A supercar can be defined as a high performance and expensive sports car or grand tourer. It is also commonly referred to as an exotic car. The name hypercar is also commonly used to describe the highest performing supercars and most expensive such as the Koenigsegg Agera R and the Bugatti Veyron. These hypercars are usually limited in production. For example, Bugatti has only produced and sold 450 Bugatti Veyrons with its last production car going by the name Bugatti Veyron La Finalle (we’ll look at this car in more detail later).
Supercars are usually set apart from other normal cars by specific features. These features include intricate engines (which range from V6 to V16 engines) that provide the cars with extreme speed and power. One of the best examples of a powerful supercar is the Bugatti Veyron. Its engine produces in excess of 1,000 horsepower and includes 16 cylinders, twice the amount on a normal supercar. But big engines aren’t everything. The Ferrari 488 GTB’s 3.9-litre engine gives it enough power to accelerate from 0 to 200 km/h in just 8.3 seconds.
Other features that set apart these cars include a rigid body construction, impeccable aerodynamics, automatic gearboxes, carbon-ceramic brakes, Variable Torque Management and ultra-precise handling capabilities. They are also fitted with noise cancelling materials to reduce noise produced by wind and ‘powertrain’ noises thereby enhancing their comfort. In this article, we look at the most luxurious supercars in 2015. Here they are:
15. Nissan GT-R Nismo
“With a 7:08.679 lap time, we can authoritatively say that the Nissan GT-R Nismo holds the volume production car lap record at the Nürburgring Nordschliefe, which is the gold standard of high performance achievement.” Says Nissan’s CEO. The Nissan GT-R is powered by 3.8-litre V6 engine that produces 591 horsepower. It is equipped with better aerodynamics and ultra-precise handling capabilities. It also comes with larger turbochargers that enhance the car’s breathing and combustion. Adhesive bonding and spot welding in the car’s body construction enhance its rigidity while Nissan’s Computational Fluid Dynamic techniques give it proper road handling.
14. Koenigsegg Agera R
Although it made its debut four years ago, the Koenigsegg Agera R continues to maintain its luxurious position in the world of supercars. At its launch, the famous car TV show Top Gear named it Hypercar of the Year. It can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in just 2.8 seconds. The car is so magnificent that it has broken multiple world land speed records for a production car including accelerating from 0 to 300 km/h in just 14.53 seconds. It has also broken another record of accelerating from 0 to 300 km/h and then back to zero in just 21.19 seconds.
13. Chevrolet Corvette Z06
This luxurious supercar is powered by a gargantuan 6.2 liter engine that produces an astonishing 650 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque at 3,600 rpm, making it the most powerful car ever produced by General Motors. This also makes it one of the most powerful cars in the US. The car also comes in coupe and convertible models, the first ever since the Corvette’s primary production in 1963. Its chief engineer said, “Simply put, until recently it was not possible to create an open-roof structure strong enough to meet Corvette’s highest performance levels. It required advancements in computer-aided engineering, metallurgy and manufacturing.”
12. Bugatti Veyron La Finalle
The curtains have finally fallen on the newest Bugatti Veyron project. The last Bugatti Veyron ever to be built is the red Bugatti Veyron La Finalle. The car is the fastest production supercar ever created in the world. Only 450 units of the car have been produced and sold worldwide. Its packs over 1,000 horses under its hood and can achieve a top speed in excess of 400 km/h (250 mph). Fascinatingly, it can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in less than three seconds. You would think that all these features compromise its style and comfort, and you would be wrong. It has been lauded as one of the most comfortable cars ever created by renowned petrolheads such as the controversial Jeremy Clarkson.
11. Koenigsegg Regera
This hybrid sport car was unveiled at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. Its production is limited to only 80 units, which will sell at a gargantuan $1.9 million each. Officials at Koenigsegg say, “The Regera will be the most powerful and fastest accelerating production car ever.” It is powered by a 5-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine that produces a colossal 1,800 horsepower. It uses the in-house developed Koenigsegg Direct Drive System, which gets rid of the need for a transmission. The car also features added insulation, which reduces cabin noise brought about by wind and ‘powertrain’ noises.
10. Lamborghini Aventador SV
Just like the Regera, the Lamborghini LP750-4 Superveloce was unveiled at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. Compared to its predecessor, the Aventador SV features innovative technologies, lower weight, and enhanced aerodynamics. It is powered by a 6.5 liter, naturally aspirated V12 engine that produces 750 horsepower. This helps it accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in only 2.8 seconds. Stephan Winkelmann, Lamborghini’s President states, “The new Aventador Superveloce continues the Lamborghini tradition of SV models, pushing the boundaries in terms of performance and pure driving emotion.” Its interior is also spectacular. It is the first car to feature the unique Lamborghini’s innovative Carbon Skin material.
9. McLaren 675LT
The McLaren 675LT, which comes as a Coupé only, is powered by a 3.8-litre V8 engine that makes the car accelerate from 0-100 km/h in just 2.9 seconds. The car can also accelerate to 200 km/h in just under 8 seconds and can reach a top speed of 330 km/h (205 mph). Its weight has also been considerably lowered to enhance its levels of power, torque and drive-ability. The car now features efficient turbos, exhaust manifold design changes, an innovative camshaft, and a rapid fuel pump system. It comes in five unique colors specially coded for the 675LT. These include Chicane Grey, Delta Red, Silica White, Napier Green and the popular McLaren Orange.
8. Porsche Boxster Spyder
The 2016 Porsche Boxter Spyder made its debut at the 2015 New York International Auto Show. This supercar retains ‘traditional’ ways with a manual transmission and a fabric roof that is made by hand. However, the Boxter still has contemporary performance features that include a rigid sports suspension, direct steering, and stylistic design elements. It is powered by a 3.8-liter V6 engine that produces 375 horsepower. This helps it accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.5 seconds. Prices for the car start at $82,100. Porsche also has other supercars such as the Porsche Cayman GT4 and the Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS.
7. Ford GT Concept
The 2016 Ford GT is nothing short of gorgeous. It is one of the more than 20 performance cars set to be released by the company by 2020. Its production will coincide with Ford’s celebration of its 50th anniversary of Ford GT racecars that placed position one through three at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans. The car will be powered by a 3.5 litre twin-turbocharged V6 engine which will produce in excess of 600 horsepower and allow it to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in approximately three seconds. In an interview, Ford officials said, “The GT will exhibit one of the best power-to-weight ratios of any production car.”
6. Lamborghini Huracan
The Gallardo is gone, and Huracan is here to replace it. Huracan is a Spanish name that loosely translates to hurricane. The car made its first appearance at the 2014 Geneva Auto Show, and it is quite distinct from its predecessor. Examples of features that have been modified include full LED illumination, Alcantara interior upholstery, a full-colour TFT instrument panel, a redesigned dashboard, and engine Stop & Start technology. A 5-liter V10 engine that produces an impressive 610 horsepower helps it do 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.2 seconds. The CEO of Lamborghini says, “With the Huracán, Lamborghini is writing the next chapter in its great history.”
5. Audi R8 V10
Since inception, the Audi R8 has always been striking. That was maintained at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show when Audi unveiled its 2016 Audi R8 V10. The car is dazzling. It is powered by a V10 engine that can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.2 seconds. Just like the McLaren 675 LT, the R8 V10 has a top speed of 330 km/h (205 mph). The car promises to be impressive on both the race track and the road. Head of development at Audi says, “With the new Audi R8, our engineers are bringing accumulated racing expertise from the race track onto the road. No other model of ours evokes more dynamic emotion.”
4. Ferrari 488 GTB
The Ferrari 488 GTB was launched on 3 February 2015, and is one of the most stunning supercars you will ever set your eyes on. It is set to be the replacement of its equally beautiful predecessor, the Ferrari 458. A sizeable 3.9-litre engine that produces a whopping 661 horsepower powers it. It is equipped with an automatic dual-clutch 7-speed F1 gearbox, carbon-ceramic brakes, a twin-turbocharged V8 engine, and can accelerate from 0 to 200 km/h in 8.3 seconds. Additionally, it can achieve a top speed in excess of 330 km/h (205 mph). Its intelligent gear system features Variable Torque Management, which helps effortlessly unleash the engine’s colossal torque.
3. Aston Martin Vanquish
The 2015 Aston Martin Vanquish is equipped with a new V12 engine making it the most powerful GT production engine in the history of Aston Martin. The engine produces a whopping 568 horsepower and helps this ultra-luxurious supercar accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.6 seconds. It is so awesome that Aston Martin does not call it a grand tourer, but a ‘Super Grand Tourer’. The Vanquish is also equipped with an enhanced eight-speed automatic transmission. Its body is curved from aerospace engineered carbon-fiber which gives it exceptional rigidity and finely honed agility. This epic car also features a state-of-the-art infotainment system with buttons that feature ‘haptic feedback’.
2. Mercedes Benz AMG GT S
The Mercedes Benz AMG GT S is the second supercar to be developed from the ground up by the company after the SLS AMG. It features excellent driving dynamics, thoroughbred motorsport technology, and chic styling. It is powered by a 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine that produces an imposing 503 horsepower. It has a top speed of 310 km/h and can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.8 seconds. The car’s practicability and comfort is also noteworthy. It is equipped with an easily reachable luggage compartment as well as high levels of comfort on long journeys. Prices start at $129,900.
1. Aston Martin DB10
Starting us off is the well-appointed Aston Martin designed for the new James Bond movie, Spectre. This luxurious car was unveiled to the public on 4 December 2014 by Sam Mendes and Barbara Broccoli, the directors of the action-packed movie. The car is a two-door coupe grand tourer. It will continue Aston Martin’s longstanding tradition as the starring car in the upcoming James Bond 007 movie. The DB10 was built specifically for Spectre, and only 10 units will be made. Aston Martin’s officials stated, “The DB10 gives a glimpse to the future design direction for the next generation of Aston Martins.”