Motoring: 10 must-see supercars for 2018
Everyone loves a supercar; if you need proof of that statement just watch the crowds gather round them.
They seem to represent the pinnacle of success, with a large dollop of risk and reward thrown in.
Ferrari’s name inevitably comes up when you mention supercars, but there are lots of other manufacturers making exciting cars with the special wow factor.
Here’s ten of our favourites to watch out for in 2018 (worry not, we’ve resisted the temptation to put in multiple Ferraris). All prices are approximate.
1. McLaren Senna
McLaren has just launched its most extreme road-legal car yet – the Senna, named after F1 legend Ayrton Senna. With a 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 under the bonnet, the Senna is the most powerful McLaren road car internal combustion engine ever.
It pumps out 789bhp and 800Nm (590 lb ft) of thrust and has a power-to-weight ratio of 668PS-per-tonne, unleashing absolutely savage performance. It looks class, too. And so it should if it’s honouring the master. From £750,000.
2. Lamborghini Aventador S
The original Aventador was one of Lamborghini’s most successful models so the new 730bhp Aventador S has a ton of expectation hanging around its muscular-looking neck.
The £270,000 two-seater now comes with four-wheel steering, as well as new on-board software, and is even sharper to drive.
Its 6.5-litre V12 engine outputs 730bhp - 40bhp more than its predecessor - as well as 690Nm of torque, giving it 0- 60mph time of 2.7 seconds, and a top speed of 217mph.
3. Ferrari 812 Superfast
Fast – very fast – front-engined, rear wheel drive and looks that will turn heads from here all the way to Rome. What more could you want in a £260,000 supercar?
Well, comfort might be nice. Check that. And the ability to drive it properly on the road, not on a track? Check again.
The Superfast’s 6.5-litre V12 engine pumps out 789bhp and will deliver a top speed of 211mph. Not the fastest supercar; but one you could actually use every day. Well, sort of – wouldn’t hold too many golf clubs or kids’ bikes.
4. BMW i8S
You’ve likely seen the stunning BMW i8 roadster and coupe; this year we’re promised a new version of the hybrid supercar. BMW says that an i8S version is in the offing, essentially a Sport version of the current car.
The German manufacture says the S will be even faster than the current 0-60 in 4.4s i8 with its electronically limited speed of 155mph. Watch out for it towards the end of the year. No price yet, but the current i8 range starts from £112,000.
5. Porsche 911 GT3
The Porsche 911 has been wowing supercar fans since its debut five decades ago.
The wild child of the family is the GT3, which combines race-track brilliance with road-use ability.
Under the bonnet there’s a highly-tuned flat-six engine, held up by racing suspension, fearsome twin-clutch and an interior that has been shorn of unnecessary luxuries. Heaven on wheels for Porsche fans. The 2018 models are likely to be priced around £120k mark.
6. Audi R8 V10
Not quite an everyday supercar, but one you could drive to the south of France to if you wished (I’d get the luggage air-freighted, mind).
Very sharp handling, quattro four wheel drive, and a 0 to 50 sprint time of 3.2 seconds all combine to make it a thrilling ride. Throw in a quality Audi cabin, and there’s little not to love. The range starts around the £109k mark.
7. Honda NSX
Like the i8, Honda’s NSX is an unusual beast, (although of a type I suspect about to get very much more common). That’s because it mates a twin-turbo V6 engine to three electric motors, yielding acceleration on a par with the Audi R8.
The 500bhp unleashed will get you to 62mph in 0-62mph 2.9secs, aided by a thrilling launch control, and then on to a top speed of 191mph. Price: £130,000.
8. Aston Martin DB11
The bold new figurehead of the illustrious ‘DB’ bloodline, which traces its legendary status back through James Bond and beyond, the DB11 showcases a fresh and distinctive design language for Aston Martin.
There’s a potent new in-house designed 5.2-litre twin-turbocharged V12 engine under the hood, surrounded by a lighter, stronger, and more space-efficient bonded aluminium structure and a luxurious cabin. Beautiful to look at, and to drive. And so it should be at £144k.
9. Mercedes Project One
Mercedes aficionados will be hoping to see the new Project One supercar in the metal by the end of the year, even in concept form.
The Mercedes-AMG super car is a 1,000bhp F1-derived road-legal monster that was unveiled at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. It’s 1.6-litre V6 petrol engine is teamed up with four electric motors giving a 217mph top speed … and a crazy price of around £2 million.
10. Noble M600
Our final choice isn’t one of the big names in car manufacturing, never mind supercars.
The Noble M600 is a 225mph British sports car, hand-built in England by Noble Automotive, with a carbon body and three distinct variants: the M600 Coupe, the M600 CarbonSport and the M600 Speedster.
The cars are super light and boasts a power to weight ratio of 542bhp per tonne. Which means they are very, very fast. Faster in some tests than a McLaren F1.
Price: around £200k. Which is hefty, but at least you’re highly unlikely to spot another one on the road, and even if you do, it won’t be identical, as they are all crafted bespoke.
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