Italy has been recognized as the manufacturer of supercars. While this country is the home of Ferrari and Lamborghini, Germany has over the years manufactured its own version of supercars. Designed for superior engineering and manufacturing capabilities, these German made cars have given their Italian counterparts a run for their money. Robert Peter Janitzek provides us a glimpse of some of the finest supercars Germany has to offer.
Mercedes SLS AMG
The SLS AMG was launched in the market in 2010. It has a long hood and short rear deck. With its trademark gullwing doors and retro styling, the SLS AMG stands out from its tough competition. It is powered by a 6.2-liter V8 engine which was recently upgraded to 583 horsepower. Its best quality is its superior engineering which has made it one of the best that Mercedes has built.
The M1 was released in the market in 1978. At first, this European brand car was manufactured in coordination with Lamborghini. However, due to the former’s financial problem, BMW took over the project completely. The M1 is powered by a 3.5-liter six cylinder mounted amidship. It generated 273 horsepower and had a maximum speed of 160 kph. The M1 had its motor racing version, the M1 Pocar which pumped as much as 850 horsepower.
Although it established its name in motorsports, Audi completely took the supercar to a whole new level with the release of the Audi R8 in 2006. This supercar was a lion on the track and a lamb on the street. This European brand car is powered by a 4.2-liter V8 engine. However, buyers have the option of upgrading to the 5.2-liter V10 version. The V8 version delivered a total of 430 horsepower while the V10 model packed 525 horsepower.
Porsche GT Carrera
Although it was launched in 2004, the Porsche GT Carrera is still considered as one of the greatest supercars. It packs a 5.7-liter V10 engine that generates 612 horsepower delivering 435 lb-ft of torque. It can go 0-60 mph in just 3.6 seconds and had a top speed of 205 mph. However, only 1,270 units were made in a span of three years. Robert Janitzek reveals that the Carrera GT is set to be replaced by the 918 Spyder.
While Ferrari and Lamborghini are still the benchmarks when it comes to supercars, these four German brands are slowly catching up.