The Best Supercars of 2020
2020 was a strange year, but it brought us some of the coolest supercars ever designedby Ciprian Florea, on
2020 wasn’t such a great year for the automotive business. The COVID-19 pandemic kept factories closed for several weeks and canceled most important auto shows. However, automakers kept things rolling, and most cars that were planned to break cover in 2020 showed up on time, albeit just online. Despite the setbacks, we’ve seen many new supercars hit the spotlight, and many of them brought innovative features to the market, while others promise to set new speed records. We compiled a list of the hottest supercars released in 2020. Let us know which one should get the "best supercar of 2020" award in the comments section below.
Like all Koenigsegg supercars, the Gemera is incredibly powerful and fast. But it's also a big departure from the usual supercar concept thanks to its 2+2 seating layout, which technically also makes it a grand tourer, and its hybrid powertrain.
A bit longer than supercars like the Agera and Jesko, the Gemera looks just as aggressive as its siblings. You won’t be able to tell that the Gemera is a four-seater beyond the longer doors. But the powertrain is also different than any other Koenigsegg released to date. While all the other supercars from the Swedish brand employ a twin-turbo V-8, the Gemera features a rather unusual but innovative three-cylinder engine.
Called the "Tiny Friendly Giant," the twin-turbo, 2.0-liter three-cylinder uses a system of solenoids to activate the intake and exhaust valves instead of a conventional camshaft, and it also features cylinder deactivation. Yes, at times, it works as a two-cylinder, and Koenigsegg claims it to be 20-percent more fuel-efficient than a four-cylinder of the same displacement. Rated at a massive 600 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque, it’s the most potent three-cylinder ever built. But the Gemera also features three electric motors. With all three motors and the gas engine in use, the Gemera cranks out an amazing 1.700 horsepower and 2,581 pound-feet of twist.
The Gemera, which is also the company’s first all-wheel-drive model, can travel on electric power alone for up to 31 miles, while its hybrid setup delivers a total range of up to 621 miles. The Swedish firm claims that the Gemera needs only 1.9 seconds to hit 60 mph and that its top speed comes in at a massive 249 mph.
|Engine:||2.0-liter three-cylinder + 3 electric motors|
|0-60 mph:||1.9 seconds|
|Top speed:||249 mph (claimed)|
Read our full review on the Koenigsegg Gemera
The most extreme iteration of the mighty Aventador, the Essenza SCV12, was created by the company’s Squadra Corse racing division. Restricted to track use only, the Essenza SCV12 boasts an extreme design and aero package that makes any other Lamborghini look boring. Inspired by racing prototypes, the Essenza SCV12 generates more than 2,600 pounds of downforce at 155 mph, which is the equivalent of a GT3-spec race car.
Power comes from the same 6.5-liter V-12 that Lamborghini offers in the regular Aventador, but it has been updated to deliver 820 horsepower. But unlike the Aventador, the Essenza SCV12 features a rear-wheel-drive layout. Everything is wrapped in an FIA-approved carbon-composite crash structure and carbon-fiber monocoque, making the Essenza SCV12 the first car to homologated without the use of metal in its tub. Lambo will build 40 units, but buyers won’t be able to take them home. The cars will be stored in a special facility when their not being driven in the one-make racing series created specifically for this nameplate.
|0-60 mph:||2.6 seconds (estimate)|
|Top speed:||210+ mph|
|Price:||$3.5 million (estimate)|
Read our full review on the Lamborghini Essenza SCV12
SSC has been working on the Tuatara since 2014, and the supercar finally debuted in production form in 2020. Needless to say, it was well worth the wait as the Tuatara is one of the greatest supercars built in America in recent years. Sexy from just about every angle when it comes to exterior design, the Tuatara boasts a no-nonsense but premium-oriented interior packed with fine materials and loads of exposed carbon-fiber. Of course, the car’s main highlight is the twin-turbo V-8 engine under the rear hood, capable of up to 1,750 horsepower when working on E85 flex fuel.
How quick is the Tuatara? Well, there's no official 0-to-60 mph sprint yet, but it should be able to hit the benchmark in 2.5 seconds.
More importantly, the Tuatara aims to become the world’s fastest production car. SSC claims the Tuatara hit 316.1 mph in Nevada back in October 2020, but the record has been disputed due to inconsistent footage. SSC will make a second, better documented attempt in 2021, but it’s pretty obvious that the Tuatara is capable of speeds in excess of 300 mph.
|Engine:||twin-turbo, 5.9-liter V-8|
|Output:||up to 1,750 horsepower|
|0-60 mph:||2.5 seconds (estimate)|
|Top speed:||316 mph (disputed)|
Read our full review on the SSC Tuatara
Unlike all the other supercars in this list, the T.50 is about simpler, no-nonsense design and engineering. Coming from the man who designed the iconic McLaren F1, the T.50 is pretty much a modernized version of the British supercar.
It shares the same center-mounted driver seat flanked by passenger seats on each side, it also features a naturally aspirated V-12 engine, and all sorts of innovative features.
Arguably the most impressive of them all is the aerodynamic fan integrated into the rear fascia. Inspired by the Brabham BT46B Formula One race car, the fan eliminates the need for any aero features in the front or the rear by sucking the air under the car to increase downforce.
The 4.0-liter V-12 engine designed by Cosworth cranks out 654 horsepower and 344 pound-feet of torque. While that might not sound like a lot compared to other supercars on this list, it’s actually pretty impressive given that the T.50 tips the scales at only 2,174 pounds. The V-12 is also the highest revving engine on the market, going up to 11,500 rpm, close to a Formula One car. It enables the T.50 to hit 60 mph in less than three seconds, while top speed exceeds the 200-mph mark. While it might not have the output of a twin-turbo or hybrid supercar, the T.50 brought many innovations to the market along with the purest driving experience you can find.
|0-60 mph:||less than 3 seconds (estimate)|
|Top speed:||200+ mph (disputed)|
Read our full review on the Gordon Murray T.50
When Lamborghini unleashed the Huracan Performante, it seemed that there’s no more room for a more extreme version of the Huracan. At least not one that’s road legal. But the folks over at Lambo managed to take things up a notch with the incredible STO. Essentially a road-legal version of the company’s race-spec Huracans, the Super Trofeo EVO and GT3 EVO, the Huracan STO combines a carbon-fiber body and a no-nonsense interior with an aero package that makes it insanely quick and nimble on the race track. It packs the same V-10 engine as the regular Huracan with the same 631-horsepower rating, but the lower curb weight and optimized suspension make it notably quicker on the track. The STO is the ultimate Huracan, and nothing will change that in the future.
|0-60 mph:||3 seconds|
|Top speed:||190 mph|
Read our full review on the Lamborghini Huracan STO
The McLaren Sabre arrived just in time for the new years as a brand-new supercar based on the Senna. A limited-edition model created specifically for the U.S. market, the Sabre takes the aggressive aero features of the Senna up a notch, which is why this design couldn’t have been homologated for other markets. There’s nothing really innovative about the Sabre under the hood, but its Le Mans-inspired looks and limited availability make it one of the most desirable cars on the market for 2021. Limited to only 15 units, it’s already a collectible item that’s sold out despite a price tag that exceeds $3 million. Under the hood of the Sabre lurks the familiar twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8. Rated at 824 horsepower, it’s the most potent iteration of McLaren’s award-winning engine and pushes the Sabre to a top speed of 218 mph. It’s also the most powerful non-hybrid McLaren yet.
|Engine:||twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8|
|0-60 mph:||2.7 seconds (estimate)|
|Top speed:||218 mph|
|Price:||$3+ million (estimate)|
Read our full review on the McLaren Sabre
2019 was the year of the first 300-mph supercar, because that’s when Bugatti unveiled the Chiron Super Sport 300+, but 2020 brought us to vehicles that can exceed the magical mark. The first one is the SSC Tuatara, which already attempted a new top speed record. The second one is the Venom F5, Hennessey’s successor to the already wild Venom GT. Built on a clean sheet instead of using a Lotus body, the Venom F5 is a big departure from its predecessor. Not only it looks decidedly modern, but it also features a race-inspired yet still premium-oriented interior.
Of course, the biggest highlight of the Venom F5 is the massive 6.6-liter V-8 engine under the hood. The twin-turbo unit is good for a whopping 1,817 horsepower and 1,193 pound-feet of torque, figures that make it the most powerful production car ever built. Hennessey claims that the Venom F5 will hit more than 311 mph, but it has yet to test that amazing top speed in the wild. Expect a record in 2021! Only 24 will be built.
|Engine:||twin-turbo, 6.6-liter V-8|
|Output:||up to 1,817 horsepower|
|0-60 mph:||less than 3 seconds (estimate)|
|Top speed:||311+ mph (claimed)|
|Price:||$2.5+ million (estimated)|
Read our full review on the Hennessey Venom F5
The Essenza SCV12 wasn’t the only hot Aventador-based supercar that Lamborghini unveiled in 2020. It also introduced the SC20, a beefed-up roadster with more than 700 horsepower at its disposal. Unlike the Essenza SCV12, the SC20 is street-legal, but this beast is a one-off so you can’t really buy it. But most of us end up just drooling over most supercars anyway, so that’s not going to keep the SC20 away from this list. An evolution of SC18 Alston, the SC20 is pretty much a more aero aggressive version of the Aventador SVJ, but it also boasts a classic speedster layout with no windshield and a pair of flying buttresses behind the seats. The SC20 draws juice from the same 6.5-liter V-12 as the Aventador, rated at an impressive 759 horsepower and 531 pound-feet of torque. Definitely the coolest roadster of 2020.
|0-60 mph:||2.7 seconds (estimate)|
|Top speed:||210+ mph (estimate)|
|Price:||$5 million (estimate)|
Read our full review on the Lamborghini SC20