Porche 918

The supercar is brilliant to behold. Most dream of owning one; delightful designs, sublime speed and stupendous street cred’ are what you get with that colossal price tag. However, for most, these dreams are never fulfilled and stay as poster pinned to the bedroom wall or scrapbook photos cut from a magazine. These people are left with more mainstream Vauxhall’s or Peugeots (… wait, probably not Peugeots) which are made to get you from A to B, not so much for love and enjoyment.

There are the lucky few that do accomplish their dream of owning their fantasy car whether this be a Ferrari or Lamborghini or something even rarer such at the Hennessey Venom or the likes. Some show off their cars, inviting people to photograph their magnificent machines and some hide them under protective covers (definitely prefer the prior) because they love them so much.

Some don’t love these cars after working so hard to own one. They say they are impractical, difficult (painful even) to drive and simply not as good as a cheaper sports car. This ‘never meet your hero’ scenario can leave people gutted. However, the recent rise of German cars may have come up with an answer to the calls of disappointed supercar owners. The Germans have always been known for their quality of cars but rarely for their super cars (even Porsche mainly stick to the sports car). That is until pretty recently. Audi and Mercedes both make full on super cars (V12 engines and alike) with added comfort as seen in their trademark luxury vehicles. BMW took a different route by adding pure speed to their Rolls Royce rival, the 7 series. These ventures have forced the rest of the competition to raise their game. Ferrari responded the quickest by releasing the brand-new FF which combined the Ferrari spirit with the luxury of a grand tourer.

This change, forced by the Germans, has improved the quality of supercars on the whole- a Lamborghini owner from just 40 years ago wouldn’t believe the change from those undriveable machines.

Peter Gartland