What is the first thing that pops into your mind when you hear the term “supercar”? Ferrari F40, Lamborghini Aventador or maybe the legendary McLaren F1? Whatever your favourite supercar is, we are sure that it comes from Europe, probably from Italy, UK or Germany. But, what about America? You probably think that they have their muscle cars and overly powerful pickups but no proper supercars. Well, it turns out that there are quite a few attractive American supercars that could give Europeans a run for their money. Here are MyCarHeaven’s top ten…
With 1,750 hp coming from its 5.9-litre, twin-turbo V8 engine, carbon-fibre body, insane 0 to 60 mph acceleration time of 2.5 seconds, and a top speed of 286 mph, the SCC Tuatara is one of the fastest cars on the Earth. Designed by renowned ex-Ferrari stylist Jason Castriota and priced at almost $2 million, it has a limited production of only 100 cars. Honestly, with such performance, exotic design, an insane price tag, the SCC Tuatara is a proper ambassador for the American supercar scene.
After almost 70 years as a front-engined supercar, Corvette has boldly moved forward with the C8 generation. Completely new mid-engine architecture, design, and exquisite interior make this US legend a true and affordable supercar. Currently, the C8 has a 6.2-litre V8 with 495 hp on tap, but we can expect much more powerful versions soon. However, the best thing about the new C8 is its performance and price. It can jump to 60 mph in less than 3 seconds, and you will need just $60,000 (base price) to become a proud owner of this incredible American supercar.
Steve Saleen was a very successful Mustang tuner and racer, and as any true car enthusiast, he decided to make a sports car with his name on it. Introduced in the early 2000s, the Saleen S7 was an impressive supercar powered by 7-litre V8, delivering 550 to 750 hp. The S7 had it all – fantastic performance, Lambo-styled doors, wedge styling, and a long list of celebrity owners. In 2007, Saleen introduced the S7 R, the competition version, which had a successful career and even managed to beat Ferrari on its home track. Even though the S7 is out of production, officially, Saleen will still make you one now if you have the means.
Dodge Viper ACR
Although the Viper ACR was front-engined, its insane 8.4-litre V10 engine, 645 hp rating, and race-spec aerodynamic package made it a proper American supercar. Produced in limited numbers and a significant premium over the standard model, ACR is the one to have. Its name is derived from American Club Racer and clearly shows what this car is for and its capability. If the 0 to 60 mph time of 3 seconds and a top speed of 210 mph don’t sound impressive, the 2015 Nurburgring track record definitely is. It is a real shame that Viper is discontinued, though.
One of the most successful supercar stories coming from the US is the Ford GT. During the 60s (called Ford GT40), known as the Ferrari killer, managing four consecutive Le Mans wins. Ford resurrected it in 2004 with a gorgeous retro-futuristic design and a 5.4-litre supercharged engine. However, the GT returned again in 2018 with the even more aggressive looks and high-tech 3.5-litre, turbocharged V6 producing 650 hp in street trim. And oh, the history did repeat itself since, in 2019, Ford managed to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans and finish in front of another Ferrari.
Hennessey Venom GT
Produced in just 13 examples (7 coupes and 6 convertibles), the Venom GT is actually a British – American hybrid supercar. Based on a modified Lotus Exige chassis and initially assembled in Hethel, England, the Venom GT is then shipped to Texas and completed by installing a 7-litre, twin-turbo V8 with up to 1,244 hp. Due to its small weight (1,250 kg) and enormous power, Venom GT is basically a low-flying fighter jet. No wonder it entered the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s fastest accelerating vehicle, managing to get to 186 mph (300 km/h) in just 13.63 seconds!
No story about American supercars would be complete without mention of the Vector W8. Even though it was offered for sale for just a couple of years and produced in only 22 examples, this unique American supercar was the dream car of millions of teenagers growing up in the late 80s and early 90s. Powered by a twin-turbo Chevrolet V8 and producing 625 hp, which was an insane figure for the period, the Vector W8 was constantly plagued by production and financial difficulties. However, it will remain as one of the greatest American supercars of all time.
Established in 2009, Falcon supercar company is one of the more obscure US manufacturers but with a pretty remarkable product – the F7 supercar. Customers can choose between two power levels coming from a 7.0-litre V8. You can get either 680 hp from a naturally-aspirated motor or a massive 1,100 hp from a twin-turbo unit. Either way, top-notch performance is guaranteed. Interestingly, with a price tag of just under $200,000, the Falcon F7 is one of the more affordable American Supercars available.
Chevrolet Corvette C7 ZR1
As one of the last of the front-engined Corvettes, the ZR1 version is also one of the craziest. With 755 hp coming from a supercharged 6.2-litre V8, the ZR1 is capable of producing face-melting acceleration figures and a high top speed. 0 to 60 mph is possible in just 3 seconds, and this Vette can top 210 mph. Interestingly, it is also offered as a convertible, and we can only imagine how it feels going that fast with the top down!
Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus SCG 003
The SCG 003 is the brainchild of American collector and movie producer Jim Glickenhaus. Having already achieved notoriety with re-bodied Ferrari Enzo, Glickenhaus moved to create its own street/track supercar with SCG 003. Customers who decide on the track version will be getting a Honda-derived, turbocharged V6 engine, but those who want a street model will have a BMW-produced, 4.4-litre V8. Interestingly, the track version is significantly less powerful at 500 hp versus the street-spec SCG 003, which has 750 hp.
There you have it, MyCarHeaven’s top 10 American Supercars. Which is your favourite? Let us know on social media.
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