Top 10 best supercars 2022

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The definition of a supercar may have changed over the past two decades, but that fact hardly makes the metal content that makes up this class any less sensational.

Here it’s the world’s greatest mid-engined, upper-level performance machines we’re celebrating not the very highest echelon of the performance car market but rather the kind of cars you think about when you picture a modern Ferrari, McLaren or Lamborghini. If it weren’t a lucrative club to be in, the likes of Maserati and Aston Martin wouldn’t now be queuing up to enter.

Topping this class means demonstrating that your designers and engineers can master an inherently tricky dynamic brief, stand the heat of particularly intense competition and satisfy some of the most demanding customers in motordom.

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1. Ferrari 296 GTB

Any worries that the demise of the pure-petrol Ferrari would signal the end of the unique and compelling character the underpins so many of Fiorano’s finest have been obliterated by the 296 GTB. While the ferociously quick but slightly spiky SF90 Stradale represented a toe-in-the-water exercise for the firm’s plug-in powertrains, this smaller and less costly offering (relatively speaking, because it’s still a £250,000 car) feels far more resolved, to the point that you wonder why you worried the folks at Maranello might have got it wrong.

At the heart of the car is a new twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 engine that’s mated to a 164bhp electric motor to deliver a staggering combined total of 819bhp – in what’s essentially an ‘mid-ranking’ Ferrari. As you would expect, performance is relentlessly, savagely sensational, plus it will also crack a claimed 15.5 miles of electric-only range. More importantly, the ICE feels and sounds as special as any that has carried he prancing horse logo on its cam covers, responding with zeal to every input and emitting a howl that has you convinced that it packs twice as many cylinders.

What’s more remarkable is that Ferrari has managed to make a car with this much power and performance potential feel so approachable and engaging. The trademark wristily quick steering is still perhaps a little to over-eager to help you change direction, but the car’s mid-corner balance, control and poise beggars belief. This is a machine that’s as happy to play a neat-and-tidy game of hunt-the-apex as it is to hang it all out. It’s packed with driver assistance systems and various modes, but the 296 GTB always feels natural and on your side.

It’s a remarkable supercar, and one that shows that increasing levels of electrification don’t necessarily mean diminishing driver rewards.

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2. McLaren 720S

There are few more direct or effective ways for cars in this stratum of the performance car market to demonstrate their superiority than by accelerating faster, lapping quicker and stopping harder than any rival. The McLaren 720S does all three. In many of the performance benchmarks that road testers are used to measuring, in fact, this 710bhp blockbuster is a closer match for a contemporary hypercar than one of its mid-engined opponents.

Yet also it’s uncommonly communicative and easy to drive, it’s a supreme ergonomic achievement and it flatters a rambunctious track style more rewardingly than any of its predecessors.

McLaren launched a lighter, faster and generally more track-focused version of the 720S, the McLaren 765 LT, in 2020. Power and torque had been lifted to 754bhp and 590lb ft respectively, while the engineers shaved 80kg in weight. It’s a very special car indeed and also an Autocar Top 10 chart-topper, being ranked separately in our hardcore sports cars chart.

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3. Ferrari SF90 Stradale

This successor of sorts to the LaFerrari hypercar is the most powerful road car in Ferrari’s history. It’s also the car that set the quickest lap time around the firm’s Fiorano test track. Oh, and it’s a plug-in hybrid that can travel for up to 15 miles on electricity alone. The SF90 Stradale is a very different kind of Ferrari, then.

It makes use of a heavily reworked version of the 488 Pista’s twin-turbocharged 3.9-litre V8 engine, which is complemented by a trio of electric motors that raise the Ferrari’s total power output to a staggering 986bhp, allowing for a 0-62mph time of 2.5sec. It’s a technological tour de force, for sure. Yet despite the additional weight that powertrain brings, it’s still just as incisive, intuitive, engaging and devastatingly quick as you would expect a mid-engined Ferrari to be. However, be warned that you will need to have your Weetabix before turning off the stability control systems, because the knife-edge SF90 demands respect and concentration when exploring the area between grip and slip.

That it makes for a comfortable long-distance cruiser is an added bonus, and the fact that you could theoretically run it as a zero-emissions commuter car is an amusing prospect to contemplate. As a blueprint for Ferrari’s electrified future, the SF90 is extremely encouraging.

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