Shattering acceleration and electrifying handling, stunning looks and an eye-watering price tag are all part of the magic of the supercar. Rarity has always been part of the allure too, although with so many new supercars on offer it's not quite so unusual to see an exotic that sets enthusiast hearts fluttering – especially if you live in the metropolis. Supercars from traditional names like Ferrari, Porsche, Lamborghini and McLaren now line up against rivals as diverse as Lexus, Noble and Ariel.
Whoever makes them, all supercars have fearsome price tags and cost a packet to run, but the trade-off is scintillating performance and the capacity to get the adrenaline flowing. It’s not unusual for a supercar to top 200mph these days, and 0-60 times of under three seconds are becoming commonplace.
Experiencing that level of acceleration is a thrill that never fades for a supercar’s owner, but the enjoyment that supercars create for those who can’t afford them is plain to see too. That’s because we can all enjoy their outlandish and beautiful bodywork and spine-tingling exhaust notes. In fact, there’s not much that stirs the soul of a petrolhead more than seeing and hearing a Ferrari, Lamborghini or McLaren supercar rocketing past.
Our top 10 features supercars that really do tick all of the boxes - they are powerful, packed with tech, stunning to look at and, importantly, still great to live with day-to-day. We think the car that manages this best is the superb McLaren 650S, the replacement for last year's 12C. However, Porsche, Lamborghini, Aston Martin and Ferrari are also storied names in the supercar world, and their cars play a major part in this list.
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