I’m going to play it a bit fast and loose with the term Supercar here. I guess the original and strictest sense of the term our search would be narrowed down to a rear engine, two seater, high powered top performance auto that’s been built with little but power in mind. However in this event, we want a car we can drive every day and get the very most out of so, we’ll be looking at Supercars in a slightly looser sense. We’ll be keeping a hold grasp on high power and top performance, making sure with throw in some luxury style but loosening up on things like rear/forward engines, seats, doors etc to include some amazing quality, high performance coupes and hatchbacks. Yes, yes we know that most supercars are going to cost that little bit more time, effort and money to keep on the road as an everyday drive, but that are ones that we feel do the best job day to day and that still deserve the supercar tag.
Ferrari F12 Berlinetta: The F12 has the whopping supercar price tag of around £351,000 and is known as the top grand touring car in the Ferrari catalogue. In terms of using this beauty every day, it certainly scores a few more points than other cars of its kind. The engine noise for example, is a lot less attention seeking. It actually has some space for human passengers and baggage in the rear of the vehicle. Those passengers can also get in and out of the car without causing harm to themselves or others thanks to its door positioning and design. On top of all that it has extremely comfortable seating that still has that real leather luxury to them. It’s a front engine, rear wheel coupe that can do 0-62mph in 3.1 seconds, reaching a top of around 211 mph. With 730 horsepower you are getting a high powered supercar that can talk the talk but does it quietly.
Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG: A naturally aspirated V8 6.2ltr engine gives you 563 horsepower to play with and it certainly helps on the speed front, giving you 0-60 in 3.6 seconds. So for day to day you might not need all that power behind you, but it certainly feels good and if you spend a fair bit of time on long motorway commutes, you might get chance to have a little fun with the power once in a while. This motor will set you back around £145,000 but it seems to be holding its value a lot longer than most cars do so it’s likely that you could get a fair chunk of that back selling it on once you’ve had your fun with it. It’s positioning is low and therefore it sports the upward opening doors you see on a lot of super cars, also as with the classic supercars you’ll only find two seats so if there’s a chance you’ll want to be chauffeuring people around this isn’t the car for you. Although its classed as a front engine car its engine is all positioned behind the front wheels making it, technically, a mid engine car in reality. So if you are looking to be a lone ranger with some real power and sound behind you then this car is a great option for an everyday supercar.
Aston Martin Vanquish: An Aston Martin Vanquish will set you back around £200,000 and top 201mph with your foot down. It’s an exceptionally low vehicle so it helps that the doors open upwards so you can avoid any nasty bumps and scrapes on kerbs etc. There’s fantastic visibility, it’s a quiet drive with smooth steering and a pretty smooth gear box too so that all adds up to a better city drive than a lot of other cars in its class. Admittedly it’s not as roomy or easy to exit for any passengers in the back of the vehicle than the F12. In fact, let’s be honest you’re not really going to get any passengers in the back but if you only need a 2 seater with some extra room for baggage then there is a decent amount of baggage space available and this could be a competitor.
This clip shows the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG discussed above in action along with 8 more cars that you might want to add to the mix.