The Sports Archives – Top Supercars of 2012!

What makes a supercar?

For a start it probably costs more than your house and ten-year-old kids will have posters of it all over their walls. Night after night they will dream about one day driving it through the school gates to choruses of rapturous applause.  It will reach 200 mph without breaking a sweat and brake so hard that your knees will pop imperceptibly out of their sockets. And, safe to say, you probably won’t see one round your local supermarket car park too often.

Supercars are all of these things: rare, expensive, exotic, powerful and exclusive. But for lovers of these complex machines it is something you can’t put your finger on that makes them so special. Supercars just have the X factor. Here are five of the latest high-end production cars that you could just walk out and buy tomorrow. Ahem … provided those lottery numbers are correct.

Koenigsegg Agera R: Top speed 260 mph

The Agera R is hot on the heels of the Bugatti to become the world’s fastest supercar. It bashes out 0-60 in just 2.9 seconds. The exterior of this beast is jaw dropping, straight out of the pages of a schoolboy’s intricate imagination. The interior is nice too – all plush leather and slinky gadgets. It could be yours for a mere $1,600,000.

Bugatti Veyron Super Sport: Top speed 267 mph

This is simply the fastest production car on the planet right now. It does 0-60 mph in a frightening 2.4 seconds.  It has a lightweight aluminum body and a 16 cylinder engine producing 1200 hp. It will set you back, oh, only a cool $2,400,000. Miraculously, the Veyron uses ten radiators, all of which are needed to help to keep the car cool after generating all that heat and speed.  At 267 mph, it’s a wonder the windshield doesn’t cave in!

SSC Ultimate Aero: Top Speed 257  mph

Shelby Supercars are the big American player in the hunt for the fastest supercar award – and they had it for quite a while. The Ultimate Aero had been the fastest car in the world from March 2007 to July 2010, and is still seen by many as one of the greatest supercars ever made. The two previous cars in this list, however, nicked that title back respectively. The Ultimate Aero has the most powerful engine out of any other road car producing 1,287 horsepower. Anything with the word ‘Ultimate’ in the title is always cool.

Koenigsegg CCX: Top Speed 245 mph

If you fancy a Koenigsegg but don’t feel like shelling out for the Agera R, the CCX is for you. It’s a bargain at only $545,568. Spare change really. This monster still does 0-60 in 3.2 seconds. But if you’re late for work by 0.3 seconds one day you only have yourself to blame.

Aston Martin One-77: Top Speed 220 mph

It might not be the fastest supercar of them all but it could well be the most beautiful. A favourite of one Mr James Bond, Aston Martin have always delivered on the aesthetic front. And this model is no different: every inch is luxury. There are only 77 being put into production. $1,850,000 each.  Second mortgage anyone? Better have a third one for good measure.

Catherine Halsey writes for a digital marketing company on a range of topics. This article links back to

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