Some of the classiest sports cars in the world are Italian. As the home of both Ferrari and Lamborghini, Italy has consistently produced some of the most valuable and adored sports cars for the last few decades. This is due to their impeccable style and impressive performance.
While this may be true, there are a few muscle cars that are far better deals. This is because Italian sports cars cost far more than equally powerful American muscle cars. In addition to this, some of these muscle cars are even more powerful than their Italian competitors.
Interested in some of the best muscle cars on the market? Here are 10 muscle cars we’d buy over any Italian sports car.
10 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon
If you’re looking for power, you can’t overlook the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. This powerful American sports car comes with a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 that can produce 808 hp and 717 lb-ft of torque. This makes it one of the most powerful American sports cars on the market today.
This insane package from Dodge comes with a comfortable interior. This means that you can enjoy the performance of the Challenger without having to suffer with a minimalist interior. The Challenger SRT Demon also started at $86,390. This makes it a far better deal.
9 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
The Camaro is one of the most affordable two-door sports cars in the world. With a starting price of just $25,000, the standard Camaro is one of the easiest ways to get into a modern two-door sports car. The ZL1 package builds on this to provide you with an elite-level performance at a fraction of the price of Italian sports cars.
The ZL1 comes with a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine that can produce 650 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque. You can also get a 6-speed manual transmission with the sports car, elevating the sporty feel behind the wheel. The ZL1 package also makes the car look more aggressive, adding 19-inch black-painted aluminum wheels as well.
8 Ford Mustang GT500
There are not many cars as famous as the Ford Mustang. This iconic car has been heavily upgraded over the last few years to include more power and a modern exterior design. The Mustang GT500 can also be purchased with a Carbon Fiber Track Pack that includes 20-inch carbon fiber wheels and Michelin Pilot Cut Sport 2 Tires.
The standard Shelby GT500 comes with a 5.2-liter supercharged V8. This powerful powertrain can produce 760 hp and 625 lb-ft of torque. This is an insane amount of power that can comfortably rival the 602-hp Lamborghini Huracan for just a fraction of the price.
7 Hennessey Corvette ZR1
The Hennessey Corvette is one of the most unique American muscle cars money can buy. Hennessey is known for creating some ridiculous cars. When it came to customizing the Corvette, they did not disappoint. The Hennessey Corvette ZR1 manages to peak at around 1,200 hp and 1,066 lb-ft of torque.
The unique sports car is a Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 that comes with the HPE1000 package. This package adds performance to the already powerful Corvette and gives the muscle car a more aggressive look at the same time.
6 Dodge Viper
Despite being discontinued, the Dodge Viper is still one of the most powerful American muscle cars. This brilliant sports car came in a sporty, two-door design along with a few special-edition versions that add to its track performance.
The fifth-generation Dodge Viper comes with a V10 engine that can produce 640 hp and 600 lb-ft of torque. There are a few track-focused versions of the car that reduce its weight for extra performance, making it the perfect choice for car enthusiasts around the world.
5 Cadillac CTS-V
The 2019 Cadillac CTS-V is a more subtle muscle car that really packs a punch. The Cadillac comes with a massive 6.2- liter V8 engine that can produce 640 hp. This car also comes with Brembo brakes and an eight-speed automatic gearbox.
The rear-wheel-drive muscle car comes in automatic only but manages to accelerate from 0 to 60 in just 3.6 seconds. The 0 to 100 time is even more impressive at just 3.9 seconds. This powerful muscle car has impressive top-end speed as well, with Cadillac stating that the CTS-V can reach 200 miles per hour.
4 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat
The Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat is a supercharged muscle car that is designed with aggression and performance in mind. The Hellcat comes with a supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI V8 engine that can produce 797 hp.
This makes it the world’s most powerful mass-produced sedan. The car comes with Pirelli tires that are 11 inches wide for extra grip. The interior of the car is also world-class, with leather seats and infotainment technology to rival any of the German automakers.
3 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1
The Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 is an impressive American supercar that has the power and performance to rival even the most popular Italian supercars. The ZR1 comes with a 6.2-liter V8 that can produce 755 hp and 715 lb-ft of torque.
This version of the Corvette comes with an aerodynamic package that includes stanchion-mounted wings to produce more downforce on the track. The car also comes with an adjustable rear wing if you opt for the ZTK Track Performance Package.
2 Ford GT
Designed to pay homage to the iconic GT40, the Ford GT Supercar is a beautifully designed supercar built for performance both on and off track. The Ford GT comes with a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine that can produce 660 hp.
The car is built with tons of carbon fiber, making it one of the lightest performance cars in its class. The entire supercar is built with aerodynamics in mind, with sharp lines aiding in the car’s track performance. This makes it perfect for car enthusiasts looking for something more unique than just another Ferrari.
1 Hennessey Venom GT
As one of the most famous American performance cars in history, the Hennessey Venom GT set the Guinness World Record for being the fastest road-legal car from 0 to 186 miles per hour. This impressive car managed to accelerate in just 14.51 seconds.
The Hennessey Venom GT comes with a 7-liter V8 engine that can produce 1,244 hp and 1,155 lb-ft of torque. This makes it one of the most powerful supercars in the world. Hennessey manages to package this powertrain perfectly so that owners can enjoy every bit of that power on the track.