The 2012 Summer Olympics are in full swing now and medals are quickly adding up. We started wondering what about the varying cars of the world? There is no auto racing in the Olympics and a love of awesome cars is one thing that is shared throughout the entire world. So why not include them?
Here at Topspeed, we felt it was time to give our 4-wheeled friends a fair chance and display the top supercars from each of the countries participating in the 2012 Summer Games – those that produce supercars. So let’s have a look at what these countries have to offer. You may be surprised to find out what countries produce some awesome supercars and what ones don’t produce any at all.
We stand to learn a lot about the world of supercars while putting this piece together, so we are certain you will learn a ton right along with us.
Click past the jump to read our entire list and check out our full infographic.
Elfin MS8 Streamliner
Elfin MS8 Streamliner
The MS8 Streamliner debuted in 2006, as the replacement to the MS7, which won the 1976 Australian tourist Trophy Championship and a 1976 Australian Tourist Trophy. This oddly shaped supercar boasts a 5.7-liter LS1 V-8 from GM, which punches out at minimum 328 horsepower and from 342 pound-feet to 560 pound-feet of torque. The buyer can opt to have his MS8 customer-tuned to his liking, hence the ranges of power.
The power specs aren’t too much for a supercar, but with its 1,100 kg (2,425 lb) weight, it hits 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.5 seconds.
Well, it didn’t take long to get into a car that is somewhat recognizable to the average car nut. The X-bow, as we all know, is basically just a go-cart with a big and nasty engine strapped to it. In its lowest level, the X-Bow boasts just 240 horsepower and its highest level, the X-Bow R, boasts a 300-horsepower variant of the Audi 2.0 TFSI engine and weighs in at just shy of 2,000 lbs.
In its base variant, the KTM X-Bow hits 100 km/h in about 5.3 seconds, but its R variant is capable of hitting the same speed in just 4 seconds. This firmly inserts the X-Bow R atop the rather shallow supercar pile in Austria... Actually, it’s the only one in the heap...
The Vertigo .5 Spirit is one of the more odd-looking supercars available. It features a 4.2-liter V-8 engine from Maserati, which pumps out 420 ponies, so you’ll be lucky to get a good enough look to see how silly looking it really is. Gillet never released a 0-to-60 time on the Vertigo .5, but we can safely assume that with its 990 kg (2,183 lb) body, it screams to 60 in about 2.8 seconds.
Okay, enough with the lower-horsepower supercars and straight into the deep end with the Zenvo ST1 50S. This car is bad-ass as they come, with its supercharged 7.0-liter V-8 engine that cranks out a stout 1,104 horsepower and 1,050 pound-feet of torque. It hits 60 mph in just under 3 seconds, placing it as one of the best, err, the only supercar in Denmark.
The Furtive eGT is one of the few electric cars to make this list, and it’s a good one. It boasts two electric motors that total 402 horsepower. This is enough to get this EV to 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds. Add in the the fact that it can go up to 249 miles between charges and you have an EV supercar winner.
Okay, with Germany, we could give you 1,000 different supercars, but we are limited to just three here. First off, we are not here to give you some artsy-fartsy fancy supercar that you’ve never heard of just to be cool. We are talking about muscle, and that’s that.
Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse
We told you we weren’t going all artsty on you. The Veyron’s 8.0-liter engine pumps out 1,183 ponies and 1,106 pound-feet of torque. It’ll tear your face off and not even apologize for it... There’s nothing artsy about that.
Maybe it’s because we find its name ironic or maybe it’s the fact that it pumps out 1,183 horsepower and 974 pound-feet of torque, but we love the Lotec Sirius. We love it so much that we put it on the list, despite the fact that it’s been out of production for three years. Powered by a Mercedes-sourced V-12 engine that pushes it near 250 mph and a profile that is more suited for a UFO just solidified the fact that it belongs in the top three of Germany.
Yeah, that’s right... We put an SUV on the list of baddest supercars from Germany. Why did we do it? Well, because only Mercedes would have the gall to toss a 604-horsepower, 738-foot-pound V-12 in an SUV and still pawn it off as an SUV by giving it the aerodynamics of an M4 Sherman tank – go ahead and Google it, we’ll give you a second...
See what we mean? Plus, the Mercedes-Benz G65 AMG hits 60 mph in just 5.3 seconds and has its top speed limited (electronically, not by its god-awful drag) to 142 mph. It’s just too sick not to put on the list.
Great Britain is yet another country that has a mess of cars to choose from. Our search turned up 167 makes in total since the late 1800s, but only three models can make our list. Let’s scrap all of the micro-compacts and get down to the pavement pounding monsters of the island.
In our best British accent Jag-ewe-ar tops off this list with its 5.0-liter V-8 powered XKR-S. Gone are the years of Ford drudging the once famous automaker’s name through the mud and back are the years of producing fun-to-drive cars. Capping off its “funtodriveability” is the fact that it beats down the concrete with 542 ponies and 502 pounds of twisting. Plus, it blows by 60 mph in just 4.2 clicks of a second hand.
Another name that took a wrong turn through the 80s and 90s is Aston Martin. Fortunately, it’s on the road to horsepower recovery too and the Vanquish is a prime example, as it cranks out 565 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque. It puts all of that power to good use, getting by the 60-mph mark in only 4.1 ticks.
Oh, you didn’t think we’d leave the McLaren MP4-12C out of the fun, did you? With its petite 3.8-liter V-8 engine, 616 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque, there is no way we could have forgotten it. To boot, it also comes in a convertible model with no power cut from the engine. It also comes in as the quickest of the Brits, passing 60 mph in only 3.1 seconds.
Italy is the breeding ground for supercars. You have Lamborghini, Ferrari, Maserati, and Pagani all calling it home, but only three models can fit on this list. If you don’t know the rules about picking undeserving, fancy pants unknown supercars just to act like you know more, see the “Germany” section.
The Pagani Huayra is not on sale yet, but we love it too much to leave it off of the list. With a Mercedes-sourced V-12 engine that boasts 720 ponies and 738 pound-feet of torque, there’s no way to leave it off. Add in the fact that it sprints to 100 km/h in just 3.3 seconds and you have a very deserving car.
The F12 Berlinetta is not to be denied entry onto this list with a 6.3-liter V-12 power plant pushing out 730 horsepower and 509 pound-feet of torque. To boot, it is one of the most gorgeous cars to grace the pavement. A 3.1-second sprint to 100 km/h seals the deal for us.
As much as Lamborghinis aggravate us with their uncreative style, we can’t help but marvel at their sheer muscle. The Aventador J is so cool that it doesn’t even need a roof to protect its driver. It pumps out 690 horsepower and 509 pound-feet from its 6.5-liter 12-cylinder power plant.
Japan is the land of high-revving four- and six-cylinder engines, but very few supercars to speak of. Despite all of its technology, Japan currently only produces one car worthy of the name "supercar," though there is one in the works that we are unsure of just yet.
Lexus LF-A Nürburgring Package
This Lexus LF-A was built specifically to tackle the Nürburgring, of course, and only 50 units will be built. This nasty automobile pumps out 562 horsepower and sprints to 60 mph in only 3.5 seconds. For kicks, its top speed is a cool 210 mph and it lapped the track in which it’s named after in just 7:14, a new `Ring record.
When Oullim Motors took over Proto – not to be confused with Proton – it inherited the ongoing Spirra project. At the time, this Lamborghini look-alike boasted a 320-horsepower, 4.6-liter V-8 from a Mustang SVT Cobra. When Oullim took over, it dumped the V-8 in favor of a V-6 engine that displaces 2,656 cc and is borrowed from neighboring Hyundai.
These two top trim levels in this supercar, the Turbo and EX, produce 420 and 500 horsepower from their turbocharged and twin-turbocharged engines, respectively. This throws the Spirra Turbo to 100 km/h in just 3.8 seconds and the Spirra EX to 100 km/h in just 3.5 seconds. Those times are plenty fast enough to put Korea on the supercar map.
New Zealand gets into the supercar fun with just one model and it’s one hell of a model. This Hulme CanAm boasts an LS7 7.0-liter GM V-8 that pumps out a whopping 600 ponies and 600 Nm (442 pound-feet) of torque. It’s nearly non-existent body weighs in at just 980 kg (2,160 lbs). There is no mention of its official 0 to 60 time, but with its high-power engine and lightweight body, we assume it is in the 3.3-second range.
The Perana Z-One was first shown in Geneva in 2009, but took a few years to hit production. Boasting a GM-sourced 6.4-liter V-8, which cranks out 442 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque, this supercar hits 60 mph in just shy of 4 seconds. It’s only real downfall is that it’s limited to just 999 total examples.
Spain has only a handful of auto manufacturers and two of which build high-performance supercars. One company has yet to officially release its supercar, but it has been confirmed for 2015, so we can add it to the list of Spanish supercars.
The a.d. Tramontana is more engine than body, as it boasts a 5.5-liter V-12 with two turbochargers strapped to it. This allows it to produce from 550 horsepower to 720 horsepower and 890 Nm (656 pound-feet) to 1,100 Nm (811 pound-feet) of torque, depending on options. Weighing in at only 1,268 kg (2,795 lbs), this car is definitely a screamer. It hits 60 mph in only 3.6 seconds and has a top speed of 325 km/h (202 mph), which is electronically governed.
The Aspid GT-21 Invictus isn’t slated to hit showrooms until 2015, but it has been confirmed for production. It boasts a BMW 4.4-liter V-8 engine that pounds out 450 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. Aspid estimates the GT-21 to 60 mph in just under 3 seconds and a top speed of 205 mph. Yup, that qualifies it!
The sole supercar lineup in Sweden is the Koenigsegg lineup and the baddest of that lineup it the Agera R. This supercar has a 5.0-liter V-8 engine that pumps out an astounding 1,124 horsepower and 885 pound-feet of torque. This massive amount of power propels the Agera R to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 2.9 seconds. We may not be able to pronounce the name correctly, but “bad-ass” is a good enough name for us.
The Weber F1 was once just a racecar, but has recently been modified to hit the streets. It boasts a GM-sourced LS7 V-8 engine that cranks out 888 horsepower and 774 pound-feet of torque. Combine that with its 1,100 kg (2,425 lb) curb weight and all-wheel drive, and you get some serious supercar excrement. This beast hits 100 km/h in just 2.5 seconds and has a top speed in excess of 400 km/h (248 mph). It may not be the prettiest supercar on our list, but it’s definitely on of the fastest.
Okay, onto the good `ol U.S. of A. There have been literally hundreds of various automakers to come and go in the last century, so wading through them all was quite a task. We managed to pick our top three from the U.S.
Hennessey Venom GT
This Lotus turned supercar boasts a 7.0-liter V-8 engine that cranks out between 800 and 1,244 horsepower, depending on the settings you choose. Its compact chassis and body weigh in at only 2,742 lbs, which allows the powerful V-8 engine to propel this Venom GT to 60 mph in just 2.5 seconds. This Lotus Elise turned supercar also hits 200 mph in only 15.3 seconds, beating out the Veyron by about 9 seconds.
The SSC Tuatara features a 423.6 cubic-inch V-8 engine that pops out a stout 1,350 horsepower at 6,800 rpm and 1,042 pound-feet of torque at 6,800 rpm. This zips the SSC Tuatara to 60 mpg in just 2.5 seconds and gets it through a ¼-mile track in just 9.75 seconds at 144 mph. Plus, it has a projected top speed of 276 mph!
Ah, the Viper finally returned to Dodge, err, SRT’s lineup. This time around it boasts a 640-horsepower 8.4-liter V-10 engine, which also cranks out 600 pound-feet of torque. Yeah, it’s only about half of the power seen in the Hennessey and SSC, but this is raw Detroit muscle. No games, just power. SRT never released official 0 to 60 times but it has received estimates of about 3.3 seconds.
After many hours of scouring the web to find the top supercars in each country, we have finally reached the end... Phew. It’s amazing how many countries have dipped their feet into this exclusive market and even more amazing how many countries don’t have a car manufacturer at all.
If you think one car deserves on this list more than another, or if we missed a car from a certain country, please let us know in the comments section. For now, check out the full infographic provided here.