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  • NAIAS: NEW AMERICAN SUPERCAR FORCE 1 V10 DEBUTS AT 2016 NORTH AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW

     

    The high performance low production sports car Force 1 is a two seater with an all carbon fiber body.

    Today an all-new American Super Car 2016 Force 1 V10 was unveiled. It was unveiled by the legendary automotive designer Henrik Fisker. Along with the American race car driver Ben Keating during the NAIAS 2016.

    The Force 1 is a two-seat, all carbon fiber-bodied race car. The high-performance, low production sports car was manufactured in Auburn Hills. The car was launched by the new company VLF Automotive. Fisker is a partner and design chief at the VLF Automotive. Bob Lutz is the Chairman at VLF Automotive.

    According to Lutz, Force 1 is another dramatic example of their company. VLF Automotive will be combining proven world-class platforms and components. The elegant designs by the company will produce stunning bespoke luxury sports vehicles. 

    Fisker and Keating entered into a partnership in early 2015. They bonded over their mutual love of cars. They discussed the possibilities which could emerge if their skill sets intersected. 

    "What inspired me most about building this partnership with Ben is that he is the most passionate Viper racer in the world and understands performance metrics in cars, both on the track and on the road, better than anyone I've ever met," said Fisker.

    "He's developed a unique active suspension for superior handling and ride, which is seamlessly integrated into the Force 1, enhancing performance whether on track or road."

    "To work with Henrik as one of the world's best designers to create a super exciting, wide curvy body for this amazing car is the opportunity of a lifetime," Keating said.

    "Plus, it's the perfect vehicle to showcase many of the incredible performance features we've been working on for years. It really is the chance to start with an amazing initial platform to develop an incredible American super car with exceptional design and performance.

    The all carbon fiber body makes the Force 1 V10 a lightweight vehicle. The car contains 21-inch high wheels and high performance Pirelli P Zero tires. It has one of the most powerful naturally aspirated road engines. The car claims to deliver the best performance in its price class. 

    "In the case of Force 1, there is an extremely pushed back green house," Fisker explained.

    "The sculpture on Force 1 is like a family succession to Destino, dramatic and powerful, relative flat surfaces on the high end of the body side, with lines full of tension, emerging onto a rounder lower section, where Force 1 has a large functional outlet. The sculptural hood has unique, large, negative surfaces, as in the family of the Destino, with six highly needed air intakes and outlets for the 745-HP 8.4 L V10 engine. The windscreen wraps around into the side glass, followed by an elegant, yet aggressive side line sweeping up towards the rear deck. The graphics are uniquely sleek with ultra-thin lights in front and UTV laser-blade tail lamps, the thinnest tail lamps in the world, at the rear. The day light opening (DLO), or side window, has a completely new and never before seen graffic that ends up in a sharp spear."

    Supercar Force 1 V10 will go in production at the end of April 2016 in Auburn Hills. Initially only 50 units of Force 1 V10 will be produced.

    And the deliveries of this new American supercar will start in third quarter of current year through Ben Keating's Viper Exchange. This supercar will be available at base starting price of $268,500. 

    The NAIAS (North American International Auto Show) is hosted at the MGM Grand Detroit. 2016 will be the ninth year of the ultra-luxury automotive event. The NAIAS constitutes the release of more than 50 new cars. NAIAS will last from the 16th to the 24th of January, 2016.

     

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  • The 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class can almost drive itself

    The 10th generation of the venerable Mercedes-Benz E-Class is a lesson in old world luxury and enough modern technology that the car is almost capable of driving itself.

    Daimler staged the global reveal of the 2017 E-Class in Detroit on Sunday night, the eve of the 2016 North American International Auto Show.

    The midsize luxury sedan is longer than the previous model, with a muscular front end and single-piece taillight.

    For the U.S., the car will go on sale this summer with a turbocharged 2-liter, four-cylinder gasoline engine with 241 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. Mercedes said there will be more engine choices later. There will be diesel engines for Europe; a plug-in hybrid is expected down the road.

    The car has a nine-speed automatic transmission and the suspension offers sport and comfort modes as well as introducing a new air suspension system to automatically control the ride height depending on how fast the car is going to improve ride and fuel economy.

    The E-Class introduces the idea of touch-sensitive buttons on the steering wheel, which can be swiped like a smartphone to control the infotainment system without having to take hands off the steering wheel. The infotainment system also can be controlled with voice commands or a touch pad with a controller that recognizes handwriting in the center console.

     

    The seats can be heated — along with the door armrests, center console and steering wheel.

    "The E-Class is the core of the Mercedes-Benz brand and in the past has repeatedly redefined the standards in the business-class segment," said Thomas Weber, head of Daimler's Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development.

    "The new E-Class takes another major step towards fully autonomous driving," he said.

    The optional Driver Assistance Package Plus will accelerate, brake, steer and change lanes for you. The "Drive Pilot" follows traffic up to 130 m.p.h.. as the "Steering Pilot" reads the surroundings and reacts accordingly. Put on the turn signal and the car will change lanes for you if the lane is clear.

    The automatic braking system watches for vehicles coming at cross streets and can stop the car to avoid collisions. The car also has evasive steering assist which augments the driver’s steering input in sudden maneuvers to avoid an accident.

    The audio system even emits a carefully designed sound when a collision is imminent to cause occupants' eardrums to tense, reducing the likelihood of ear injury from the noise of a collision.

    It is arguably the most technically advanced luxury car on the market. Daimler has received a license in Nevada to test the standard production E-Class as an autonomous vehicle. Other automakers authorized to test in the state have all been research vehicles.

    Pricing for the 2017 model has not been announced.

    Alisa Priddle: source

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  • BMW shows off mirrorless car at CES

     

    The rear-view and side-view mirrors in the i8 are replaced by three cameras and a special screen to show drivers what's behind and around their cars.

    The i8 concept car was unveiled during the CES in Las Vegas.

    Two of the cameras are on the exterior of the car where side mirrors are normally located. But the struts that hold the cameras are significantly slimmer than existing designs.

    bmw i8 concept car side view camera ces 2016

    The third camera is placed inside of the rear window. The car's software stitches all of the video feeds together for a very wide view of the road.

    A high-resolution video is streamed to a screen where the rear-view mirror would be.

    bmw i8 concept car interior mirrorless ces 2016

    "Dangerous blind spots have been consigned to the past," BMW says about this technology. "The image of the traffic behind the car covers a greater viewing angle than could be observed using the interior and exterior mirrors. No adjustment of the cameras is necessary."

    The car's software system will also provide warning signals on the screen if it senses dangerous obstacles.

    Trimming the side mirrors provide more than just improved safety, BMW says. The new design will reduce wind noise because they are "optimized aerodynamically and aeroacoustically."

    The loss of bulky side-view mirrors should also help improve gas mileage, which automakers are always looking to do in order to meet tougher fuel mileage rules.

    The main catch to BMW's idea? The car would be illegal to drive in the United States right now. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration rules require rear-view mirrors.

    GM has created a similar feature for its new Cadillac CT6. But the CT6 has a standard rearview mirror that can also stream high-resolution video from a camera mounted on the back of the vehicle.

    -- CNNMoney's Peter Valdes-Dapena contributed to this report

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  • 100 Greatest Supercars of All Time

    Supercars are the cars that set the standards. Cars built as technological statements by their makers and often with the claim of being the best in the world. They're the cars of which dreams are made, passions are inflamed and imaginations fueled. They are what makes loving cars such an easy thing to do.

    Here are the 100 greatest supercars of all time. And by all time we mean within the context of their time. After all, the Mercer Raceabout was a total terror back in 1910, but would have a hard time keeping up with a Nissan Versa today.

    These aren't the most powerful cars or the most exotic. These are the cars that are super: beyond other cars in their conception and execution. Some are very, very fast and some are here simply because they're beautiful. If they were listed by date, they'd closely track the development of cars through the last 110 years.

    Super may mean many things to many people. But super always means a lot.

    100. 2000 Saleen S7 — Devastating looks and thoroughly fragile. Carbon-fiber body over a mid-mounted Ford 7.0-liter V8 making 550 horsepower. The twin-turbo version hit 750 horses.

    99. 1963 Iso Grifo — An exotic Giugiaro-designed, Italian body stretched out over a gutsy American Corvette chassis.

    98. 1990 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1 — A DOHC V8 goes from 385 to 405 hp. Big rear flanks cover thick rear tires. It's still the only Corvette with an overhead cam engine.

    97. 1957 BMW 507 — Only 252 of these roadsters were built, and BMW may have gone broke if it had built more. The 3.2-liter V8 only made 150 hp, but this is 1950s lust.

    96. 1977 Aston Martin V8 Vantage — Fortified Aston Martin V8 that powered the company's survival through the 1970s and '80s. Early versions had 375 hp, while final cars had up to 450.

    95. 1997 Mercedes-Benz CLK-GTR — Midengine homologation special built to dominate Le Mans and the FIA GT championship, and it did. The 6.0-liter V12 made about 600 hp.

    94. 2007 Ferrari 430 Scuderia — The ultimate F430 with more power (508 hp) and less weight (by about 220 pounds). Other F430s were great, but this one was the greatest.

    93. 2003 Bentley Continental GT — Bentley's spectacular, all-wheel-drive coupe with a turbocharged, 6.0-liter W12 under its hood. The Supersports offers 621 hp.

    92. 2011 Ariel Atom 500 — A skeletal midget packing a high-revving, 3.0-liter V8 whooping out 500 hp. It's the minimalist hyperspace machine. Terrible around town.

    91. 2005 Porsche Carrera GT — A bold midengine roadster powered by a 5.7-liter V10 rated at 612 hp. Rewarded experts, punished poseurs.

    90. 2012 Pagani Huayra — Put a Mercedes AMG 6.0-liter, twin-turbo V12 in a dinky midengine machine and give it an unpronounceable name. That's this car.

    89. 1935 Auburn 851 Speedster — A supercharged, 150-hp, 4.6-liter Lycoming straight-8 under the most extravagant "boat tail" body ever conceived. Pure glamour.

    88. 2004 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren — Corporate conspiracy produces a 617-hp thoroughbred that never quite got the respect it deserved.

    87. 1999 Pagani Zonda — Totally unexpected excellence from a manufacturer that was completely unknown. Intoxicating mix of Italian midengine bodywork and Mercedes AMG power.

    86. 2010 Noble M600 — A brute cleverly disguised as a monster. An evil Yamaha-designed, Volvo-based 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 knocks out up to 650 hp.

    85. 1992 Bugatti EB110 — The thunder to the Veyron's lightning. It's a 553-hp snub-nosed missile with four turbos feeding its 3.5-liter V12.

    84. 1993 Porsche 911 GT2 — The two-wheel-drive 911 Turbo in its most radical form. The 993-based original had 450 hp. The latest 997 model goes to 523 hp.

    83. 1954 Bentley R-Type Continental — When gentlemen dream, this big coupe is the subject. It features Mulliner coachwork over a Rolls-Royce chassis. Fast? Fast enough.

    82. 1920 Hispano-Suiza H6 — Full of tech swiped from aircraft and eerily stable at speed, the six-cylinder H6 was the car despots became despots in order to own.

    81. 2004 Lamborghini Gallardo — The Gallardo finally made a small Lamborghini relevant with almost 500 horsepower, striking styling and all-wheel drive. It was good enough to make us forget the Jalpa.

    80. 1975 Ferrari 308 GTB and GTS — Almost as practical as a Porsche, the 308 was the template for every midengine Ferrari to come. The original 308 only had 235 hp.

    79. 1931 Hispano-Suiza J12 — V12 successor to the H6, the 9.4-liter V12 made 220 hp. A stroked 11.3-liter version made 250. Cloaked in amazing coachwork from various houses.

    78. 1961 Jaguar E-Type — Beautiful like no other car before it and initially powered by a 265-hp, 3.8-liter straight-6. This is the magic Jaguar has never quite recaptured.

    77. 1987 Ruf CTR Yellowbird — Ruf rebuilds the 911 into a 469-hp turbo screamer that resets the performance bar for even Porsche itself.

    76. 2012 Ferrari F12 Berlinetta — A 730-hp declaration by Ferrari that its front-engine, V12 GTs can be intimidating again. It's a 6.3-liter can of whoop-ass.

    75. 1994 Ferrari F355 — After the disappointing 348, Ferrari roars back with the F355 that uses five-valve cylinder heads on its 3.5-liter V8 to make 375 hp.

    74. 1937 Cord 812 Supercharged — The front-drive, coffin-nosed icon at its most powerful. The 4.7-liter Lycoming V8 produced about 150 hp. But only about 3,000 of the 810 and 812 models were made.

    73. 1964 Maserati Mistral — Big, bold GT with a glorious Fura body and a 3.5-liter six making 235 hp. The best Mistrals use a 4.0-liter V8 at 255 hp.

    72. 2014 Lamborghini Veneno — Hideously ugly, but every supercar styling cliché is there and ready to impress. Sort of. Underneath it's an Aventador. Which is good enough.

    71. 1957 Maserati 3500 GT — Maybe the most romantic of the big Italian coupes in the 1950s. Sophia Loren on four wheels with a 3.5-liter inline-6 at her bosom. Even better as an open Spyder.

    70. 2007 Ferrari 599 Fiorano — It's a 612-hp, 6.0-liter V12 lashed to a Tuscan villa. Destined to be underrated by people who have never driven it.

    69. 1931 Alfa Romeo 8C — A series of straight-8-powered road and race machines that were what Ferrari is now before Ferrari was around. Covered in some of the most beautiful coach-built bodies ever.

    68. 1930 Bentley 8-Litre — A massive monster built around a huge 8.0-liter straight-six. It's a road-going locomotive with wheelbases stretching up to 156 inches.

    67. 2010 Hennessey Venom GT — Texas' John Hennessey takes the Lotus Exige and transmogrifies it into a 1,244-hp terror with a twin-turbocharged, 7.0-liter V8.

    66. 1973 Ferrari Berlinetta Boxer — Ferrari's first midengine road car (not counting the Dino). Started as the 365 GT4 BB with a 344-hp 4.4-liter flat-12 and devolved into the 512i with a 5.0-liter engine making up to 340 hp. Blame '70s emissions standards.

    65. 1964 Ferrari 500 America Superfast — Long, tapered and filled with a 5.0-liter V12 making 395 hp. It's the big Ferrari that's, well, superfast.

    64. 1967 Maserati Ghibli — A stiletto-shaped super-tourer packing 4.7 or 4.9 liters of V8 power. Styled by Giugiaro while he was at Ghia, and the best-looking Maserati of the 1960s.

    63. 2009 Aston Martin V12 Vantage — It's an old formula: big engine in the smallest car that can take it. Originally 510 hp, up to 565 in the Vantage S.

    62. 1996 Ferrari 550 Maranello and 575M Maranello — A big GT with a 485-hp 5.5-liter V12 heart. Succeeded by the 575M with a 5.7-liter V12 making 508 hp.

    61. 2011 Koenigsegg Agera — Two turbos on a 5.0-liter V8 mean 927 hp in the Agera, 1,016 horses in the Agera S and 1,124 hp in the Agera R. Blistering in every way.

    60. 2004 Maserati MC12 — A Ferrari Enzo in Maserati drag. Which is no bad thing. It's longer and wider than the Enzo, but the 6.0-liter V12 with 620 hp is there.

    59. 1967 De Tomaso Mangusta — Argue with its pedigree — it used Ford small-block V8s — and deride its engineering, but the Mangusta is utterly gorgeous.

    58. 1971 De Tomaso Pantera — There's a lot of Ford in the Pantera, but its primal appeal is undeniable. The Ford 5.8-liter Cleveland V8 aboard made 330 hp.

    57. 1992 Jaguar XJ220 — Collaborating with Tom Walkinshaw Racing, Jag produces a stunner powered by a 540-hp, 3.5-liter, twin-turbocharged V6.

    56. 1999 BMW Z8 — All-aluminum roadster styled after the 507 and packing the 400-hp, M-built, 5.0-liter V8 from the E39-series M5. It's beautiful in every way.

    55. 2010 Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG Black Series — Take the SL65, drop about 550 pounds of weight out of it, thump the twin-turbo V12 up to 661 hp, add big flares and...evil!

    54. 1910 Mercer 35R Raceabout — Bare-bones and built for speed, the American-made Raceabout was capable of over 90 mph and cruising at 70. The 4.8-liter four made around 55 hp.

    53. 2008 Audi R8 — A midengine, all-wheel-drive car that's as easy to live with every day as a Porsche 911. The V10-powered cars are awesome, but the V8s are easier to love.

    52. 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG — Modern interpretation of the 300SL with those doors and, better, the AMG 6.2-liter V8 rated up to 583 hp. An electric version is coming.

    51. 1995 Ferrari F50 — Just 349 of these were made, each around an advanced carbon-fiber tub. The 4.7-liter V12 was derived from the 333SP racer and produced 513 hp.

    50. 1990 Lamborghini Diablo — Somewhat tame successor to the Countach, but still blindingly fast with up to 595 hp from the SE30 Jota model's 5.7-liter V12.

    49. 2001 Aston Martin V12 Vanquish — After the svelte DB7, the big-shouldered Vanquish appears a muscular beast with a 6.0-liter, 450-hp V12. Yeah, James Bond had one.

    48. 1976 Lotus Esprit — When it entered production it had a 160-hp four. When it left production 28 years later, it was powered by a twin-turbo V8 making 350 hp.

    47. 1989 Nissan Skyline GT-R (R32) — All-wheel drive, twin-turbocharged 2.6-liter six, enough computing power to run Denmark, and the ability to be tuned beyond 1,000 hp.

    46. 1995 Nissan Skyline GT-R (R33) — The evolution of the GT-R continues. The best of the R33s was the Nismo 400R.

    45. 1999 Nissan Skyline GT-R (R34) — The final version of the classic, RB26DETT-powered GT-Rs. A car worth risking prison to import — which some did.

    44. 2010 Aston Martin Vanquish — The second Vanquish arrives bristling with 565 hp from its 6.0-liter V12. It's a beast in a silk suit.

    43. 1984 Ferrari Testarossa and 512 TR and F512 M — Massive monster with a mid-mounted 4.9-liter flat-12 making 390 hp. Output grew to 428 horses in the 512 TR and 440 in the F512 M.

    42. 1967 Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Stradale — A 2.0-liter V8 under Scaglione's masterpiece body. The midengine car as curvaceous object of desire and passion.

    41. 2006 Ferrari P4/5 by Pininfarina — A glorious one-off by the legendary coachworks atop the bones of a Ferrari Enzo. It is unabashedly and spectacularly retro.

    40. 1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K Roadster — It's a car that drapes down around its driver. The supercharger on the 5.4-liter straight-8 pushed output to 180 hp.

    39. 1963 Aston Martin DB5 — If James Bond hadn't driven one, it might be forgotten. But he did. A perfectly proportioned coupe with a 4.0-liter six underhood.

    38. 1967 Toyota 2000GT — Proof the Japanese could build great cars. Jewellike body swoops over a 2.0-liter, 150-hp six from Yamaha. Only 337 were built.

    37. 1927 Bentley 4-1/2 Litre "Blower Bentley" — Supercharged, indomitable and built to race at Le Mans. Only 55 made, with roots blowers on the 4.5-liter fours making 130 hp.

    36. 1959 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta SWB — Pure sex on a 94.5-inch wheelbase. Up to 276 hp from its 3.0-liter V12, it was the world GT constructor's champion in 1961.

    35. 1957 Jaguar XKSS — The road-going version of the D-Type racing car. How cool? Steve McQueen owned one. Only 16 were made, all powered by the Jag inline-6.

    34. 2010 Aston Martin One-77 — Still tailored, but heavily muscled. It's Aston's nastiest monster: 750 hp under a taut skin. Just 77 were made.

    33. 2007 Nissan GT-R (R35) — It was a legend even before the first one was built. The 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 started at 485 hp and now it's at 545.

    32. 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa — Sculpted like sin itself and fast enough to win Le Mans three times. Want one? Well, $10 million won't be enough.

    31. 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 — A supercharged 6.2-liter V8 that makes — gack! — 638 hp. The most powerful Corvette ever and yet it's a pussycat in everyday driving.

    30. 1984 Ferrari 288 GTO — Built for Group B racing, but never raced. A 308 amplified with a new tail and a twin-turbo 2.9-liter V8. It led directly to the F40.

    29. 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 — Four cams and six carburetors elevate the 275 from merely awesome to brilliance. The 3.3-liter V12 was rated at 300 hp. Other changes to the structure improved handling.

    28. 2011 Lamborghini Aventador — The big Lambo reinvented for the 21st century around an all-new 6.5-liter V12 making 690 hp and all-wheel drive. Looks astonishing, too.

    27. 2001 Lamborghini Murcielago — Outrageous in the tradition of the Countach. With up to 661 hp from its V12 in the LP670-4 Super Veloce.

    26. 2011 Lexus LFA — Toyota aims to build the world's best car and maybe succeeds. Every high-tech trick known to Japan with a 4.8-liter V10 that screams out 552 hp. Possibly the world's best engine note.

    25. 1992 Dodge SRT Viper — Still outrageous, the latest incarnation of the Viper has 640 hp from its 8.4-liter V10. It's the most radical production car ever built in the city of Detroit.

    24. 1979 BMW M1 — The first M car is the most cherished and BMW's only midengine car. Power comes from the brilliant 3.5-liter M88 inline-6 making 273 hp.

    23. 2005 Ford GT — Reviving the GT40's looks in a car that's comfortable, handles and goes ridiculously fast. Supercharged 5.4-liter V8 rated at 550 hp.

    22. 1976 Porsche 911 Turbo — One idea pursued with brilliance and daring for almost 38 years. So much racing success it has defined motorsports in its own image.

    21. 1908 Rolls-Royce 40/50 Silver Ghost — The world gasped at its quality and beauty. It was the best car in the world, and Rolls-Royce's reputation has been that ever since.

    20. 1912 Stutz Bearcat — When American cars were ox carts, the Bearcat was an adventure. Basically it was Stutz's Indy racer with road gear and a 5.8-liter, 16-valve four.

    19. 2010 Ferrari 458 Italia — The 562-hp, 4.5-liter V8 that has recast the small Ferrari as the best Ferrari. Nimble, blindingly quick and mesmerizing.

    18. 1990 Acura NSX — The all-aluminum midengine car that forced every other manufacturer to build better supercars. Never the quickest, it was nonetheless among the best.

    17. 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 — Everything to excess except comfort and weather protection. It's a 425-hp stud so awesome that there are more replicas than real ones now.

    16. 2011 McLaren MP4-12C — The second greatest constructor in racing builds a carbon-fiber stunner powered by a twin-turbo, 3.8-liter V8 making 592 hp.

    15. 2014 Porsche 918 Spyder — Technological wonder stuffed full of hybrid bits and electronic bravado. It's easy to assume that it will be awesome.

    14. 2014 McLaren P1 — Alongside the Porsche 918 and LaFerrari it will revolutionize sports cars with its hybrid powertrain. Includes a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8.

    13. 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari — A 789-hp, 6.3-liter V12 augmented by a KERS system and everything Ferrari has ever learned. All in a stunning car with a stupid name.

    12. 1932 Duesenberg SJ — The ultimate prewar American car: huge, supercharged, powerful and devastatingly beautiful no matter what body was atop it. The Mormon Meteor version topped 135 mph.

    11. 2002 Ferrari Enzo — Carbon-fiber wonder car filled with Formula 1 technology. 6.0-liter V12 rated at 651 hp. Ferrari's next leap beyond the F40.

    10. 1964 Ford GT40 — Four-time Le Mans winner. Isn't that enough?

    9. 1962 Ferrari GTO — Only 39 of these V12 GTs were made, but it won three world championships. Billionaire Craig McCaw paid $35 million for the pale green one last year.

    8. 1986 Porsche 959 — The car of tomorrow that actually got tomorrow right. Advanced in every way, from the materials in its body to the all-wheel-drive system and twin-turbo flat-6.

    7. 1987 Ferrari F40 — Tube frame monster around a 308's cockpit, but equipped with a twin-turbo, 471-hp V8. It's exhilarating even if you only look at it.

    6. 1954 Mercedes-Benz 300SL — Forget the doors and look at the big direct-injection six, the intricate chassis and the perfect body. It's the defining supercar of the 1950s.

    5. 1974 Lamborghini Countach — Redefined the supercar through the force of its unmatched popularity. Stupid-fast too, with 5000QV's 5.2-liter V12 rated at 455 hp.

    4. 1992 McLaren F1 — The greatest car of the 1990s. It's a 231-mph bullet that laid claim to all-time awesome with its BMW-built, 6.1-liter 618-hp V12.

    3. 1969 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona — A sharp break from the older, voluptuous V12 Ferraris. It's pornographically provocative with its 352-hp, 4.4-liter V12.

    2. 1967 Lamborghini Miura LP400 — The car that defined the supercar as a midengine exotic. Transverse-mounted, 350-hp 3.9-liter V12 in a body of shattering beauty.

    1. 2005 Bugatti Veyron — Four turbos on an 8.0-liter W16 and it's the first car with a four-digit power rating and million-dollar price tag. So overwhelmingly ambitious and insanely equipped, it is the ultimate supercar to which all others must be compared.

    Author: Edmunds.com

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