Supercars vs hypercars, what’s the real difference?

Supercars have quickly found their way into the showrooms and garages of the ultra-rich. From their limited edition status to the power under the hood and their customizable features, there’s so much to love about these luxury items. Now, we’re seeing another lavish mode of transportation - hypercars. Today we’re taking a closer look at the difference between the two so you can decide which one is really the best.

Supercars have quickly found their way into the showrooms and garages of the ultra-rich. From their limited edition status to the power under the hood and their customizable features, there’s so much to love about these luxury items. Now, we’re seeing another lavish mode of transportation - hypercars. Today we’re taking a closer look at the difference between the two so you can decide which one is really the best.

Where does the term supercar come from?

We were shocked to discover that it actually dates back all the way to 1920! The London newspaper, The Times, coined the phrase in an article about the 6.7-litre Ensign 6. With no technical phrase to describe this top-performing vehicle, the only way to describe it was as - super. A supercar. Today, this term has taken on a totally different meaning.

Supercars vs hypercars, what’s the real difference?

What makes a car super?

Supercars are generally sports cars that have been legally approved for street use, but officially, it’s not that simple.

Supercars are determined based on four characteristics: performance, technology, design and price. While they are measured against all these traits, a car does not need to excel in every category. Most often, the performance of a car would be the ultimate test. If they exceed expectations in the performance category, they’re instantly crowned a supercar.

Cars that don’t tick all the boxes, but still hold the coveted title of supercar

The Corvette C7 Z06: it has great lap times and a powerful design, however, only costs US $80,000. This is thousands of dollars less than any of its competitors. While most of us assume that a high price tag = a higher performance, the Corvette C7 Z06 just goes to show that expensive doesn’t always mean better.

Supercars vs hypercars, what’s the real difference?

Interesting fact: while a US $80,000 supercar sounds like a great deal to some people, one of the most affordable supercars available is the 2019 Chevy Camaro ZL1, which can be purchased for a reasonable US $62,000.

The Ariel Atom V8: this car is one of the simplest cars on the market. Coming in at a great price point and looking more like a racecar than a luxurious vehicle, this is one of the most surprising cars on any supercar list. Instead of leather seats and a sleek design, the Ariel Atom V8 looks like a metal frame attached to wheels. Regardless of its lack of design, the lower-than-usual price and standard technology, the Ariel Atom V8 can still drive laps around any other supercar on the market.

So, what is a hypercar?

Supercars are known to outperform other cars on the market. Now, advanced technology and forward-thinking teams have made it possible to invent cars that blow all expectations out of the water. Say hello to hypercars. These powerful machines are a collection of the top 1% of supercars, the best of the best. That means that all hypercars are automatically supercars, but not all supercars are hypercars.

What qualifies as a hypercar?

The set criteria for a hypercar is unknown. However, when looking at the hypercars currently available on the market, it’s easy to see why they received the precious title.

The Bugatti CHIRON: Bugatti describes the CHIRON as the “fastest, most powerful, and exclusive production super sports car in BUGATTI’s history”. It’s more than just a car, its performance, technology, design and price point exceeds all expectations, turning it into a work of art. However, it’s the car’s horsepower that really sets it apart. With a peak power output of an insanely impressive 1500 hp, this car can easily drive circles around other hypercars out there.

Supercars vs hypercars, what’s the real difference?

Interesting fact: while the Ferrari 458 is an excellent supercar, its 526 hp is no match for the Bugatti CHIRON.

The McLaren P1: this model does not have the impressive 3-seat layout that other models have, it turns heads for other reasons. Not only is the McLaren P1 a limited-edition vehicle, but it’s also a plug-in hybrid sports car with an impressive 1000 hp. With its sophisticated design and high-power engine, this car is way ahead of its competitors.

Now that you know more about supercars and hypercars, which model will you be parking in your garage after becoming a multimillionaire?



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