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When is a car a 'supercar?' #1652363
06/08/2021 15:58
06/08/2021 15:58
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A number of times this year we've had supercar rallies around the coast, they are largely Ferrari, Lambo and Porsche, but what is it that makes them super; brand, performance, price?
I suspect if I turned up in the coop or the Alfa I'd get laughed at, but some Alfas would probably meet the criteria.
If it's performance, some tuned coops, Nissans and Fords would give them a run for their money.
If it's price one of the most common vehicles around here is the Range Rover which can cost £100k, but not that exclusive or 'super' to my mind.
If it's Brand does that mean all cars from that manufacturer, Porsche and Ferrari have had a few duds, there are some 'supercar' Mercs but most aren't.

Re: When is a car a 'supercar?' [Re: respace] #1652364
06/08/2021 16:19
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Mid-engined
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Minimum of 8 cylinders


F****** b****** thing...
Re: When is a car a 'supercar?' [Re: respace] #1652365
06/08/2021 17:57
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Re: When is a car a 'supercar?' [Re: respace] #1652405
10/08/2021 17:32
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Re: When is a car a 'supercar?' [Re: respace] #1652409
10/08/2021 21:04
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20VT, build in 1997, first used in 1998
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20VT6 plus, build in 1999
Re: When is a car a 'supercar?' [Re: respace] #1652950
16/09/2021 18:16
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Bit of a coincidence this, but I pick up a V8 R8 tomorrow.

It's mid-engined, less than 4 seats, has 8 cylinders, impractical(ish) but it isn't rare.



......My Boy...... (PB #7)
Re: When is a car a 'supercar?' [Re: respace] #1652959
17/09/2021 15:20
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As cars get smaller engines these days, we might have to include 6 cylinder (even the old Jag XK220 was a V6).

But usually they are 8 or more. Some have electric boost but that's not exclusive to supercars.
Dare I say some might be fully electric?
Generally 2 seater. Didn't the McLaren F1 have 3?
Generally designed to be driven on a track (if required) a bit like Range Rover are designed to be driven off road except most aren't.
I'm not sure mid engine is critical. Plenty of rear and front engine supercar, though some might be considered GT cars.
Expensive and exclusive
Essential: must be Italian. wink

Good luck with the R8. Must say I do like them.

Last edited by Gripped; 17/09/2021 15:27.
Re: When is a car a 'supercar?' [Re: respace] #1652966
17/09/2021 23:44
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Originally Posted by bezzer
Bit of a coincidence this, but I pick up a V8 R8 tomorrow.


Interested in a private plate for the R8? I bought the plate but then never bought an R8 rolleyes

PM me if interested.


Gone Audi mad!

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