The love for supercars began 52 years ago when Lamborghini introduced the Miura in 1966. The Miura was known as the P400. Lamborghini's top engineers Gian Paolo Dallara, Paolo Stanzani and Bob Wallace began designing this car on their own time in 1964 wanting to set it apart from the rest. When they were done they presented the P400 to Ferruccio Lamborghini founder of Lamborghini, who thought it was a great and gave them the go ahead. Little did they know at the time they were creating a new car market with amazing supercars that are on the market today.
The P400 was introduced at the Geneva motor show in 1966 and it was a hit. Lamborghini changed the name to the Miura and began manufacturing it. The Lamborghini Miura came with 3.9l Lamborghini V12 transverse rear mid-engine and a had a 5- speed transmission. Only 764 cars were produced between 1966- 1973 as were they continued to develop more supercars. The supercar market grew to bring amazing vehicles they are beautifully designed and crafted, hitting incredible speeds on the road. There have also been some car manufacturers who have designed supercars that have been failures on the market and some didn't even make it out of the starting gate. This list starts with the worst supercars to the best on the market.
20 GUMPERT APOLLO
The first supercar on the list that didn't do that good was the Gumpert Apollo. This car was manufactured by Gumpert Sportwagenmanufaktur GmbH in Germany. The speed with this car was not a problem with it. According to Road and Track, in 2009 this car did set a new lap record at the at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife track for the quickest production car.
Even with a V-8 engine, six-speed transmission, and a twin clutch system, this car had some issues.
According to Mr. Exotics, this car was put together badly. It also had gaps in the paneling. The interior also wasn't designed the nicest and was cheaply made.
19 FERRARI 612 SCAGLIETTI
The Ferrari 612 Scaglietti supercar was produced between 2004–2011 and only sold 3025. This car had a V12 engine and a 6-speed manual and semi-automatic transmission. The issue that happened with the Ferrari 612 Scaglietti occurred in 2008. According to Autoblog the clutch sensor malfunction and heated up. Under normal driving conditions, this could making shifting difficult and could cause the vehicle to crash. It is also known that it may also be completely inoperable at times. There was also the possibility of this car catching on fire. Even with improvements made after 2008 this supercar still wasn't very fast and still smoked when it was driven.
18 QVALE MANGUSTA
The Qvale Mangusta was produced in limited numbers in Italy between 2000–2002. This supercar came equipped with a 4.6l 320- horsepower and only took 5.5 to hit 60 mph according to The Drive. It also came with a unique rooftop, known for the roto- roof. The roto- roof enables the Qvale Mangusta to be a full convertible, a half-open Targa, or a fully closed hardtop roof. According to Auto Trader, only 284 cars were manufactured.
This car ran into trouble when it set to launch in the United States.
This car was designed by Marcello Gandini and was originally named the De Tomaso Biguà. Kjell Qvale, a California businessman who funded the projected changed the name of the car and ran out of money to produce this car, it never had a chance
17 JAGUAR XJ220 (92)
The Jaguar XJ220 is a beautiful looking car and was produced between 1992–1994. Jaguar only manufactured 282 cars during this time. According to Jaguar, this car hit a top speed of 212.3 mph during the Nardo test track in Italy. It also broke records at Nürburgring during the lap time making this one of the fastest production cars made. The XJ220 originally had a Jaguar V12 engine but when it went for sale to the public the engine was switched it to a turbocharged V-6 engine and rear-wheel drive. Without the V12 engine, the car didn't sell very well. It wasn't as fast and first and the customers weren't happy. Jaguar readded the V12 engine back into their line of supercars after this model.
16 LAMBORGHINI EGOISTA
The Lamborghini Egoista was created to celebrate Lamborghini's 50th anniversary in 2003.This supercar created by Walter de Silva who designed to resemble a modern fighter jet. The Egoista was equipped with a V10 engine and had 600 horsepower. According to Motor Trend, this car had the only seat, and in order to get in or out of the car, the steering wheel needed to be removed each time. The car was also very loud like a Formula One racer which also didn't get a warm reception. No other Lamborghini Egoista was ever manufactured after this one. NCR Works reported that this car is on display at the Lamborghini museum in Sant'Agata Bolognese.
15 MOSLER CONSULIER GTP
The Consulier GTP was manufactured by Consulier Industries and later became Mosler Automotive which produces supercars. The Mosler Consulier GTP was produced between 1985–1993 and sold less than 100 cars.
According to Road and Track, this car was the first road car built with a carbon-kevlar body and a composite monocoque chassis.
It had a Dodge turbocharged 2.2 K-Car engine and did great in racing for a while until it was banned according to Jalopnik. The Mosler Consulier GTP was a fast car but its looks did not appeal to everyone when it was on the market. The company stopped selling the GTP but continued the series and released the Mosler Intruder and Raptor.
14 LAMBORGHINI COUNTACH
The Lamborghini Countach 1974–1990 by Marcello Gandini. This supercar came equipped with a Lamborghini V12 engine, 5- speed manual transmission and anti-glare safety Glaverbel glass. According to The Drive, this car was able to hit 100 mph in 10 seconds. The only reason why this car went into production was that of a bet made between Lamborghini'ss founder and his engineers. Ferruccio Lamborghini wasn't really interested in this as a production car but his engineers were. He told engineer Bob Wallace that if he could drive the prototype from Sicily to their headquarters with no issues they would make the car. Wallace took him up and won, the car went into production. What happened with this car was it had problems with shifting, and the 1970’s was the fuel crisis.
13 TVR SAGARIS (2006)
The TVR Sagaris supercar was built by TVR Motor Company Limited in Britain. With a 4.0l Speed Six I6 engine with 24 valves and 5-speed manual transmission. This car was made for endurance racing, hitting a top speed of 185 in 0-100 mph in 8.5 seconds. The TVR Sagaris was nicely designed with a sleek appearance. According to the Telegraph, the company was sold to Nicolai Smolensky in 2004 What went wrong with this car is that it hand poor handling and poor reliability and sales began to decline. It was thought that Smolensky would invest in the company but instead closed down.
12 DODGE VIPER (92)
Next on the list of worst cars is the 92 Dodge Viper. Produced by Dodge between 1991- 2017 with a break in manufacturing between 2010 -2013. The Viper featured an odd firing 8.4l V10 engine which gave it 400 horsepower which made it a fantastic to drive. That was one of the issues with this car to much power.
The driver definitely had to be able to handle the cars abilities.
According to Repairpal some other issues experienced with the 92 Viper is that it the transmission makes noises while in neutral, it can leak water from the top to the side curtains, the heating/ air conditioning and switch to defrost by itself, and the manifold gasket might leak. There are more things wrong this car so if you are interested you have to be careful.
11 DELOREAN DMC-12 (81)
The 81 DeLorean DCM-12 was produced by the DeLorean Motor Company between 1981–1983. The DeLorean had a 2.85l V6 rear-mounted engine and 5-speed manual or a 3-speed automatic transmission. This car looked futuristic and came unpainted with stainless-steel body panels. Even though the 82 version was featured in the film Back to the Future as a flying time machine. Never mind that this car really couldn't fly in the air it also couldn't fly down a road, with a top speed of 110 mph. Improvements to this car were impossible. According to to the Daily News John Delorean was arrested in 1982 for dealing drugs. Not only was he accused of dealing drugs, he was also accused of trying to sell $ 7 million in stocks to the company to undercover federal agents. Even though he was acquitted production never started again.
10 BUGATTI VEYRON 16.4
First on the list of best supercars is the Bugatti Veyron. This supercar is simply beautiful. It got its name from Pierre Veyron who was a French Grand Prix race car driver during 1933- 1953. The Veyron has an 8.0l, quad-turbocharged, W16 cylinder engine with a total of 64 valves and has 1,200 horsepower. This supercar flies and can reach a top speed of 267 mph. According to Bugatti, the technology in Veyron guarantees optimum handling and balance at any speed. This supercar also has the best braking system so far on the market and can stop at any speed. You also don't need to worry about this car overheating, it is equipped with three cooling systems in the front and two water circuits to make sure the engine stays cool. This car is so popular that at this time Bugatti is completely sold out.
9 HENNESSEY VENOM GT
The Hennessey Venom GT is an amazing supercar and produced by Hennessey Performance Engineering in Texas. According to Hennessey, his car is so fast that it set a Guinness World Record in 2013 for the fast production car ever made. This car can hit speeds of 0-300 mph in only 13.63 seconds. Motor Authority also reported that at the time this car broke records it was also down on power.
It also broke records on the NASA’s Space Shuttle Landing Strip with a top speed of 270 mph.
This supercar has a twin-turbocharged LSX v8 engine and 6-speed Ricardo manual transmission. If you blink you might miss the car passing by. The Venom is made of a carbon fiber body and has an aluminum chassis. This car puts some supercars to shame.
8 NISSAN GT-R
Nissan truly made a fantastic supercar with the GT-R. This car has a twin-turbocharged 3.8l V6 engine that Nissan is so proud of that there is a small plaque with the craftsman signature on it, which is pretty cool. The aerodynamics give this car allows it to cut through the wind with ease. According to Autoevolution Nissan's secret is the ATTESA E-TS AWD System which is customized for the GT- R. This the only car ever made with rear transaxle-based all-wheel-drive system for a front-engined car which uses parallel driveshafts. This car speaks on its own and is worth the price.
7 ALFA ROMEO 8C COMPETIZIONE
The Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione was manufactured by Alfa Romeo between 2007 and 2010. According to Fortune, this car was designed to look like earlier race cars from the 1930 - 1940s but runs and goes faster than cars from that time. This car was so popular that in the first few weeks it was on the market is completely sold out. The Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione has a Ferrari 4.7l V8 engine and can reach 181 mph. This car has also made a comeback after being on hiatus for a few years but it will not be on the market till 2022. The world is waiting for its new debut.
6 FERRARI LAFERRARI
The Ferrari Laferrari is one the performing supercar produced by Ferrari. This car has 6.3l V12, that will shut down in normal driving conditions, with 161 horsepower which gives this car speed. According to Autofluence driving, this car is amazing. With a 7-speed transmission, shifting is a breeze and no matter what gear you are in it never loses power.
This car can stop on a dime with Brembo brakes, and with top speeds of 217 mph, it might have to stop very quickly.
This car is so special that only 499 have been made and has a price tag of over a million dollars.
5 PORSCHE 918 SPYDER
The Porsche 918 Spyder lives up to its name with three motors and a 4.6l V8 engine that produces 608 horsepower. It can hit 62 mph in 2.5 seconds and has a top speed of 214 mph. This car has five different driving modes to meet all your needs. Regardless if your racing or just cruising around you this you will get noticed no matter where you are. This car is a lot of fun and handles great. According to Automobile, Porsche’s global chief Oliver Blume, “special models like the 918 Spyder normally we launch every 10 years.”
4 NOBLE M600
Now the Noble M600 is a handmade supercar made in Britain by Noble Automotive. According to Top Gear, this car is fast with hitting 120 mph in 8.9 seconds and having a top speed of 225 mph. It isn't hard to understand where the power comes from. The Noble M600 is equipped with a transverse-mounted Ford Duratec V6 engine and a six-speed manual transmission. This car also features two different seat belts, a standard with four-point race harnesses for racing and conventional seat belt for regular driving on the road. If you are into supercars this is one worth checking out.
3 KOENIGSEGG CCX
The Koenigsegg CCX is a supercar that can be sold anywhere in the world meeting all safety and environmental standards. Koenigsegg manufactured this wild car between 2006–2010.
This is a very rare car with only 49 in the CCX-Series ever made.
The CCX has a Koenigsegg aluminum V8 engine, with 4 valves per cylinder, and double overhead camshafts making it have a Lateral G-force of 3.1. According to Koenigsegg, this car broke Top Gear Track Lap Records from 2005 - 2008. The Koenigsegg CCX over the years has been hard to beat and it is still rated one of the top supercars ever made.
2 ASCARI A10
The Ascari A10 is produced by British car company Ascari Cars and was designed by Paul Brown. This car is a beast with a BMW S62 V8 engine that produces 600 horsepower and has the top speed of 220 mph. Ascari only made 50 A10 which makes this a collectors dream. According to the Car, this car is not only fast due to the engine but also because of its lightweight design. The Ascari A10 is made of a six-piece carbon fiber body, helping it hit top speed with ease. If you are lucky enough to see this car it's well worth checking it out.
1 MCLAREN F1
Only 106 McLaren F1 was produced between 1993–1998 by McLaren Cars and speaks for itself. According to the Telegraph, the F1 changed what roads cars were capable of doing and stepped up the game. This car has a 6.1l BMW S70/2 V12 engine, a 6- speed manual transmission, Brembo unassisted, vented and cross-drilled brake discs which allows you to stop with no problems.
This is one of the best supercars ever made.
Business Insider reported a 98 McLaren F1 sold for $13.75 million. This car is truly for the rich and serious collectors to own and have fun in.