When it comes to speed, American cars have a legacy that’s hard to beat. From muscle cars that dominated the drag strips to supercars built to take on the world’s best, the U.S. has produced some seriously fast machines. These cars aren’t just fast, their dangerously fast. Here’s the top 20:

Dodge Charger Daytona

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  • Top Speed: 200 MPH

The Dodge Charger Daytona is a classic muscle car with a focus on top speed, thanks to its aerodynamic design. Built for NASCAR homologation, it featured a 7.0-liter V-8 engine producing 425 horsepower and 490 lb-ft of torque. With its distinct cone nose and massive rear wing, the Daytona was built for speed, hitting 0-60 mph in 5.2 seconds and a top speed of 200 mph. Only 503 units were made in 1969, and just 70 of those had the 426 Hemi V-8.

Cadillac CTS-V

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  • Top Speed: 200 MPH

The Cadillac CTS-V is a high-performance sedan that packs a punch, resembling a four-door Corvette. Under the hood, it sports a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 engine delivering 640 horsepower and 630 lb-ft of torque, paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. This powerhouse goes from 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds and reaches a top speed of 200 mph. The CTS-V features magnetic ride control for adjustable suspension, multiple traction control modes, and high-performance Brembo brakes.

Cadillac CT6-V

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  • Top Speed: 200 MPH

The Cadillac CT6-V is the fastest in Cadillac’s V Series lineup, blending luxury with high performance. It’s powered by a 4.2-liter twin-turbocharged Blackwing V-8 engine, delivering 550 horsepower and 640 lb-ft of torque. This large sedan can go from 0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds and hit a top speed of 200 mph. The CT6-V’s engine features dual twin-scroll turbos and a max boost of 20 psi. Despite its impressive specs, the CT6-V had a short production run, selling out quickly in 2019 and discontinued in 2020. However, the Blackwing legacy continues with the CT5-V, which also boasts a top speed of 200 mph.

Equus Bass 770

Equus Automotive
  • Top Speed: 200 MPH

The Equus Bass 770 is a modern take on classic muscle cars from the ’60s and ’70s. With its fast-back design and long hood, it looks like a throwback, but it’s packed with modern performance. Under the hood is a 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 engine producing 640 horsepower and 605 lb-ft of torque. This powerhouse propels the Bass 770 from 0-60 mph in 3.4 seconds, reaching a top speed of 200 mph. Built on an aluminum chassis with a mix of aluminum and carbon fiber for the body, it combines retro looks with cutting-edge tech, including an infotainment system amidst classic dials.

2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

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  • Top Speed: 200+ MPH

The 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 was a milestone for Ford, being the first Mustang to break the 200 mph barrier. Powered by a supercharged 5.8-liter V-8 engine, it delivered 662 horsepower and 631 lb-ft of torque. This muscle car could go from 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds and had a claimed top speed of 202 mph. While official claims put it at 202 mph on a circular track in Italy, independent tests saw slightly lower speeds: Car and Driver hit 189 mph, and MotorTrend managed 196 mph. Despite this, the GT500 remains a significant piece of Mustang history.

Mosler MT900S Photon

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  • Top Speed: 201 MPH

The Mosler MT900S Photon is a forgotten gem from the now-defunct Mosler company. An evolution of the MT900, the S model replaced the 5.7-liter LS1 V-8 with the C6 Z06’s LS7 unit, nearly doubling the power. Weighing just 2,539 pounds, or 1,980 pounds with the Photon package, this mid-engine supercar was a serious track weapon. It had a 7.0-liter V-8 engine producing 550 horsepower and 513 lb-ft of torque. With a 0-60 mph time of 3.1 seconds and a top speed of 201 mph, the MT900S was a beast on the road. Only 35 of the 85 MT900S units made were road-legal.

Dodge Charger Hellcat Redeye Widebody

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  • Top Speed: 203 mph

The Dodge Charger Hellcat Redeye Widebody is a unique blend of speed and practicality. With a top speed of 203 mph, this four-door sedan can seat up to five people while delivering an exhilarating drive. Under the hood, it packs a 6.2-liter V-8 engine, pushing out 797 horsepower and 707 lb-ft of torque. It accelerates from 0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds and completes the quarter-mile in 11.9 seconds at 124 mph. Despite its blistering performance, the Hellcat Redeye is relatively affordable, starting at just under $90,000, proving you can have a family-friendly car that’s also a speed demon.

Dodge Viper ACR

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  • Top Speed: 206 mph

The Dodge Viper ACR is one of the most extreme versions of the Viper, a car known for its raw power and challenging drive. The ACR, standing for American Club Racing, first appeared in 1999 and focused on additional aerodynamics. The final ACR model, based on the fifth-gen Viper, hit the road in 2015. It boasts an 8.4-liter V-10 engine producing 645 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque. This beast reaches 0-60 mph in 3.0 seconds and tops out at 206 mph. Dodge claims its aero package generates close to one ton of downforce at 177 mph, making it a true track monster.

Dodge Demon

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  • Top Speed: 211 mph

The Dodge Demon is a muscle car legend, essentially a street-legal drag racer. Under the hood, it packs a 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI V-8 that cranks out 840 horsepower and 770 lb-ft of torque. It rockets from 0-60 mph in 2.3 seconds and hits a top speed of 211 mph. The Demon can even lift its front wheels off the ground during launch. Dodge offers the Demon Crate, which includes everything needed for drag racing, including barely street-legal drag slicks. With a 1/4 mile time of 9.65 seconds, it’s too fast for NHRA Drag races without a roll cage.

Chevrolet Corvette C7 ZR1

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  • Top Speed: 212 mph

The Chevrolet Corvette C7 ZR1 is the ultimate Vette, packing a 6.2-liter supercharged LT5 V-8 engine that delivers 755 horsepower and 715 lb-ft of torque. This beast goes from 0-60 mph in just 2.8 seconds and tops out at 212 mph. The ZR1 builds on the already impressive Z06, featuring a splitter, rear wing, and underbody spoiler developed with Pratt and Miller’s racing team. For even more downforce, the optional ZTK Performance package adds a higher fixed rear wing.

Ford GT

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  • Top Speed: 216 mph

The Ford GT is an icon, with its legacy dating back to the GT40s that dominated Le Mans in the ’60s. The latest version, though, swaps the V-8 for a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6, producing 647 horsepower and 550 lb-ft of torque. This power is sent to the rear wheels, propelling the GT to a top speed of 216 mph and 0-60 mph in 3.2 seconds. In 2016, Ford Performance and Chip Ganassi Racing took the GT to Le Mans again, winning in the LM GTE-Pro class, 50 years after Ford’s first victory. Production of this modern GT started in 2016, with around 1,350 units planned.

Chevrolet Camaro Exorcist

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  • Top Speed: 217 MPH

The Chevrolet Camaro Exorcist takes the sixth-gen Camaro ZL-1 to a whole new level. The ZL-1 was already a beast, but Chevrolet wanted to take on the Dodge Demon, so they handed it over to Hennessey Performance. The result? A 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 engine pushing out 1,000 horsepower and 966 lb-ft of torque. It goes from 0-60 mph in just 2.1 seconds. In 2018, Hennessey took the Exorcist for a top-speed run and hit 217 mph.

SCG 003S

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  • Top Speed: 230 mph

The SCG 003S, also known as P33, is a limited-run supercar from SCG, first announced in 2013. Designed by Paolo Garella, it debuted at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. SCG made three versions: Competizione, Competizione Stradale, and Stradale. The Stradale is the street version, powered by a BMW-sourced 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine with over 800 horsepower. Weighing in at 2,866 pounds, it can hit 230 mph and go from 0-60 mph in 3.0 seconds. Hand-built in Hollow, New York, the SCG 003S combines serious speed with unique craftsmanship, making it a true road-going racer.

Vector W8

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  • Top Speed: 242 mph (Claimed)

The Vector W8 is a rare beast from California’s Vector, which started in 1971. This supercar, based on the W2 prototype, hit the scene in 1989. Packing a 6.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine with 625 horsepower, it was ahead of its time, considering the Ferrari F40 had 471 horsepower. Vector claimed it could reach 242 mph with a boost pushing it to 1,200 horsepower. However, these numbers were never independently verified, and the W8 didn’t quite make it big, selling only 17 units.

Saleen S7

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  • Top Speed: 248 mph (Est)

The Saleen S7 was America’s answer to the McLaren F1, debuting around the early 2000s. Known for tuning Mustangs, Saleen decided to build this mid-engine supercar to compete with high-speed exotics. Designed by Steve Saleen, Phil Frank, and Ray Mallock Limited, the S7 featured aggressive styling and a mid-engine layout. Its carbon-fiber body kept the weight down to 2,865 pounds. Initially powered by a 7.0-liter Ford V-8 making 550 horsepower, the twin-turbo version released in 2005 upped the output to 750 horsepower. With a top speed of 248 mph, only 100 units of this road-legal racecar were ever produced.

Czinger 21C V Max

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  • Top Speed: 253 mph (Claimed)

The Czinger 21C V Max is a wild creation from California-based Czinger, boasting the title of the first Human/AI-designed and 3D-printed hypercar. Its sleek, low-drag design helps it hit a manufacturer-claimed top speed of 253 mph. Under the hood, a hybrid powertrain featuring a 2.88-liter twin-turbo V-8 cranks out 1,350 horsepower. Weighing just over 2,700 pounds, this single-seat hypercar rockets from 0-60 mph in 1.9 seconds. Czinger also claims it can go from 0 to 248 mph and back to a stop in just 27.1 seconds, making it one of the fastest hypercars on the planet.

SSC Ultimate Aero

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  • Top Speed: 257.41 mph

The SSC Ultimate Aero was the predecessor to the Tuatara and ran from 2004 to 2013. It hit the scene in 2006 with a 6.4-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine putting out 1,287 horsepower. This ride had some slick aero features, like carbon-fiber louvers and an active rear spoiler. In 2007, it hit 257.41 mph on a closed highway in Washington State, beating the Bugatti Veyron’s 253 mph record. It held the title of the world’s fastest production car until the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport came along in 2010.

Hennessey Venom GT

Venom GT
  • Top Speed: 270.49 mph

The Hennessey Venom GT was built to take on the Bugatti Veyron as the fastest production car. John Hennessey of Hennessey Performance Engineering in Texas came up with this beast. Based on the Lotus Elise, it made its debut at the 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed. Under the hood, it packs a 7.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine cranking out 1,244 horsepower. This rear-wheel-drive rocket hits 0-60 mph in 2.7 seconds and topped out at 270.49 mph at the Kennedy Space Center in 2014. It didn’t get the official title due to production rules, but it’s still insanely fast.

SSC Tuatara

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  • Top Speed: 295 mph

The SSC Tuatara debuted as a concept car in 2011 and aimed to reclaim the title of the fastest car from the Bugatti Veyron. Its development spanned nearly a decade, with the production model hitting the road in 2018. Powered by a 5.9-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine developed by Tom Nelson, it produces 1,750 horsepower. Weighing 2,749 pounds, the rear-wheel-drive Tuatara features an all-carbon construction. In a speed run, it hit 295 mph at Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds. Though it aimed for 300 mph, SSC clocked an average speed of 282.9 mph, making it the fastest production car at the time.

Hennessey Venom F5

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  • Top Speed: 311 mph (Est)

The Hennessey Venom F5, successor to the Venom GT, was developed in collaboration with Delta Motorsports of Silverstone, England. Initially shown at the SEMA show in 2017, this mid-engine supercar boasts a 6.6-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine that produces 1,817 horsepower. Its complete carbon-fiber body keeps the weight at 2,950 pounds. The Venom F5 features active aerodynamics and aims to join the 300 mph club. Though it has reached 271.6 mph, Hennessey claims it can hit 311 mph.

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