Super Cars

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Maserati MC12

Year: 2004-2005

The Ferrari Enzo is cool, but the Enzo-based Maserati MC12 (they share a chassis, windscreen, and the 6.0 litre V-12) is even cooler. Design wise, it’s a much more sleek and timelessly beautiful machine, and it’s homologated for GT racing, which gives it instant cred. It has a slightly slower top speed—205 to the Enzo’s 217.5—but that probably won’t matter.

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Bugatti Veyron Super Sport

Year: 2010-Present

Bugatti had already wowed the world by making the lunatic’s vision of a car that was the Veyron, but in the multi-billion dollar international pissing contest that is the title of “world’s fastest production car,” the original Veyron had been outdone by the SCC Ultimate Aero TT. This is why a car with a 1,001hp engine needed a power boost (to 1,200hp) and why a car that had new types of wind tunnels designed for it was aerodynamically tweaked.

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Jaguar XJ220

Year: 1992-1994

Jaguar is known less for race-spec supercars than it is for elegant grand tourers and sedans, but the one time that Jag did go down the mid-engined path, it was a massive success. The XJ220 set world records, won the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and was the first road car to build down-force by exploiting under-body air-flow. It was also capable of wringing a 213mph top speed out of its 3.5 liter twin-turbo V6.

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Ford GT

Year: 2003-2006

We’ve waxed as eloquently as we can on numerous occasions about the Ford GT. We love the history of the Ferrari-beating GT40 upon which it is based, we love the fact that the original 1964 design doesn’t look even the least bit dated today. Better still is the way the GT drives. Considering it was tuned by Carroll Shelby, this infatuation should come at no surprise.

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McLaren F1

Year: 1992-1998

McLaren’s anal-retentive ethos shows through in every aspect of the car, from the gold-plated (for heat dispersion) BMW V12, to the groundbreaking active aerodynamic effects. When it debuted, it was the fastest and most expensive car in the world, but the goal was to simply be the “best road car in the world.”

 1964 Ferrari 250 GTO Sells for Record $52M

Ferrari 250 GTO

Year: 1962-1964

The Ferrari 250 GTO is the record holder for the most expensive car sold for a reason: It’s a race-ready, yet still road-legal, version of the most beloved Ferrari of all time. Not only is it one of the most brilliant cars ever made, but it also represents Ferrari’s inherent shadiness in a wonderful way: The company was required to make 100 of them for homologation purposes but only made 39. The company got away with this by numbering them out of sequence to suggest cars that were never actually made. It’s the ultimate Ferrari, as it embodies everything we know, love, and even hate about the brand.

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Acura NSX

Year: 1990-2005

Any car that could keep selling for 15 years without a major reboot had something going for it. The NSX had a lot going for it. It could keep pace with the Ferraris and Lamborghinis of its day while costing much less and offering something the Italians had never really thought of before: reliability. When you get in your NSX, you can trust that it will start. The chassis was developed with Ayrton Senna’s input, which certainly makes it one of the most nimble and engaging cars ever to put rubber to road.

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Ferrari F40

Years: 1987-1992

Dario Franchitti, the winner of four IndyCar championships and three Indy 500s, cited the Ferrari F40 as his favorite driver’s car. The F40 is fast, precise, and without a doubt, a head-turner. Even though it was never intended to be raced, a number of private teams took the car to great success at events like the 1989 IMSA Laguna Seca race and the 6 Hours of Vallelunga.

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Enzo Ferrari

Year: 2002-2004

The Enzo Ferrari was designed to be a tribute to the company’s late founder, and as such, it had to be brilliant. The Maranello-based automaker thrived under this pressure and went on to build one of the most beloved and sought-after supercars of all time (only 400 were built). Now, if only the ham-fisted owners of these 660hp V12s would stop crashing them into the ocean and gigantic trees.

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Pagani Zonda

Year: 1999-2011

When Pagani started out, it looked like another one of those tiny companies that promises an amazing car just before folding like a square piece of paper at a Japanese wedding. From Pagani, however, we got more than a handful of press releases; we got the Zonda. It was partially engineered by F1 champion Juan Manuel Fangio, powered by one of the greatest engines ever made (the AMG M120 V12), made almost entirely of carbon fiber, and was endlessly customizable, as one can tell by the many special editions.