From the McLaren F1 to the Bugatti Veyron, motor journalist Rob Griffin picks out 10 top super cars. But which is the best?
A true super car manages to strike that all-important balance between stunning looks, the very latest technology, and enough performance to make the tarmac tremble.
Some of these machines end up going into something approaching mass production, while others are hand-built to order with only a relative handful making it onto the road each year.
But which is the greatest of them all? We take a look at 10 strong contenders for this title, and give you the chance to cast your vote at the end.
When it arrived on the scene in the early 1990s it was the perfect supercar – as long as you had a £500,000 budget. Unique touches included a central driving position, while it became the world’s fastest production car after hitting 240.1mph – a record it held for a decade.
This was THE supercar of the 1970s. In a decade not renowned for its style – think flares and ugly car parks – it was a rare thing of beauty. Who could forget its unique wedge shape and the fantastic scissor doors that lifted up and tilted forwards – simply awesome.
1995 Bugatti EB 110 SS
One of the most sensational machines of the 1990s. Intended as a tribute to the fantastic Bugatti designs of yesteryear, it certainly didn’t disappoint. Beautiful looking, aerodynamic, and with a throaty 3.5 litre V12 engine. It’s motoring perfection. What more could you want?
One of the best-looking Ferraris of all time – particularly with that stunning wing. Designed to celebrate the manufacturer’s 40th anniversary – and the last launched by Enzo Ferrari before he passed away – this was as close as you could get to having a race car on the road.
Just gorgeous. Named after Pierre Veyron, a former Bugatti racing driver, it burst onto the scene a decade ago with a top speed in excess of 400 km/h. Variations have followed, including the Super Sport, all of which share the original’s stunning looks.
There’s no doubt this car was ahead of its time. Manufactured 30 years ago, the 959 was originally a competition machine – it won the 1986 Paris-Dakar rally - before a road going version was produced. Technologically advanced – and rare, with only around 300 made.
A modern day supercar – even though Noble insists it doesn’t see any of the others as competition. Hand built in England, it is carbon bodied, wonderfully stylish, and simply a breathtaking piece of engineering. The fact it’s produced in such low volumes also means it’s extremely rare.
Think Jaguar is just a luxury manufacturer? Think again. The futuristic XJ220 arrived in the early 1990s and remains the fastest Jaguar ever produced with a top speed of 213mph. Powered by a 3.5-litre, twin turbo V6, only 275 of these machines were ever made.
Mercedes Benz SLS AMG
This luxury tourer arrived to great acclaim six years ago and is seen as being the spiritual successor to the famed 300 SL Gullwing, principally for the way its doors open. This is a supercar for the modern age with everything you could possibly need – luxury, style, speed – and envious glances wherever you go.
No list of supercars would be complete without the freakishly fast Atom. With its unique space frame design and powered by 2.0 K20Z Honda 4 cylinder i-VTEC engine, it’s like being strapped to a wasp. Okay, so it lacks creature comforts but, seriously, who cares?