Remember the original Mad Max? Our hero lived in a dystopian wasteland in which the oil had run out, so it was natural that he drove a car with a massive supercharged V8 up front. Right. So which car would you stick your last jerry can of fuel in? Here, carwow lists the top 10 supercars you can buy.
- McLaren 720S
- Ferrari F8 Tributo
- Audi R8
- Porsche 911 GT2 RS
- Lamborghini Huracan EVO
- Ford GT
- Nissan GT-R
- Aston Martin DBS Superleggera
- Honda NSX
- Mercedes-AMG GT R Pro
Modena… Sant’Agata… Woking. Okay, so the McLaren 720S doesn’t hail from the most exotic of locales, but it makes up for it by being utterly brilliant. The twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 packs a 720hp punch, backed up by 770Nm of torque, so acceleration is vivid, to say the least.
Okay, it isn’t the most melodic of engines, but we can forgive it that. Ride, handling and steering are all superb, and better still, the 720S has a cabin that you can actually see out of.
Ferrari F8 Tributo
This curvaceous two-seater is a replacement for the 488GTB, but is actually a heavy facelift of that car. That’s a pretty decent place to start. The twin-turbo 3.9-litre V8 generates 710hp and hurls the car to 62mph in just 2.9 seconds. The steering is hyper-quick, but manages to avoid feeling twitchy, and the rest of the chassis allows you to make the most of all that power. It is, quite simply, incredible. However, the steering wheel is festooned with buttons and switches, which is confusing at best. Interior infotainment is some way behind the best rivals’, too.
If ever there was a car that deserved the title ‘everyday supercar’ the Audi R8 is it. That is not to damn it with faint praise – the 5.2-litre V10 engine is a bellowing jewel that thrusts the R8 to 60mph in 3.4 seconds, and on to the far side of 200mph. However, acceleration isn’t quite as visceral as that served up by some turbocharged rivals. Still, it grips strongly enough to wear out your neck muscles, and remains civilised enough to take the sting out of motorway trips.
If there’s a downside, you could argue that it doesn’t look as special (or make you feel as special) as some more exclusive rivals.
Porsche 911 GT2 RS
You could look at the Porsche 911 GT2 RS as just a 911 that’s had its Weetabix, but it’s so much more than that. The 3.8-litre twin turbo flat-six engine produces 700hp and 750Nm of torque, and drives the rear wheels through a dual-clutch automatic PDK transmission.
Off the line, you don’t just accelerate, instead it feels like you make the jump to light speed. Lower, stiffer adaptive suspension means it’ll go round corners long after your bravery has exited stage left, and the steering is sublime. Downsides? Well, it isn’t for shrinking violets.
Lamborghini Huracan EVO
Theatre. That’s what the Lamborghini Huracan EVO provides in huge quantities. For a start, just look at it. It’s the very essence of supercar, with low-slung, aggressive looks, a blaring firecracker engine, and the sort of view out you get looking through a letterbox. The 5.2-litre V10 engine is savage, and the dual-clutch transmission makes flicking up and down through the ratios rapid and easy. The steering is sharp, and the suspension makes the Huracan feel properly nimble, but you’ll want to seek out smooth roads to make the most of it.
Vee six. What’s all that about? How can a twin-turbo 3.5-litre motor possible give a supercar the drama and performance required. Well, it does, and then some. How does 0-62mph in 3.0 seconds and 216mph grab you? The aerodynamics play a real part in how the car goes, turns and stops. Inside, it doesn’t make you feel as special as you would in other supercars (the touchscreen is also in a Fiesta), so you’re better just getting on and driving it.
The Nissan GT-R is the Kimi Raikkonen of the supercar world because it’s been around for ages, and still has the pace to surprise the young ‘uns when the mood takes it. The 3.8-litre twin-turbo V6 generates 550hp, and the four-wheel-drive system helps you put every last pony on the road. There are numerous electronic acronyms to help you keep it shiny side up, but these do not make the driving experience emotionless. On the contrary, it’s great fun. The interior in early GT-Rs was the motoring equivalent of a Casio G-Shock but things have improved a bit over the past few years.
Aston Martin DBS Superleggera
Okay, so the ‘superlight’ moniker is a bit of a fib (it weighs 1800kg after all), but 0-62mph in 3.4 seconds and 211mph aren’t to be sniffed at. The turbocharged V12 is a belter, pulling strongly right round the rev-counter with an exhaust note that Pavarotti would have envied. The steering is sharp and the suspension tweaks have made the DBS feel altogether keener than its lesser siblings.
It’s a shame that the interior feels a bit cheap in places, and the presence of Mercedes infotainment jars slightly; best to change down a cog and focus on the noise and the road ahead instead.
The Honda NSX is definitely what you might call cutting edge. That’s because it uses a combination of three electric motors and a turbocharged 3.5-litre V6 engine to travel from 90-62mph in less than three seconds. When you’re not on it, you can have Quiet mode for peace and comfort, or you can whisper along on electric power alone. It’s easy to see out of, packed with standard equipment, and looks sensational. Just a shame all that high-tech kit can’t make it a bit more nimble and fun to drive.
Mercedes-AMG GT R Pro
As if the Mercedes-AMG GT R isn’t mental enough, now there’s the GT R Pro, which is even more hardcore than the car on which it’s based. Up front is the GT R’s 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine, which produces 585hp and 700Nm of torque and sounds like a Grizzly bear gargling nails. It drives the rear wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox and can do 0-62mph in 3.6 seconds. Super-sharp steering and tenacious grip give you the confidence to press on, even though the car’s more natural habitat tends to have gravel traps at the side. Visibility is best described as compromised, and the gearbox isn’t the smoothest.