There are cars, and there are supercars. It almost seems criminal to suggest that a Ford Fiesta is the same species as a Lamborghini. That’s like saying the jet-powered Batmobile is the same as a Razor scooter.
Supercars are incredible for a lot of different reasons. Even if you’re not obsessed with cars supercars are style impressive from an engineering point of view.
For those that are car crazy, supercars are dream fodder. They give you something to aspire to.
Here are some of the best supercars ever invented to fuel your dreams.
Before we begin, we need to define our terminology. To properly assess the best supercars, first you need to define what, exactly, a supercar is.
Part of the reason for the confusion around the term is that it’s largely a slang term. Roughly speaking, a supercar is a ”street-legal, high-performance luxury sports car.” They are also sometimes called an exotic car or hypercar.
To make matters even more confusing, in the ’60s muscle cars were also sometimes referred to as supercars.
Supercars are often a car manufacturer’s flagship model, to show off as an example of what they’re capable of.
With its gullwing doors and sleek, aerodynamic chassis design, the McLaren F1 is a prototype for many of the best supercars that would follow in its wake. Especially those of The Fast and the Furious variety.
The McLaren F1 would absolutely chew up the competition if it got into a street race. With a top speed of a jaw-dropping 235 mph, the McLaren F1 is as likely to break the sound barrier as land speed records. Which it could probably do easily, with a feather-light carbon-fiber chassis.
The McLaren F1 wouldn’t waste any time in getting their, either. The F1 can zoom from 0 – 60 in 3.2 seconds, flat.
May of the best supercars of all time are of European origin. That makes the Saleen F7 so noteworthy and exceptional, as its also one of the best American supercars to grace this list.
The Saleen S7 debuted in 2000 at the Monterey Historic Races. The S7 turned heads and raised eyebrows, with a striking striated exterior falling somewhere between a Ferrari and a Lamborghini.
What’s under the hood would cause just as much excitement if someone knew what they were looking at. The Saleen S7 was designed around a customized aluminum Ford 351 ci V-8 engine, which delivered 550 horsepower through a six-speed manual gearbox.
The follow-up Saleen S7 from 2005 amped it up to 750 hp with a customized 427 ci big block V-8. This let the Saleen S7 reach a head-turning 248 mph.
The Saleen S7 remained in production through 2009. They are a rare and precious commodity, though. It’s thought that there are only a few hundred in existence.
The Ferrari Enzo may’ve been released around the turn of the century, but it remains one of the best looking supercars of the 2000s so far. It’s got more than enough substance to match its world-class style, too, though. Built around a V-12 engine, the Ferrari Enzo can deliver an impressive 651 horsepower.
It was even modestly priced for one of the best supercars of all time. It came out to a mere $659,330. Maybe that’s why all 399 were sold out on pre-order.
The 400th one was built on spec and donated to the Vatican so it could be sold for charity. The probably earned them some good car-ma.
The Porsche Carrera has sometimes been called ”the last of the analog supercars.” With a 6-speed manual transmission, topped with a wooden cue ball, the Porsche Carrera GT reminds us of what’s possible with exquisite engineering paired with artisanal manufacturing and craftsmanship.
The Porsche GT gives us a glimpse of what might’ve been had they decided to set their sights on the race track. They would’ve excelled at it, too, if the Carrera GT is any indication. A respectable 5.7 liter V-8 delivers a walloping 603 horsepower. You have to have the confidence of a race car driver to handle the Carrera GT, though. A sensitive clutch mechanism paired with a rear wheel drive could spell catastrophe for those unable to handle the Carrera GT’s manual transmission.
The powerful engine, paired with a sleek chassis and a light bodyweight, designed by Harm Lagaay, means this Porsche supercar can eat up a track even more so than a Ferrari or Lamborghini. It’s no wonder they’re a cherished collector’s item, although not quite as rare as the Saleen S7 or Ferrari Enzo. There’s said to be 1,270 Porsche Carrera GTs in circulation today.
Mercedes-Benz are best known for their luxury sedans. Don’t forget they earned that reputation through world-class engineering, though. As is well on display in the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren, a mash-up between the Mercedes-Benz and Britain’s McLaren which had yet to become world renowned.
The Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren was a joint project between the two manufacturers. Its name is a reference to the Mercedes-Benz SLR, a popular racing car in the 1950s. The SLR McLaren lived up to its namesake’s legacy, delivering 617 horsepower via a 5.4 liter supercharged V8. This mighty block allowed the McLaren to reach top speeds of 217 mph.
These are just some of the many7 amazing supercars that have graced showrooms, race tracks, and even museums throughout the last century. It makes you wonder what tomorrow’s legacy supercar might look like? One thing’s for sure, they’ll be works of drivable art, just like their predecessors!
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