Top ten: Supercars

Top ten: Supercars
Top ten: Supercars

These are some of the most stunning new cars you can buy

In recent years, the supercar sector has evolved more than you might first think. Far from being overblown dinosaurs with outrageous styling and humungous engines, some of the latest are tech-packed cars that overdeliver in the best possible way. Here, we look at 10 of the best – and we’ve included a couple of more offbeat supercars for good measure…

1: McLaren 720S

The McLaren 720S perfects the few flaws found in its predecessor, the 650S, and in doing so, becomes the finest supercar you can buy right now. No rival can accelerate, corner or stop as quickly, and few cars make it so easy or deliver such riches of feedback while doing so. It’s an amazing car that flatters and thrills: it’s a supercar great.

2: Ferrari 488 GTB

The Ferrari 488 GTB may have been usurped by the McLaren as our favourite supercar, but it’s a close call, and many still prefer the fantastic flair of the Ferrari’s dramatic turbo V8. Handling is exciting, perhaps too much for some on the road, but there’s little to touch it on a racetrack. The sheer allure of owning a Ferrari comes as standard, too.

3: Ford GT

The third iteration of the legendary Ford GT, this is a radical road-going race car with incredibly exotic suspension and a ferocious 647bhp turbo V6 engine. It’s stunning to look at and seriously special to drive, which is why it already commands instant classic status. Utterly unique and quite wonderful.

4: Lamborghini Huracan

Lamborghini calls the Huracan its entry level model, but you’d never believe it, such is the visual drama and feral rawness of its drive. The mammoth V10 engine is staggeringly responsive and the noise it makes is incendiary. It’s just a pity the cheaper versions don’t have the chassis depth of more expensive models, and drop-top versions are cramped inside.

5: Lamborghini Aventador

The amazing Aventador was launched with a 700bhp V12 engine and Lamborghini’s only made it more powerful over the years. It’s a genuine supercar monster, delivering an unforgettable experience, and its sheer force of character virtually defines ‘supercar’. It’s far from subtle but some will find it irresistible because of this.

6: Noble M600

A pure, race-bred supercar designed and built in the Midlands that places the onus very much on the driver. It doesn’t even have anti-lock brakes, never mind any other electronic aids, meaning it’s an incredibly hard-edged machine to drive when you let the 650bhp Yamaha turbo V8 fly. Pity the interior finish betrays its race-bred roots.

7: Gumpert Apollo

You may not have heard of Gumpert, but just the briefest drive in an Apollo will convince you it’s a purposeful and potent machine that feels at home on a racetrack as an actual race car. It does 0-62mph in just over 3.1 seconds, and the top speed is a claimed 224mph, although you need a racing driver’s skills to smoothly operate the six-speed sequential gearbox.

8: Tushek Renovatio T500

The supercar from Slovenia, owner Alijosa Tushek created the Renovatio T500 with regular track-day drivers in mind. It weighs less than 1100kg and produces nearly 450hp, and the carbonfibre body is complemented by carbon ceramic brakes. Not only is it engaging and pure on the track, it’s also surprisingly well built and nicely finished, too.

9: Spyker C8 Aileron

The Swedish supercar firm loved by connoisseurs, its following is small but committed. The stunning-looking C8 Aileron produces less than 400bhp, which doesn’t sound a lot, but the noise made by its V8 engine is gorgeous and the rest of it is utterly charming as well. A delightfully leftfield way of spending £250,000 on a mid-engined supercar.

10: Vencer Sarthe

There’s an entire industry dedicated to building supercars based around Chevrolet’s ‘small block’ V8 engine. The 6.2-litre supercharged motor in Holland’s Vencer Sarthe produces 622bhp and serves up incredibly smooth and cultured performance. It rides and handles with sophistication too – it’s full credit to the ideals of founder Robert Cobben.

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