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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.