The coolest supercars of the 1990s
Some absolute gems came from this era
I love supercars like most people on DriveTribe but the ones from the 1990s are some of my favourite. Unlike some people who say their favourite is whatever has been launched in the last week, some of my favourites are set in stone and they are from the 1990s. It probably doesn’t help that I was born in 1995.
What you’re going to see here is a collection of my favourite supercars from the 1990s. So get ready to put on your Adidas shell suit and get transported back to a time where everything was a little bit more exciting.
Ferrari F355 GTS
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I love the Ferrari F355 GTS as it’s one of my dream cars. It all started when I watched Goldeneye with my dad in the early 2000s and I fell in love. I later got a model of one for Christmas one year and then I ended up buying a poster of one with my pocket money at some point. Now at 23 years old, I’m as old as the car I dream of.
Can you blame me though? The styling of the F355 GTS is one of the best shapes ever designed thanks to it being designed by Pininfarina. The GTS is the one to have as it retains the same basic design of the coupe, but the middle section of the roof can be removed. With the roof removed, you get to hear the 375bhp 3.5 litre V8. Oh, and it has pop up headlights too.
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Long before the Mercedes-AMG ONE, there was something arguably cooler and rarer…the CLK-GTR. The CLK-GTR road cars were built to comply with the FIA GT1 homologation regulations. As a result, 30 were produced in both coupe and roadster body shapes.
The basic CLK-GTR had a 6.9 litre V12 which produced 604bhp and 572lb ft of torque. It managed to do 0-62mph in 3.8 seconds and reach 214mph. This was impressive for 1998. That’s pretty crazy but there were a handful of models fitted with AMG’s 7.3 litre V12, and these were called the CLK-GTR Super Sport. These ones had the same engine as the original Pagani Zonda which meant they had 655bhp and 580lb ft of torque. They were also fitted with an extra front splitter which meant the car was more stable at high speeds.
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After being a dormant brand for a few decades, Bugatti came back in 1991, complete with a new owner, new factory and most importantly, a new car. This new car was the EB110; a car so good, Michael Schumacher owned one.
Two versions of the EB110 were available to purchase. These were the EB110 GT and the EB110 SS. Both cars shared the same 3.5 litre, quad turbocharged V12 which was mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox. The GT offered 552bhp and the SS offered 592bhp. The EB110 was also the last production Bugatti to be entered into motorsport as one was entered into the 24 Hours of Daytona in 1996 but had to be retired due to a gearbox problem.
Dodge Viper RT/10
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Thanks to its 8.0 litre V10 engine, the Dodge Viper deserves to be recognised as a 1990s supercar. Production started in 1991 and it was an indirect replacement to the average at best Dodge Stealth. Sales started in 1992 and ended in 1995 when the second-generation model was introduced.
The original stayed true to the 1989 concept with its long bonnet, small cabin and curved bodywork. The 8.0 litre V10 was partially developed by Lamborghini as they were owned by Chrysler at the time. The V10 engine was able to produce 400bhp and 465lb ft of torque allowing it to do a 0-60mph run in 4.6 seconds and had a relatively low top speed of 165mph. However, thanks to its massive tires, the car was able to average 0.96 lateral g’s while cornering making it one of the best handling cars in its day, according to reviewers.
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If you don’t know what the McLaren F1 is, where have you been for the past 25 years? The McLaren F1 is the definition of supercars from the 1990s with its three-seat interior, 243mph top speed, gullwing doors and BMW-sourced V12.
Only 106 F1’s were produced and if one comes up for sale, they normally sell for a small fortune. Each F1 had a BMW-sourced 6.1 litre V12 which produced 618bhp and 479lb ft of torque.
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The Lamborghini Diablo is one of my favourite supercars of all time. The Diablo was introduced in 1990 and was the replacement for the legendary Countach. The Diablo was launched with a 485bhp 5.7 litre V12 and was able to hit 202mph. These numbers were very impressive in 1990. Also, the original Countach had pop-up headlights.
My favourite Diablo is the 1998 facelift and with that facelift, came the Diablo SV. The SV became the entry level model and came with an improved 5.7 litre V12 which came with even more power, with 529bhp being the basic version. The ultimate Diablo was the GT which was introduced in 1999 and only 83 examples were built. The Diablo GT came with an updated 6.0 litre V12 with 575bhp and 465lb ft of torque. This engine later found its way into the Murcielago.
Which one is your favourite?
I've listed some of my favourite supercars from the 1990s but I want to know your favourite 1990s supercars. Leave your favourite in the comment section.