5 American Performance Cars We Are Thankful For In 2017

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During the holidays, we like to give thanks for the best American performance cars.

Thanksgiving is a holiday where Americans spend time with their families and think about all of the things they have to be thankful for. Last year, we took a look at the five industry trends and the five most badass American performance cars that we were thankful for. Last year's cars were the Ford GT, Dodge Challenger Hellcat, Tesla Model S, Chevy Corvette Z06 and Acura NSX. Unsurprisingly, the good old red, white and blue didn't stop innovating. America has built five even more badass cars that we can be thankful for in 2017.


We knew that Tesla was working on a replacement for its original Roadster, but we got the shock of our lives when the company gave us a surprise reveal last week. The performance of the new Roadster really beggars belief. The Roadster is the first car that can hit 60 mph in under two seconds, and it will even keep pace with the Bugattis and Koenigseggs of the world with a 250 mph top speed. Not only is the Roaster fast, it can also travel over 600 miles on a single charge. As cool as the Tesla Model S P100 was, it is even cooler to see a dedicated sports car from Tesla.

Before Tesla revealed the new Roadster, Dodge laid claim to the quickest production car record with the new Demon. The SRT Demon does performance the old school way with a 6.2-liter supercharged V8. This engine produces 840 hp and 770 lb-ft and can rocket the car to 60 mph in 2.3 seconds. This is mind-bogglingly fast for a RWD car. The Demon is really more of a drag strip special, but we are still thankful to live in an age where it is possible to buy a street legal car with over 800 hp that doesn't cost seven figures.

As if the Hellcat models and Demon weren't insane enough, FCA got the crazy idea of sticking its 6.2-liter 707-hp engine into a practical Jeep. The result is the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, which is now one of the fastest SUVs on the market. Since the Trackhawk is the only FCA model that combines 707 hp with AWD, it is able to hit 60 mph in 3.5 seconds and run the quarter-mile in just 11.6 seconds. The Hellcat idea was already extremely cool, but being able to share that power with the entire family is a truly amazing experience.


The C7 Corvette Z06 was an impressive performance car, but it had a few overheating issues that kept it from being perfect. Luckily, GM wasn't ready to settle with the performance of the Z06, and has now upped the ante with the new 2019 ZR1. The new LT5 should fix the cooling issue and has brought power up to 755 hp and 715 lb-ft of torque. The new ZR1 is the fastest car that GM has ever produced, and it should be within shouting distance of the new Porsche 911 GT2 RS. The Tesla may be able to set a few acceleration records, but the ZR1 will be the lap record king of the US.

Hennessey Performance

Mercedes impressed a lot of people when it revealed its G Wagon 6x6. The idea of a six-wheel-drive truck seemed a bit silly, but the idea took off even more than Mercedes predicted. Mercedes deserves all of the credit for starting the 6x6 trend, but the idea of a giant truck seems like it should be an American specialty. That is why aftermarket tuning house Hennessey has decided to build a 6x6 based off of the Ford F-150 Raptor. Other than the G Wagon, we could not think of a more perfect truck to use as a base. Hennessey tunes the truck up to 600 hp with its VelociRaptor kit, and then adds the extra wheels for an even more badass look.

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