Super cars- the stuff dreams are made of. As children we dreamed about them and plastered pictures all over our walls; as adults we still dream about them and work ever so hard to be able to buy one some day. We dream of driving them fast with no cops around, with that hot blonde super-model girlfriend in the passenger seat. However, sometimes (most of the time) life gets in the way and the closest we get to a super car is at a car show and watch it leave.
On that note, First Supercars auto experts have compiled a list of 10 super/exotic cars of the 21st; we believe that every man should at least drive one of these cars in the list below, at least once in their lifetime.
Top 10 Super Cars of the 21st Century:
In no particular order
Who would’ve guessed that Lexus; known for plush, boring, grandma mobiles would create this amazing machine. The LF-A has everything it takes to be a super car, it looks and performs like a real super car and I’m sure it’ll be the most reliable super car on this list. The Lexus LF-A is powered by a super lightweight 4.8 liter V10 engine that’s the size of a V8 and weighs as much as a V6!
The LFA has one of the sexiest exhaust notes I’ve ever heard, it might be second only to the Pagani Zonda, it’s the closest sound to a Formula one car.
The LF-A has 560 horsepower at 8,700 rpm and 354 lb-ft of torque at 6,800 rpm and redlines at 9,000 rpm. The LF-A reaches 60 miles per hour from standstill in 3.7 seconds and can reach a top speed of 202 miles per hour. The body is made entirely out of carbon fiber (even the steering wheel is made out of carbon fiber), and weighs 3,262 pounds. The Lexus LF-A costs $370,000, which is the car’s weakest point but it is a limited production, that should help the buyers sleep better at night.
Ferrari 458 Italia
The Italians know how to make super cars, they’ve been doing it for longer than anyone else; it’s in their blood to make cars that bring tears to grown men’s eyes. The latest car to come out of Italy is the Ferrari 458 Italia and it is literally the hottest Ferrari model ever! If you read about cars, you’d know there have been quite a few 458’s catching fires recently (10 to be exact, as of writing of this post), see video below.
I absolutely love the way the 458 Italia looks. When it first came out, I wasn’t a big fan of the design but now it has growing on me and I think it looks better than the F430 (which I thought was really sexy).
The 458 Italia is powered by a 4.499 liter V8 engine, producing 562 horsepower at 9,000 rpm and 400 lb-ft of torque at 6,000 rpm. The 458 goes from 0 to 60 mph in 3.35 seconds and can hit a top speed of 202 miles per hour.
Lamborghini Murcielago LP640
No super car list can be complete without the inclusion of the mighty Lambo. The Murcielago LP640 does seem a little dated compared to all the other cars in this list but still deserves to be here. The LP640 is the second generation Murcielago, powered by a 6.5 liter V12 engine that produces 631 hp at 8,000 rpm and produces a diesel engine-like 487 lb-ft of torque at 6,000 rpm. The Murcielago blasts to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds and can hit a top speed of 211 mph.
If you’re someone that wants a lot of attention, then the Murcielago is the perfect car for you; it screams “look at me”.
Aston Martin DBS
The James Bond car, the Aston is one of the most elegant cars on this list and I had the pleasure of riding in it, as a passenger, unfortunately. The DBS is powered by a 6.0 liter V12 engine, which sounds like a really pissed off muscle car and gets a ton of looks from girls and guys, young and old.
The Aston Martin’s V12 produces 510 hp at 6,500 rpm and 420 lb-ft of torque at 5,750 rpm, goes from standstill to 62 mph in 4.3 seconds and can reach a top speed of 191 mph.
My first encounter with the Zonda was while watching The Amazing Race (many years ago); the contestants got a ride in the car to or from the Pagani factory. I instantly fell in love with the way the car looked and sounded. A lot of people I’ve talked to think the Zonda looks ugly, to me, its pure sex on wheels.
The Zonda is powered by a 7.01 liter AMG tuned V12 engine, producing 540 hp at 5,900 rpm and 553 lb-ft torque at 4,050 rpm. 0 to 60 mph takes place in 3.5 seconds and it can reach 220 mph.
I must admit, I’m not a big fan of the Veyron but I couldn’t leave it out of this list purely based on my appreciation for the engineering aspect of the car. The thing that doesn’t impress me is how the car looks, it looks to me like a stretched out beetle but what does impress me is the stats.
Powered by an 8.0 liter W16 quad-turbo engine that produces 1,001 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 922 pound-feet of torque at 2,200 rpm, mated to a 7-speed transmission. It can go from 0 to 60 mph in a lighting quick 2.9 seconds and can reach over 250 miles per hour. The Bugatti Veyron cost around $1.25 million.
Like the Lamborghini Murceilago, the Ferrari Enzo seems dated now and the performance doesn’t seem quite as impressive as it did when it was first introduced. Introduced in the early part of this century, the Enzo was the supercar to have and looked the part with massive air ducts all around the car.
The Ferrari Enzo is powered by a 6.0 liter V12 engine producing 651 horsepower at 7,800 rpm and 485 pound-feet of torque at 5,500 rpm. The Enzo can reach 60 mph from standstill in 3.4 seconds and has a top speed of 217 miles per hour. The car’s entire body is made out of carbon fiber, making it a very light weight supercar. When it first came out, the Enzo cost $670,000 however due to limited production; it easily fetched over $1.0 million.
Chevrolet Corvette ZR1
The Corvette is an iconic American sports car that is now in the supercar league. In typical American “Bigger Is Better” fashion, the Corvette ZR1 packs a ton of punch. Although some of the technology is out-dated compared to the other cars in this list, the amount of power the ZR1 has makes up for it (in some peoples’ minds).
The ZR1 is powered by an all new LS9 6.2 liter supercharged V8 engine that produces 620 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 595 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm, mated to a 6-speed manual gear box. The ZR1 reaches the 60 mph mark in 3.4 seconds and can reach a top speed of 200 miles per hour. The Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 is priced at $107,830.
The newest addition to the supercar world, the McLaren MP4-12C is an impressive supercar in the performance department. I’m not too impressed with the way it looks; it looks dated already and reminds me of the McLaren F1. I’m not saying the F1 is a bad design; it’s just that it’s a 20 year old design and McLaren could’ve been a bit more creative with the design, maybe it looks better in person and it might grow on me like the 458 Italia did.
The MP4-12C is powered by a 3.8 liter twin-turbo V8 engine that produces 592 bhp and 443 pound-feet of torque and redlines at 8,500 rpm. According to reports, the MP4-12C can reach 60 miles per hour in less than 3 seconds. Price is said to be between £125,000 and £175,000.
Mercedes SLS AMG
Another new car in the supercar marketplace, the Mercedes SLS pays homage to the classic gullwing Mercedes with a modern twist on the design. The car looks alright, I wasn’t too big of a fan of it when I saw it person, it seemed to have been missing something that I can’t quite put my finger on.
The car’s chassis is made out of aluminum and is powered by a 6.2 liter V8 engine that produces 563 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque. The SLS AMG can reach 0 to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds and has a top speed of 197 miles per hour and is priced at $183,000.