It was fun to read the list of fastest American cars that was posted by Forbes yesterday, but nearly 99.9 percent of us couldn't afford anything near the top of the list. Right around the #9 spot, however, our choices get both more affordable and practical at the same time. Tied for the ninth spot is Chrysler's trio of SRT8 vehicles – the Charger SRT8, Magnum SRT8 and 300C SRT8. Jason Vines, Chrysler's VP of Communications, noticed that his company's vehicles offered more speed for your coin than any other model by a fairly substantial margin. The three SRT8 vehicles range in price from $37,995 to $42,692 according to Vine, and they top out at 165-170 mph. Even if you stack the cards against Chrysler and use the costliest SRT8 sedan (300C) and assume the slower top speed of 165 mph, you're still only paying $258.73 per mph.
You'll find a breakdown of each vehicle's mph/dollar rating after the jump. Some cars like the Cadillac CTS-V and Corvette Z06 come close to Chrysler's triumvirate, but you're definitely getting more quickness for your cash from SRT.

***All ratings were calculated using the highest price given by Forbes and the slowest top speed where applicable.***

1-SSC Ultimate Aero
$654,500
260?273 mph
$2,517.30/mph

2-Saleen S7 Twin Turbo
$555,000
240-260 mph
$2,312.50/mph

3-Evans 387 and 487 (tie)
$175,000 (387) $170,000 (487)
206 mph
$849.51/mph

4-Ford GT
$141,245
205 mph
$689/mph

5-Corvette Z06
$65,800
198 mph
$332.32/mph

6-Dodge Viper SRT10
$85,745
190 mph (estimated)
$451.29/mph

7- Mullen M-11 V8
$69,950
180+ mph
$388.61/mph

8-Panoz Esperante GTLM
$121,325
180 mph
$674.02/mph

9-Chrysler 300C SRT8, Dodge Charger SRT8 and Dodge Magnum SRT8 (tie)
$42,695 (300C), $38,095 (Charger) and $37,995 (Magnum)
165 to 170 mph (estimated)
$258.75/mph

10-Cadillac CTS-V
$51,395
163 mph
$315.30/mph



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