Supercars are nothing new. Ambitious companies decided a long time ago that they were going to switch from making cars for the race track to making street legal, but incredible fast, cars for the road. Among car enthusiasts, they are something of a dream. Anyone with the ambition of hitting the open road at high speed has had a picture, a model, or a poster of a supercar at one point in their lives. They have a huge part of popular culture, embodying wealth, class, and style. These cars aren't just forms of transportation, they are a way to express yourself and flash your success on an exclusive level.
Naturally, when wealth is in the picture, competition gets fierce. The world of supercars is an ever changing environment, with the newest cutting edge automotive technologies battling for a slice of a very niche market. Of course, amidst the competition there are still some supercar manufacturers that stand out above the rest. These are the companies that are revered and known by car enthusiasts around the world. They have paid their dues and earned reputations for excellence on both the racetrack and on the streets. These supercar manufactures pride themselves in taking their time to craft the most beautiful automobiles on the road.
More than just a way of getting around, a supercar is a piece of art. Manufacturers take pride in the fact that their cars are the top of the line in the automotive industry. Of course, the price tags for these cars are quite hefty, but for those who are willing to pay the price, the roar of the engine is worth every dollar. Able to rip down the road at top speeds of well over 150 miles per hour, all while giving you the most class and style you could imagine, the products put out by these top supercar manufactures are the latest and greatest in cutting edge automotive technology.
Koenigsegg is a Swedish manufacture of high end super cars that was founded in 1994. Almost ten years went into research and development to finally bring its first car to production in 2002. With the release of that first car, Koenigsegg instantly revolutionized the auto industry. In 2005, Koenigsegg made history in the automotive world, boasting the fastest production car on the market that year, with top speeds of 241 miles per hour. A Koenigsegg driver also holds the world record for the biggest speeding ticket in the world. They were pulled over in the United States going 240 miles per hour in a 75 mile per hour speed zone.
7 Pagani - Revenue: $20 Million (2012)
When it comes to supercar manufactures, Pagani is among the greats, standing in a class of its own when it comes to incredible power and design. The company was started in 1992 by Horacio Pagani, who originally worked for Lamborghini. He was influential in the design of the Lamborghini Countach and Diablo. Pagani had started working on his own car designs in 1992. In 1994, Mercedes-Benz agreed to supply Pagani's new automobiles with V12 engines, which gave Pagani the Boost to develop his own brand of cars. The price of a new Pagani car is near $2.5 million. These automobiles are reserved for only the most elite car buyers.
6 Bugatti – Revenue: $136 Million (2012)
Bugatti is about as high class as you can get when it comes to supercars. Forget about getting one of their vehicles if you don't have an extra $1.4 million you are willing to spend. This car is the cream of the crop, the Bugatti Veyron has a top speed of 267 miles per hour, which is unheard of in most street legal cars. Simply put, this car is faster than many of the race cars out there.
With over 1,000 horse power, and a beautiful style that awes those who see it, Bugatti has achieved special status in pop culture as well. In hip hop, it is one of the top cars that is rapped about, and for the few rappers that own one, it is a definite status symbol. Bugatti plans to release a sedan with over 1,000 horse power, which will be a one of a kind automobile.
5 Lamborghini – Revenue: $638 Million (2012)
One of the most famous names in the supercar industry, Lamborghini has been at the top of supercar lists for many years. This company was founded in 1963, with the goal of creating GT automobiles that could compete with the street legal Ferraris on the road. The flashy designs and colors for this car have made it one of the top cars for those who with wealth and a desire to flaunt it. Lamborghini is very well known for its Gallardo and Murcielago models, with the Murcielago one of the best selling luxury cars during its 9 year reign from 2001 to 2010.
This automobile is a stylish automobile, an accessory for those looking to show off their fashion along with their class. The 6.2 liter V12 engine gives this car the type of power that Lamborghini is truly known for. With 572 horse power, this car can power from 0-60 in just 3.8 seconds. Lamborghini has stayed on top of the supercar market for many years, and continues to be one of the most well respected and revered companies in the automotive world. Lamborghini is even in the process of developing a new SUV, a potential game-changer for this supercar company.
4 Maserati – Revenue: $798 million (2012)
Maserati is one of the highest-class supercar manufacturers in the world today. This Italian luxury car company was started by the Maserati brothers in 1914, making next year the 100th anniversary of Maserati as a supercar manufacturer. Since its beginnings in 1914, Maserati has been owned by a wide array of different companies, at different times owned by Citroen, Fiat, Ferrari, and Alpha Romeo. Maserati offers a unique blend of function and style when it comes to their supercars, and is one of the only supercar manufactures that spends time producing SUVs and sedans, opening them up to a wider array of buyers.
Their two door coupe models are what have given Maserati the name that everyone knows so well. The sleek design of these cars, and the recognizable logo, will give drivers the absolute certainty that they are in one of the world’s most elite supercars. Pulling up in this type of automobile sets drivers apart from the rest of the crowd.
3 Aston Martin - Revenue: $826 Million (2012)
Aston Martin is a British car manufacturer that has been made famous by appearing in the James Bond films. Aston Martin was founded in 1913 by Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford, and from the beginning, the company was one of the leaders in luxury automobiles. The car that brought Aston Martin such wide acclaim was the V8 Vanquish, the car used in the James Bond Films. Aston Martin Continues to create some of the world's most luxurious sports cars, which offer amazing handling and performance.
2 Ferrari – Revenue: $3.3 Billion (2012)
Ferrari is quite possibly one of the best known names in the supercar industry. Founded in 1929 by Enzo Ferrari, the company specialized in making race cars until 1947, when they decided to move into street-legal cars. In the 60s, Along with creating some of the world’s most well-respected street cars, Ferrari has continued to participate in Formula One racing, making some of the best F1 cars that compete on the circuit.
Ferrari has a few cars that are very well known to the general public. One, the Ferrari Testarossa, was one of the most popular cars of the 80s, one of the decade’s iconic vehicles due to its being shown in many films. Two others, the Ferrari F40 and Ferrari F50, are two of the most well-crafted supercars to ever hit the market. So few were put into production that they are now extremely valuable collector’s items. Named for its founder, the Ferrari Enzo is another of the company’s supercars that many auto enthusiasts have come to love
What’s more, Ferraris are great for those who are into all the nuts and bolts of a car. The v12 engine that the Ferrari boasts in many of its models makes the Ferrari a true auto lover’s dream.
The brand continues to be the dream car for many who admire the best and flashiest automobiles in the world. Given the choice between any other supercar and a Ferrari, the true auto fanatic will usually choose a Ferrari. The company has established itself as a symbol of luxury, class, and wealth for many decades, and will continue to be synonymous with high class living for years to come.
1 McLaren - Revenue: $4 Billion (2012)
McLaren is one of the most well revered supercars on the market today. In 1989, this company was created to bring to market cars that were based on Formula One technology. With the birth of this company also came the birth of the amazing road cars that we know and love today. The most well-known and popular McLaren model is a supercar that is well known by many around the world. It boasts a V12 engine with over 600 horse power, and is one of the supercars that is most desired by high-end car collectors.