DriveTribe community car of the decade - supercar category

And the nominations for the supercar category are...

1y ago

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.

Ford GT

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.

Honda/Acura NSX

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.

Lexus LFA

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.

McLaren 600LT

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.

McLaren 720S

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.

Written by: Angelo Uccello

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Comments (65)

  • GT. It's a race car converted to a road car, it won Le Mans, and the fact that it's still a Ford and not a new upscale brand (like the NSX) is absolutely brilliant to me.

      1 year ago
    • Even though it's a Ford, you still need to be approved to buy one, like some other upscale manufacturers, and the price tag certainly isn't anything close to ordinary either

        1 year ago
    • Sure, but if I were engineering my own supercar I would want to see it go to a person who would really drive it and not have sit in someone’s private collection and never see the light of day. I think Ford is doing something right because of that.

        1 year ago
  • LFA here

      1 year ago
    • The LFA is a great car - that makes wonderful music. It’s problem is Lexus doesn’t care. They built it to prove they could (and get younger buyers to look at the brand) but then walked away. It’s a shame they proved they could play in the super car...

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        1 year ago
    • Great car, no offence, but there are better cars on the list

        1 year ago
  • I think the huracan performante is the car of the decade it proved that the engine is bullet proof sounds good and lower hp and better aero dynamics beat the 918

      1 year ago
    • yes and no it out did a 918 on the same track, sure that's nice even though Porsche whooped them right after, but the 918 is still one of the greatest hyper cars ever made because of how advanced it was and how it performed

        1 year ago
    • The 918 set the bench mark for hybrid hyper car and I respect that alot but the performante set another bench mark for cheaper super car less power and best performance in its segment.....the c8 Corvette is setting another bench mark as we...

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        1 year ago
  • Performante all day long!

      1 year ago
  • Great contenders. However, I wish Pista was included, it is more pleasing to look at than the 458.

    Anyway, my pick was the 720S. That thing just nullifies every other car south of the hypercar category.

    At close second I'd out the LFA because of that glorious noise.

      1 year ago