QOTD: What's Your Definition of a Supercar?

Matthew Guy
by Matthew Guy
qotd what s your definition of a supercar

Last week I had the good fortune to spend a couple of days with Andrew Comrie-Picard, wheeling some gnarly Jeeps and riding along in psychotic 600-horsepower rallycross cars at a GRC event in Seattle. The Jeeps growled like Chewbacca on a bad fur day, while the rallycross cars felt like a freight train speeding up my spine and coming out my ear.

As with all good conversations, the topic frequently centered on cars. On the way to drive Jeeps, ACP posed a great question: What’s your definition of a supercar?

It was a great inquiry, yet one I could readily answer. In my mind, in order for a car to qualify as a true supercar, it needs to appeal to my inner nine-year-old. Let me try to explain.

The Pagani Zonda is an absolute riot of a car, a caricature of what a supercar would look like if a group of designers were given free reign with their imagination and several strong hallucinogens. Various AMG engines plugged into its fantastically ridiculous bodywork over the years. Its interior is something out of a spaceship, filled with chrome pods and retro-futuristic dials. Even its shifter is a work of art. Add in a dose of eye-watering performance and, to my jaundiced eye, the Zonda is a supercar.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, I submit Pagani’s follow-up, the Huayra. I have infinite respect for the Huayra – for its performance creds, for its feats of engineering, for its startling capabilities – but it doesn’t make me all tingly when I look at it. I applaud any person who buys one, along with the teams who designed and built it, but supercar? To this jaundiced eye? Hmm.

This is also the same point of view that leads me to choose a Huracan over an R8. It’s pantomime vs purity of purpose. How about you? What’s your definition of a supercar? Is it quantifiable with numbers and statistics? Or is it something less easy to define?

[Image: Pagani Automobili SPA]

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  • Flipper35 Flipper35 on Sep 19, 2017

    A supercar, to me, is a little brash in one respect or another to go with the performance and it should be able to back up its looks with performance. For instance,a Viper is a sports car. A Viper ACR is a supercar. An F40 is a supercar because it doesn't compromise performance for such things as inside door handles. A Veyron would not be because it is so stinking heavy it hampers its performance in every way but top speed. A 2 seat sports car should not weigh as much as a new Challenger. They could drop 1000# and 200hp and have better performance.

  • PandaBear PandaBear on Sep 19, 2017

    My definition is it is a panty melter, literally speaking. Woman would want to hang out with me and go to my home after a ride in it.

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