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Supercars vs Hypercars – What are Hypercars?

Hypercars vs Supercars

As a personal preference, we don’t really use the term “hypercar” while we prefer supercar as a catchall term to describe ultra-exotic high-performance cars. Nevertheless, many exotic car fanatics insist that there should be a distinction between the two and continue using the two terms when they deem it appropriate. We know the basic definition of a hypercar as defined and accepted by most car guys, but first let’s start with the meaning of what is a supercar.

We would consider the definition of a supercar to be an eye catching factory stock car which accelerates faster and is more expensive than at least 98% of the other cars manufactured in the same year. Although this supercar definition is what we believe to be acceptable, it is subjective and therefore widely disputed among performance car enthusiasts. Take for instance the awesome Ariel Atom which has neck snapping acceleration, however can be acquired for as little as $60,000 new. It’s a qualified supercar for its radical eye catching appearance and acceleration factors, but falls short on the stratospheric price element.

Another example that stirs controversy with the hard line definition is for a supercar and hypercar is the 2015+ Corvette Z06. Since this car slays supercars costing 5X as much, no one argues the Vettes supercar level performance. However with a sticker price starting at *only* 80 grand, a platform based on the common base model, and lacking in the usual supercar rarity, the latest Z06 is one those that half of enthusiasts will say deserves to be here, while the other half not. Both will be right.

Other car enthusiasts argue that modified cars such as the Hennessey Venom 1000TT Dodge Viper or the Lingenfelter Twin Turbo C5 Corvette should qualify as legit supercars. We disagree and believe that only factory stock high-performance cars should meet the criteria, otherwise the definition of a supercar becomes drastically more vague and arbitrary.

Finally, still other enthusiasts believe that proper supercars can’t be based on the body of lesser models and must be built on a dedicated platform. For example, the Aston Martin V12 Vantage and Porsche GT2 in our list below would not qualify under this perspective.

The term hypercar seems to be used more and more each year. We simply define a hypercar as a top-tier supercar that bests all or most of the elements of standard supercars including, but not limited to, acceleration, price, rarity, handling, top speed, sound and appearance. As with supercars, there is also much debate as to what constitutes a true hypercar.

We consider the following to be some examples of HYPERCARS:

Bugatti Chiron
Bugatti Veyron
Ferrari FXX Enzo
Ferrari LaFerrari
Hennessey Venom GT
Jaguar XJ220
Koenigsegg Agera R
Koenigsegg One:1
Lamborghini Aventador SV Roadster
Lamborghini Reventon
Lamborghini Veneno
Maserati MC12
Maybach Exelero
McLaren F1
McLaren P1
Mercedes CLK GTR AMG
Mosler MT900S
Pagani Huayra
Porsche 918 Spyder (a Hybrid Hypercar)
Saleen S7 TT
SSC Ultimate Aero
Vector W8
Zenvo ST1

We consider the following cars some examples of SUPERCARS:

Acura NSX
Aston Martin V12 Vantage
Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato
Audi R8 GT
Dodge Viper ACR
Ferrari 488
Ferrari 575 Superamerica
Ferrari 599 GTB
Ford GT
Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera
Lamborghini Huracan
Lexus LFA
Lotus Esprit V8
McLaren 570S
McLaren 650S
Mercedes SLR McLaren 722
Mercedes SLS AMG Gullwing
Nissan GTR Black Edition
Noble M400
Porsche 911 Turbo S
Porsche GT2
Porsche GT3 RS
Spyker C8 Aileron

Although there is a great deal of debate about the exact models that qualify as a supercar or hypercar, there are a few high-performance cars that are so amazing that not many would dare question their hypercar status.  For example, the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, Koenigsegg Agera R, Caparo T1 or the Ferrari FXX Enzo would certainly go into the hyper car column.   Post a comment below and cast your vote on the best hypercar in the poll.


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