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.
Not only have Americans been able to hold their own on the international stage when it comes to speed, it can also lay claim to the fastest cars in the world. And after generations of design and engineering tweaks, speed has been democratized, and is now available to almost everyone with a driver’s license. And while our daily drivers have gotten faster, our performance cars have become downright insane.
These 10 fastest American-made vehicles are a sight to behold, and are a rarity in their own right. If you happen to catch a glance of one, be sure to have the camera ready, as they’ll most likely be gone in the blink of an eye. For reference, we’ve compiled them right here in an easy-to-read list.