The Fast American Production Cars
Many people think you have spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on European exotics to get a fast ride. If you love good ol’ American cars, there are plenty of options available that will take you from zero to sixty in a nail-biting speed. These are a few of the fastest cars ever to come out of an American assembly line:
1970 Buick Gran Sport GSX. The late 1960s and early 1970s were the glory days for the muscle cars, but none were as fast as the Buick Gran Sport GSX. Loaded with a 455 engine that was lighter than any of the other big ones of the day, the Buick Gran Sport GSX was designed to compete with the Oldsmobile 442 and the Pontiac GTO. Despite the power under the hood and the serious speed, Buick did not sell very many.
1990 Corvette ZR1. No list of fast American production cars would be complete without mention of a Corvette. The 1990 ZR1 marked an early return to powerful cars after a decade of cars that looked nice, but did not perform. The fact that the ZR1 had over 400 horsepower made it a legend before it even took to the streets. The car set seven different land-speed records.
1995 Mustang Cobra R. The “R” stands for “Racing” which meant that the only people who could actually buy this model were those who held racing license. To make the “R” fast, Ford took out anything that was not necessary, like fog lights, air conditioning, and the back seat. These did not have the horsepower of the ZR1, but they were still speed with 300 horsepower and some serious torque.
1997 Viper GTS. Touted as the fastest production car ever, the Viper GTS had between 415 and 450 horsepower, depending on the model. Sadly, though the car topped nearly every other car in its class in all comparisons, it placed last in every braking test – making it quite unsafe for the speeds it could reach.