For most of us, supercar ownership is little more than a daydream but, for those lucky few who can afford them, now has never been a better time to be in the market for these amazing machines. Advanced materials, highly developed drivetrains and meticulous engineering means modern supercars are infinitely more robust and significantly faster than supercars of old.
We’ve pulled together a list of the very best, both for those who have the money and for those who like to daydream. carwow offers some of these cars with huge savings, so remember to check out our new car deals page to see how much you could save.
1. Audi R8
The Audi R8 is a true supercar that you can still use everyday. Its sleek, modern looks draw lots of attention, as does the noise from the hugely powerful V10 petrol engine — there’s also quattro all-wheel drive to keep you safe on slippery roads, too.
This easy-to-drive package is topped off by an interior that’s almost as stunning as the outside, making the Audi feel truly special whether you’re driving at 20 or 200mph. You should expect to be pampered, however, because the R8 costs upwards of £120,000.
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2. Nissan GT-R
This is another supercar you could just about use everyday thanks to its comparatively big boot and four seats. The Nissan GT-R remains one of the most extreme cars on sale despite having originally hit the road eight years ago. Its divisive yet aerodynamic exterior hides an insanely powerful twin-turbocharged V6 producing 548hp – enough to catapult the Nissan from 0-62mph in 2.7 seconds.
It has a slightly dated interior using lower rent plastics than some rivals here, but the reasonably low price and fantastic driving experience more than compensate for it. Like many cars here, four-wheel drive ensures you can lose your licence regardless of the weather.
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3. Mercedes AMG GT
Mercedes‘ stunning AMG GT is the first car exclusively designed by the German brand’s AMG Performance division. It mixes handsome looks, monstrous performance and an engaging driving experience. Unlike previous Mercedes supercars that were known for being overly tail-happy, the AMG GT offers balanced handling that won’t spit you off the road for an overzealous throttle prod.
Inside, you’re treated to a luxurious cabin trimmed in the finest materials and a ride quality that can be firm and exciting or softened for cruising. If you’re not sold on everything it already offers, floor it once and the maniacal roar from the twin-turbo V8 will have you hooked for life.
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4. McLaren 675 LT
The McLaren 675 LT is effectively a track-focused version of the McLaren 650S. Named for its ‘Long Tail’ – a nod to famous McLaren race cars of old – and the fact it produces 675PS. The 0-62mph sprint is covered in just 2.9 seconds and it doesn’t run out of puff until its 205mph top speed.
It might be an unbelievably competent track weapon but, thanks to McLaren’s advanced suspension system that eschews anti-roll bars, it can ride with luxury car-rivalling comfort when needed. Is this the most exciting thing to come out of Woking? We certainly think so…
5. Lamborghini Huracan
The Lamborghini Huracan uses many of the same parts as the Audi R8, yet it’s wrapped in an arguably more seductive shell that undoubtedly turns heads. Those Audi underpinnings also make it surprisingly usable thanks to its four-wheel-drive system that makes this an all-season supercar – something old Lamborghinis certainly weren’t.
The Lamborghini’s higher price makes it tricky to justify compared to the Audi but, if you’ve the extra means, there’s nothing else you can buy this side of a stealth fighter that looks as outlandish. The dramatic cabin also uses switchgear inspired by fighter jets to mark this out as one of the most special cars on the road.
6. Ferrari 488 GTB
Jaw-dropping looks and a powerful engine are almost as synonymous with Ferrari as the brand’s iconic red paint. The new Ferrari 488 GTB is the latest model to wear the prancing horse badge and reports suggest it’s more than worthy of the honour.
The new twin-turbocharged V8 engine – shared with the California T – is a departure from older models but offers significantly more power and torque than the outgoing 458. It can handle itself on a circuit, too, thanks to highly developed suspension and a system that actually controls how much the rear slides when you’re really going for it.
7. Aston Martin Vanquish
The Aston Martin Vanquish is a little more comfort focused than some other vehicles on this list, but that doesn’t stop the Aston Martin from being a superb supercar that will have others drooling with envy. A beautiful interior complements the sophisticated exterior looks, and there’s just about room for four for short journeys.
It might be a refined Grand Tourer, but the Vanquish can still get from 0-62mph in 3.8 seconds, and can reach a top speed of 200mph. With an asking price of around £200,000, exclusivity is guaranteed yet, thanks to Aston Martin’s image, it doesn’t appear as needlessly extravagant as some rivals on this list.
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8. Porsche 911 GT3
The standard Porsche 911 is one of most well-rounded supercars on the market – the result of decades of careful development. The GT3 variant simply adds more power, and strips out everything unnecessary to create a hardcore version for those who want the most from their Porsche.
Currently the only Porsche 911 not fitted with a turbocharged engine, the 475hp 3.8-litre engine fires the 911 from 0-62mph in just 3.1 seconds. Bear in mind that the roughly £100,000 asking price doesn’t include Porsche’s legendarily pricey options, which could add tens of thousands to your bill.
9. Bentley Continental GT Speed
Another grand touring supercar, the Bentley Continental GT Speed offers both immense power and fantastic refinement. The beastly W12 engine now produces 625hp and can shove the Bentley from 0-62mph in 3.4 seconds — amazing for such a heavy car.
The Speed is as practical as the regular GT too, so you get plenty of room for four and their luggage. It also uses four-wheel drive meaning you needn’t worry about getting stuck on the way to your private Swiss chalet.
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10. BMW i8
Not only does the BMW i8 look like a supercar from the future, but it’s also a plug-in hybrid that can return well over 100mpg on average — making it many times more efficient than some other choices on this list.
Again, by combining an electric motor and petrol engine, the i8 delivers all-wheel-drive grip for all-weather driving. The i8 is a little slower than some rivals at this price, but its green focus is unique here. Costing just less than £100,000, it also represents reasonable value in this company.
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