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My List of Supercars

Updated on January 24, 2011

What is it about super cars that make people raise their eyebrows?  Whether you see them on TV, posters, or in real life, they really catch your attention. 

Maybe it's the drool-over design.  Super cars are not made to look like your daily car.  That's why you don't see them every day. 

Maybe it's your perception of performance.  Super cars are reputedly fast.  Faster than your average day-to-day car.  Even though average consumers do not have a feel on how fast super cars can go, they can intuitively understand just how powerful super cars can be by simply looking at them.  Super cars must look fast even while parked. 

Maybe it's the jaw-dropping cost.  Super cars are expensive.  And for a reason.  They are engineered and designed by some of the brightest minds in the auto industry for one thing and one thing only ...  to be better than the next guy.  In this case, 'better' means faster, more powerful.  Power and speed are not cheap.

In any case, there are plenty of reasons why super cars get our attention.  But what are the super cars?  Well, the list for the cars is short.  And the roster of the car makers is even shorter.   Of course, the list changes from year to year.  But over time, some names appear over and over again.

Here are five of what I consider to be super cars.  The cars are in no particular order:

Porsche Carrera GT

Porsche Carrera GT
Porsche Carrera GT

Porsche is a household name. The ones you see on the streets range in cost between $90,000 to $140,000 USD.

This supercar,however, Porsche Carrera GT, carries a tag price in the neighborhood of $400,000 USD. Powered by a V10, the Porsche Carrera GT can go from 0-62 mph in 3.9 seconds.

And it's a Porsche!

Saleen S7 Twin-Turbo

Saleen S7 Twin-Turbo
Saleen S7 Twin-Turbo

This car looks like a space ship more than anything. It is very low off the ground, only 41 inches total height.  And highly aerodynamic, the Saleen S7 looks like a modern day jet fighter.

Come to think of it, the F-117 stealth fighter does not look this aerodynamic and those who made it could have taken some pointers from the Saleen S7 designers.

In any case, a Saleen S7 Twin Turbo carries a tag price of $585,000 USD. Of course, it is not being manufactured anymore and is available only in limited numbers. Meaning that the price could be higher among collectors.

Bugatti Veyron

Bugatti Veyron
Bugatti Veyron

In the few final episodes of The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien,a Bugatti Veyron made an appearance. It was a part of a skit that since Conan was getting booted, then they can do whatever they want and NBC will be stuck with the bill.

So Conan and his staff dressed up a Bugatti Veyron with whiskers, making it the most expensive mouselook-a-like since Veyrons are literally million dollar cars. But since the Bugatti Veyron can go from 0-60 mph in 2.5 seconds, it was hard to laugh at the skit if you're a car fan.

Enzo Ferrari

Enzo Ferrari
Enzo Ferrari

What's a list of supercars without a Ferrari.

You don't have to be a car enthusiast to know that Ferraris are super fast and expensive. The Enzo Ferrari is a V12-powered two-seater named after the founder of the legendary Italian car maker. Hence, it has to be a super car by design.

The Enzo Ferrari is being produced anymore and only 400 were made between 2002 and 2004.

McLaren F1

A super car made by guys who make professional racing cars.  Produced between 1992-1998, only 100 or so of these beauties were sold.

To me, it also looks to be the sportiest of the super cars. I mean, it seems to be designed for actual professional racing competition rather than something to be seen in the streets.

Indeed, the McLaren F1 has a top speed of 240 mph. The average Formula One speed for the Abu Dhabi and Yas Marina Circuit is 198 km / h (123 mph). A factory stock McLaren F1 should do alright racing in those circuits.

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      Harry 

      4 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      The Porsche Carrera GT is brutal and beautiful ..sadly this is also the car which killed Paul Walker..

      I was glad to see the Bugatti and Saleen being included here...

      Good article..please read my auto-articles when you can :)

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      Pkittock 

      4 years ago from Minnesota

      interesting list, but your CGT photo seems to be the Gemballa Mirage GT (based on the CGT)

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      Harry 

      4 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      These are what they'd call hypercars ..which is in another league as compared to supercars.... im a total petrol-head and would still rate the McLaren F1 the best out of all (even over the Veryon or any Pagani)

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      reagu 

      8 years ago from Los Angeles

      One reason why I kept it to 5 is that there are way too many top 10 lists out there. They also contain the same cars. Mine is no exception by the way. I'm sure these cars are in most top dreamcar lists. The one that I wanted to fit in from your list is the Dodge Viper. But I went with the Saleen, instead.

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      thecoachhouse 

      8 years ago from Aberdeen

      interesting that you didnt include the ultimate supercar brand, Lamborghini, in your list. Had your list been a top 10, or top 20, I'd have included such beauties such as:

      Lamborghini Gallardo

      Lamborghini Diablo

      Aston Martin DB9

      Pagani Zonda S

      Ferrari F50

      Koenigsegg CCR

      Noble M12

      Dodge Viper

      Ford GT

      Vauxhall VX220 Turbo

      Lotus Exige

      BMW M3 GTR

      Nissan GT-R

      Great hub by the way, particularly the fact that you remembered the old favourite, the McLaren F1

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