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Top 7 Supercars of 2018

In this post were going to celebrate some of the greatest mid-engine, upper level performance cars, while not the highest we can go this is one of our favorite kinds of car, and exactly what most think of when you picture Ferraris, McLarens and other of that calibre. The following cars are in no particular order as we couldn’t agree which were better than the others just that they were all worthy of a spot on this list.

McLaren 720S

The McLaren 720S has succeeded in both of its predecessors, the 650S and the MP4-12C by way of it just being better in nigh on every way.

There are few ways for supercars to assert dominance over the others in this bracket, but the three that people most seem to care about are: Acceleration, Lap times, Braking
and the 720S has all three in spades, to the degree where it seems to be more of a competition for hyper-cars than its mid-engined opponents.

Vencer Sarthe

The Vencer Sarthe is the latest in a long line of niche cottage-industry supercars to reach out to a Chevrolet ‘small block’ V8 customer engine in order to supply its power – but there’s plenty of it. Tuned by American performance specialists Hennessey, the Sarthe’s 6.3-litre supercharged lump produces 622bhp, and gives the car the promise of performance every bit as good as this class’ leading lights.

Spyker C8 Aileron

The makers of the Spyker C8 Aileron clearly aren’t a bunch of people who worry about shaking up the status quo. Having dabbled on the Formula One grid in the last decade and hit the headlines by owning Swedish car-maker Saab before taking it into bankruptcy, Spyker has been serving a small but singular following with rare-groove performance cars all the while. Though not as fast as some of its rivals its steering and drive has been labeled as having “plenty of charm and feel”, making it one of the more desirable super-cars around today.

Ferrari 488 GTB

A list like this would not be complete with out one of the most iconic super-car manufacturers, Ferrari.
Year after year they continue to amaze with each new car that they reveal and this the Ferrari 488 GTB is no different.
It took a car from what felt like another dimension of outright pace and purposefulness to depose Maranello’s excellent 488 GTB from its glorious former perch in this class. Even now there are some at Autocar HQ who prefer the more bombastic character, more dramatic-sounding turbo V8 engine and more indulgent limit handling manners of Ferrari’s take on the super-car concept than McLaren’s quicker but more single-minded one.

Ford GT

One of the absolute icons of super-car history the Ford GT can never in good conscience be ignored.
With more than half a century of pedigree, stretching back to the GT40’s numerous victories at Le Man’s none can dispute its place among super-car royalty.
And nothing more needs saying about that!

Lamborghini Aventador

A Lamborghini Aventador is a prime example of the super-car family, this car is probably one of the most common posters on adolescents walls since its unveiling.
A drive in Sant’Agata’s twelve 12-cylinder, mid-engined series-production flagship supercar is not something you’ll forget. The Aventador’s line goes all the way back through Murcielago, Diablo and Countach to the legendary Miura – and it’s a car with the stunning looks and full-blooded naked aggression to hold its own, even in comparison with its ancestors.

Lamborghini Huracan

Only the makers of the world’s rarest and most expensive, handbuilt automotive exotics can now really compete with Lamborghini when it comes to creating cars of pure combustive drama, traffic-stopping looks and feral, unfettered soul.The Huracan may be the firm’s entry-level model but it’s no second-order offering when it comes to its sensational styling or its fantastically wild, naturally aspirated V10 engine: a motor that over-delivers in equal measure on speed, responsiveness and audible character.

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Renault SYMBIOZ; A level 4 Autonomous Car

Renault recently unveiled a new concept car called the Renault SYMBIOZ, this concept is meant be a marker of a large leap in the industry of autonomous driving, with what they call level 4 autonomous what this means is “The driving mode-specific performance by an automated driving system of all aspects of the dynamic driving task even if a human driver does not respond appropriately to a request to intervene”, or in simpler terms the driver doesn’t need to be paying attention to the road or have hands on the steering wheel.

For those interested the levels of automation are defined as such:

  • Level 0
    • The full-time performance by the human driver of all aspects of the dynamic driving task, even when “enhanced by warning or intervention systems”
  • Level 1
    • The driving mode-specific execution by a driver assistance system of “either steering or acceleration/deceleration” using information about the driving environment and with the expectation that the human driver performs all remaining aspects of the dynamic driving task
  • Level 2
    • The driving mode-specific execution by one or more driver assistance systems of both steering and acceleration/deceleration using information about the driving environment and with the expectation that the human driver performs all remaining aspects of the dynamic driving task
  • Level 3
    • The driving mode-specific performance by an automated driving system of all aspects of the dynamic driving task with the expectation that the human driver will respond appropriately to a request to intervene
  • Level 4
    • The driving mode-specific performance by an automated driving system of all aspects of the dynamic driving task even if a human driver does not respond appropriately to a request to intervene
  • Level 5
    • The driving mode-specific performance by an automated driving system of all aspects of the dynamic driving task under all roadway and environmental conditions that can be managed by a human driver

So far the Renault SYMBIOZ is the first car concept to attain level 4 autonomy, this is 2 levels above the Tesla cars which are widely considered to be the forerunners in this aspect of the industry. Renault have said that they believe this concept represents what all cars will be like by 2030, so we should check back in over a decade to see whether they were correct or not.

As for autonomous cars, for now I think many of us would rather keep our hands on the wheel, you know “just in case…”.

The All New Ferrari Portofino

Ferrari has recently unveiled their latest monster, The Ferrari Portofino. This all new convertible road warrior comes with all the bells and whistles we have come to expect.

Engine Specs

  • Type = V9 90 degree turbo
  • Total Displacement = 3855 cc
  • Bore and Stroke = 86,5 x 82 mm
  • Max Torque = 760 Nm between 3000 and 5250 rpm
  • Max Engine Speed = 7500
  • Compression Ratio = 9,45:1

Weight and Dimensions

  • Length = 4586 mm
  • Width = 1932 mm
  • Height = 1318 mm
  • Wheelbase = 2670 mm
  • Front Track = 1633 mm
  • Rear Track = 1635 mm
  • KERB Weight = 1664 kg (with extras)
  • Dry weight = 1545 kg (with extras)
  • Boot Capacity = 292 l
  • Fuel Tank Capacity = 80l

Tyres

  • Front = 245/35 ZR20; 8J x 20”
  • Rear = 285/35 ZR20; 10J x 20

Carbon Ceramic Brakes

  • Front = 390 mm x 34 mm
  • Rear = 360 mm x 32 mm

Transmission and Gearbox

  • F1 dual-clutch transmission, 7 speed

Electronic Controls

  • ESP, ESC, with F1-Trac, E-Diff 3, SCM- E with twin solenoid

Perfomance

  • Maximum Speed = >320 km/h or 199 mph
  • 0-100 km/h = 3.5 sec
  • 0-200 km/h = 10.8 sec
  • 100-0 km/h = 34 meters

With this list of specs, this new edition to the ferrari family seems like it will fit in well and may well be one of the top ferraris out on the production market right now.

Monterey Daytime Auction, August 23-25

Mecum are bringing a huge range of cars to this years Daytime Auction, said to be featuring 600 collectors cars, with everything from the exotic hypercars to all the unique boutique builds, and of course all the classics you would come to expect from high-end auctions like these. Just a taste of some of the highlights that are said to be making an appearance are; A 2017 Lamborghini Centenario LP770-4, a 2015 McLaren P1, and a 1958 Porsche 550A Spyder.

Some further attractions this year are Multiple Bugatti Veyrons, a 1969 Lamborghini Miura P400 S, a 2017 Ford GT and 1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spyder conversion.

Also attending this year will be multiple private collections like, Marshall Goldman limited production Lamborghini collection and the Rick Davies collection.

For a full list of all the attractions check out Mecum Auctions.

ABT Audi RS6-E 1000BHP Monster

ABT Audi RS6-E

 

ABT are back at it again with its latest take on Audis RS6 entitled the RS6-E, boasting a 4lire V8 producing over 1000BHP this Audi is no slouch. 0-60mph is a swift 3.3 seconds leaving most supercars on the starting line. This Audi RS6 really is the real deal.

Currently the RS6-E is just a prototype and ABT want to put this animal in to production, lets hope they do.

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