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American Sports Cars

American Sports Cars

American Sports Cars

More on Sports Cars Sports cars that don’t cost as much as a house tend to come in two primary categories. Small, lightweight sports cars with four-cylinder engines are designed to deliver excellent handling and agility rather than outright speed and power. Muscle cars, on the other hand, are heavier and have more powerful engines. No matter which type of sports car you’re shopping for, you shouldn’t have trouble finding one that delivers thrills without breaking the bank. Back to top
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American Sports Cars

American sports cars are known more for their muscle than their handling prowess, but there remains a subset of high performance heavy metal in the U.S. that has been designed not just to blow up dyno charts but also scarf down a road course without breaking a sweat. This new generation of American sports cars includes special editions of old stalwarts, all-new designs, and a few boutique brands that have quietly made names for themselves in the annals of speed. Let’s take a quick look at 8 of the best American sports cars.
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American Sports Cars

Page 1 of 10 American sports cars are known more for their muscle than their handling prowess, but there remains a subset of high performance heavy metal in the U.S. that has been designed not just to blow up dyno charts but also scarf down a road course without breaking a sweat. This new generation of American sports cars includes special editions of old stalwarts, all-new designs, and a few boutique brands that have quietly made names for themselves in the annals of speed. Let’s take a quick look at 8 of the best American sports cars.
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This page is a compilation of sports cars, roadsters, supercars, race cars, and coupés, both discontinued and still in production. Cars that have sport trims (such as the Honda Civic SI) will be listed under the sport trims section. Production tunes will include cars modified by outside brands and then sold. This does not include in-house brands such as Ford’s Special Vehicle Team, which will be included in the main list. Some vehicles are sold under different brands, therefore some vehicles may be listed more than once but usually link to the same page. Different countries/continents may also classify vehicles differently, example; the Toyota 86 name is known throughout most of the world, but in Europe, its sold as the Toyota GT86, and in the United States and Canada it’s sold under the Scion marque name as the Scion FR-S and the Subaru marque name as the Subaru BRZ.
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It seems as if the American car that we were once proud of is finally making its return. This also got us thinking about the past and about how many cars in previous years that we have loved. So, to combat all your negative thoughts about American vehicles and your newborn love for foreign cars you’ll never be able to afford, we’ve compiled a pretty awesome list: 50 American Cars That Don’t Suck. Check it, and try to tell us America isn’t the way to go.
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Across segments, American cars are no longer less expensive alternatives to their foreign counterparts, and cross-shopping from German to American is no longer a far-fetched reality. The fact that last year, Motor Trend‘s best driver’s car was a Chevy Camaro Z/28 was proof that we were once again an automotive superpower. And in honor of American steeds, we’ve selected the best and most coveted, including one of the best sports cars in the world, a German-beating performance family sedan and a hot hatch extraordinaire.
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Note: Many of these cars aren’t performance cars, but they are all two seaters. This list starts after 1945, too many pre-war two seaters. This list was many intended to be for street legal production cars, but I’ve made a handful of exceptions for coolness sake. I’m sure I’ve missed some, chime in with what you’ve got.
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If you can find a better American sports sedan that also doubles as a slick family sedan, let us know. The CTS-V has everything going for it in the looks-and-cooks department. Driven by a slightly less powerful version of the Z06’s engine, the clean-cut CTS-V rockets to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds (just about a second slower than the Corvette Z06) with a top speed of — get this — 200 mph. It has M5s and E63 AMGs quaking in their brakes. 640 horsepower and 630 lb-ft are more than enough for this four-door rocket sled that just so happens to get luxe appointments worthy of an American sports sedan and the aggressive looks to match.
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1987-93 Cadillac Allante – The Allante, Reatta, and (4 seater) Chrysler TC were an odd niche of American luxury soft-core sports cars. Perhaps if they were rwd they may have found more success.
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The 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is the most powerful version yet of one of America’s favorite domestic sports cars. The Chevy Corvette Z06 features a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine that has been tuned to provide 650 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque, with the option of a 7-speed manual or an 8-speed automatic gearbox. Like the aforementioned Mustang, the Corvette Z06 is also available either as a coupe or a convertible.
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4) 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Photo Credit: General Motors Page 1 of 10 4) 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 The 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is the most powerful version yet of one of America’s favorite domestic sports cars. The Chevy Corvette Z06 features a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine that has been tuned to provide 650 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque, with the option of a 7-speed manual or an 8-speed automatic gearbox. Like the aforementioned Mustang, the Corvette Z06 is also available either as a coupe or a convertible.
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4) 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 The 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is the most powerful version yet of one of America’s favorite domestic sports cars. The Chevy Corvette Z06 features a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine that has been tuned to provide 650 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque, with the option of a 7-speed manual or an 8-speed automatic gearbox. Like the aforementioned Mustang, the Corvette Z06 is also available either as a coupe or a convertible.
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Manufacturers nowadays sell sports cars that have more power than any one person needs, so some enthusiasts often turn their noses up at anything built before the financial crisis hit. Well, that’s their loss.
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Muscle cars, on the other hand, are heavier and have more powerful engines. No matter which type of sports car you’re shopping for, you shouldn’t have trouble finding one that delivers thrills without breaking the bank.
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Little more than a decade ago, the label “American” wasn’t exactly a term of pride when it came to cars. Vehicles like the Pontiac Aztec, the Chrysler Sebring and the Cadillac Catera made you want to either bury your head in the sand or drive to your nearest Toyota dealership and ask for automotive asylum. But, thankfully, times have changed — in a big way. Not only is reliability up, but to our everlasting joy, bristling power, cutting edge technology, a litany of amenities and gaze-worthy sheet metal are now present in volumes — and for more than just a handful of models.
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The 2016 Cadillac CTS-V coupe might not come from the same sports car DNA as the other members on this list, but the 2-door luxury car provides explosive performance thanks to the dedicated efforts of the American brand’s engineers. The Cadillac CTS-V coupe offers 556 horsepower and 551 lb-ft of torque from a supercharged 6.2-liter V8, and it also comes with a magnetically-controlled suspension system in order to keep the heavy car planted through the corners. A 6-speed manual transmission is recommended with the CTS-V, although a 6-speed automatic featuring a traditional torque converter design is also available.
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8) 2016 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe The 2016 Cadillac CTS-V coupe might not come from the same sports car DNA as the other members on this list, but the 2-door luxury car provides explosive performance thanks to the dedicated efforts of the American brand’s engineers. The Cadillac CTS-V coupe offers 556 horsepower and 551 lb-ft of torque from a supercharged 6.2-liter V8, and it also comes with a magnetically-controlled suspension system in order to keep the heavy car planted through the corners. A 6-speed manual transmission is recommended with the CTS-V, although a 6-speed automatic featuring a traditional torque converter design is also available.

If the fourth-generation Camaro could see what it’s become in the form of the sixth-generation car, it would weep with joy. Smaller, faster and tighter, it makes the Camaro more than just a great American pony car — it’s a sports coupe that both looks and drives the part. On the already-proven GM Alpha platform that undergirds the Caddy CTS and ATS, the new Camaro is shorter, narrower and lower than its predecessor, as well as 200 pounds lighter. And along with the 335 horsepower V6 and the 455 horsepower V8, the new Camaro will get a 2-liter turbocharged engine that spits out 275 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque, making the small displacement car quick.
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1953-55 Cunningham C3,4,5,6 – Briggs Cunningham was a race car driver who built is own sports car with big American engines. He was like Carol Shelby, 10 years before Carol Shelby. Not only that but he made his own car bodies, and was quite successful in the 24 hrs of Le Mans.

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