The for today’s mainstream automobiles is taking advantage of increasingly-powerful four-cylinder engines or turbo-/super-charged solutions. Obviously, the biggest reason for this is fuel economy. However, in the world of supercars, where fortunate consumers need not worry about petty things such as fuel economy, there is an all-out horsepower war. Many of the supercar favourites such as the mad Koenigsegg CCX, as futuristic as they appear, are becoming older. In this business, the younger move faster; whether they actually drive better is subjective, but there’s no hiding the performance increases many of the new supercars are bringing to the market.
This is the successor to the aforementioned CCX, which is car made of otherworldly numbers: with a twin-supercharged 4.7-litre V8 producing 806 hp and 678 lb-ft, the CCX is an absolute monster of a car. That’s coming from Sweden – the same people that gave the world Volvo and Saab, the former claiming to have the safest cars and the latter claiming to be born from jets. If anything, Koenigsegg are jets on four wheels. As if the CCX was not mad enough, these Swedes produced the CCXR which produced over 1,000 hp when running on E85 ethanol! Now that’s an eco-car I can appreciate (unlike Ferrari and Porsche hybrid concepts). The Agera, being a replacement for the slightly more sensible CCX, will use a twin-turbo 4.7-litre V8 (likely with a lot of re-engineering) producing 891 hp and 811 lb-ft. All of this power will be wrapped in a lightweight skeleton and shell, weighing only 1290 kilograms. In comparison, a current-generation BMW M5, another fast car (although in a completely different league), weighs 1855 kg. We should expect 0-62 mph times of 3.1 seconds!
Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera
Perhaps the world’s second-best known flamboyant, Italian supercar maker (there’s best-known being… well, I think they have a prancing unicorn for a logo and call themselves the Scuderios) has made an update to the Gallardo LP560-4 which arrived in 2008. Much like the first generation of Gallardo Superleggera, this car focuses on cutting weight wherever possible. The 5.2-litre V10 has increased in power to 562 hp (it’s only 10 more) and has lost 70 kilograms of weight. It is a sleek, yet menacing machine. However, the Gallardo has gone without any major overhauls since its introduction. While the Gallardo competed well with the Ferrari F430, the second Superleggera isn’t a complete redesign like the 458 Italia, which is its direct competitor. Hopefully, Lamborghini will unveil a brand new Gallardo soon (along with the Murcielago successor).
Lexus LFA Nurburgring Edition
Personally, I love the LFA. It is engineering excellence, and very uncharacteristic of Lexus. What really gets me is the futuristic design; I love the rear with its vents and tri-exhaust layout. The engine, of course, is amazing; the 4.8-litre V10 is the size of a typical V8 and as light as a typical V6 engine. It sounds like a Formula 1 car and can rev so fast that they needed to use digital tachometers because the analog needles couldn’t track the engine RPMs quick enough! The Nurburgring edition adds 10 horsepower (to 562, equal to the Lamborghini LP570-4), a fixed rear spoiler, some extra side fins, and more of a racing-tuned suspension. The overall speed should be similar to the original LFA: 0-60 mph in 3.7 and topping out at 202 mph. However, you can get this car with driving instruction and a one-year pass to the ‘Ring. Yes, it’s a Lexus, the cost is extremely high, and only 50 will be made, but that engine just sounds amazing.
All I know is that I could seriously use a government bailout right now. Maybe I can trade my a kidney or a lung for one of these cars. I only need one, right?