Admit it or not, there are times when you dream about driving a car that could turn mud into a superhighway. And you hold on to that dream, wishing someday it will come true. Worry not, those supercars do not only exist in your dreams. They are real and they can be yours.
Now, what do you know about supercars?
Supercars are mostly defined as exotic, rare, fast, and unquestionably expensive. Of all the supercar models, their most common characteristics are performance, technology, design, and price. However, these cars do not necessarily require a superior status on all four of the characteristics to earn the label as “supercar”. Mostly, the basis is on their performance.
There are at least four different aspects to consider for these supercars – limited-production specials from an “elite” automaker; standard-looking cars modified for power and performance; models from smaller manufacturers that appeal to enthusiasts; and one-off “showcase” project vehicles built by custom car retrofitters. With supercars’ advancements to more exemplary performance, the cars on this list are all worthy of recognition (in no specific order).
Only 19 W8s were produced by Vector Aeromotive Corporation from 1990 – 1992. Designer Gerald Wiegert created the model as an upgraded version of the company’s earlier prototype, the Vector W2.
Made of carbon fiber and Kevlar body panels, the W8 had an estimated top speed of over 220mph and two intercooled turbocharges with adjustable boost up to 14 lbs. It was also said that the car used the same electroluminescent display as an F-117 Stealth fighter.
Its original price was $448,000 for new, while on today’s used market, they are available from $389,000 to over $1.4 million depending on its condition.
Commonly known as Cizeta V16T, this Italian car came to life through a group of ex-Lamborghini employees and initially introduced in 1988. The masterminds were automotive engineer Claudio Zampolli with music composer Giorgio Moroder, whereas the design was conceptualize by Marcello Gandini.
It runs via an engineered V16 engine, made from two flat-plane V8s with a top speed of 328 km/h (204 mph).
In 1991, Cizeta-Moroder had an estimated $300,000 price while now, it may cost over $849,000 on a made-to-order basis.
Ruf CTR Yellowbird
It was a limited-production, high-performance car by German-manufacturer, Ruf Automobile. It gained prominence in 1989 when test driver Stefan Roser drove the CTR around the Nürburgring, which later became an influential video called “Faszination on the Nürburgring”.
Creator Alios Ruf, debuted the vehicle in 1987 at $223,000 per unit. It was a heavily-tuned 911 that could outgun almost anything on the road, with a top speed of 213 mph.
The automotive press regarded the Noble M400 as a vehicle with excellent handling and power. When the British-manufacturer Noble, has ceased production of the M400, the US-dealer Rossion gained its production rights and released an updated version of the M400. Its top speed changed from 187 mph (301 km/h) to 189 mph (304 km/h).
Created by F1 designer Gordon Murray, he convinced Ron Dennis to back the project and Peter Stevens tackled the exterior and interior of the car. A 6,064cc 60-degree BMW V12 engine called the BMW S70/2 encased in a gold heat shield made the car possible to reach an unfathomable 240mph.
This supercar was designed and developed in Germany by the Volkswagen Group and was manufactured in Molsheim, France, by Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. The quad-turbocharged, 8-liter, W16 engine has 1,000 hp, propelling the original car to 254.04mph. Rumor has it at this speed the tires will only last 15 minutes, but you didn’t need to worry, it would run out of fuel three minutes earlier than that. Only 450 Bugatti Veyrons were produced in a span of over 10 years.
Hennessey Venom GT
Hennessy Venom GT is an American car manufactured by Texas-based Hennessy Performance Engineering. The Venom GT uses a modified Lotus Exige chassis, aided by carbon fiber bodywork and wheels. On a Kennedy Space Center’s shuttle landing strip in Florida, the Venom GT recorded a top speed of 270.49 mph (435.31 km/h).
The Jaguar XJ220 was produced from 1992 to 1994. With a record top speed of 212.3 mph (342 km/h) in 1992, the XJ220 was developed from a V12-engined 4-wheel drive concept car until a turbocharged V6 engine replaced it due to engineering requirements. Autocar review said, “Savage acceleration really is a given here. What’s really incredible about the XJ220 is its ability to provide such performance in a way that never, ever intimidates”.
The Ford GT arrived in 2005. It was inspired by Ford’s GT40 race cars in 1960s. The Ford GT was an instant hit, with a thumping 5.4l modular V8 engine, all-aluminum with a Lysholm twin screw-type supercharger. Recorded top speed was at 330km/h (205mph). There was a plan to produce a completely redesigned Ford GT this 2016 as a 2017 model.
The name stands for “New,” “Sportscar” and “eXperimental”. It may have had less power than the latest Civic Type-R (274hp compared to 310hp), the NSX actually became the blueprint for most supercars to come when it was launched in 1990.
The McLaren P1 is a hybrid car powered by a 737hp 3.8 liter twin-turbo V8 petrol mill and a 178hp electric motor, with a combined output of 916hp. It’s wrapped in an exquisite carbon composite body. All 375 cars produced were sold out almost instantly after it went on sale.
Why “LaFerrari”? The Italian manufacturer said that it is the “maximum expression” of what the company is about, so it is theFerrari. This hybrid operates on a 6,262cc naturally-aspirated V12 engine that generates 801hp combines with a 60kg lithium ion battery pack, providing a further 162hp, for a combined output of 963hp. That means 62mph comes up in less than three seconds. And it’s worth over $1 million.
This Japanese supercar was pretty much an F1 car with a hand-beaten aluminium skin. It shared the same 10,000rpm V12 engine and carbon fiber chassis as the F1 car. The production ceased in 1994 due to certain fallouts and financial dilemmas, which resulted to only three prototypes built.
Dauer 962 Le Mans
German company, Dauer, converted the Porsche 962 race cars model for road use in 1993. What Dauer did was simply putting in a seat, hydraulic suspension to meet ride height regulations and, a DVD playback in later models. The air restrictor on the 2994 cc Flat-6 was even removed, giving around 740hp and 0-62mph in 3.6 seconds.
Callaway SledgeHammer Corvette
The SledgeHammer Corvette – an amazingly exotic car – has smaller wheels and a familiar body that hide its extreme performance. A twin-turbo V8 produced 910hp and a 772.2 lb ft of torque, which made the vehicle possible to reach a top speed of 254.7mph in 1988.
This mid-engined, V12 Italian vehicle was manufactured from 1974 to 1990. Its pioneer wedge-shaped and sharp-angled look is a popular design in many high-performance sports cars. Marcello Gandini designed the Countach. It’s covered with aircraft-grade aluminium, which makes it strong yet lightweight.
Porsche 959 offered high performance with ultra control: all-wheel drive. Porsche-Steuer Kupplung (PSK) changed the torque distribution of the twin-turbocharged six-cylinder Boxer engine to suit the corners, and it reached 195mph.
Considered as the ultimate modern-day Ferrari, the F40 had rawness, both in the way its 484hp 2.9-liter two turbocharged V8 propelled little more weight and in the way its race car cabin looked. Built to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the company, the F40 was the last car Enzo Ferrari personally approved.
A 1.5-liter petrol-electric plug-in hybrid sports car – the BMW i8. The 2015 model year BMW i8 is the “ultimate driving machine,” with its 7.1 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that delivers an all-electric range of 37 km. It has a record top speed of 250 km/h (155mph).
The Nissan GT-R is a relatively cheap, 1,736kg car with a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6. It has the signature four round taillights. In 2010, its engine power and torque were upgraded to 390 Kw at 6400 rpm. It has a record top speed of 195mph (313.8km/h).
Lamborghini Aventador LP 750-4 SuperVeloce
With a 750hp V12, stripped-out interior, and a price tag of $493,095, this Lamborghini Aventador SV is a shocking supercar. It has an upgraded powertrain, with maximum horsepower increased to 559 kW (750 bhp) from the standard coupé’s 522 kW (700 bhp). It’s record top speed is at 227.4 km/h (141.3 mph).
This Swedish supercar weighs 1340kg and produces 1322bhp. Through its twin-turbocharged V8 the recorded top speed is 273mph, making it the fastest car in the world. The name One:1 comes from the power (1361 PS) to weight (1361 kg) ratio giving the car 1 PS per 1 kg weight.
Porsche 918 Spyder
The Spyder is powered by a naturally-aspirated 4.6 litre V8 engine, developing 608 horsepower (453 kW), with two electric motors delivering an additional 279 horsepower (208 kW) for a combined output of 887 horsepower (661 kW). The car has a top speed of around 340 km/h (210 mph).
The engine in the Huayra is a 6.0-liter, twin-turbo V12, purpose-built by AMG for this car. The Huayra was awarded as “The Hypercar of the Year 2012” by Top Gear magazine and received a very positive review when tested by Richard Hammond on Top Gear. It speeds up to 230 mph (370 km/h).
Ferrari 250 GTO
The 250 GTO is a homologated GT car produced from 1962 to 1964. According to bid records, it costs roughly €48 million, making it the most expensive car in history and consistently voted as the best Ferrari of all time. The engine was the Tipo 168/62 Comp. 3.0 L V12 as used in the 250 Testa Rossa. This car could hit a speed of 158mph in 1962.
Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR
Mercedes-AMG developed the CLK GTR road car Intended for racing in the new FIA GT Championship series in 1997. The CLK-GTR’s V12 engine produced approximately 600 hp (450 kW) before developments during the 1997 season increased this to 630 hp (470 kW). It costs $1,547,620, which made it the most expensive production car ever built at the time.
Audi R8 LMX
The Audi R8 LMX is a limited version of Audi R8 V10 5.2 FSI quattro Coupé. It’s also fitted with LED and laser headlights as standard. It was introduced in 2014 and its German model went on sale for €210,000.
Aston Martin One-77
The Aston Martin One-11 made its first apperance in late April 2009 at the Concorso d’Eleganza Ville d’Este on the shores of Lake Como, winning the design Award for Concept Cars and Prototypes. This £1 million, 7.3 liter V12 One-77 was considered as the fastest-ever Aston Martin, with a top speed of 220mph. Its production ended in 2012.
Bentley 4½ Liter “Blower”
The Blower came to life in the 1920s – almost 100 years ago. It has no airbags, neither ABS nor fancy safety options to protect you – just skinny tires and a 177hp. The name “Blower” refers to the supercharger hanging out of the front of the engine, which in turn added oversteer to this supercar.
Gumpert Apollo Sport
Gumpert Apollo Sport – a quad-turbo version of the familiar 4.2-liter Audi V8 pushes it on to 223.9mph. The Apollo Sport generates so much down force it could drive on the roof of a tunnel at full speed.