The Coolest Supercars of the 90s: Ferrari F50, Toyota Supra & More
These cars were fast, loud and ludicrously expensive and can give most cars today, a run for their money.
Supercars of today are a lot different than their 90s counterparts. Some might say, that the advancement in technology definitely makes for faster cars, but it takes away the ‘pure driving experience’.
Things were not so complicated during the 90s, the cars were a lot simpler and arguably, the designs were crazier. Choosing between them was very difficult, but we managed to pick our top five. Being unable to choose a favourite from this lot, the list is in no particular order.
1. McLaren F1
Yes, the car is called ‘F1’ and rightly so. In the 90s, this was the most expensive and the fastest car in the world. Launched in 1992, the car had of 390.7 km/h (without the rev limiter).
It was ahead of its time not only in terms of looks and speed but also in the kind of technology it used. The 6.1 litre V12 BMW engine, was entirely covered by 24 carat gold, as it is the best heat deflector. A new gearbox had to be developed as well, as there was no gearbox at that time that could handle all the torque. The driver sat in the middle of the car, giving him a commanding view of the car. Put all these things together and the car became one of the most iconic pieces of automotive engineering.
2. Toyota Supra
Ask any car lover about the Supra and their faces will light up. This car is a classic in terms of styling and performance. Based on the Toyota Celica, it has been a car modifier’s dream. The Supra was so famous that it made numerous appearances in many films and games like Gran Turismo, Forza Motorsport, Need For Speed series, Midnight Club, Forza Horizon 2 and the Fast and the Furious film series.
3. Dodge Viper GTS
The muscle car of the 90s, the Dodge Viper is one of the few cars that carries off racing stripes handsomely. The two-seater sports car had very aggressive styling with the exhausts located on the sides of the car, instead of the back.
Powered by a massive 8 litre V10 engine, that produced 450 horsepower and a very muscle car-like 662 Nm of torque, it could take on almost any car for a drag race, for years to come.
4. Lamborghini Diablo
Lamborghini has been known for creating some of the wildest, craziest and the fastest of cars and when they name a car ‘Diablo’ (meaning ‘Devil’ in Spanish), you know they mean serious business.
The mid-engined sports car could attain speeds in excess of 320 km/h, thanks to the 5.7 litre V12 that churned out 492 horsepower and 580 Nm torque. It replaced the other iconic Lamborghini Countach and did so in style. And yes, the doors opened upwards.
5. Ferrari F50
When Ferrari completed 50 years, it’s celebratory model was the F50. Being a successor to the F40, the expectations were high and it did not disappoint.
The mid-mounted 4.7 litre naturally aspirated V12 engine was taken straight out of Ferrari’s race car, called the 333 SP. In the 90s, the F50 was the closest you could get to experiencing Ferrari’s Formula One car on the roads. And it produced 750 horsepower, a number that cars even today can barely manage.
(The Quint is available on Telegram. For handpicked stories every day, subscribe to us on Telegram)
Subscribe To Our Daily Newsletter And Get News Delivered Straight To Your Inbox.