What, exactly, is a supercar? Experts have raged battles for years as to what makes a car worthy of the title and to this day, there is no proper definition of the word. All through our childhoods, we have grown up looking at the gleaming posters of the Lamborghini Countach, the beautiful Miura and the effortlessly brilliant Ferrari Testarossa in our bedrooms and we knew, these definitely fit the bill – because they simply outperformed the other, more normal cars by a mile. But today, as sports cars and even fast family cars are continuously remoulding the barriers of performance, it is becoming increasingly more difficult to ascertain the blurry line between sports cars and supercars. Exclusivity, then, must be another important parameter when we set that boundary.
To make it through our definition of the supercars, the sports car either had to be able to perform in a way that defies physics – a 0-100 km/h time of 4.0 seconds or less and a top speed of over 300 km/h. It must look the part, seat only two (weight hampers performance). Or it can bank on sheer desirability – for breaching the barriers of technology or for offering performance in a different way altogether and excelling in it. You will find some very unconventional cars on this list but they absolutely deserve the spot for the way in which they have redefined the automobile.
Stupidly quick, superb engineering, incredible driving dynamics and most importantly, the ability to get the child inside you hyper-ventilating. All the cars featured in this list include excitement as standard equipment. And this, is our guide on how you can enter the exclusive world of supercars with the least amount of moolah. None of these cars are cheap, mind. But as a certain Mr Einstein taught us, everything is relative.
Nissan GT-R (INR 2.12 Cr)
The GT-R was to Nissan what the LFA was to Toyota. It was about creating a machine that put them right on top of the performance charts – of showing the world that they could beat the more exotic brands in their own game. We have seen countless videos of the Godzilla beating proper top-spec hyper-cars (including Ferrari’s formidable LaFerrari) in flat out drag races – an unmatchable testimony to just how good this car is.
Powered by a 3.8 Litre Twin-Turbocharged V6 pushing out 570 PS and 637 N-m through its rear wheels. Mated to a 6-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission which can shift gears in merely 0.15 seconds, and with hand-crafted Titanium exhausts, this track monster is a tuner’s wet dream. Performance figures are unearthly with 2.7 seconds 0-100 time and a top speed crossing 311 km/h. The Godzilla, then, is the undoubted value for money king of the supercar category.
Mercedes-Benz AMG GT R (INR 2.48 Cr)
The second sports car after the SLS AMG to be developed completely in-house by the performance wing of Mercedes, the AMG GT is a two-door, two-seater fastback. It features fancy all-wheel steering technology which increases agility at low speeds and makes the car feel more stable above the three-digit mark which, by the way, is ridiculously easy to cross.
Twin-turbos are the taste of the season and the AMG GT S gets a 4-litre Biturbo V8 engine that produces 585 hp. The AMG GT R sprints from 0-100km/h in 3.6 seconds with a top speed of 318km/h.
Jaguar F-Type R Coupe (INR 2.42 Cr)
One of the most beautiful cars of current times, the Jaguar F-Type has been squeezed with some lime since Ian Callum’s brilliance was first introduced to the World, seven years ago. Currently, the super sports car’s range-topper in India is the F-Type R Coupe which is powered by a supercharged V8 which sends 575 British horses and 700 Nm, transferred to all four wheels.
These numbers are as good as the top-spec SVR trim of the previous-gen model, where the F-Type’s 5.0 Litre V8 sent out 567 BHP and 700 N-m of torque through an all-wheel-drive system.
Porsche 911 Turbo S (INR 3.08 Cr)
The all-new (2020) Porsche 911 Turbo S is a more potent version of the revered German. It is powered by an updated version of its 3.8-litre turbocharged flat six-cylinder engine. It produces 650bhp and 800Nm of torque, mated to an eight-speed PDK automatic transmission unit, sending power to all four wheels. The 911 Turbo S can accelerate from 0 to 100 kmph in 2.7 seconds, while 0 to 200 kmph is achieved in 8.9 seconds- a full second quicker than the previous generation, before the car reaches the top speed of 330 kmph.
Inside the cabin, the 2020 Porsche 911 comes with a sporty-looking cabin, featuring full leather interior and carbon trim combined with light silver accents. The dashboard layout also offers a new 10.9-inch centre touchscreen display and some of the standard features like – GT Sports steering wheel, sport Chrono package with Porsche track precision app and a Bose surround sound system. The car also gets an 18-way adjustable sports seats
Lamborghini Huracan Evo RWD (INR 3.22 Cr)
There is just something about a Lamborghini that sets it apart from any other manufacturer out there. The sharp wedge-like styling and the angry powertrain places it as one of the most powerful chauvinistic symbols, perhaps in the history of humans. The Huracan carries all the angular cuts and magnificent details that define the brand.
A purist’s wet dream, the rear-wheel-drive Lamborghini Huracan RWD is now available in India. Powering this Italian Bella is a naturally-aspirated, 5.2-litre V10 which cranks out 610 Hp and 560 Nm of torque. It has been paired with a 7-speed Lamborghini Double Clutch (Lamborghini Doppia Frizione – LDF) transmission. Tipping the scales at 1,369 kilos, the Huracan RWD can hit a top speed of 325 km/h and goes from 0 – 100 kmph in 3.3 seconds.