Supercars represent the apex of a brand’s performance engineering, and these automobiles are designed to sell in limited numbers but attract maximum attention on the world stage. Although Europe has long been home to some of the most noteworthy supercar manufacturers – such as Ferrari and Lamborghini – America is no stranger to ultimate road legal performance stars, with not only major car companies producing fantastic rides but a number of homegrown, boutique brands also contributing to the landscape. Some of these names will be familiar, but others are usually only found at local track days, car shows, and deep in the glossy pages of publications like Grassroots Motorsports and The DuPont Registry. Let’s take a look at 10 of the best American supercars.
2014 Shelby GT500
The 2014 Shelby GT500 is based on the Ford Mustang muscle car, but the two-door coupe’s platform has been tweaked and massaged to the point where it shares little with the garden-variety GT model. The Shelby GT500 is perhaps the most affordable way to hit a top speed in excess of 200 mph as the vehicle is motivated by a 662-horsepower, 5.8-liter supercharged engine that also grinds out 631 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard with the GT500, which also comes with a host of suspension and aero upgrades over the Mustang, and Brembo brakes and a launch control system round out the list of goodies included with the car. The Shelby GT500 disappeared for the 2015 model year, but is scheduled to return for 2016.