The Top Five Supercars

What are the top five supercars? To attempt an answer, this list includes only currently available high performance vehicles. Prices range from reasonable to exorbitant. Each car is a street legal production car that you can drive every day.

The 2012 Nissan GT-R sells for a bargain basement price starting at $89,950. Despite the low price, its 530 hp turbocharged V6 can carry you from 0-60 mph in a mere 2.9 seconds. Its quarter-mile time is 11.1 seconds and the car’s top speed is 197 mph. The impressive performance is due in part to a 0.26 drag coefficient that makes it literally slice through the air.

The 2012 Corvette ZR1 is the fastest production car ever produced by General Motors. The 638 hp supercharged LS9 engine launches the Vette to 60 mph in 3.3 seconds. The quarter-mile comes up in only 11.1 seconds and the LS9 keeps pounding the pavement to 205 mph. Shod with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup zero pressure tires, it corners at a mind bending 1.1 g. At the famed Nürburgring race track, the ZR1 completed the 12.9 mile course with a 7:19.4 elapsed time. At a price as low as $112,000, it is hard to beat.

The 2011 Porsche 911 Turbo S delivers an impressive 0-60 mph time of 2.9 seconds. The quarter-mile arrives at 10.6 seconds and the twin-turbocharged 530 hp engine effortlessly carries you to 195 mph. A torque vectoring system applies the inside rear brake on corning. This creates a yaw effect about the car’s vertical axis that aids in pointing the car correctly in turns. The car completes Nürburgring in 7:37 according to Porsche. It is an affordable supercar with a base price starting at $160,000.

The 2011 Ferrari GTO 599 rockets to 60 mph in 3.3 seconds and does the quarter-mile in 11.1 seconds. The top speed of the GTO is 208 mph. The 12-cylinder engine delivers 661 hp at 8250 rpm and 460 lb-ft of torque at 6500 rpm. A large supply of power is available from idle to redline making it a formidable machine on the track. In fact, it finished the Fiorano test circuit in 1:24, which is one second quicker than the Ferrari Enzo. The base price for this beauty is $383,500. Production is limited to 599 cars.

The 2011 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport is not only one of the fastest cars in the world, it is the most expensive street legal car in the world. You can purchase a Veyron for a base price of $1,700,000. The high-end models sell for $2,400,000. Its 16-cylinder engine boasts four turbochargers with an astounding 1001 hp and 923 lb-ft of torque. The car can reach speeds of 267 mph, but is electronically limited to 253 mph to protect the tires. It can go from 0-60 mph in 2.4 seconds and gets to the quarter-mile in 10.1 seconds.