10) Bugatti Chiron
Bugatti is a subsidiary of VW and the Chiron is their mid-engine super sports car. First unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in 2016, the car has been so named after F1 race driver Louis Chiron from Monaco.
The Chiron is extremely fast, very powerful and supremely comfortable. Its beautiful form follows its functional aspect completely. The massive engine of the preceding generation was already dominantly capable, but Bugatti managed to squeeze another 25% out of it by applying their advanced design technology.
The new engine is an 8.0 litre W16 with four turbochargers at double the power with two stage turbo charging. The result is that the engine produces peak torque from 2000 rpm all the way to 6000 rpm. Once the turbochargers kick-in, the car continues to accelerate rapidly nearly to its top speed.
Every single Chiron is unique as owners add hundreds of little customizable extras to make their machine exactly as they want it.
9) Ferrari 488 GTB
In 2015 Ferrari rolled out the 488 to succeed the 458. It had been 40 years since Ferrari’s first Berlinetta 308 GTB was sold, and they felt it was time for a rehash.
The nomenclature follows the classic Ferrari model designation. The 488 name comes from the car’s engine. It has eight cylinders, each with a capacity of 488cc, totaling to 3.9 litres. For Ferrari, size clearly matters.
The mid-engined 488 GTB supercar is powered by a 3.9 litre twin turbocharged V8 which puts out 661 hp and 561 lb·ft of torque. It has a manual 7 speed F1 gearbox with a dual clutch, which comes directly from the 458. Ferrari claims that the 488 GTB goes from 0 to 60 mph in less than 3 seconds and has a top speed north of 205 mph.
Ferrari has made good use of their rich experience from F1 and GT racing. Some of the 488’s engine components are made of titanium alloy. Its body design increases downforce by 50% over the 458 while improving engine cooling. Even the door handles are aerodynamic.
8) Ford GT
Ford’s legendary GT40 won the 24 hours of Le Mans in 1966. Ford celebrated the 50th year of that important victory with the second gen GT, and 2016 saw the rebirth of one of America’s most iconic cars.
The 2017 Ford GT has a 3.5 litre twin turbocharged V6 engine. It has something called EcoBoost, which is Ford’s proprietary technology for getting better fuel efficiency and fewer greenhouse emissions from their newest class of high performance engines. Expect to see a lot more of these engines on Ford’s supercars in future.
The car uses aluminum subframes, a carbon fiber monocoque and carbon fiber body panels to reduce weight. Its windshield is made of the same glass that’s used in smartphone screens. In the end the car ends-up with one of the best power-to-weight ratios of any production car. The 2017 Ford GT has been given butterfly doors, which became all the rage in 1996 when they were seen on the McLaren F1.
7) Lamborghini Huracan
Lamborghini chose the Spanish word for hurricane to name a car that would replace their bestselling Gallardo. The car was unveiled in 2014 and is being offered in coupe and spyder variants.
Lamborghini gave the Huracan a naturally aspirated V10 engine. 610 horses get ready to roar with one push of the ignition button. This potent power transmits to the wheels via a 7 speed dual clutch transmission with three modes. The modes are named Strada, Sport and Corsa. The car also comes with a variable steering system and electromagnetic damper control. Buyers have a choice between four wheel or rear wheel drive.
The interiors are covered in refined Italian craftsmanship with Nappa leather and Alcantara upholstery. In keeping with the times Lamborghini fitted the car with a full LED lighting system and a 12.3 inch TFT instrument panel. The buyer also gets to choose from a range of bold colors that few cars others than a Lambo would dare carry.
6) Porsche 911 Turbo / Turbo S
The 2017 Porsche 911 Turbo packs a 3.8 litre, twin turbo, six cylinder engine which puts out 540 hp. Porsche’s signature horizontally opposed engine arrangement balances weight, reduces vibration and gives the car a very low center of gravity. This rear mounted engine also has integrated dry sump lubrication. Two exhaust turbochargers with variable turbine geometry (VTG) add to the car’s formidable torque.
Employing some of their racing technology in road cars, Porsche equipped the 911 Turbo with their stability management system which is essentially ABS, traction control, automatic brake differential (ABD) and anti-slip regulation (ASR), all rolled into one. Stability management dramatically enhances road grip and handling. Thankfully Porsche were kind enough to provide an option to turn it off.
The 911 Turbo S model has a dash, console and door trims finished in carbon. Buyers also get several options for personalizing their Turbos with a choice of colors, interiors, upholstery and materials.
5) Aston Martin Vanquish
The 2017 Aston Martin Vanquish has all the performance, luxury and durability of a true grand tourer. Now in its second gen, the car has received several upgrades and enhancements since its debut in 2001.
The Vanquish is now fitted with the most powerful Aston Martin GT production engine ever built, the AM29. Assembled in Cologne, Germany, the 5.9-litre V12 engine features dual variable valve timing. It can produce 568 bhp and a peak torque of 465 lbf·ft. An eight speed automatic transmission now comes as standard. The 2017 Vanquish has a top speed of 201 mph and goes from 0 to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds.
The car also features a new aerodynamic package with all external panels made from aerospace grade carbon fibre. Even the car’s styling is now carbon fibre. Aston Martin gave the newest Vanquish more boot space and cabin room.
4) Ferrari GTC4Lusso
With two doors and four luxurious seats, the GTC4Lusso is Ferrari’s candidate in the grand tourer category. Built to be sportive even on Europe’s icy mountain roads, the Lusso couples a four wheel drive system with a four wheel steering system to great effect.
Ferrari’s obsession with numbers was the reason for the ‘4’ in this car’s name, which represents the number of seats. The car was designed for exceptional long distance performance while providing superlative luxury.
Ferrari equipped The Lusso with the daunting 6.3 litre F140 V12 engine, which produces 681 hp at 8000 rpm. Max torque is 514 lb·ft at 5750 rpm. This engine has an improved compression ratio of 13.5:1, which is best in class. The car has a 7 speed dual clutch transmission. The Lusso can go from 0 to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds. Keep the foot down and it will reach a top speed of 214 mph.
3) McLaren 650S
McLaren calls the 650S, ‘the world’s most versatile supercar’. For more than 30 years, every car made by McLaren has had carbon fibre at its core. The 650S has a carbon fiber reinforced polymer chassis. Its carbon fibre MonoCell is designed to be strong, light and extremely rigid.
The car also brims with racing technology. It has a F1 inspired flat underside and rear diffuser. The 650S’s airbrake adds to its stopping power, although it can also be partially deployed to function as a rear wing to add downforce.
Another of the car’s F1-inspired features which was eventually banned from the circuit is brake steer. The 650S’s brake steer uses the rear discs to manage traction, understeer and oversteer during high speed maneuvers.
The car packs a more than decent 3.8 litre twin turbo V8 and a seven speed, dual clutch, automatic gearbox. This potent combination gives the car 641 bhp of power and and 500 lb·ft of torque. It can go from 0 to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds and can reach a top speed of 204 mph. The car is being offered in coupe and roadster variants.
2) Porsche 911 GT3 RS
With a long and successful racing lineage, the GT3 is a high performance road going variant of Porche’s best known car, the 911.
Porsche designs automobiles with a view to enable car and driver to function as one. Better cockpit information assimilation is achieved using an ascending center console design. Gearshift paddles are right on the steering wheel. Porsche’s Communication Management (PCM) is the control center for audio, navigation and communication functions. This incorporates a seven inch touchscreen.
The car has an aggressive appearance with an aerodynamically styled front end and a carbon fibre rear wing. Other features include a lightweight magnesium roof and carbon boot lid. 21 inch wheels in the rear improve traction and lateral dynamics.
The engine puts out 500 hp. The rear-wheel driven GT3 RS can go from 0 to 60 mph in 3.1 seconds and reach a maximum speed of 193 mph.
1) Spyker C8
Dutch automaker Spyker Cars has a long and versatile automotive lineage, building their first car way back in 1898. At one point they manufactured aircraft, and some elements of aviation design reflect in their automotive prowess today.
The C8 is Spyker’s super exclusive second generation sports car. It packs a 4.2 litre Audi V8 engine which produces 400 hp @ 7000 rpm. Max torque is 354 lb/ft at 3,500 rpm. Coupled with a robust six speed automatic transmission the car reaches a top speed of 187 mph. 0 to 60 mph is achieved in approximately 4.5 seconds.
Spyker gave the C8 a luxurious, bright and spacious cabin to make drivers feel like being in an airplane cockpit. They’ve used the finest Hulshof leather and aluminum while keeping the use of plastic down to a bare minimum.
The C8 in being offered in two main versions. Spyker will produce the car in batches of just 50 units, adding much to their exclusivity.