Power, Price Tags, and Top Speed
The ’80s are considered the dawn of the modern supercar. The ’90s hopped out of bed, skipped breakfast and lunch and went straight to Happy Hour. Power, price and design all mutated into the incredibly ambitious supercar characteristics we’ve now grown accustomed to. New and refined engine management and traction control technologies were available, and manufacturers were emboldened.
Enzo Ferrari was once afraid his customers wouldn’t be able to handle a car like the F40, but in the ’90s his company was putting re-engineered F1 engines into its supercars. The increase in power and more aerodynamic, forward-thinking designs naturally led to incredible performance and top speeds — numbers once thought impossible. ’90s supercars set the tone for the upper echelon of automobiles for decades to come.
1995 Ferrari F50
Engine: 4.7-liter V12
Top Speed: 202 mph
Original MSRP: 480,000
Current Estimated Value: $1,200,000+
Notable Owners: Jay Leno, Sultan of Brunei
1992 Jaguar XJ220
Engine: 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6
Top Speed: 217 mph
Original MSRP: $587,000
Current Estimated Value: $360,000+
Notable Owners: $310,000+
1992 McLaren F1
Hailed at the time as one of the best cars ever made (some say it still is), the McLaren F1 was designed with ultimate performance in mind. The F1 utilized space-age materials: carbon fiber, titanium, gold, magnesium and kevlar — and it was the first production car ever to have a carbon fiber monocoque chassis (instead of the more popular aluminum framing construction of the time). It stole the record of fastest production car from the Jaguar XJ220 with a top speed of 241 mph — a record that remained unbroken until 2005.
Engine: 6.1-liter V12
Top Speed: 241 mph
Original MSRP: $815,000
Current Estimated Value: $10,000,000+
Notable Owners: Nick Mason, Rowan Atkinson, Jay Leno, Ralph Lauren, Sultan of Brunei
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1997 Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR
Engine: 6.0-liter V12
Top Speed: 214 mph
Original MSRP: $1,547,620
Current Estimated Value: $2,80,000+
Notable Owners: Sultan of Brunei
1990 Lamborghini Diablo
When Lamborghini set out to build a replacement for the Countach, the engineers and designers were given a design brief with one main goal: the new car must have a top speed higher than 196 mph. The team met the challenge and put out a final product that topped out at 202 mph. And though Jeremy Clarkson once described the Diablo as designed “solely to be the biggest head-turner in the world,” the car was originally penned to have a much more radical design. Chrysler, who owned Lamborghini at the time, told the lead designer to tone it down; the Diablo was one of the most extreme-looking cars on the road.