DriveTribe community car of the decade - supercar category
With the word “supercar” being a staple amongst automotive vernacular, and one that can perhaps define the origins of our petrolhead species, I thought it appropriate to commence this process with the supercar category. And the nominations are...
Ferrari 458 Speciale
While the 458 itself was a product of the previous decade, I find the Speciale version to be the stand out supercar from the entire history of Ferrari V8 Berlinettas. Not only was it the last normally aspirated V8 Ferrari ever to be made, but it came with a soundtrack that could send shivers down the spine violent enough to register on a richter scale. Combine that with a handling balance that feels as though it was calibrated by angels rather than engineers, and the 458 Speciale is the perilously high bar that all modern Ferrari V8s are compared to.
From the very first moment the new Ford GT was conceived, its primary goal sat in the world of competitive racing. Rather than being built as a road car first however, and then altered to go racing, Ford set about designing the racing car before the homologation process took the sting out of its tail. If this makes you reach into your bag of automotive cliches and pull out the phrase “it’s a racing car for the road”, you could argue its truth with perfect utility.
To some, progress is defined simply through the use of advanced technology - regardless of whether the application of that technology actually results in the car being better than its more conventional rivals. At the moment, the Honda NSX is the only car in its particular class to use hybrid technology. And while that fact itself doesn’t put it ahead of its rivals in terms of performance, it does mean that Honda have their foot in the door of hybridity when imminent legislature forces everybody in the industry to adopt the technology.
Lamborghini Huracan Performante
While the NSX however is all about looking to the future, the Lamborghini Huracan Performante is - in its powertrain at least - all about clinging onto the past. The 5.2L V10 sits bereft of any forced induction - all for the benefit of its soundtrack. The noise that shoots out the back is one of the most visceral sounds to have been captured by the human ear, and it forms a large portion of the appeal of the car.
While we’re on the subject of monstrous V10s, we can’t let the magnificent Lexus LFA slip by without mention. Like the Huracan, the 4.8L engine is normally aspirated, which helps it sing a song unlike any other you’ll hear. The music generated by the LFA is one that drills down to the very core of your soul, and then stimulates it beyond the heights of any other pleasure.
The 600LT and the 570S before it are anomalies amongst the McLaren range. Here is a manufacturer that has established itself with the pursuit and eventual acquisition of perfection. Yet the only thing that follows the equals sign at the end of all the equations that have calculated the 600LT is “fun”. And for that reason, it earns a place in this vote.
We can’t mention McLaren in a list designed to find what you all believe to be the greatest supercar of the decade without mentioning the almighty 720S. In many ways, the 720S offers a level of performance more intrinsic with the hypercars above it than all of the machines in its own category that it, quite frankly, annihilates. If anything, the main criticism you could throw at it would be that it’s just too damn good.
Mercedes SLS AMG Electric Drive
No mountain is ever conquered without taking a first step - and in order to conquer the mountain of electric supercars, this Mercedes was the first serious step. While using it in years to come would be much like using a first generation iPhone now, it represents the genesis of the performance car of the future. For that, it deserves a place here.
So then ladies, gentlemen, basketballs and attack helicopters - now the power is in your hands. Cast your vote below for your favourite supercar of the decade - the winner of which will go through to the final vote with the winners of the other 9 categories. Voting closes at 7pm GMT on Monday the 9th of December.