McLaren’s F1 was, undoubtedly, one of the best cars ever to have graced this planet. So it was a pretty tall order when the time came to offer up a follow-up to it. Luckily, the geniuses in the brand’s design department were more than up to the task, giving us the wonder that is the P1. How does it compare, you ask? Well, the F1 hit 0-62 in 3.2 seconds. But the P1 can do it in 2.8. By the time the F1 hits the 100 mph mark, the P1 is already well on its way to 124 mph. And, finally, the F1 will finish a quarter-mile drag in 11.1 seconds – whereas the P1 does it in just 9.8. Even more amazing, the P1 can actually do 34 miles to the gallon, as well. It’s not often you can find an incredibly well designed (for lack of a better word) race car that also is economical on gas. Well done, McLaren. Oh, and this one retails for around $1.5 million.
Engine: 3.8-litre Twin-Turbo V8 + 132kW Electric Motor
Horsepower: 904 HP
Torque: 664 Ft-Lbs
Top Speed: Electronically Limited @ 217 MPH
Acceleration: 0-62 In 2.8 Seconds
It was the Zonda that put Pagani on the map. That car, of course, is now over 15-years-old and – while still an unbelievable marvel of automotive excellence – just can’t compare to the new and upgraded tech of the brand’s present vehicle, the Huayra. For starters, this new model features a specially made lightweight Mercedes-AMG twin-turbo 700 horsepower engine which, for reference, garnered it the fastest lap time around the Top Gear track up until June of last year. But that’s not the only thing that makes this car special. No, its grace and beauty are a credit to its creator – Horacio Pagani – who obsessed over every single one of the vehicle’s 4,000+ components so as to create his vision of the perfect car. It came with a base price of just over $900,000 – but since it sold out you can count on spending more if you want to take it off a collector’s hands. Or, you could wait for the upcoming release of the Roadster version.
Engine: Mercedes AMG M158 Twin-Turbo V12
Horsepower: 700 HP
Torque: ~738 Ft-Lbs
Top Speed: ~238 MPH
PORSCHE 918 SPYDER
Looking like a hybrid of the brand’s classic sports car silhouette and some kind of intergalactic science-fiction starship, the Porsche 918 Spyder is a sight to behold. Thankfully, it’s not just looks. This car has got some monstrous numbers beneath the hood, as well. That starts with a naturally aspirated 4.6 litre V8 engine – giving it 887 horsepower and 944 foot-pounds of torque. And it doesn’t stop there. The 918 Spyder also offers some interesting technology behind it. The onboard computer can actually read the driving terrain and choose the mode that best suits the situation, allowing the driver to stay focused on the road. It’s kind of like having your own version of KITT, only you don’t have to hear it talk all the time. Of course, you can also choose between the driving modes yourself, if that’s more your speed. This hybrid hypercar retailed at a starting price of $845,000, but you can probably expect to pay more for the next run.