Top 5 High Performance American Vehicles Colorado Springs CO

Cars like the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 and Dodge Viper ACR SRT10 have made their mark on the infamous Nürburgring, beating out the likes of Porsche, BMW and Mercedes, while the Cadillac CTS-V proves that high-performance luxury isn’t just for imports anymore.

Al Serra Chevrolet -South
(719) 596-3040
230 N Academy Blvd
Colorado Springs, CO
 
Al Serra Chevrolet-Hummer
(719) 867-1000
1570 Auto Mall Loop
Colorado Springs, CO
 
Chevrolet Authorized Sales And Service
(719) 632-5591
670 Automotive Dr
Colorado Springs, CO
 
Spradley Chevrolet
(719) 544-8162
2146 W US Highway 50
Pueblo, CO
 
Circle Chevrolet & Buick Company
(719) 846-9805
3019 Toupal Dr
Trinidad, CO
 
Chevrolet Authorized Sales And Service
(719) 632-5591
670 Automotive Dr
Colorado Springs, CO
 
Mike Shaw Chevrolet Saab
(303) 757-6161
1080 S Colorado Blvd
Glendale, CO
 
Cook Chevrolet-Jeep & Subaru Inc
(970) 824-2100
Craig, CO
 
Century Chevrolet
(303) 469-3355
6105 W 120th Ave
Broomfield, CO
 
Mx Chevrolet
(303) 986-2233
2033 Wadsworth Blvd
Lakewood, CO
 

Top 5 High Performance American Vehicles

America Can Get Its Act Together: Top 5 High Performance American Vehicles By Zach Bowman, DriverSide Contributing Editor


We’ve already shown you that there are more than a few great domestic vehicles out there for under $30,000, but what about above that magic mark? For those with a little more disposable income and less of an eye toward fuel economy, the U.S. is producing plenty of vehicles that beat their German and Japanese counterparts at their own game. Cars like the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 and Dodge Viper ACR SRT10 have made their mark on the infamous Nürburgring, beating out the likes of Porsche, BMW and Mercedes, while the Cadillac CTS-V proves that high-performance luxury isn’t just for imports anymore.



2009 Corvette ZR-1



Dodge Viper ACR SRT10
1. 2009 Corvette ZR1
If you’ve never heard of the Nürburgring, here’s a quick history lesson for you. The ‘Ring, as it’s affectionately called, is a near-13 mile track that ducks and weaves through the German countryside. Automakers from around the globe bring their best machinery to the track for extensive testing and evaluation, and among production sports cars, the title of the fastest around the ‘Ring has recently become a coveted one. Earlier this year, a GM engineer launched the 2009 Corvette ZR1 to a record winning 7 minutes, 26 seconds—a time that held the top spot for at least two months.

While being a record holder at Nürburgring is handy for the minions in marketing, it also proves that this car has the stuff to knock off truly world-class competition. Porsches, Ferraris and Lamborghinis had run the same pavement the ZR1 did, but none could do it faster.

Will every house in America have a ZR1 in the driveway? Absolutely not. With a price tag at a smidge over $100,000, this isn’t a vehicle for the masses. Still, the technology that made this car king will find its way into future GM products eventually.

2. 2008 Dodge Viper ACR SRT10
The Dodge Viper has always been somewhat of an odd ball in the Chrysler family. Coming from the same corporation that’s responsible for the minivan and Dodge Ram pickup, the Viper and its massive V-10 never quite seemed to belong. Mere days after Chrysler announced that it was looking into the sale of the Viper mark, a factory-prepared ACR SRT10 took the Nürburgring title from the ZR1.

To be clear, this isn’t a vehicle you could drive to work every day, even if you could afford to feed that massive motor up front. Complete with aerodynamic tweaks on every level, an abundance of weight reduction and more raw power than should be possible; it’s a street legal track car and not much else. Still, when the smallest of the Big Three can build a car to beat German manufacturers at their own game, it’s impressive. It shows that American engineers are capable of building a product just as capable as any other.

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