- 1992 Mclaren F1

Here Are The 7 Game-Changing Super cars of the ’90s

Without these cars, our car world would never be the same...

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Don't you guys think we are at the peak of super cars? I mean if you just think about it, we have the most advanced cars in the world, the current Holy Trinity — Ferrari LaFerrari, McLaren P1, and Porsche 918, And cars such as Koenigsegg and Bugatti which break records almost everyday! These cars are indeed at their peak, it’s time to look back down at the originals, the ones that started it all, and see how far we’ve come in time. The car world has changed alot! This article and series i am doing will take a look at the super cars that defined an era, one decade at a time, beginning with the super cars in the ’90s. Enjoy, and let me know your thoughts in the comments!

1992 Mclaren F1

1997 Mclaren F1

1997 Mclaren F1

Now, Lets start with the legend its self. The Mclaren F1, was and still is hailed as one of the best super cars of all time. The Mclaren F1 was designed with perfection and ultimate use and performance in mind. Designed by Gordon Murray and Peter Stevens, the Mclaren F1 changed the game for all super cars. The F1 utilized carbon fiber, titanium, gold, magnesium and Kevlar, and guess what, it was the first production car ever to have a carbon fiber chassis. It stole the record of the fastest production car from the Jaguar XJ220 with a top speed of 241 mph, which is crazy for back then, and that was a record that remained unbroken until 2005. And with actual gold. The precious metal is a very good heat reflector and so every McLaren F1 contains 16g of gold in its engine bay. Every single detail was thought of immaculately. This car is magnificent. The F1 has shaped the way for all super cars.

Engine: 6.1-liter BMW V12

Horsepower: 618

Top Speed: 241 mph

Original MSRP: $815,000

Current Estimated Value: $10,000,000+

Torque 647 Nm (477 lb-ft)

Power / liter 103 ps (101 hp)

Power / weight 543 ps (535 bhp) / t

Torque / weight 560 Nm (413 lb-ft) / t

Transmission 6 speed

Layout middle engine, rear wheel drive

1993 Bugatti EB110

1993 Bugatti EB110 GT

1993 Bugatti EB110 GT

The Bugatti EB110 is one of the most underrated, but one of the most revolutionary cars in the world! In every sense, this was a hypercar from the early ’90s, only the word “hypercar” hadn’t been invented yet. One of the most reliable engines, they did it way before anyone else even thought of doing this with cars. “When we decided to start the Bugatti rebirth, we posed a problem: we had to imagine how a Bugatti car could have been if its evolution continued. In fact, Bugatti's have always been innovative in its field, so we too tried to make this car more advanced than the others, and we totally did,” Romano Artioli said, with not an ounce of doubt. They built almost everything from scratch, they didn't use any other manufactures products. If you want to know more about this interesting story of the Bugatti Eb110 and what went wrong, you can watch it on Jay Leno's YouTube channel, Jay Leno's Garage.

Engine type Quad-Turbo V12, 60v

Displacement 3.5 l (214 ci)

Power 612 ps (603 bhp / 450 kw) @ 8250 rpm

Torque 650 Nm (479 lb-ft) @ 4200 rpm

Power / liter 175 ps (172 hp)

Power / weight 413 ps (408 bhp) / t

Torque / weight 439 Nm (324 lb-ft) / t

Transmission 6-Speed Manual

Layout middle engine, rear wheel drive

1995 Ferrari F50

1995 Ferrari F50

1995 Ferrari F50

Next to its predecessor or "sibling", the F40, the Ferrari’s F50 was actually considered not a good super car or a flop. Many disagree, and I disagree as well, the F50 was an incredible car in its own way. The F50 changed the game as well, just like the F40. With an insane 513 horsepower. Ferrari used a Formula 1 derived engine, and they designed a more elegant cabin. This car is insanely beautiful and special, and preforms even better! The idea of the F50 was to make an F1 car for the road, or a "road legal" Formula One car, that was also practical. Instead of the F40's small-displacement turbocharged V-8, the F50 had a mid-mounted F130B 4.7-liter naturally aspirated V-12, Ferrari was pretty successful with this car, and it has shaped the Ferrari company in many ways, which after entered a new era of success as well.

Engine: 4.7-liter V12

Horsepower: 513

Top Speed: 202 mph

1990 Lamborghini Diablo

1990 Lamborghini Diablo

1990 Lamborghini Diablo

Lamborghini was set out to build a new super car or a replacement for the legendary Countach. They built this, The Diablo. One of the most famous super cars in the world, with a top speed of 202 mph, this car has definite changed the game. It was set out to have a goal, of a top speed over 196 mph. And it over preformed, making it one of the best out there. Even Jeremy Clarkson once described the Diablo as designed “solely to be the biggest head-turner in the world.” And it is set out to be one of the most extreme looking cars on the road. With 575 horsepower this car is one of the biggest game changers in the car world.

Engine: 5.7-liter V12

Horsepower: 485

Top Speed: 202 mph

Original MSRP: $239,000

Current Estimated Value: $80,900+

1992 Jaguar XJ220

1992 Jaguar XJ220

1992 Jaguar XJ220

The beautiful XJ220 was also a huge game changer in the 90s, one the most beautiful cars in the world. Not only eye candy, it was one of the fastest cars in the world, with a top speed of 217 mph. This car preformed like no other. The car designed by Richard Owen was a nod to the gorgeous XK120 of the late ’40s, which also topped out at 120 mph (amazing for its time), Jaguar set out to make its ’90s supercar capable of a 220 mph top speed. Which it did not. It was originally meant to be powered by a V12, but it only had a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6. A disappointing result, but its still an amazing car.

Engine: 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6

Horsepower: 540

Top Speed: 217 mph

Original MSRP: $587,000

Current Estimated Value: $360,000+

1991 Honda NSX

1991 Honda NSX

1991 Honda NSX

The 1991 Honda NSX is one of the most amazing and legendary cars in the world. This car is definitely a game changer! It was developed to compete with the Porsche's, Ferraris and Jaguars, but it also cost a fraction of their prices, with a very small budget. They didn't make it a huge deal as the Ferrari's or the Porsche's did for their super cars. the Honda NSX was one of the first cars to prove high performance, and guess what? it didn’t have to demand a high markup, just like the other super cars. Honda was able to rely on its Formula 1 team for the engineering inspiration of this car. But, unlike Ferrari, Honda had the legend Ayrton Senna as a development driver, yes, THE Ayrton Senna drove this car! With 270 horsepower and a V6 this car changed the whole super car game!

Engine: 3.0-liter V6

Horsepower: 270

Top Speed: 168

Original MSRP: $60,600

Current Estimated Value: 30,000+

1997 Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR

1997 Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR

1997 Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR

You may have never heard of this one, this is the 1997 Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR. One of the most underrated cars in the world - but it certainly has left an impact in the car world. Racing was huge during this time. Mercedes saw this as a huge opportunity to go head-to-head with the likes of Ferrari and Porsche, which were one of the biggest names in racing at the time. In order to compete and to race, Mercedes needed to produce 25 road-legal versions of the CLK GTR. They wanted their costumers to feel the true racing experience of this stunning car, and they certainly excelled at that. With 630 BHP, costumers were given and sold a car that was almost identical to the race version of the CLK GTR. The only new things in the car being the air conditioner, traction control, and very comfortable leather seats. This car was defiantly a game changer in 90's.

Engine: 6.0-liter V12

Horsepower: 630

Top Speed: 214 mph

Current Estimated Value: $2,80,000+

Hi guys! Thank you for reading this article! I had to use most of my car knowledge lmao! But i also researched alot! I got inspiration from the 1993 Bugatti EB110 video on Jay Leno's Garage, when they were talking about the 90's game changers! Also websites that helped me and inspired me were Gear Patrol and Petrolicious! Please feel free to write in the comments what you feel about these cars and this article! The next article i will be writing is about the Game Changers of the '80s! Stay Tuned!

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Comments (56)

  • Were supercars better in the ‘90s? @tribe

      30 days ago
  • What about the Zonda?

      30 days ago
    • i love the zonda, but i only picked the top 7 that i thought were game changers lol

        30 days ago
    • I’d argue that the Zonda was one helluva game changer; it was incredibly ahead of its time and as a result still looks like it could be new today! I think lots of manufacturers took notes when Horacio and his team barged into the supercar market...

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        30 days ago
  • They were far cooler! 😎

      30 days ago
  • Umm,you missed the GT90(Not a PRODUCTION CAR😂)

      30 days ago
  • Was hoping to see the Vector M12 and the Porsche 911 GT1 Straßenversion but great article nonetheless!

      17 days ago
    • Thank you! i only added a few bc it took me a long time lol! But i do love the Porsche 911 GT1 as well!

        17 days ago
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