With most performance vehicles — including rally cars, street-legal track racers, sport sedans, and more — speed is the name of the game. But when high top speeds meet high torque ratings, top-tier design, and luxury accoutrements, so-called “performance vehicles” enter into a new stratosphere, where few marques dare to tread and fewer still succeed in their endeavours. We’re talking, of course, about supercars.
Though ill-defined, supercars mark a kind of barrier between vehicles that are, for lack of a better term, pedestrian and those that have just a bit more oomph across the board. They’re the kinds of rides you wouldn’t be surprised to see on the posters we all tacked up on our walls. And, if you’re lucky (and wealthy) enough, at least one of them could be in your garage. In fact, we’ve gone ahead and wrangled together 12 of the absolute best supercars you can buy right now in the following guide.
What, Exactly, Makes A Car 'Super'?
Style & Substance
As mentioned, the concept of a supercar is somewhat ill-defined — and there have been plenty of arguments about what checks out and what doesn’t. While we’re not going to pretend like we have a hard-and-fast definition, we did want to outline our own criteria for what pops into our minds when we think of the term supercar and present it in this handy, dandy primer. Keep in mind, as is the case with the larger category, we’re not putting a pin in any specific measure; we’re just trying to give you a better idea as to what we think puts the “super” in supercar. We’ve broken it down into the following three metrics, of which each car on our list meets at least two.
Price: Technically speaking, the price of a given vehicle is usually reflexive of its overall suite of features, including the R&D required to develop it and its integrated technologies. That being said, supercars tend to trend toward the much higher end of the budgetary spectrum, typically in the hundreds of thousands. Rarely are there vehicles that qualify while being under a $100k baseline, but it does happen from time to time, as you will actually see on our list. It’s also worth noting that, as squares are actually rectangles, hypercars are actually supercars — just even more high-end — so they still adhere to this guideline.
Performance: Perhaps more than either of the other two metrics, performance is paramount to differentiating a supercar from a run-of-the-mill daily driver. Again, there’s no definitive line we can draw in the sand, but supercars almost without exception lean toward pulse-pounding, adrenaline-pumping performance figures — often with horsepower figures in the range of several hundred (up to the thousands), 0-60 times of under five seconds, and maximum speeds that can even exceed 200 mph. While not all supercars necessarily have to boast such jaw-dropping figures, it’s a high mountain to climb without them.
Style: This is probably the most esoteric and hard-to-pin-down of the metrics, but it’s no less an important one. You see, along with their often absorbent price tags and potentially overwhelming performance figures, supercars have to have a certain refinement to their style. Any grease monkey can drop an ultra-powerful engine into a junkyard project car, but the curves, lines, and angles of a supercar are more akin to fine art — to put them in the same class is like saying that a scribble on a napkin belongs in the same gallery as a Van Gogh. That extends to the interiors, as well; supercars are as comfortable inside as they are beautiful on the outside.
2022 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
As mentioned, the term “supercar” is somewhat subjective. However, despite its relatively low entry price of under $60k, the Corvette Stingray certainly fits the bill with its aggressive styling and performance numbers to match. In fact, with its mid-mounted 6.2L LT2 V8, this is actually the most powerful Stingray ever produced — boasting a 0-60 time of as little as 2.9 seconds and a possible 194 mph top speed. And while you definitely can’t go wrong with the base model of this budget-friendly supercar, there are also plenty of upgraded trims that kick up the styling and exclusivity — so long as you can afford to spend a bit more. As far as bang-for-your-buck goes, this is the best value proposition of any non-used supercar out there.
Top Speed: 194 mph
Max Horsepower: 495
0-60 Time: 2.9 sec
2021 Nissan GT-R
Nissan’s GT-R has one of the richest histories and heritages of all the supercars on this list and, if the newer models are anything to go by, this car and its many iterations are going to continue to be a major part of the supercar conversation, especially for those with an appreciation for JDM vehicles. After all, we’re talking about a speed demon of a vehicle that has rightfully earned its nickname, Godzilla. And while people are certainly going to be excited about its 600 ponies under the hood and a 0-60 time of 2.9 seconds, there’s also plenty of optional creature comforts and upgrades to be had, marked by a history of superior handcrafted craftsmanship. For fans of Japanese automobiles, there are few vehicles that come close to the GT-R, least of all at this price point.
Top Speed: 196 mph
Max Horsepower: 600
0-60 Time: 2.9 sec
2021 Mercedes-AMG GT Coupe
If Japan has the Godzilla GT-R, Germany has the Mercedes-AMG GT. Truly, from tip to tail, this is a piece of automotive artwork that’s just begging to be put through its paces on the open road. Furthermore, it comes with literal generations of heritage and technology that help give it performance figures that include a maximum horsepower of 720 and a 194 mph top speed. And while even the base model is exceptional inside, outside, and under the hood, customers can also upgrade to the ultra-high-end Black edition that kicks every inch of this already-exceptional speed demon into high gear. Although, if you do hope to upgrade to the carbon-fiber-covered, Nurburgring record breaker, you’ll have to practically triple the price of entry.
Top Speed: 194 mph
Max Horsepower: 720
0-60 Time: 3.7 sec
2021 Audi R8 Coupe
A few of the supercars on this list boast an interesting and lengthy history/heritage, with the Audi R8 being amongst them. Granted, it can’t trace its lineage back too far, but it was first released all the way back in 2006 — giving it roughly 15 years in production. Of course, it’s also worth noting that the current generation is also probably the best so far, with up to 602 horsepower, a 205 mph top speed, and a 3.2 0-60 time. And, for those keeping count, those figures are at least comparable to (and, in some cases, even better than) most of the other vehicles on this list. Those figures only become more enticing when you consider how relatively inexpensive the R8 is, at least compared to some of the more big-ticket options you’ll see below. As far as German supercars are concerned, the Audi R8 is top-tier.
Top Speed: 201 mph
Max Horsepower: 602
0-60 Time: 3.7 sec
2022 Acura NSX Type S
Nissan certainly isn’t the only brand in the JDM supercars game, as proven by the Honda-owned off-shoot Acura and its now-legendary NSX. While it doesn’t have a nickname quite as cool as “Godzilla,” the NSX no less has an exceptional pedigree and heritage dating back to 1990. And while it was taken out of production in 2005, the NSX made a triumphant return in 2016 and has only gotten better in the time since. That includes, of course, the limited-run Type S you see here with its record-breaking performance figures that include a 2.5-second 0-60 time, 191 mph top speed, and 600 maximum horsepower. For reference, those figures were good enough that this new version of the car actually shaved a whopping 2.0 seconds off of its circuit time around the infamous Suzuka racetrack. The Acura NSX is undoubtedly a JDM icon and, furthermore, this supercar is one that anyone would be absolutely lucky to drive.
Top Speed: 191 mph
Max Horsepower: 600
0-60 Time: 2.5 sec
2021 Porsche 911 Turbo S
For some people, there’s only one marque on this list of supercars that matters at all: Porsche. The German automaker has solidified its spot amongst the most respected and sought-after vehicles ever made and, if the brand’s current trajectory is to be believed, they’re only going to further cement themselves in the annals of history as one of the top-5 most significant car manufacturers ever to exist. That’s only proven more so by the 911 Turbo supercar you see before you today. Not only does this four-wheeled speed machine feature all the styling, inside and out, that the Stuttgart marque is known for, but it also offers up jaw-dropping performance figures ranging from a potential 2.6-second 0-60 time to a 205 mph top speed. And here’s the real kicker: you can actually get the convertible version and the only impact on performance is a paltry 0.1 second added onto that 0-60 figure. Of course, if you wanted to shave a little money off, you could downgrade to the non-S version and still get figures very close to those mentioned earlier.
Top Speed: 205 mph
Max Horsepower: 640
0-60 Time: 2.6 sec
2022 Maserati MC20
While we wouldn’t go so far as to say that Maserati has fallen off in recent years, they’ve certainly taken a step back from the spotlight. However, if the MC20 is any indication, the trident-logoed brand is anything but fading into the background. In fact, they could be on the verge of a pretty incredible resurgence, ushered forth by this purchasable 621-horsepower supercar with its 3.0L V6 racing-derived powerplant and featherweight performance-focused construction. And that’s just a fraction of what the MC20 has to offer as standard features. Others include four bespoke driving modes (so you can customize the ride to the road), fully digitized interior displays, luxury accoutrements, and so much more. It probably doesn’t hurt that Maserati is now owned by the same folks behind Peugeot, Alfa Romeo, Abarth, and more.
Top Speed: 203 mph
Max Horsepower: 621
0-60 Time: 2.9 sec
2021 McLaren Artura
When a brand like McLaren releases a car that their CEO refers to as the “pure distillation of our collective expertise and experience,” you should certainly take notice — especially if you’re in the market for a high-end supercar. And that’s exactly what you’ll find in the groundbreaking Artura you see here. Touted as the next generation of McLaren, this super-sleek ride offers a 205 mph top speed, 3.0-second 0-60 time, 531 lb-ft of torque, and up to 577 horsepower to make it all possible. However, rather than sacrificing creature comforts in the interior, much of that was made possible by an all-new Carbon Fibre Lightweight Architecture (MCLA) and the car’s groundbreaking High-Performance Hybrid powertrain (yes, it’s a hybrid). And those are just a few of the things that have earned the Artura a solid spot on this list.
Top Speed: 205 mph
Max Horsepower: 577
0-60 Time: 3.0 sec
2022 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera
Aston Martin is perhaps best know around the world for being the car brand of choice for fictional superspy James Bond. And that reputation comes with some pretty high expectations, as the DB5 is held in remarkably high esteem around the automotive world. Well, if you’ve got a leadfoot and a hankering for British automotive excellence, we’ve got great news: the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera puts the DB5 to shame, at least as far as performance and modern amenities are concerned. With a 0-60 time of 3.5 seconds, a 211 mph top speed, and 715 bhp available at the press of a pedal, this car is adrenaline incarnate. And that’s only made better by the fact that it looks absolutely exceptional inside and out. For anglophiles, there’s simply not another supercar you can buy that’s better than this one.
Top Speed: 211 mph
Max Horsepower: 715
0-60 Time: 3.2 sec
2021 Ford GT
As many automotive enthusiasts are abundantly aware, the Ford GT you see here comes from the same heritage as the legendary GT40 that was designed to defeat Ferrari (and succeeded in its goal) at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. And that means that this is not just a great supercar, it’s an American supercar with plenty to boast about from its heritage to its performance figures — including a 0-60 time of 4.2 seconds, a 647 maximum horsepower rating, and a 216 mph top speed. Granted, those figures aren’t exactly as impressive as some of the other cars on this list, but you’re getting a red-blooded all-American muscle machine in exchange. Just be careful about reselling if you do end up picking up a GT, because Ford is very particular about the who, what, where, when, and why of GT reselling — they even sued the dealership that tried to sell off John Cena’s personal GT.
Top Speed: 216 mph
Max Horsepower: 647
0-60 Time: 4.2 sec
2021 Lamborghini Aventador SVJ
Absolutely nobody should be surprised to see a Lamborghini on our list, least of all the jaw-dropping Aventador SVJ with its 2.6 sec 0-60 time and 220 mph top speed. Truly, this is the most exceptional expression of the Aventador model ever imagined. And while drivers will certainly be excited by the idea of having 770 horsepower at their disposal, we’d like to remind you that this car also boasts groundbreaking aerodynamics, ultralight materials (like carbon fiber), leather and Alcantara upholstery, and a drool-worthy V12 engine powering the whole gorgeous thing. Yes, like any Lambo, you’ll pay a pretty penny to get behind the wheel of the Aventador SVJ, but we bet you’ll forget about the sticker shock the minute you step down on that accelerator.
Top Speed: 220 mph
Max Horsepower: 770
0-60 Time: 2.6 sec
2021 Ferrari SF90 Stradale
While there are plenty of purists ready to decry Ferrari’s hybrid supercar, the SF90 Stradale, there’s no ignoring the fact that it also happens to be the fastest Prancing Horse ever put into production. Furthermore, it’s offered as a convertible, which also happens to be the most powerful production convertible ever offered up for sale. If you can look past its plug-in hybrid powertrain, you’ll be granted access to a 0-60 mph time of just 2.0 seconds, a 211 mph top speed, and 986 horsepower combined. And you can have all that without sacrificing any style or comfort, as that’s all manages without deleting its comfortable, technology-laden interior. The Ferrari SF90 Stradale isn’t just another supercar; it’s an automotive revelation and a very unique look into the future of one of the most impactful marques ever to exist.
Top Speed: 211 mph
Max Horsepower: 986
0-60 Time: 2.0 sec
The 20 Most Powerful Cars You Can Buy
Certainly, any of the 12 vehicles above are worth your money, so long as you can afford them. But they’re also only the tip of the iceberg. If you haven’t found what you’re looking for quite yet, allow us to point you to our comprehensive guide to the most powerful cars you can buy.
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