The Fastest 2018 Cars That Are Not Supercars

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Do you have a need for speed? You’re not alone! Perhaps your desire is based on such supercars as the Pagani Huayra BC, McLaren F1 or even the current fastest car in the world, the Hennessey Venom F5. Each has a top speed well over 200 mph. Fortunately, you don’t need to spend a mint to acquire top speed. There are several mainstream models that qualify as the fastest cars that are not supercars.

For the record, the cars we’ve picked cost less than $100,000, are currently in production and are measured by 0-60 mph times, not top speed.

1. Dodge Challenger SRT Demon

Challenger SRT DemonWith a 0-60 mph time of just 2.3 seconds, the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is the fastest production car in the world, but there is a catch. You must select the single seat model and fuel your ride with 100-octane racing fuel to achieve the full 840 horsepower and 770 pound-feet of torque.

Besides being the fastest car in the world, the SRT Demon is the only production model that pops wheelies, thanks to a tremendous amount of downforce sent to the rear wheels in launch control mode, lifting the front tires by a few inches before careening down the racetrack at a neck-snap-back pace.

Just 3,300 copies of the 2018 SRT Demon are being built (3,000 for the US; 300 for Canada). If this model’s scarcity and $86,090 net price are a bit restrictive for you, there is always the 707-horsepower SRT Hellcat — costing just $66,590 with a 0-60 mph time of 3.5 seconds.

2. Chevrolet Corvette Z06

Corvette Z06

Chevrolet advertises the Corvette Z06 as a supercar, but it’s based on the Corvette Stingray, so we’re not going to elevate it to the likes of Ferrari, Bugatti and Koenigsegg. Plus, its $92,575 price with the Z07 Performance Package is much more reasonable than the others.

What you get in the Z06 is a sports car powered by a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine, which generates a whopping 650 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque. Paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters and outfitted with the performance package, Chevrolet claims a 0-60 mph time of 2.95 seconds. That puts the Z06 squarely between the two SRT models: the Demon and Hellcat.

3. Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE

Is the Chevrolet Camaro essentially a four-seat Corvette? Certainly, it may seem that way with the Camaro ZL1, which is powered by the same supercharged V8 engine motivating the Corvette Z06. Here, Chevrolet gives you a choice of either a six-speed manual transmission or a 10-speed automatic with paddle shifters.

The ZL1 is a relative bargain too, costing nearly $30,000 less than the Z06 at $63,795. The top-of-the-line Camaro can’t match the Corvette’s speed, however. Then again, with a 0-60 mph time of 3.5 seconds, according to Car & Driver, it is doubtful anyone would be disappointed.

4. Ford Shelby GT350R

Ford Shelby GT350R

When is a Mustang not a Ford? When it is a Shelby, that’s when. Sporting the name of the late Carroll Shelby, the Shelby GT350 and GT350R are the works of Ford Performance, the Blue Oval brand’s performance division. Instead of Mustang badging, you’ll find a Cobra.

What’s so special about the Shelby is that it has its own engine, courtesy of Ford Performance, of course. The hotted-up ‘Stang is powered by a 5.2-liter V8 engine with flat-plane crank, which provides a shrieking alternative to the typical cross-plank engine. The snaky, high-revving engine makes 526 horsepower and 429 pound-feet of torque. Importantly, the two-seater GT350R, which costs $65,545, has a 0-60 mph time of 3.9 seconds (4.1 seconds for the four-seat GT350), according to Motor Trend.

As for the “regular” model, the 2018 Ford Mustang GT now boasts its own sub-four-second 0-60 mph time. And with a base price of $35,995, it costs far less than the Shelby, or any other vehicle featured here.

5. Tesla Model S

Tesla says its Model S accelerates from 0-60 mph in as little as 2.5 seconds. However, to achieve that feat, the world’s fastest electric vehicle requires upgrading to the P100D edition with Ludicrous mode. That’ll cost you $135,000, or well above our $100K threshold.

Choose the Tesla Model S 100D, and for $99,000, you’ll get an all-wheel-drive electric vehicle with an estimated 335-mile range and a 0-60 mph time of 4.1 seconds, placing this model in fifth place among the top fastest cars on our list.

The Fab Five

Do you notice anything common about the featured quintet? All five are manufactured in the United States with the sole exception of the SRT Demon (Canada, eh). Europe may have an overwhelming share of supercars, but for much a lower cost, this North American group puts up strong numbers, proving that some of the fastest cars in the world are not supercars.

By | 2018-06-19T15:49:33+00:00 February 16th, 2018|Model News|19 Comments

19 Comments

  1. AM August 24, 2018 at 2:05 pm - Reply

    I’m not sure about the Tesla but the Z06 is the only one of the 5 that can compete on a track that has both left and right turns

    • Bob Dansky October 3, 2018 at 12:25 pm - Reply

      On the 13 mile Nürburgring the Z06 and ZL1 1LE run a 3 seconds apart. On most average 2-4 mile road courses that’s a negligible difference. Check your facts.

    • AM October 23, 2018 at 12:33 pm - Reply

      the mustang can too

  2. Kelly Stewart September 20, 2018 at 10:55 am - Reply

    Agreed!!!!

  3. Mark October 12, 2018 at 8:11 pm - Reply

    According to Tesla, you can get a Model 3 with the performance package which does 0-60 in 3.5 seconds for $64K

    • Name December 29, 2018 at 11:35 pm - Reply

      That wasn’t available when this article was written though.

  4. Alexis October 22, 2018 at 3:37 am - Reply

    Well my Charger R/T goes 0-60 in 6 sec, and it sounds loud!

  5. Chris November 1, 2018 at 4:21 pm - Reply

    Only Yankee cars? Phuleeeeze. How boring. The world is filled with much better rides.

    • Andy November 6, 2018 at 12:35 pm - Reply

      Do you have a hard time understanding big words? The title says it all, not to mention these cars beat euro garbage 2 times their price, on track.

    • Tomas December 4, 2018 at 2:19 am - Reply

      Pull your trousers up over your Knickers and name a Redcoat faster non super car under 100 pounds!!
      Well?? That’s what I thought ,you dont have a belt and you cant name anything under 100k that will run with these Yankee cars!!!!

  6. Thomas Sorrell December 3, 2018 at 11:54 pm - Reply

    My 2015 Camaro R/S V6 with the automatic paddles will run for a under 400HP car. Easily 0 to 60 in 5.2 seconds. Looks badass jet Black with the Z28 nose and grill covering the lights and shark gills on front of back quarters. Bought it used with 34k for 16500 out the door. It flew out the Door.
    But the last muscle car I was in was my 66 chevelle SS ,396/375 HP S.O. w/ Hooker Headers 4:11 rear!, 4 speed w/Hurst Shifter. It never got out ran and was all original. 1 paint job, every receipt for anything bought , motor never Bored out. Red on Red. Chromed out w/braided hoses and pump up rear shocks. PB but no PS. Original radio. Paid 6500 in 89. Now worth 75k all numbers matched
    Show condition. Had a Coors Silver Bullet can as a coil cover. Last seen in 93 headed south to TN to get chopped into a Prostreet. Btw. No Bondo. Wish I had it beside this 69 gen 5 look alike. Chevelle never lost a red light to red light and could burn rubber in all 4 gears w/out water of juice. Could rev up at 55mph and drop clutch and burn a patch. Awesome Car!!! Sorry was bored.

  7. Trey Burnett December 17, 2018 at 2:30 pm - Reply

    2017 Ford Gt is actually faster that the Corvette Zo6, the Gt does 21 .6MPH

    • jacob williams December 17, 2018 at 4:07 pm - Reply

      The ford gt is a supercar trey burnett

  8. Danny December 20, 2018 at 12:08 pm - Reply

    Although i grew up in a general motors family. I have become a Ford guy. But i still favor anything before 1970’s. It blows me away to see automobiles costing more than someone’s home. Yet most vehicles depreciate by half price after only one year. And some lose even more than that. Yet a home or a older vehicle before 1970’s hold their value or go up. What a waist of hard earned money. It’s a lot different from what Henry Ford wanted. To make vehicles more affordable to everyone. But many vehicles made in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s got better gas mileage than the one’s today. An they didn’t have expensive computers an all the chinese electronics. Sad!

    • Mark Templeton January 8, 2019 at 12:31 pm - Reply

      Better gas mileage in the 70’s 80’s and 90″s! Bwhahahaha I will take my super charged 4.6 2008 Mustang GT with 540 RWHP over all of these cars with the exception of the Mustang GT350R but then I would have to drive it first too to decide.

  9. Dan Kenyon December 25, 2018 at 2:26 am - Reply

    I will stick with my 86 Grand National

    • max January 6, 2019 at 1:27 am - Reply

      your grand national ain’t doing diddly. it has to be super-cold (close to or at freezing) for it to run anywhere near what these other cars will run. and that is only 0-60. it probably couldn’t do 150 mph without the whole car exploding in a shower of bolts.

  10. Moondog December 31, 2018 at 1:09 am - Reply

    My 2013 GT just sounds like a Monster whenever I go and turn the switch to start!

  11. chicken nuggets January 11, 2019 at 12:32 am - Reply

    well guess what im 12 and i dont have a car but my dad has 1967 (or 1976 im not shure) chevy monta carlo and its fast so yeah

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