What is a Supercar?
So what turns a car into a supercar? There are many factors involved,
so whatever criteria you apply it's clear that this will always be a
very subjective decision. There are however two aspects of any
prospective supercar that we believe are of paramount importance -
performance and historical significance.
Performance, the most important factor, can be broken down into
three groups, Hypercar, Supercar and Junior Supercar. In the case of
Hypercars (such as the McLaren
F1 or Bugatti
Veyron) and Supercars (such as the Ferrari
575M or Porsche
Turbo) there can be no argument as to their inclusion. Junior
Supercars are a different matter. The line between Supercar and hot
hatch in becoming increasingly blurred in recent years, so with that
in mind we have set the criteria for inclusion as 0-60mph in 6.5sec or less and a top speed of 150mph plus
(there are exceptions, such as the Caterham R500, where top speed is lower but acceleration is so good that it must be included)
Historical significance may not even be considered by some as a
relevant factor but without it cars such as the E-Type
Jag and BMW
2002 would have been omitted from the site! The performance of
cars such as this may seem average by modern standards but, in their
day, they were of such significance that they thoroughly deserve their
place amongst today's more powerful machines.
To be included, cars must have been produced for road use (even if it was just a single example). Concept cars are included, in their own section.
Finally, there is one more factor that sees some cars included that
meet neither of the above conditions - Editor's privilege! They may
not be true Supercars but due to looks, nostalgia or just plain
sympathy, we want them on the site anyway. So the Aston
Martin Lagonda, Maserati
Merak and Plymouth
Prowler have a lot to thank us for!
The cars on SupercarWorld have been categorised as follows :-