Supercars are the stuff of dreams. They’re the cars we’d buy with imaginary lottery wins, the like-magnets of Instagram and the object of our desires. And right here in Europe, they make the very best.
To celebrate the continent’s supercar superiority, we’ve put together our five favourites. These are the supercars that you or I could buy tomorrow (if we had the money) and would never, ever regret. This isn’t a list of hypercars, mind you, so you won’t find any Paganis or Bugattis here. We’ll save those for another day.
Ever since the Miura arrived in the 1960s, Lamborghinis have littered schoolboys’ bedroom walls. The Huracan, however, is a little bit different. It doesn’t quite have the visual impact of the Aventador, and nor does it have the rampant V12 engine. The screaming V10 is no shrinking violet, though, and the brightly coloured Huracan is still going to attract attention wherever it goes.
McLaren rose to fame in the competitive world of Formula 1, before going on to build the world’s fastest hypercar. Now, though, the Woking-based company builds some of the world’s fastest supercars. Among those is the 570S – a mid-engined machine with a 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V8. Sure, it isn’t as otrageous as a Lamborghini, or as special as a Ferrari, but it’s supremely comfortable and monstrously fast.
Read our review of the McLaren 570S Spider here…
Ferrari 488 GTB
Turbocharged it may be, but there’s no denying the 488’s capability. Nor its beauty. If the 458 Italia was pretty, the 488 is simply gorgeous, with flowing lines and taut surfaces. But those lines are there for more than just aesthetic purposes – the body is designed to produce real downforce, pushing the fat tyres into the road. And with a three-second 0-62mph time and 205mph top speed, it’s the benchmark by which other supercars are measured.
Mercedes-AMG GT R
We all swooned when we saw the Mercedes-AMG GT, but that was just the beginning. The German manufacturer revealed the stunning AMG GT R at the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed, and mixed the standard GT’s curves with aggressive racing paraphernalia. Suddenly, it was the supercar equivalent of Nigella Lawson in a Catwoman outfit. And there’s more to it than just looks – 0-62mph takes 3.6 seconds and the top speed is 198mph.
The R8 shares plenty with its Lamborghini-badged sibling, including the massive V10 engine, but it doesn’t have the outlandish looks or the woeful ergonomics of the Italian cabin. Whether that’s good or bad depends largely on your point of view, but there’s no arguing with its performance or handling credentials.