Many enthusiasts claim the Miura is the first proper supercar in the world. To be honest, it has all the right ingredients, including a fantastic design, and crazy power and performance numbers. It came with a high price tag and they produced it in limited quantities.
The Miura was also the first car to feature several technical solutions, which later became mandatory in the supercar segment. If it wasn’t the first, the Miura is certainly one of the most influential and iconic supercars.
It is hard to comprehend, but the SSJ from the late â20s was a real supercar of the period. The SSJ had a straight eight-cylinder engine with a supercharger that pumped up to 320 HP. And that is what gave this Duesenberg fantastic performance and exclusivity, which is still amazing, even today.
If the McLaren F1 revolutionized the supercar category in the â90s, the P1 did the same in the 21st century. With its unbelievable technology, advanced hybrid drivetrain and close to 1,000 HP, the P1 is the epitome of performance, style and speed. And those are all the things a supercar needs to have.
Bugatti Veyron Super Sport
The Veyron is one of the few cars that doesn’t have a direct competitor. Yes, there are similarly fast or exclusive models, but there is nothing quite like it. What can you say for a car with the W16 engine with 1001 HP and a 270-mph top speed? It is one of the greatest supercars they ever made.
There is so much around the new 918 that is fantastic that makes it one of the most desirable Porsche models they ever built. First, it is a proper supercar that gets almost 1,000 HP from its hybrid power train. Second, it is unbelievably fast and capable, thanks to its all-wheel drive. Sadly, it is a limited production hypercar that Porsche has already sold out.
Ariel Atom 500
This could be the craziest car for sale today you can put license plates on legally. The Ariel Atom 500 V8 weighs just 1,200 pounds and gets 500 HP from its V8 engine they mounted directly behind the driver. The car is basically a go-kart with a spoiler and room for two people.
However, it doesn’t have a trunk, body panels or fenders. It was just a naked chassis with a screaming V8 in the back. With 500 angry horses that want to run free in full power, a seven-speed sequential gearbox and four tires, it is screaming fast.
Gumpert Apollo Sport
Although not the prettiest supercar they ever produced but definitely one of the most brutal, the Gumpert Apollo was the brainchild of German engineers. To build it, they used an Audi 4.2-liter V8 and a light carbon fiber chassis. With the F1-syle suspension and aggressive aerodynamics package, the Apollo produced a truly incredible performance.
Coming from a long line of world-class supercars, the Diablo was the definitive â90s Lamborghini. It came with a screaming V12 behind the driver and Lambo-styled scissors doors. Best yet, it could reach a 200 mph top speed and came with a glorious soundtrack. However, it was only available as a manual and air conditioning was just an option.
Koenigsegg Agera R
One of the newest members of the exclusive supercar society is the Swedish brand Koenigsegg. With its bespoke cars, advanced technology and super powerful engines, people soon recognized Koenigsegg as the pinnacle of automotive engineering. Ad the Agera R is just that with its twin-turbo V8, 1,100 HP and 280 mph top speed.
The Zonda was tough to replace in terms of performance and looks, but somehow, Pagani managed to surprise the automotive world again. The Huayra follows their proven recipe of an AMG-derived V12, carbon fiber body, perfect engineering and sublime speed. And that is more than enough to get it on this list.
Audi R8 V10 Plus
The sports car world was surprised when Audi presented the first generation R8. Nobody expected such a bold move from Audi or such a great sports car. In fact, the Audi R8 is a supercar with a mid-mounted V10 engine and design.
But, better yet, it’s a supercar at sports car prices, so it’s available to a wider audience. And the engine is a true piece of art. It has a naturally-aspirated 5.2 liter V10 with a dual-injection intake that produces 610 HP.
The 2000s brought several great supercars, but just a few managed to survive the economic recession. And one of the cars that didn’t was the Spyker with its fantastic C8. However, the C8 was a great looking model with a unique design, 4.2-liter V8 in the back and a respectable performance.
Lotus Esprit V8
Lotus offered the Esprit since the early â70s, all the way up to the early 2000s. It has always been a fantastic supercar despite the fact it had smaller engines than its competitors. But the last and best version was the V8 featuring 350 HP. And, with its lightweight body, the Esprit could outrun many other cars, while still retaining that classic wedge look.
Chevrolet Corvette ZR1
The Corvette was always a sports car but the 2019 ZR1 is a true supercar in terms of power and performance. Chevrolet recently released this version of the C7 Corvette and it features an improved Z06 chassis, suspension and drivetrain. But best of all, it has an absolute beast of an engine.
The powerhouse is a 6.2-liter heavily supercharged LT4 engine that pumps out 755 HP with 527 lb-ft of torque. And, it sends all that power to the rear wheels through an automatic or manual gearbox.
Lamborghini Sesto Elemento
Lamborghini based the Sesto Elemento on the Gallardo. And it is a highly exclusive Lamborghini they designed for track use. It features special paint and an upgraded mechanics and engine, as well as numerous unique details and pieces. The engine is 5.0-liter V10 similar to the Audi R8, which delivers 590 HP. Lamborghini made 30 Sesto Elementos, all of which they sold for $2.92 million.
These are 50 of the most iconic supercars the automotive world has ever seen. Which one caught your eye? They are all amazingly fast and powerful. But best of all, they’ll get you noticed on the streets and at the red light.