• Nov 30, 2005

Forbes.com recently searched high and low for the 10 fastest American cars to grace the planet Earth and came up with a pretty impressive list. At the top is the SSC Ultimate Aero (shown), with a trim V8 (no, that isn't a typo) that produces a stunning 1,046 horsepower and a maximum speed of 260-273 mph. We'll get our fill of the Aero soon as the car is being featured in upcoming issues of The Robb Report, Motor Trend and Road & Track. Also gracing the list is the Saleen S7 Twin Turbo that tops out at 240-260 mph, the Ford GT at 205 mph and the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 with a top speed of 198 mph. Of special interest were the Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger and Magnum SRT8s, which tied for ninth place, and the Caddy CTS-V in 10th, which are arguably the only cars on that list you would actually want to drive year-round.



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      • 9 Years Ago
      Anyone besides me notice that the SSC Ultimate Aero has Ford Focus headlights? Granted, they're the HID lights only available in euro and a select few US models, but I thought it was amusing. On the other hand I understand that economies of scale prevent manufacturers from creating bespoke componentry but it doesn't keep me from chuckling now and again.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Actually it wasn't American Car bashing. In the middle of my post I realized that it was only American Cars, but I decided to finish the post anyway. It really is quite a stupid article anyway, unless you get them on a track it means nothing. My 2005 WRX can go an estimated 221 MPH. See I can do it too, wohoo. I think Motor Trend did it right a few months ago when they got a bunch of those cars and actually tested them. Estimated top speeds don't hold a lot of value in my mind.
      • 9 Years Ago
      The H2 and Aveo didn't make the list? Go figure. :)
      • 9 Years Ago
      You have to be kidding me, the Charger/300c and the CTS-V?? That is pretty funny. Oh wait, only American cars, I guess that makes sense then.
      • 9 Years Ago
      "My 2005 WRX can go an estimated 221 MPH." estimated by who and using what numbers? unless they seriously regeared the 5MT the drag limited top speed for a 2002 WRX was around 145mph. IIRC the wagon was slightly faster than the sedan. (had a wagon... remember hearing that somewhere.) even using some fictional ridiculously overgeared 6th gear in an STi isn't going to give you another 70mph. give me a break. gear limited top speed on the 5MT is something like 170mph... but thats not possible unless you are on the moon or something. on the STi for example. using stock 2005 specs. tire diameter on the stock 225/45R17 : 24.97" 6th gear : 0.756 rear end ratio : 3.9 using those numbers... at the 7000RPM redline on a 2005 WRX STi it works out to a maximum speed of 176.43 mph. "estimated 221mph" came from where exactly? your imagination? "Actually I said 221, but that is the point, those numbers mean nothing coming from Forbes." surprisingly i would believe Forbes and them testing half-million dollar supercars vs. some dude who thinks his $25k WRX can magically go 221mph using mystical methods of "estimating".
      • 9 Years Ago
      You have to be kidding me, the Charger/300c and the CTS-V?? That is pretty funny. Oh wait, only American cars, I guess that makes sense then. Brian Lee.. Thank you for pointing this out for me. I did not fully interpet what you were trying to say. I thought you were inferring something else. Sorry for the misunderstanding
      • 9 Years Ago
      This is very ammusing. Thanks Dr. Woo for the clarification, some people just didn't get it. In case anybody was still confused, a stock WRX can't go 221, more like 145ish.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Yeah, but read the bottom of their page - "SSC, LLC is in no way affiliated with Carroll Shelby, or Shelby North America" So... they took Shelby's name for exact reason that you've presented - you say "Oh hey, it must be related to Carroll Shelby!"
      • 9 Years Ago
      Wow, you guys really didn't read Brian's posts much further than the letters themselves, did you? He's saying that it's easy to "estimate" top speed numbers, and that until it's proven, that's all it is...an estimate. "My 2005 WRX can go an estimated 221 MPH. See I can do it too, wohoo." "Estimated top speeds don't hold a lot of value in my mind." Turn on your sarcasm detectors before you go on long rants on automotive embellishment.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I'm not sure I understand the point in ranking cars based on what the manufacturers say they'll do - especially from an unknown manufacturer like SSC. I think it's a bit odd that none of their videos give any quantitative info - the quarter mile doesn't have timing, and both dyno videos don't actually show a dyno readout, just "hey look, we put it on a dyno!" Lets wait till they have third party verified tests before claiming it's the fastest, yeah?
      • 9 Years Ago
      Sounds like there needs to be a head-to-head competition between the SSC Ultimate Aero and the Bugatti EB16.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Um, that's 1046hp on race gas for the SSC. The spec sheet says that's on 104 octane. Although, I suppose if you can afford the car, you can afford your own race gas stockpile. But it doesn't make for a fair comparison to other vehicles running 93 octane.
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