Top 15 German Supercars of all time
They do let their hair down every now and again
Believe it or not, the German R&D departments have a massive booze up every three years or so which produces three key results:
1. A schnapps based hangover
2. Tinnitus from too much Rammstein (there's never too much)
3. Some German supercars
Annoyingly, the Germans are very good and efficient at pretty much everything. However, one thing that they lack is some Italian emotion and flair as you will see by their supercar designs below.
Even though they let the schnapps lower their inhibitions, you can still see the mental battle they have to produce something that is efficiently superior to the rest of the world.
I'll stop stereotyping now and introduce you to the top 15 German supercars. So turn up the Rammstein and delve into what happens when the German designers let their hair down.
1. Porsche 911 GT3 RS
Not exactly the most exciting start, but the 911 GT3 RS has to have a place on the list, so let's get it out of the way now and move on to some more interesting stuff.
2. Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR Roadster
That's more like it. "Let's build the most expensive production car ever and make it a 200 mph convertible." DU, DU HAST, DU HAST MICH...
3. BMW M1
This needs to be remade. Not in BMW i8 electrical mode but in full 3.5-litre six cylinder mode.
4. Gumpert Apollo S
The Gumpert Apollo S's only problem is the name. This is what I thought until 913 out of 1,400 of you guys voted for this name over my much better 'Schmetterling Apollo.
5. VW W12 (aka VW Nardò)
This is a classic case of 'let's build a supercar, but let's not get out of hand.' The result is actually something quite beautiful. The VW W12 or Nardò concept is more likely to be seen in digital racing game form, rather than on the roads.
6. Porsche 911 GT1 Straßenversion
This was the 911 to end all 911s. Keep your GT3 RS, I'd like the road going version of the GT1 racing car thank you very much. I feel like I've raced a million miles in one of these throughout my childhood.
7. Lotec Sirius
Curveball time. This Lotec has a 6.0-litre V12 so it needs to be taken siriusly... (I hate myself for that). Who says German cars don't have a sense of humour?
8. Lotec C1000
Lotec's previous attempt was the C1000. It was so good they made one of them.
9. Porsche Carrera GT
A carbon fibre covered V10. No more words needed.
10. Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren
The soundtrack of the SLR is on another level. It sounds like Dark Vader gargling nails.
11. Audi R8
The car that elevated Audi's entire range. Audi needed to enter the supercar game with something usable and special. I think it is safe to say they succeeded.
12. Isdera Silver Arrow C112i
Another lesser known brand sporting the 6.0-litre V12 of Mercedes. Apparently, the only way to purchase a brand new Isdera was to contact the CEO directly.
13. Porsche 918 Spyder
The 918 Spyder has less drama and flair than its rivals, the LaFerrari and P1, but it is just as impressive where it counts.
14. Volkswagen Golf GTI W12-650
A Golf on a supercar list? When a 641bhp twin-turbo W12 is hiding inside it then yes... it is on the list.
15. Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series
Whoever at Mercedes and AMG is responsible for the Black series, God bless you.