There's been a lot of confusion between the meaning of "supercar" and "hypercar." A lot of people think they're one and the same thing, which is far from the truth. A supercar can be a hypercar, but the inverse isn't true.
There's a 4-point set of criteria that a vehicle has to meet for it to be considered a hypercar. The term "supercar" was first used in The Times, a London newspaper in the 1920s. They were referring to the Ensign 6. Nowadays, "supercar" is used to refer to cars with the best design, technology, and performance.
The term "hypercar" can refer to the 1% of supercars. For a car to be defined as a hypercar, it has to possess all the characteristics of a supercar and go beyond the boundaries when it comes to performance, design, and technology.
The Corvette C7 is a good example of a supercar. It has a stunning design with amazing numbers on the track. It costs $80,000. Despite the performance specs and the price, the Corvette C7 is considered a supercar and not a hypercar.
A hypercar forms the yardstick by which all other cars are measured, and that's why there are only a few to be manufactured since the advent of the automobile. Qualifications for hypercar status becomes more stringent by the day with amazing cars being produced every year. Here are the 25 greatest hypercars of all time.
25 Porsche 959 (1986)
The Porsche 959 was produced between 1986 to 1993, and there were only 200 units ever to be built. It was the world's fastest twin-turbo street-legal car when it was introduced in the market in 1986. It had a top speed of 195 mph, and the sports variant could go 197 mph.
It was seen as the most technologically advanced car ever to be built at that time and was to be used as a benchmark for what a hypercar should look like.
The Porsche 959 was initially not street-legal in the United States. Microsoft founder Bill Gates was one of the earliest owners of this car. His car was held at the US customs for 13 years before the laws were changed. The base price was $225,000, and there's been a Porsche 959 sold at auction recently for $2 million.
24 Ferrari F40 (1987)
This is a rear-wheel-drive hypercar that was produced by Ferrari between the years of 1987 to 1992. The racing variant was in production up to 1996.
The F40 is currently a collector's item due to its rich history and performance. It was designed to succeed the Ferrari 288 GTO when Ferrari was marking its 40th birthday.
Ferrari had initially planned on producing 400 units with a base price of $400,000, which is around $860,000 in today's valuation. One of the units belonged to Nigel Mansell, a Formula 1 driver, and it was sold for £1 million in 1990.
The F40 was the first production car to top 200 mph. It had a top speed of 201 mph and could go from 0 to 60 in 3.8 seconds.
23 Ruf CTR3 (1987)
The Ruf CTR3 'yellow bird' was the fastest car in the world for a couple of years with its top speed of 211 mph.
The body and the engine panel are derived from Porsche. The Cayman middle-engine concept was adopted for the new CTR3. It has 3.8-liter twin turbochargers and can produce up to 691 hp at 7,000 rpm.
There have been new models of the Ruf CTR3 with much more power differential. The 2012 CTR3 has a top speed of 240 mph and can go from 0 to 60 in 3.1 seconds.
The RUF tradition has been all about enhancing Porsche automobiles. It started with the 1987 CTR3 and continues even in the new models. The car was priced at $22,300 in 1987, but the newer model costs $510,000.
22 Vector W8 9 (1989)
This is one of the very few hypercars to be produced in America. It was manufactured by Vector Aeromotive. Advanced aerospace design and materials were used in the production of the Vector W8.
There were only 19 units produced of which 17 were pre-order and the 2 were for pre-production purposes.
The W8 was a custom upgrade of the W2, which had been a prototype for way too long. Every piece of the design material was meant to last at least the lifespan of the owner if it was well maintained. This car is iconic and has been included on the list of the greatest hypercars of all time because it had astonishing numbers. The designer claimed it had a top speed of 242 mph with 625 bhp. A 1992 version was sold for $300,000.
21 Bugatti EB110 (1991)
This car played a big part in the history of Bugatti. It was produced between 1991 to 1995 when Bugatti was liquidated. It was produced at a time when Bugatti was facing a lot of financial difficulties.
Bugatti had a visionary in Roman Artioli as the chairman, and he spearheaded the production of the EB110. The concepts and the design were ahead of their time.
Formula One legend Michael Schumacher was one of the earliest owners of the Bugatti EB 110. He bought the car in 1994 and retained it up to 2003. The company had planned to develop a 4-door version of the car before they went bankrupt. The Bugatti EB110 can achieve a top speed of 216 mph. Under the hood, you get 550 hp for the standard and 604 hp for the supersport guise.
20 Jaguar XJ220 (1992)
The Jaguar was first shown as a concept car in 1988 with the production versions being launched in 1992.
It featured a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 engine. There were 275 units manufactured by Jaguar when production ended, and the retail price was $650,000, which was the most expensive car when it debuted.
The exterior design was limited to the aerodynamic aids. The main purpose for this was to bring about a simple and effective functional body that bore a resemblance to the Jaguar E and D types. Jaguar chose a wrong time to launch the car as there was a global recession at that time and a couple of units went unsold for a long time. The Jaguar XJ220 has a limited top speed of 217 mph.
19 McLaren F1 (1994)
The McLaren F1 was intended to be an exclusive hypercar but ended being more than that. The F1 borrows heavily from the racing unit of McLaren from the engine specifications to the aerodynamic exterior.
The XP5 prototype broke the world record for the fastest vehicle in 1998 as it had a top speed of 240.1 mph.
Gordon Murray, the designer, first approached Honda to build the engine, but they refused. He then approached BWM, who took up the project with keen interest. The McLaren set a couple of records for a supercar. It was the first car of its kind to use carbon fiber-reinforced polymer on the chassis. In terms of speed and performance, the McLaren could go from 0 to 60 in 3.2 seconds.
18 Ferrari F50 (1995)
The Ferrari F50 was introduced in 1995 and was to succeed the F40. There were only 349 units of the car that were developed, the last one being produced in July 1997 in Maranello, Italy.
There was a prototype that was built purposely for GT1-class racing. There were a couple of adjustments to the car, including a rear spoiler, a fixed roof, and a front-end limited spoiler.
It had a 6-speed manual transmission with light alloy suspension on the chassis. It was also one of the fastest vehicles at that time and could go from 0 to 60 in just 2.4 seconds. The top speed is 202 mph with 513 hp. The base price was $480,000 at that time. There's been a Ferrari F50 that was sold at auction for $3.1 million in January 2017.
17 Pagani Zonda (1999)
The name of this hypercar might not be familiar to a lot of people, but you can never forget how it looks like. It's had a successful production running from 1999 to 2017, which is remarkable for a supercar.
There have been several different variations of the Pagani Zonda throughout the years, each one having its own unique styling attributes. The earliest Zondas to be made were the work of former Formula 1 Champion Juan Manuel Fangio.
The 760 series was the one that stood out from other Pagani Zondas. It was specifically built for special customers, and its specs are totally different from those of others. It had a 7.6-liter V12 engine with 750 hp. The car is usually sold at auction, and the price starts at $400,000.
16 Ultima GTR (1999)
Commentators describe the Ultima GTR as a supercar, but it also has all the components that make for a great hypercar. The car was available in both turnkey and kit when it first launched in 1999.
The Ultima GTR had a modest $52,000 price tag, unlike other cars on this list. One would even be tempted to think that the price tag would translate to a compromise on features, but that's not the case.
The GTR has a 720 hp engine and can go from 0 to 60 in 2.6 seconds, which was groundbreaking at that time, given the price tag.
The successive trims have set new records, and that's why the company continues to manufacture the car up to today. The Ultima GTR has a limited top speed of 231 mph, which qualifies it to be one of the greatest hypercars ever produced.
15 Spyker c8 (2000)
This is the only supercar to have started production at the turn of the new millennium. The Dutch aren't known for producing vehicles, let alone a supercar. They've definitely left a mark in the annals of history with the Spyker C8.
The engine is derived from Audi and features a 4.2-liter V8 twin-turbo, which in turn gives 200 mph.
Not a lot has been documented about the Spyker C8. There have been several variants over the years. The C8 Preliator was announced in 2016 in the Geneva Motor Show. It has an upgraded 4.2L supercharged engine which produces 525 hp, and the car can go from 0 to 60 in 3.1 seconds. The car doesn't come cheap, as you'd have to part with $300,000 to get your hands on one.
14 Lamborghini Murcielago (2001)
The Murcielago opened a lot of doors for Lamborghini as a company. It was launched at a time when the auto industry needed a rebirth in terms of styling and performance.
The Murcielago remains one of Lamborghini's highest-selling vehicles to date. Americans had to wait an extra year since Lamborghini only started selling the 2002 model in the US.
The Murcielago has everything you would expect in a hypercar. It raised the bar in terms of performance and design.
Under the hood, you get a V12 monster engine, which produces 512 hp. The Lamborghini Murcielago has a top speed of 206 mph and can go from 0 to 62 in 3.4 seconds. A new Murcielago was priced at $400,000, although you can get a used one at a slightly cheaper price.
13 Ferrari Enzo (2002)
You know a vehicle is a hypercar when it's named after the founder and is owned by some of the richest people in the world. The Ferrari Enzo is a rare collector's item, and you'll need more than $3 million to get yourself one—and that's only if there's someone selling, and it's likely to be at an auction.
There are only 400 Enzos in the world, and very few of them made it to the United States. The V8 engine design is borrowed from the Maserati Quattroporte.
The Ferrari Enzo has a top speed of 220 mph and can get from 0 to 100 mph in under 6.6 seconds. The last Enzo to be sold publicly fetched $2.7 million at an auction.
12 Bristol Fighter T (2004)
This car was produced in small units until 2011 when production seized. It's generally classified as a supercar, but it's also a hypercar. It has gull-wing doors with a coupe body, which is expected of a supercar in terms of the exterior design.
The V10 engine is similar to the one found on a Dodge Viper and has been modified a little bit so as to produce 525 hp at 5,600 rpm. The Fighter S, which is a more powerful version, has 628 hp.
You can either choose between a four-speed automatic or a six-speed manual transmission. The 0-to-60 sprint can be achieved in under 4.0 seconds and the car has a top speed of 210 mph.
11 Maserati MC12 (2004)
The Maserati MC12 is a close cousin to the Enzo, and they share a lot in terms of design and parts. It also doesn't come cheap, as it costs around $2 million at auction. The first 25 units were produced in 2004 and were already sold out. Another 25 units were produced in 2005 and were also sold out, making it a total of 50 Maserati MC12s to be ever produced.
The cost at that time was $670,000, and you'll never get an MC12 at less than $1 million in today's market valuation.
The car has been tuned to 620 hp with a top speed of 205 mph. The car can go from 0 to 60 in 3.8 seconds. The Maserati MC12 is a collector's item that's becoming very rare as years pass by, and the value can only go up.
10 Bugatti Veyron (2005)
The Bugatti Veyron is the ultimate hypercar. It meets every criterion you'd expect and goes a notch higher, thus setting new standards. It held the title for the world's fastest car whose speed could be verified.
Floyd Mayweather is known to be a big spender and owns 3 Bugatti Veyrons because one is just not enough if you have the money.
The Veyron was launched with an 8.0-liter quad-turbo W16 engine, which was a game changer in the year 2005. The car has 1,200 hp and a 268 mph verified top speed. It can go from 0 to 60 in 2.4 seconds. The price of the Bugatti Veyron started at $1.7 million and can be higher in today's market.
9 Gumpert Apollo (2005)
The Gumpert Apollo is a unique car on the list. It was originally designed to be a racing car and made its debut in the 2005 Divinol racing cup. The car clinched the third position. In 2008, the company developed a hybrid version of the vehicle.
The Hybrid version has a 3.3-liter V8 twin-turbo engine, which produces 512 hp. The Apollo made its debut in 2007 in the popular motorsport show Top Gear and was the fastest car on the board until it was overthrown by the Bugatti Veyron Supersport. The Gumpert Apollo has a top speed of 220 mph, and you can get it for around $450,000 in most classifieds. The company filed for bankruptcy in 2012, which was unfortunate, given what they had contributed to the supercar world.
8 Saleen S7
The Saleen S7 was named after its founder, Steve Saleen. Saleen was famous for his tuned Mustangs. The S7 was America's first mid-engine production supercar.
The body of the Saleen S7 is entirely constructed from carbon fiber. The mid-engine layout means the car has the rear and the front trunk.
In terms of performance, the S7 can go from 0 to 60 in 3.3 seconds and to 100 in 7.1 seconds. The car has a top speed of 248 mph, which automatically makes it a hypercar. The Saleen S7 has a history of racing dating back to 2001. The S7-R made its debut in the American Le Mans Series and finished 26th. There was a Saleen S7 sold at auction for $682,000.
7 Koenigsegg CCX (2006)
There have been a couple of supercar models produced by Koenigsegg, and keeping up can be a daunting endeavor. The CCX model is the most popular, and there have been 29 units that have been built, which is a big milestone for an exclusive car manufacturer like Koenigsegg.
"CCX" is an abbreviation for "Competition Coupe X." Just as with most supercars, the body is made from carbon fiber. It has a 4.8-liter twin-supercharged V8 engine, and the CCX edition can produce up to 876 hp with 693 pound-feet of torque.
The Koenigsegg CCX has a top speed of 240 mph and can go from 0 to 60 in 3.2 seconds. The CCX doesn't come cheap. Floyd Mayweather owned a Koenigsegg CCX Trevita that was sold at auction for $2.8 million.
6 SSC Ultimate Aero (2006)
Before the Bugatti Veyron Supersport, the SSC Ultimate Aero was officially the fastest car in the world, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.
It has a limited top speed of 257 mph, which was verified. There was no driving aids tech with the Aero because they wanted to keep it as practical and driver-friendly as possible.
It has butterfly doors, which can also be found in the Enzo and the McLaren 1. The SCC Ultimate packs a punch when it comes to the engine. It has a 6.3-liter V8 engine with 1,183 hp. The machine can go from 0 to 60 in 2.5 seconds. The initial price was $550,000 although you can get it at $500,000 if you go through a couple of classifieds websites.
5 Lamborghini Reventon (2007)
Most Lamborghini vehicles qualify as hypercars, and the Reventon is no exception. It made its debut in the 2007 Frankfurt motor show and was the most expensive road car at that particular time, costing $2 million.
The press release stated that Lamborghini would only produce 21 units of which one would go to the Lamborghini museum. The official recorded highest speed is 221 mph in the UAE. Arabs spend a lot on luxury cars and like to test them on the track.
The Reventon is so rare and also became a collector's item. There was one that was sold at auction for $1.7 million in January 2017. The Reventon was seen as the successor to the Murcielago.
4 Zenvo STI (2009)
The Danish outdid themselves after coming up with this master class. The ST1 was the first model to be produced by the company and was made entirely by hand.
The Zenvo STI had been in the works for a while with the first prototype coming out in 2008 before mass production began in 2009. The company produced only 15 units, which were sold out.
The design is 100% Danish, although some materials like the carbon-fiber body were made in Germany. There's a new version of the STI that's set to launch, and the production will also be limited to 15 units. The 15 units that were sold fetched $1.1 million each at that time. The car has 1,140 hp and a top speed of 233 mph.
3 Aston Martin One-77 (2011)
The Aston Martin One-77 is one of the greatest vehicles to ever be built. It first appeared in public in the 2008 Paris Motor Show. Car enthusiasts had to wait 3 years before the production versions were launched in 2011.
The name "77" came about because there were only 77 units that were produced by Aston Martin. The car has received several accolades, including the prestigious 'Best Design' awarded by Auto Express.
Aston Martin One-77 has a 7.3-liter V12 engine with 750 bhp. The car has a limited top speed of 220 mph and can go from 0 to 60 in 3.5 seconds. The car sells for $3 million, and it's very rare to find someone who's selling it.
2 Hennessey Venom GT (2011)
The Hennessey Venom GT has been produced by Lotus, which is a company that's come up with some fantastic cars over the years.
The Venom has set several records when it comes to speed. It set the Guinness world record for being the fastest production car to go from 0-186 mph.
In April 2013, the Hennessey Venom GT was able to manage 265.7 mph on a 2-mile stretch. The vehicle is very rare, and there are only 13 units in existence.
The car is powered by a 7.0L twin-turbocharged engine with 1,200 bhp at 7,200 rpm. If you're a millionaire who's addicted to speed, the Hennessey Venom GT should be in your garage. The price is set at $1.2 million.
1 Porsche 918 Spyder (2013)
The Porsche 918 Spyder is on almost every list, whether those about the fastest four-wheel drives or those about the most expensive supercar.
It would be a great disservice to the motor world if we didn't include it in the list of the greatest hypercars of all time.
What makes the Porsche 918 unique is it's a hybrid and succeeded the Carrera GT, which was also a powerful vehicle.
The 918 has 875 hp with a limited top speed of 211 mph. The Porsche 918 Spyder is one of Floyd Mayweather's favorite cars, which goes to show the popularity of the vehicle. The 918 Spyder currently retails at $845,000 although you might have to pay more depending on who's selling it.
Source: fitmycar.com; wikipedia.org; topspeed.com