Adrenaline and power:
The two main things which are most commonly associated with one of the specialties of American automakers.
Manufactures like Ford, Dodge, Pontiac, Chevrolet, and others established their reputations through the 1960s and ’70s by creating some of the fastest American muscle car models:
Including aerodynamic workhorses that can blast down the road at unmatched speeds ruling the streets some time before lots of today’s modern sports cars ever did.
Long ago the streets of America were used as the proving grounds for many of the world’s amateur racers, and nowadays…
…the races have moved to the track.
Not only has the speed and horsepower been kicked up a notch, but also the engineering and design.
Although the muscle car trend is mainly relegated to the American market:
still we can find challengers that many could lump in from overseas, including the Maserati’s Granturismo and S55 AMG and S63 AMG from Mercedes...
…although many muscle car purists could disagree.
Through this article, you can take a look at the fastest American muscle car machines that are currently available on the market.
Although there are some glaring omissions, the list ended up being restricted to cars that we could find reliable and precise test data for, either from the manufacturer or from reputable publications.
There are some models that test data was not available for, including the Shelby Mustang 1000 and the Dodge Challenger Mopar, which otherwise will make an appearance.
Sports cars, like the Chevy Corvette and Dodge Viper, have also been excluded in order to stay closer to pure muscle car DNA.
However, others came up just short of making the list, including the Chrysler 300 SRT8.
Few factors were taken into consideration to create the rankings, like top overall speed, time from 0-60, and quarter-mile times.
So with no further ado…
…here are the 13 fastest American muscle cars that are currently available:
13. Camaro SS
Chevy has invested a lot of stock in their classic Camaro line, and the SS model is one of the company’s fastest.
The Camaro SS clocks in with a quarter mile time just a hair short of 13 seconds – 12.9.
Also, it can make the run from zero to 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds…
…fast by any measure.
The SS produces 415 horsepower from a 6.2 liter V8 engine under the hood, along with 415 pound-feet worth of torque.
SS has limited top speed of 160 miles per hour, and all in all, it comes up quite short of some of Chevy’s other Camaro models that can handily outperform it.
12. Challenger R/T Scat Pack
Well, you will probably get used to seeing the Challenger’s name called over the course of this journey through the fastest American muscle cars…
…because Dodge has cemented its place thoroughly in the new American lexicon.
Of the smattering of available Challenger models, the R/T Scat Pack variant can strike to 60 miles per hour in 4.5 seconds, and race past a quarter mile in 12.4 seconds.
The R/T Scat Pack Challenger delivers the noise in the form of 495 horsepower motor and 475 pound-feet of torque, arriving as a result of a 6.4-liter V8 engine which helps it to reach a total top speed of 175 miles per hour.
Fast, but not nearly the fastest Challenger on the market.
11. Charger SRT8 Super Bee
It may look like this Charger has a funny name…
…but this version of the muscle car is no laughing matter.
Performance numbers feature a 4.4-second 0-60 time, and a quarter-mile time of 12.8 seconds, which it gets done at 112 miles per hour.
The Super Bee is equipped with a 6.4-liter V8 motor, that brings 470 pound-feet of torque along with 470 ponies.
Also, there was a limited-edition version of this car, named the Yellow Jacket:
which was painted yellow and black, along with fancy badges and stripes.
For people ready to take muscle and wordplay to the next level, the Yellow Jacket Super Bee is likely among the best options available.
10. Mustang GT
Ford’s world famous muscle car, the Mustang:
has arrived in a number of forms over the years, and the GT trim has long been among the fastest available from the factory.
Having an amazingly quick 0-60 time of 4.3 seconds, and an equally as amazing quarter-mile time of 12.7 seconds…
…the Mustang GT earns it a spot among the top ten fastest modern muscle cars.
The 2015 GT redesign houses a 5.0-liter, 435 horsepower V8 motor which also comes with a side of 400 lb-ft of torque.
9. Charger 392
The Charger makes one more arrival on this list, this time with the 392 model.
This version can outrace the Super Bee on all fronts:
like a 0-60 time of 4.2 seconds and a quarter mile time of 12.6 seconds.
The Charger 392 makes do with 470 pound-feet of torque, together with 470 horsepower supplied by Dodge’s ubiquitous 6.4-liter V8 motor.
The 392 can also strike a white-knuckle top overall speed of 178 miles per hour, giving the dose of speed that many car lovers demand.
8. Challenger 392
Catching up with the Charger 392 is the Challenger that arrives with the same name, with a 0-60 time of 4.2 seconds.
The Challenger 392 gets the nod above its Charger brother in terms of 485 horsepower, from the same 6.4-liter V8 engine…
…which also can crank out 470 pound-feet of torque.
It is a difficult solution when dealing with choosing the right 392 model, but for a slight edge in power and performance, the Challenger wins out over the Charger.
7. Challenger SRT8 Core
The Challenger SRT8 Core is a special-edition for hardcore Challenger enthusiasts…
…but still is not the fastest variant, however it is near the top.
The ‘Core’ model is a performance version revealed by SRT, and it also comes in specialized colors, including Plum Crazy Pearl and Orange Pearl.
Not just that it’s very aesthetically pleasing, but also, it gets the job done on the road as well.
The Core version can get to 60 miles per hour in 4 seconds flat, and get past a quarter-mile distance in 12.5 seconds.
The Challenger is not the only model to get the ‘Core’ treatment, but it is the quickest.
6. Mustang Boss 302
It’s not easy to argue with a title like ‘boss,’ and this Mustang version proves it.
Ford’s Mustang Boss 302 is bringing the muscle to the streets in the form of 444 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque.
It takes only 4 seconds flat for the Boss to reach to 60 miles per hour from a standstill, and it can manage a quarter mile in 12.3 seconds courtesy of Ford’s beloved 5.0-liter V8 engine.
5. Camaro Z/28
The Z28 nameplate is legendary among Camaro fans…and this legend lives on until today with the best and fastest Z28 ever.
The Z28 makes the sprint from rest to 60 miles per hour in 4 seconds flat, and make the trip to a quarter-mile in 12.2 seconds, besting all but a few muscle cars on the market.
After all these years, the Camaro still proves it can hold its own as one of the most aggressive cars available…
…still this isn’t even the fastest Camaro on the market.
4. Camaro ZL1
Even better than the Z/28 is Chevy’s baddest and fastest Camaro at the moment, the ZL1:
A 580 horsepower monster, which will leave many bystanders slack-jawed in awe of its power (hopefully).
The ZL1 is geared up by having a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 motor which knocks out 556 pound-feet of torque together with all that horsepower and is capable of a final speed of 184 miles per hour.
What’s even more impressive, it can fly to 60 miles per hour in only 3.9 seconds, and cover a quarter mile in 12 seconds flat.
3. Shelby GT 500
The ZL1 Camaro shows the top of Chevy’s game…
…while the Shelby GT 500 Mustang demonstrates the very best of Ford.
The Shelby GT 500 has the strength to tackle the quarter mile in 11.5 seconds, and also fly to 60 miles per hour from a standstill in a remarkable 3.5 seconds.
The Shelby tops out at 189 miles per hour behind the power of 662 horses and a monstrous 631 pound-feet of torque, all courtesy of a 5.8-liter supercharged V8 motor.
2. Equus Bass 770
The Equus Bass 770 is one of the less-known muscle cars on the market, and it’s about to change the world’s perception for good.
Somewhat a cross between a Mustang and a Challenger or Charger, the Equus Bass 770 can bring a serious speed and power to the table…
…for a price.
Featuring a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine, “stolen” from a Corvette ZR1, the Bass 770 produces 640 horsepower and 605 pound-feet of torque, all the while reaching a speed of 60 miles per hour in only 3.4 seconds.
As mentioned, it comes at a price: $250,000, to be exact.
1. Challenger SRT Hellcat
The new kid on the block is also the most massive.
The Challenger Hellcat — probably the most aptly named vehicle ever…
…for a short time has made a name for itself as the fastest production muscle car of all time.
The Hellcat delivers a hearty 707 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque, which allows it to spring to 60 miles per hour in around 3.5 seconds on its way to an overall top speed of 199 miles per hour…
…putting it in a class with other supercars from Lamborghini and Ferrari.
The quarter-mile can also be done in a relative snap, as the Hellcat can accomplish it in a scant 11.2 seconds.
Of course, it does burn through gas at a rate of 1.5 gallons per minute, so do not plan on commuting with this beast.