What does a supercar do?
Asking what makes a car super is like asking what makes a woman beautiful – everyone has their own opinion.
The term supercar was coined to describe extremely expensive, extremely beautiful and extremely fast cars. But the proper use of this term is often subjective and controversial, especially among enthusiasts. There is no clear definition of the characteristics that a car must have to be a supercar. What constitutes a supercar is often a matter of opinion. Also, the use of the term is highly dependent on the era: a car that is considered a supercar at some point may lose its superiority in the future.
It is also important to know that the term refers to street cars, factory built, usually without modifications. Highly modified and potentially illegal vehicles on the street do not fall into the category of supercars. Supercars are not muscle cars or tuned sports cars. And there is no such thing as a cut-price supercar.
A supercar is a car that combines speed, handling, unique design and represents the pinnacle of the automaker’s art. It is the car equivalent to a supermodel or a racehorse. Of course, there are some basic criteria to measure whether a car should be considered a supercar or not. Things to consider: design, acceleration, top speed, handling, power-to-weight ratio, style, rarity, price; all of this has to be excellent in a supercar.
Do you want an example? Here’s a good example: the Bugatti Veyron.
The Bugatti Veyron is currently (2007) the most expensive (around $ 1.5 million) and fastest car in the world. The Guinness Book of World Records included Bugatti Veyron under the title – Fastest Production Car. With 1001 horsepower, this supercar champion features all the latest automotive advancements and is capable of a top speed of 407 km / h (253 mph). It’s faster than any production car ever made, it’s actually faster than Formula 1 cars. Supercars aren’t just fast, they’re blazing fast.
Other supercars include: Koenigsegg CCX, Pagani Zonda, McLaren F1, Saleen S7 Twin Turbo, Enzo Ferrari, Lamborghini Murcielago, etc.
On the fun side, if you ever doubt whether a car is a supercar or not, consider this:
A car can be a supercar if:
- you have a wallpaper or a poster of him
- worth more than your house
- you drool when you see one
- can break the speed limit in 1st gear
- you will probably never have one,
- but if you do, you will never give the keys to the valet.
In conclusion, a supercar is a car that changes your idea of what a car is and what a car can do.