10 Most Popular American Sports Cars

The concept of sports car racing is fairly evident from the very name. It is a sport in which racers hit the tracks and race each other in cars. The sports cars are small in size, and have tremendous power and speed. They are designed for high performance, but need to be dealt with a nimble hand. They offer great maneuverability.

They may be spartan or luxurious, but are all meant to be priced possessions of those who have a penchant for this type of cars. Of course, there is nothing about these cars that an automobile lover would not fall head over heels for. Some excellent sports cars have been developed all over the world, and those in America are particularly sought after. Let us take a look at the 10 Most Popular American Sports Cars.

10 Most Popular American Sports Cars

10. Ford GT40

10 Most Popular American Sports Cars
10 Most Popular American Sports Cars

High performance American-British endurance sports car Ford GT40 won the 24 Hours of Le Mans four consecutive times. The variants from Mk I to Mk III was built and designed in England, while the Mk IV is manufactured in the United States and is powered by American-built engines. Henry Ford II himself attended the Le Mans 1966 where GT40 Mk II achieved the first overall Le Mans victory for an American manufacturer. The GT40 Mk IV also won the race in 1967. The GT in the name of GT40 stands for Grand Touring where the 40 represents its overall height of 40 inches to offer large displacement Ford V8 engines. It is also rumored that the project name of this car was actually GT40 and it was “only a nickname.” The contemporary Ford GT is now considered as the modern homage to the classic GT40.

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9. Panoz Esperante

10 Most Popular American Sports Cars
10 Most Popular American Sports Cars

The Esperante sports car is manufactured by an American car manufacturer Panoz. It is known as an aftermarket upgrade brand and currently has 5 variants i.e. the base model, the GT, the GTLM, the GTS and the JRD. This car was designed by Don Panoz, Simon Marshall, Nick Alcock and Tom Milner Sr. The engine of this car is sourced from the Modular V8 family of The Ford Motor Company which is typically used in Mustang sports cars and the GT supercars. Panoz Esperante is packed with a 4.6 L Supercharged Modular V8 engine and, has 5-speed and 6 -speed manual transmission besides 4-speed Automatic. The racing variant of this car is known as the Esperante GT-LM which was actually developed for the GT2 category of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. 2009-spec Panoz Esperante GTLM will take part in Super GT GT300 class in 2015 season.

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8. Shelby Mustang

10 Most Popular American Sports Cars
10 Most Popular American Sports Cars

American sports car Shelby Mustang is actually a high-performance variant of the Ford Mustang and is manufactured by Shelby American Automotive since 1965. The “Shelby” nameplate was reintroduced for the new high performance versions of the fifth generation Ford Mustang in 2007 which began being produced at its assembly plants by Ford. The recent 2014 model of Shelby Mustang called “Shelby GT500” has several color options to choose from and is packed with a 5.4 L V8 supercharged engine to give optimum performance. Shelby recently also confirmed that the updated GT350 will arrive at the market with all-new 5.2 L Flat Plane Crank V8 engine capable of delivering 500 horsepower in 2016 as their flagship automobile.

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