When we think of what makes a true supercar we think of immense power, electrifying speed, great looks and unbeatable luxury. They are the cars that people dream of driving and the cars that steal the show at the biggest motoring events.
Supercars come with hefty price-tags. But the extra cost is a price worth paying for the exhilarating and unrivalled driving experience that they provide.
It’s been a great year for supercars so far with some exciting new releases expected in the coming months. So here’s just 7 of the best supercars on the market in 2016.
For the first time since the launch of the DB9 13 years ago, Aston Martin have put a new DB series model into full production. A real highlight of the Geneva Motor Show 2016, the Aston Martin DB11 marks the beginning of a new age for Aston Martin.
The DB11 boasts a fully re-imagined design including a new state-of-the-art aluminium chassis and a 5.2-litre twin-turbocharged V12 engine – the most powerful DB road car engine ever.The result is the ultimate 2+2 grand tourer for both speed and style.
The new open-top version of the R8 Coupé will land this autumn, and from what we’ve seen so far it will be breathtaking. The R8 already perfectly combines the striking aesthetic and performance associated with a great supercar – but will now also provide the added thrill of open-top driving.
The Audi R8 Spyder will share a very similar muscular exterior design as its predecessor, but the use of lightweight materials this time round makes the R8 Spyder 113kg lighter than the original R8 Coupé.Its powerful 5.2-litre V10 engine offers 532bhp and a top speed just short of 200mph. It can achieve 0-62 in as little as 3.6 seconds.
Updated for 2016, the Bentley Continental GT Speed is the fastest production car ever made by the luxury car manufacturer. As the name suggests, the latest Continental GT’s 6-litre twin-turbo charged W12 engine delivers astonishing speed to achieve 0-60 mph in just 3.9 seconds and cement its supercar status.
On the outside the GT Speed is a muscular powerhouse, exemplified by its imposing radiator grille which so synonymous with Bentley models. The interior oozes Bentley Continental class with semi-aniline leather seats exclusive to the GT Speed.Overall, you’re in in for one exhilarating yet luxurious adventure with this supercar.
For those worried that the performance of the open-top version won’t match up to its 488 GTB sibling, you need not worry. The 488 Spider can reach 0-62 mph in just 3 seconds thanks to its 3.9-litre V8, which has a power output of 661 bhp and can generate a top speed of 205 mph.
Additionally, the 488 Spider’s retractable roof is more than impressive. Not only are the aerodynamics unaffected when the roof is down but it can open and close in just 14 seconds at speeds up to 30mph. The result is a thunderous supercar with the ultimate convertible car thrill and glamour.
Due for release later this year, the long-awaited 2017 Honda NSX is set to gatecrash the supercar market in style. The first NSX was released over 25 years ago, but the latest incarnation is one of the most innovative supercars ever.Honda have used new metal technology to construct a lightweight and structurally rigid vehicle. This coupled with its advanced hybrid power unit, which comprises a twin-turbocharged 3.5 litre V6 engine, results in a truly electrifying and game-changing supercar.
Lamborghini’s engineers have worked hard on ensuring the Spyder’s convertible functionality does not result in an inferior driving experience to that of its coupé predecessor. Improved aerodynamics and airflow enables the Spyder to counteract the extra weight of its retractable roof and still achieve 0-62 in 3.4 seconds.The result is a colossal supercar that performs as incredibly as it looks, whilst providing unbeatable open-top fun.
Also unveiled at Geneva 2016, the McLaren 570GT made its UK debut at the London motor show in May this year.
The 570GT comes with an innovatively designed rear to accommodate luggage space to create a supercar suitable for everyday use. Additionally, McLaren have also softened the steering and suspension for the 570GT for a more refined performance which is complemented by its luxuriously designed interior.
However, its twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre V8 engine which produces a 204 mph top speed and 0-62 mph in just 3.3 seconds dispels any suggestion that the 570GT’s improved practicality compromises its supercar status in any way shape or form.