Wheels of Fury: Five supercars that will get you noticed – in more ways than one.
No other piece of technology offers as much ’status points’ as having a slick set of wheels to show off. You can have a state-of-the-art handheld device or a lavishly set-up home entertainment system and it’ll still pale in comparison to someone who has a car that not only catches attention, but illicit howls and whistles in the process. Consider yourself even luckier if people discreetly stand near your precious bad boy and, in true guerrilla fashion, they snap a photo of their mugs together with your car. That’s when you know you’ve got the status symbol only others can dream of.
Speaking of dreams, run down this list of five supercars that, for the most part, you’ll only find in your dreams. Don’t fret, however. These cars are readily available – if you have a deep set of pockets. But if you don’t have wealthy parents or a trust fund to dig up on, you can settle for reading about these awe-inspiring supercars and dream that one day, you’ll end up in the wheel of one of them.
The SSC Ultimate Aero is far and away the one car that will leave all others with their gas pipes hanging loose. It has a galloping 1183 horsepower, can reach 0-60 in 2.7 seconds, and it can run up to 600 kilometers per hour – faster than the previous world-record holder, the Bugatti Veyron. The SSC Ultimate Aero certainly performs like its name and it can be yours if you have $654,400 in your bank account. As we’ve said, keep dreaming.
The Bugatti Veyron is a car even the rich and famous can only have as posters on their wall. It may have been trumped by the SSC Ultimate Aero in sheer speed, but the Veyron is still hands-down the ultimate combination of speed, power, and empty bank accounts. Pumping at a top speed of over 400 kilometers per hour, the Veyron has a sleek aluminum, narrow angle W16 engine and a menacing 1001 horsepower under the hood. While it’s a safe bet that your ‘pogi points’ will jump through the roof if you have one of these, you’ll have to be ready to shell out a staggering $1.7 million to get your hands on this supercar – which incidentally, only has 300 models all over the world.
If there’s one car that can threaten the SSC Ultimate Aero as the fastest in the world, it’s the Koenigsegg CCX. Made in the land of Volvo – that’s Sweden, if you didn’t know – the CCX comes with a 90 degree V8 engine, capable of pumping as much as 900 horsepower. Just like the Ultima te Aero and the Veyron, the CCX can reach speeds of up to 400 kilometers per hour, and it is widely expected that with a few more fine tunings, it could reach unimaginable speeds of up to 500 kph.
The Saleen S7 Twin Turbo is more than just a sexy name for a car. With a Twin Turbo All Aluminum V8 engine that comes with a 750 horsepower, the S7 is one car that will definitely get you noticed. Imagine yourself driving down the expressway at over 380 kilometers per hour, leaving behind every other car eating your gravel. That’s what it’ll feel like when you’re behind the wheel of an S7. Now, imagine yourself crying in your bedroom, holding your credit card bill in your hand. That $555,000 charge on your card is sitting in your garage. Get the drift?
No list is complete without the supercar of supercars. The venerable McLaren F1 may have inspired a new generation of supercars, but nothing still commands the same amount of respect as the F1. The McLaren F1 is loaded with a BMW S70/2 60 Degree V12 Engine with 627 HP, allowing it to reach speeds of up to 380 kilometers per hour. One of the first cars to ever use the carbon-fibre monocoque, the McLaren F1 was made with only the finest materials in the world. By finest we mean carbon fiber, titanium, gold, magnesium, and kevlar. No wonder it comes with a tag of $970,000. While other supercars can make varied claims on their product, there is still – and will always be – one McLaren F1.