demon is essentially a Drag racer with license plates. It can hit 0-60mph in 2.1 seconds and a 1/4 mile time of 9.65 seconds. Top Speed? 211 mph

From the factory, Dodge offers what is called the Demon Crate. It comprises all the things that you’d need to annihilate the competition at your local drag strip. This car is all about 1/4 mile times and it comes as no surprise that it comes with barely street-legal drag slicks, designed specifically for the Demon. Having said that with a 9.65 second 1/4 mile time, the Demon can’t really take part in NHRA Drag races as any car with a sub-10 second time requires a roll cage.

Dodge Demon specifications
Engine/Powertrain: 6.2-liter superchcarged HEMI V-8
Horsepower: 840 HP
Torque: 770 lb-ft
0-60 mph: 2.3 sec
Top Speed: 211 mph

Dodge Viper ACR - 206 mph

One of Dodge’s most influential cars of all time was the Viper. The car initially debuted over three decades ago and it quickly gained a bit of a reputation for being one helluva of a car to drive. Why? It was thanks in part to that V-10 monster of an engine which I’ll get to in a bit. 

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From one Dodge to another, this is the Viper ACR. While most Viper’s are all about the engine, thanks to its naturally aspirated 8.4-liter V-10 engine, the ACR was all about aerodynamics

The Viper was in production for over five generations, until production finally ended in 2017. The ACR version, which stood for American Club Racing by far was the most extreme form of Viper that you could get. The ACR package first appeared on the second-gen Viper back in 1999 and it was mainly about the additional aero bits. The Final ACR hit the road in 2015 on the gen-five (VX) Viper and was essentially a racing car for the road. Dodge claims that the aero package produced the highest downforce of any production car, i.e close to one ton at 177 mph.

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It had the highest downforce of any production car when it debuted. Its 645 hp and 600 lb-ft of torque was good for a top speed of 206 mph

Its mammoth 8.4-Liter naturally aspirated V-10 engine was good for 645 horsepower and it hit 60 mph in just 3.0 seconds. The Viper ACR can hit a top speed of 206 mph. All this through a manual transmission and in a car that weighed the same as a Golf GTI. The Viper will remain as one of the all-time greats and the ACR was its most extreme incarnation.

Dodge Viper ACR specifications
Engine/Powertrain: 8.4-liter V-10
Horsepower: 645 HP
Torque: 600 lb-ft
0-60 mph: 3.0 sec
Top Speed: 206 mph

Hennessey Venom F5 - 311 mph (Est)

The Hennessey Venom F5 is the successor to the legendary Venom GT. While that car was built on the underpinnings of a Lotus Elise, the Venom F5 was developed in collaboration with Delta Motorsports of Silverstone, England. Initial mockups of the car were first shown at the SEMA show in November 2017.

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The mid-engined supercar features a 6.6-liter twin-turbo V-8 with a bespoke iron block that produces 1817 horsepower. Power is sent to the rear wheels. With a body comprising of a complete carbon-fiber construction, the Venom weighs 2950 pounds. It features active aero, which is apparently a first for Hennessey. Now with those kinds of numbers, Hennessey is clearly looking to enter the 300 mph club. The Texas-based tuner claims a top speed of 311 mph.

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The Venom F5 wants to enter the 300 mph club and is estimated top speed in excess of 211 mph. Swipe up to check out the remaining 10 cars, that can do speeds over 180 mph.

As with its predecessor, the F5 has been designed with one sole purpose, to be the fastest production car in the world. Production is limited to just 24 examples and customer deliveries are already underway.  

Hennessey Venom F5 specification
Engine/Powertrain: 6.6-liter twin-turbo V-8
Horsepower: 1817 HP
Torque: 1193 lb-ft
0-60 mph: 2.6 sec
Top Speed: 311 mph

Saleen S7 - 248 mph (Est)

The Saleen S7 was America’s answer to the McLaren F1. It came to fruition around the turn of the century. The firm based out of California is of course is most well-known for being a tuner of Ford Mustangs but in the early 2000s, they decided to build their own mid-engined supercar to take on all those highspeed exotics from Europe and Japan. 

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It’s 7.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine put out 750 hp and 700 lb-ft of torque with an estimated Top Speed of 248 mph, enough to give the Mclaren a run for its money

The S7 with its aggressive styling and mid-engined layout was essentially a racecar for the road. It was developed by Steve Saleen, Phil Frank, and Ray Mallock Limited. The body was made completely out of carbon fiber and the S7 weighed just 2865 pounds. The car featured an Under the hood was a modified 7.0-liter Ford V-8 engine that put out 550 horsepower.

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The penultimate car on our list is the gorgeous Saleen S7, a car that was the answer to the Mclaren F1 when it debuted around the turn of the century

If that wasn’t enough, Saleen tuned up the heat with a twin-turbo version in 2005 that made 750 horsepower. The S7 is rated at an estimated top speed of 218 mph. The Supercar was made in a limited number with just 100 examples in existence. This includes cars that were primarily designed for the race track.

Saleen S7 specifications
Engine/Powertrain: 7.0-liter twin-turbo V-8
Horsepower: 750 HP
Torque: 700 lb-ft
0-60 mph: 2.7 sec
Top Speed: 248 mph

Conclusion

Okay, so this is 2022. I get that and there isn’t a single EV on this list. They could have been included if I was looking at the quickest American cars. You’d have the usual suspects including the likes of the Model S Plaid, the Model X Plaid, the Lucid Air, and even the Rivian R1T. But top speed on EVs, work is underway I’m sure and we could very well be looking at cars like the Tesla Roadster making it to this list. But until that happens, this right here is a list of some of the faster American cars of all time.

Fastest American Made Cars

Fastest American Cars
Model mph
Hennessey Venom F5 311 (EST)
SSC Tuatara 282
Hennessey Venom GT 270
Saleen S7 240 (EST)
SCG 003S 230
Ford GT 216
Chevrolet Corvette C7 ZR1 212
Dodge Demon 211
Dodge Viper ACR Extreme 208
Drako GTE 206
Dodge Viper SRT 206
Dodge Hellcat Charger 203
Dodge Hellcat Charger 203
Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody 203 
Cadillac CT6-V 200
Dodge Charger Hellcat 196
Chevrolet Corvette C8 196
Camaro ZL1 1LE 193
Rossion Q1 185
Chevrolet Corvette C7 185
Chevrolet Corvette C8 Z51 184
Ford Mustang GT500 180

FAQ

What is the fastest street-legal car in America?

With a top speed of 282.9 mph, the SSC Tuatara is not just the fastest car in the world, but the fastest street-legal car in America.

What is the fastest American Car 0-60 mph?

With a time of 1.98 seconds, the Tesla Model S Plaid is the fastest American Car 0-60 mph.

What is the fastest American Muscle Car?

With a top speed of 211 mph, the Dodge Demon is the fastest American Muscle Car

What is the fastest car made by Ford?

The 216 mph second-generation Ford GT is the fastest car made by Ford

What is the fastest American car made in 2022?

The SSC Tuatara is the fastest car made in 2022

What American Made Car has the most horsepower?

The Hennessey Venom F5 is the American made car with the most horsepower

What is Chevys fastest car?

With a top speed of 212 mph, The C7 Corvette ZR1 is Chevy’s fastest car

What is the 0-60 on a Dodge Demon

The 0-60 on a Dodge Demon is 2.1 seconds

What is the fastest car Dodge ever made?

The Demon is the fastest car that Dodge ever made

Khris Bharath
Khris Bharath
Khris is a classic car aficionado and adores his Jags and Alfas, although he keeps tabs on everything from super exotics like an old EB 110 to the latest from Lucid. Formula One is very close to his heart, and he diligently makes time to tune in for the Grand Prix on Sundays. Khris also loves his road trips and he prefers stick shift over an Auto any day.  Read full bio
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