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What makes a car a super car?

Discussion in 'Motors' started by ElRazur, 26 Mar 2006.

  1. ElRazur

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    Is it a combination of speed, price,bigger engine, and rarity?
    Some cars are rare may due to limited edition or end of line.
    There are plenty of cars with massive engines in them but they dont exactly qualify as one and in terms of speed most car are pretty fast these days. I sometimes think maybe supercars are not what they are hyped up to be.

    Another thing i was gonna ask is - Toyota supra, Mitsubishi GTO and cars within that range, do they count as supercar?
     
  2. lukechad

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    I think a supercar is a car with an expensive badge, big engine and rare.

    I wouldnt say the supra and GTO are supercars, a better description for them would be sportscar.

    I wonder what people would define the Lotus Elise though.
     
  3. Oblivious

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    Err... you answered your own question :) Sports car. Most Porsches arent supercars.
     
  4. ElRazur

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    Well in that case what will you call a fto?...Hothatch?
     
  5. Oblivious

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    Dont be silly, an FTO is also a Sports car.

    Edit.. No supercars with a RRP of less than 100k
     
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  6. stoofer

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    I think supercars have to be pretty much unobtainable as the primary characteristic, I would also say impracticality (be it running costs, luggage space, silly doors or trying to throw you off the road) needs to be in there too just so rolls royce etc arent in there.

    supercars certainly do not need to be good.
     
  7. Freefaller

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    If the supercar is almost unuseable as a daily driver and really impractical as well as impossible to park, but puts a grin on your face then it passes the test! :D
     
  8. Nathan

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    we had this thread about 4 weeks ago?
     
  9. Fusion

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    Counts the Ferrari F40 out then!
     
  10. Zip

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    If its Italian and not a Fiat its most likely a supercar :D
     
  11. Enfield

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    Everyone has different opinions but I think usually any car that has over 500bhp is a super car.

    Has to look rare, not be a daily driver, probably impractical too.

    Uses gallons per mile rather than miles per galoon, this is a must.
     
  12. eidolon

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    What about stuff like TVRs, some of them only have 200-300BHP but due to the weight of them they're blisteringly fast.
     
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  14. Basher

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    I wouldn't really call any of the TVR range supercars, more sportscars
     
  15. Coco

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    I find this a very very important part of the 'supercar-club' membership. I reckon a few to many 'high performance sportscars' are slipping through the net by only meeting engine & weight criteria's.
    Namely, Ascari KZ1, Viper GTS-R, Gumpert Apollo & all Ultima's. Possibly a touch contiversial, but as much as an interesting car the Jag XJ220 is, I'm not 100% on it's seat in the 'supercar-club'. Hoof!
     
  16. Coco

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    TVR Cerbera Speed 12
    V12 / 7,731cc
    880bhp / 7,250rpm
    975kg
    917bhp/ton !!! :cool: !!!

    Another example of everything stacking up to be supercar status, but falling short on spirit. Over 900bhp/ton though, Christ on a bike, the Veyron 'only' notches 530bhp/ton! :eek:
     
  17. Zip

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  18. ElRazur

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  19. Enfield

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    Wouldn't call them super cars. Just sports cars.

    My dad own a Griffith 500 and a Cebera 4.2 :D

    Ahh, the speed12 is a super car though!
     
  20. The_Dark_Side

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    in the 60's/70's when cars of this type first appeared the definition was clear cut.
    0-60 in less than 6 seconds and a top speed of 150MPH and upwards.

    nowadays as engineering has advanced there are a gazillion cars that are capable of this and more so the goalposts have moved on.
    i believe that now we need to include numbers produced ie exclusivity and the sticker price.

    so for sake of argument i'll start the ball rolling and let's see if any of the other members can correct/re-define my figures for "what it takes" to be a supercar:-

    0-60=sub 4.5 seconds.
    top speed=185+MPH.
    price=at least £100-150k
    exclusivity=if they make more than a handful a week then your not allowed into our club.

    any improvements on the above?