American dreams: amazing US cars we can’t buy here

Ford F-150 Raptor

We’re blessed in the UK with the very best cars Europe has to offer: hot hatches from France, supercars from Italy, luxury saloons from Germany – and much more. What we lack is much muscle and bustle from the other side of the Atlantic. These are the American cars we wish we could buy.

Chevrolet Corvette

Chevrolet Corvette

It’s perhaps the most obvious one. So obvious, that you actually can get it in the UK. It’s not sold through official dealers, though, and Corvettes aren’t common. Also, this 6.2-litre V8 sports car doesn’t come in right-hand drive.

While the standard ’Vette is exciting enough, the real treats are the supercharged versions. The Z06 comes with a Ferrari-baiting 650hp. If you want wide-body thrills without 650hp of Z06 spills, the Grand Sport offers the stance without the supercharger.

The ZR1, which waves goodbye to the C7-generation car, comes with a McLaren 720S-humbling 755hp. Yes please.

Chevrolet Camaro

Chevrolet Camaro

The Camaro offers a Corvette V8 in a cheaper package. A handful of cars have been imported to the UK, but they’re all left-hand drive.

This muscle car comes in juicier varieties, too. Powering the ZL1 and 1LE is the 650hp LT4 6.2-litre supercharged V8 from the Corvette Z06. The 1LE version adds serious aero. So far, we don’t know of any 1LE-spec Camaros in the UK.

Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

The Colorado ZR2 is an interesting beast. It’s probably closer to a Ranger pick-up than an F-150 in size, and could do well in the UK and European market.

Sadly, this off-road beast isn’t sold on our shores. And now you know it exists, you want one, don’t you?

Cadillac CTS-V

Cadillac CTS-V

Even the Americans won’t be able to buy a CTS-V soon, as it’s shortly being discontinued. Nevertheless, we lament that we never got this luxurious, four-door slice of 650hp LT4 muscle.

We reckon it looks great and could put a fly in the ointment of many a European super-saloon.

Cadillac Escalade

Cadillac Escalade

Because we make rap videos in the UK too, you know? Joking aside, the Caddy is a luxurious and imposing SUV.

Could European Range Rover, Mercedes-Benz GLS and BMW X7 buyers find it appealing? We reckon so.

Dodge Challenger Hellcat

Dodge Challenger Hellcat

More than 700hp, those classic muscle car looks – what’s not to love? Ah, the fact we don’t get it over here. We don’t love that.

The Charger would surely find some UK buyers, we think. Don’t fancy spending £100,000 on a BMW M5 or Mercedes-AMG E63 S? Step this way…

Ford F-150 Raptor

Ford F-150 Raptor

The F-150 Raptor is the poster car for all-American truckin’. This Baja-ready bruiser has wheelarches and tyres to make a 1970s Le Mans racer feel slim, plus serious suspension travel.

Thankfully, Ford has seen fit to offer the smaller Ranger Raptor pick-up in Europe as recompense, a truck that America is denied.

Ford Mustang GT350 and GT500

Ford Mustang GT500

The fact we don’t get the high-revving Mustang GT350 is made more painful because the standard GT is actually sold in UK showrooms.

The new GT500, with over 700hp coming from its supercharged V8, is another that’s due to be staying Stateside. More’s the pity.

Ram Power Wagon

Ram Power Wagon

The Ram Power Wagon is a more subtle truck, at least by US standards. It’s still a dyed-in-the-wool patriot, though.

It doesn’t have bulging arches or silly suspension like the Raptor, but we still want it. Just look at it!

Lincoln Navigator

Lincoln Navigator

The Navigator seemed like a bit of a tacky rapper’s special when it first came out. It’s based on Ford underpinnings, after all.

However, the latest Navigator is rather more appealing. It’s a handsome SUV, and its cabin looks positively sumptuous. We’d have one over a BMW X7 on looks alone.

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