The definition of a supercar could have been changed over the past two decades, but that fact hardly makes the metal content that makes up this class any less sensational.
Here, it’s the world’s giant mid-engined, upper-level performance machines we’re celebrating: not the very highest echelon of the performance car market, but rather this type of car you think about when you picture a modern Ferrari, McLaren or Lamborghini.
Topping this class means proves that your designers and engineers can master an inherently tricky dynamic brief, stand the heat of particularly intense competition. And satisfy some of the most demanding customers in motordom.
10. McLaren 720S
The McLaren 720S had the opportunity to succeed where both of its previous models (650S and MP4-12C) fell short in our supercar class chart: purely and simply, by topping it.
There are other more direct or effective ways for cars in this stratum of the performance car market to demonstrate their highest quality than by accelerating faster, lapping quicker and stopping harder than any rival: the 720S regroups all of that. In many of the performance benchmarks, road testers are used to measuring this 710bhp blockbuster is a closer match for a contemporary hypercar than one of its mid-engined opponents.
But it’s also uncommonly communicative and smooth to drive. It is a supreme ergonomic achievement and flatters a rambunctious track style more rewardingly thank the previous versions.