Speed is as American as the Constitution, Taco Bell, and the Super Bowl. It’s in our DNA – in fact, put any American, regardless of age, behind the wheel of a quick car and watch their face light up with pure, unadulterated joy as they stomp the gas. It’s just who we are. Sure, Europe may lay claim to the supercar, but they could never in their wildest dreams begin to match the pure hooliganism of a big V8, a lead foot, cheap gas, and hundreds of miles of straight, flat highway.
And with technology raising horsepower and top speeds, while emissions and prices fall, American automakers are in the middle of a golden age that harkens back to the days of fast and powerful muscle cars in the 1960s and ’70s. Only now, we’ve figured out how to handle the Europeans, and as a result our now finest performance cars also happen to be among some the best cars on the entire planet.