Top 6 cars you should buy as your first supercar
Just won the lottery and looking for your first supercar? You have come to the right place.
Buying your first supercar is undoubtedly an incredibly daunting experience. There is such a wide selection to choose from that you end up feeling like a child left alone in a chocolate factory – you know that joy surrounds you and you are desperate to get stuck in but you do not want to end up trapped in the room full of those horrid nut and raisin bars.
Fear not, for this article lays out the six best first supercars, as submitted by you:
6. Mercedes-AMG GT – An enormous chin for an enormously fun car
The AMG GT, first and foremost, is a rear-wheel-drive monster. It will eat you all up as soon as you put your foot down, but in a nice, fun way. Its cataclysmically long bonnet conceals within it a 4-litre twin-turbo V8 engine which provides a sumptuous 469 brake horsepower and 465 pound feet of torque which will happily power you and the back end of the car round the same corner, at the same time, in entirely different directions.
This car looks as though it is smiling gleefully at you from behind its gargantuan chin, shouting at you throught its enormous nostril in an attempt to will you inside. It combines the mechanical rigorousness, aggressive reliability and superior class of Mercedes with the deranged madness of AMG. Production on the original model started just three years ago, so one of these would make an excellent track day toy for all you newly rich gearhead rookies.
5. Dodge Viper ACR - It stands for American, cAmerican, rAmerican
As if the intrinsically American Dodge Viper was not American enough, in 1999 its overlords released the American Club Racing (ACR) variant which came with an enhanced suspension and additional weight reduction designed specifically to make the car as efficient as possible in autocross-style racing formats.
If what you’re looking for in your first supercar is something fun and silly which is twenty years old and wears go-faster stripes expertly (and your name is Hank Jr. McCheeseburger) then this car is a great choice for you. Its 460 brake horsepower V10 will be more than enough to make your friends look like total douchebags, dawg.
4. Ferrari 488 GTB - Brutally and beautifully Italian
Quite possibly the polar spiritual opposite of the Dodge Viper in the supercar sphere, the Ferrari 488 embodies the kind of exquisite Italian engineering that gives James May the ‘fizz’ in his gentlemanly area. A major step up from the 458, this beauty comes with a twin-turbo V8 which produces 710 brake horsepower, the most on the list so far. Ferrari are also among the very best at handling that power round a corner, drastically reducing your chances of impaling yourself on a tree branch within five minutes. Which is nice.
The 488's mouth stops just short of gawping at you, opening wide enough that you have no doubts regarding its sophistication and elegance but that you are also aware it is no wuss. The car's snake-like eyes stretch back deep into its face and hiss at you in a menacingly arousing way. This car is fast and sexy yet also remarkably sensible (in a way that Lamborghini and most of America are not), which means that, as a first supercar, you can’t really go wrong.
Unless you buy the Spider. In which case you’re an idiot.
3. Audi R8 - The sensible child's choice
Perhaps the least extravagant on the list, the Audi R8 brings sufficient merrymaking and vigour to get you tingling without going over the top and allowing that tingling to become terrifying. Its ethereal ancestry traces directly to the mighty Quattro which dominated the World Rally Championships for several years. What’s more, the R8 is based on the Lamborghini Gallardo, so it is more than capable of holding its own within this herd of supercar legends.
The Audi boffins managed to trap 525 positively rabid horses under the bonnet of this little car, meaning it doesn’t half move once it gets going. That figure is for the V10 40-valve engine in the 5.2 FSI model, which bears 391 pound feet of torque and is not to be messed with. It was also the first ever production car to have full-LED headlamps. How sensible is that?
2. Mustang Shelby GT500 Super Snake - Calm down, Carroll
After two brief productions stints in the 60s, the Shelby Mustang nameplate was finally revived in 2005 and has been gracing the driveways of slightly obnoxious rich American teenagers and incredibly obnoxious middle-aged British men ever since. Seeing as the standard Shelby Mustang is clearly not anywhere near muscular enough, a lucky few are sent to Carroll Shelby’s Special Performance Plant in Las Vegas to be made into an ultra-muscular Super Snake.
As David Attenborough might say, the snake’s secret weapon for attacking prey is a monstrous 605 brake horsepower 5.4-litre V8 engine. If you have a cocaine problem, you can also opt for a twin-screw supercharged version with 725 brake horsepower, which does 0-60 in a septum-wrenching 3.7 seconds. This Mustang also gives the Viper a run for its money in the battle of the bonnet stripes.
Submitted by Rodriguez.
1. Lexus LFA - A symphony of perfection
Lexus is oft described as the Japanese Mercedes, a label as befitting as a corset on a Victorian duchess. The notion of the best of both worlds is an overused cliché but Lexus wholly merits it; no other phenomenon in human history has so excellently combined Japaneseness and Germanism.
The LFA is an excellent example occurrence of this. I heartily invite you to swoon over this magnificent beast for all eternity, for this must be what Heaven is like. Its 552 brake horsepower V10 engine, its shudder-inducing soundtrack and its labyrinthine yet elegant engineering are mere pawns in the arcane, supra-natural chess game that is the truly matchless driving experience it offers.
Submitted by Nathan (Ignition Media).
I contend, and I welcome your excoriating disagreement, that the LFA is the ideal first supercar owing to the combination of its majesty in all things supercar and its pragmatic responsibility which means that as well as being immensely enjoyable in fancy fairy land (i.e. on a track) it also works as an actual car. It has seats that will not reshape your spine each day and a boot that will not compress your belongings to such an extreme degree that they transfer to another dimension.
The other cars on this list might also function in this way at a stretch, under certain circumstances, but each has its own fundamental flaws. The R8 is too small, the 488 is too Ferrari-y, the AMG GT is too bonkers and the Viper and Mustang are both way too American.
The LFA, on the other hand, is dangerously close to being perfect.
What do you think? Do you agree? What did we miss? Let us know in the comments!
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