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We are living through a high period for the super sports car. Never before has there been such a varied and exotic mix of offerings available within this swollen niche of the performance car market, each car with its own blend of qualities and mechanical subtleties. The list of 10 cars below features everything from hardcore hooligans to more forward-looking mid-engined hybrids. Never before has Gaydon departed so clearly from its traditional preference for fairly laid-back, long-legged, old-school front-engined GT sports cars than it has here.
It's now available in roter-bodied form, as well as with the chassis and styling tweaks that made up the limited-edition AMR version. Never have you been able to drive a series-production Aston as hard as this, or really contemplate using one like you might a track-ready Save money with new Vantage deals on What Car? Its performance level is exceptional, without compromise to driveability. Its handling is equally outstanding: a special mix of track-ready purpose, with on-road compliance, precision and stability — and enriched by wonderful control feedback and delicacy of feel.
It is more exotic than the Porsche , more tactile to drive than an Audi R8 V10 Plus and more practical than you might think too. Save money with new S deals on What Car? The Roma is a new mould of more affordable Ferrari that feels very much like an old one. The classically beautiful, V8-powered, front-engined, two-plus-two-seater coupe shares its platform with the Portofino but has looks and handling appeal way beyond the reach of that convertible relation.
It is perhaps most alike Maranello's popular Maranello of the late s in spirit, although not technically in every way: a compact, temptingly attainable, daily-usable sporting GT which also ranks highly in our super GT top ten, by the way with the performance, excitement factor and handling vivacity of a proper Ferrari, but a cabin and character you could really put miles on. The Roma's 3.
Save money with new Roma deals on What Car? Porsche's brutally fast, incomparably usable, four-wheel-drive performance icon is back for the '' generation, and once again ranks as one of the quickest point-to-point car on the planet.
Four-wheel drive and new twin-turbocharged engine tuned to bhp contrive to deliver a 2. And as with other s in the current range , you can also expect a first-class cabin with tangible luxury allure, and a degree of under-the-radar subtlety absent from some of the more extrovert cars on this list. And that's a large part of the appeal with the Turbo S, which is also available in cheaper, slightly less rapacious 'Turbo'-badged guise as well. Despite it's manic pace, it doesn't shout everywhere it goes, and its ability to swallow big distances and plenty of luggage also makes it an authentic alternative even to GT-leaning rivals such as the Aston Martin DB Naturally, it'll thrill like few else on a B-road, too.
Intuivive steering and just a hint of that rear-biased weight distribution give the driver options, though admittedly the Porsche still isn't quite as playful or involving as some on this list. Save money with new Turbo S deals on What Car? Advertisement Back to top 5. The V8 is the entry-level version, and the one that most qualifies for the car for consideration as an out-and-out driver's car.
And, by making the top half of this list, you can take it that it qualifies pretty well. Cabin ambience is old-school luxurious, with brogued leather in abundance if you want it. In some ways, the car's interior isn't as technologically impressive as perhaps it ought to be, nor are all of its fittings quite as materially solid of feel - but it impresses allthesame.
This is a hugely desirable product — one that ranks ahead of its V12 sibling in our book for driver appeal. Save money with new DB11 deals on What Car? Honda has managed to deploy world-first powertrain technology with a superb lightness of touch here. It has used unconventional means to refine and enhance, rather than reinvent, the conventional mid-engined driver's car. Advertisement Back to top Despite updates introduced in — which, along with the bright orange paint-job, included detail chassis tweaks and recalibrations for the adaptive damping, steering and four-wheel drive - it could still be better equipped, nicer to travel in and a touch more luridly exciting at times.
The car's weight and its tendency to run short on outright power at really big speeds make it less impressive on track than it might be, so that if Honda wants to release a Type R version anytime soon, it'll need to do plenty to make it really worthy of the billing. However, for its fusion of talents, the NSX deserves plenty of respect, and perhaps even a certain reverence. Amond mid-engined options, arguably only the McLaren S offers a more rounded, versatile and compelling driving experience , but it does so with a far simpler powertrain. The car is a visceral, singular tribute to power and performance, noise and revs, grip and traction.
However, with the introduction of the new R8 RWD - which, unsurprisingly, drops its front-driven axle - a good helping of that character has been restored. Options such as 'Magnaride' adaptive dampers and carbon-ceramic brakes can only be had on upper-level four-wheel-drive versions, however. Save money with new R8 deals on What Car? Affalterbach introduced the more hardcore '-R' version of the car in , as its ambitions to make inro into the market of near neighbour Porsche's GT-car clientele grew.
The first version upped power to bhp, which remains where it rests. The extra track-focussed GT-R Pro version that came along in brought some chassis and suspension tweaks and aerodynamic gains, but left the car's powertrain pretty much as it was. The GT-R is something of a brute compared to rivals in this chart; the kind of car to beat a bump into submission rather than breathe over the top of it, and that can feel marvellously over-endowed for power with the electronic aids disengaged. It's fun mostly because it's so direct unreconstructed, but it's certainly requires plenty of precision, skill and commitment of its driver if you're going to drive it well.
It may have been around for more than a decade now, but the Nissan GT-R remains one of the quickest, most capable super sports cars money can buy. The hardcore Nismo version builds on this. Nissan says these modifications make the GT-R Nismo even more playful on the limit, which can only be a good thing. Its 3. It might be showing its age, but the GT-R Nismo remains as brutally effective as ever.
Advertisement Back to top. BMW's M Division was certainly seeking to bridge both classes when it bestowed M Division tuning and styling on the M8, as well as a luxurious interior, and a driver-selectable four-wheel drive system whose front driveshafts can be disengaged completely. The M8's size and two-tonne heft both count against it to certain extent when you consider it as a pure driver's car. It isn't as involving as an Aston Martin Vantage or Porsche , isn't as viscerally exciting as a Ferrari Roma, and doesn't have any of the mid-engined poise or tactile feel of a McLaren; which is what has caused some to wonder why you wouldn't simply save a tidy five-figure sum and have the mechanically related BMW M5 Competition instead.
For BMW M car afficionados, this may the top of the tree; but viewed in the wider context of the niche in which it plays, the M8 lacks some of the finer detail on both genuine driver appeal and static desirability. Save money with new M8 Competition deals on What Car? Latest Drives. Mazda 6 2. Hyundai Tucson Ultimate Plug-in Hybrid review. View all latest drives. Read our review Car review.
Aston Martin Vantage. Read our review. Ferrari Roma The Roma is a new mould of more affordable Ferrari that feels very much like an old one. Honda NSX Honda has managed to deploy world-first powertrain technology with a superb lightness of touch here. Despite updates introduced in — which, along with the bright orange paint-job, included detail chassis tweaks and recalibrations for the adaptive damping, steering and four-wheel drive - it could still be better equipped, nicer to travel in and a touch more luridly exciting at times.
The car can now be had in V10 RWD bhp , V10 Quattro bhp and V10 Performance bhp forms, any of which can be combined with closed-roof coupe or open-top Spyder bodies. Save money with new GT deals on What Car?Rare sports car
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