Apparently the worst of the UK recession is now over, so why not celebrate by splurging all your fragile savings on a top of the range super car? OK, so regardless of the nation’s economic profile and rising one day car insurance, owning a supercar will always be a dream situation for us all, but that doesn’t stop us from taking the opportunity to do a bit of window shopping, or rather ogling through the glass. Here, to inspire car envy in all of us, are six of the finest supercars on the road today.
Heralded as Car of the Decade by BBC’s Top Gear in 2009, the Veyron consistently tops most desirable lists and sets the benchmark for other supercars. The Super Sport, launched in 2010, has been previously recognised as the fastest production car on the road, with a record top speed of 267mph and 1001hp. All this comes at a cost of course, with the Veyron’s sleek aluminium centre console costing more than your average family hatchback. The cost of even taking out temporary car insurance on the Bugatti would probably be enough to make your eyes water. Still, we can dream.
Everyone can identify the Veyron, but few can afford one.
Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera
Lamborghini’s most produced sports car, the Gallardo is now in its second generation, with the current LP 570-4 lighter and more powerful than the initial Gallardo. The predominantly carbon fibre body means that the Gallardo is the lightest road-going Lamborghini in their range and able to do 0-62mph in 3.4 seconds it is no slouch either.
By the time you’ve said the name of Lamborghini’s new Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera Edizione Tecnica you will have missed it.
Its sleek, its red, and it is powerful, meaning that it is unmistakably a Ferrari – as if the name hadn’t given it away – but there is something very different about the LaFerrari. This is the Italian Giant’s first ever hybrid supercar, with the 6.3 litre V12 engine assisted by an electric motor. If you think the hybrid technology will be enough to secure you a lower premium for short term car insurance then you might need to think again, as not even the electric motor can detract from the 963hp and ability to go from 0-186mph in just 15 seconds.
The name may be stupid, but the car itself certainly isn’t.
Ferarri aren’t the only sports car manufacturer to branch out into the hybrid market, with McLaren also dipping a noticeable toe in the form of the P1. 916hp, a twin turbo V8 engine and sub 200g/km CO2 emissions courtesy of an electric motor which can also enable you to travel a whole 6 miles on electricity alone. Add to that a slick curving design and McLaren’s P1 could well be taking pole when it comes to the ‘Hypercar’ market.
The new P1 follows in the footsteps of the F1 and the MP4-12C
Audi may not have the renowned classical elegance of Ferrari or Lamborghini, nor the out and out power of Bugatti or McLaren, but their R8 has still established the German manufacturer firmly in the sports car market. A mid-engine two-seater sports car the R8 is based on Audi’s successful R8 Race Car which had triumphed at the Le Mans 24 Hours Race at the turn of the century. It may not be quite as fast as Audi’s race-car but it still has a turn of speed, hitting 62mph inside 3.5 seconds.
Audi transfer their motorsport technology to their road cars.
Aston Martin DB9
Considered more of a grand tourer than a supercar, the DB9 is touted as “the world’s most timeless sports GT” by Aston Martin and it is hard to disagree. Sleek and stylish both outside, with its smooth aerodynamic bodywork, and inside with a uniquely crafted leather interior, the DB9 blurs the line between luxury and speed reaching 62mph in just 4.6 seconds. Perhaps not as gadget lined as James Bond’s car of choice, the DB5, but the DB9 is worth taking out one day insurance as it still has enough about it to turn heads wherever it goes.
Aston Martin are synonymous with beautiful cars and the DB9 is no different.