Supercars? There are really impressive! From the outside to the inside, and then to the features, handling, and sound, you’d find yourself loving them already. Supercars are produced by different auto brands worldwide, including famous names like Bugatti, Ferrari, Aston Martin, and Lamborghini.
So, what are the best supercar brands you need to know? Of course, the five brands mentioned above are among the best, and then with inclusion of Porsche, McClaren, and Maserati. These brands produces some of the stunning supercars you’d find on the roads today.
This article provides a brief overview of the most popular supercar brands in the world!
What is a Supercar?
A supercar is a flashy, stunning, luxurious, exotic car built like a sports/racing car. Most supercars are built for racing, but there are models/versions built for street driving. Supercars look so much like “Muscle Cars,” in fact, you can use the names (supercar and muscle car) interchangeably.
Typically, supercars are super-furnished with performance-enhancing technologies and features on the inside. They are usually small cars and have space for just two passengers – just like muscle cars.
The design and suspension of supercars make them not suitable for all kinds of roads; they are meant to be driven on even smooth roads with no potholes.
Note: Supercars are also called hypercars and muscle cars. These names may be used interchangeably throughout this article.
17 Best Supercar Brands In The World
Bugatti is popular worldwide as a luxury supercar brand that builds its cars with sophisticated technologies. The Bugatti brand originated from Germany, but it’s currently a French brand of luxury supercars. The company was founded in 1909 and had its headquarters in Molsheim, France.
Of course, the company produces different models of the Bugatti supercar. However, the most popular models include Bugatti Veyron, Type 35 “Grand Prix,” Type 41 “Royale,” Type 55 “Sports Cars,” and Type 57 “Atlantic.” Practically all Bugatti models are enticing, turbocharged, and equipped for everyday driving.
The Bugatti brand was added to the Volkswagen Group consortium in 1998, but nothing actually changed; Bugatti supercars are still ultra-charged, well-designed, and live up to the brand’s name.
McLaren Automotive, simply shortened as McLaren, is a British automotive manufacturer of solid supercars and luxury vehicles for racing and street driving.
Fully owned by the McLaren Group and headquartered in Woking, United Kingdom, the McLaren brand is popular worldwide and has produced several models for different global markets.
All McLaren supercars are produced in the company’s manufacturing plants using an in-house workforce and equipment. McLaren Automotive has won several Formula One world championships.
Some of the brand’s best models include the no-windscreen Elva roadster, Speedtail, 720S, and Artura. McLaren is basically Britain’s finest supercar manufacturer.
At some point in the late 1990s, the McLaren brand partnered with Mercedes-Benz to release three cars, but the collaboration didn’t last for long and was aborted in 2005.
3. Aston Martin
When you talk of British sports cars or supercars, whichever you call them, you’d certainly have to mention Aston Martin. This is a brand that built its name around luxury and high performance. Aston Martin is a British top automotive manufacturer of luxury sports cars for street and professional car racing.
The Aston Martin brand is owned by Aston Martin Lagonda Global Holdings PLC. Aston Martin DB5 model was used by “James Bond” in the 1964 film Goldfinger, and the brand became more popular worldwide. Also, Aston Martin has been the purveyor of motorcars to the Prince of Wales since 1982.
While the brand operates from the United Kingdom, it is present in global markets. Aston Martin has about 160 car dealerships in 50+ countries worldwide. It is not just a famous supercar brand, but equally a reliable one at that.
Porsche is certainly one of those German auto brands you’ve got to respect. Well, not respecting it because it’s “German,” but the company has some of the finest supercars and hypercars you’d find out there.
Founded on 25 April 1931 in Stuttgart, Porsche AG, shortened as Porsche, is a German automobile manufacturer that specializes in making high-performance vehicles.
Porsche’s lineup includes luxury SUVs, sports cars, and sedans. All Porsche cars are luxury-standard, and they are well built. The Porsche brand doesn’t run individually but as part of the Volkswagen Group. Popular Porsche models include the Cayman, Boxster, Panamera, Porsche Cayenne, Macan, 911, and Taycan.
Aside from making supercars, Porsche makes SUVs, tractors, and other vehicles. The brand is notable for using quality and ultra-performance engines for its cars.
5. Hennessey Performance Engineering
Basically, Hennessey Performance Engineering is not an automotive manufacturer, which implies to say that the company doesn’t build supercars from scratch. Hennessey Performance Engineering focuses on modifying popular supercars and hypercars to make them perform better.
Well, not only supercars, but the company also modifies trucks, SUVs, and muscle cars. Hennessey Performance Engineering is a notable name in the supercar market because its models are remarkably strong, deliver so much power, and don’t compromise on looks and quality.
The company was founded in 1991 by John Hennessey Performance Engineering. It is an American company located in Sealy, Texas, United States. Hennessey Performance Engineering modifies models from Porsche, Ferrari, Cadillac, McLaren, Lincoln, and others.
Ferraris are popular worldwide as top luxury supercars and hypercars. There are pretty many famous models, and they are often compared with Bugattis.
Well, Ferraris are on a league of their own ever since the first badged model launched in 1947. The Ferrari brand was founded by Enzo Ferrari, a world-renowned car racing expert.
Ferrari is notable for its active participation in Formula 1 and other famous car racing competitions. Ferraris are well built for optimal performance, and the design is classic. Some popular models are the GTB, GTS, F8, Portofino, 812, SF90, and Roma.
For the record, Ferrari is an Italian automotive company; it is one of the top manufacturers of luxury cars in Italy.
Here is another noteworthy Italian manufacturer of supercars. Lamborghini was founded in 1963 by Ferruccio Lamborghini.
Based out of Sant’Agata Bolognese, the Lamborghini brand is currently owned by Audi as part of the Volkswagen Group. The company usually used a rear mid-engine, rear-wheel drive layout for its earlier models.
Lamborghini produced supercharged supercars and muscles car with V12/V10 engines, as seen in the Aventador and Huracán models. Also, the infamous Urus is powered by a twin-turbo V8 engine.
Lamborghini cars are used in various car racing sports and competitions. More so, the company also produces V12 engines for offshore powerboat racing.
Since its founding in 1963, Lamborghini has had more than six (6) parent companies. However, it has remained part of the Volkswagen Group since 1998.
Koenigsegg is a Swedish automaker that focuses on manufacturing sports cars and supercars. Most Koenigsegg models are compared with Bugatti and Ferrari models in terms of speed.
Yes, Koenigsegg models deliver so much power, are easy to ride, and can go pretty fast. You’d definitely love the engine in Koenigsegg supercars; it’s super powerful and delivers optimally at top speeds.
The Koenigsegg brand is relatively new – founded in 1994 by Christian von Koenigsegg in Ängelholm, Scania, Sweden. Koenigsegg is owned under Koenigsegg Automotive AB, and its models are all high-performance sports cars for racing and street legal tours.
Koenigsegg’s popular models, the CCXR and Agera, have won a number of awards – they are mainly hypercars.
Koenigsegg is one of the Swedish auto brands with a strong market share in the US supercar/hypercar market. Asides from looking stunning, Koenigsegg cars are never underpowered.
Most luxury supercar brands are not independent; they are owned by other top automotive companies and groups.
However, Pagani is different – it is not under any company like Lamborghini. Pagani is an Italian automotive manufacturer of supercars and hypercars located in San Cesario Sul Panaro, Modena, Italy.
The company was founded in 1992 by Argentinian Horacio Pagani. Actually, Horacio Pagani had left Lamborghini’s composites department to start his own supercar production company, Pagani.
The first Pagani model, Zonda, was present at the 1999 Geneva Motor Show. Pagani’s Zonda engine was made by Mercedes-Benz’s AMG division.
Notwithstanding, Pagani is one of the top producers of high-performance sports cars/supercars in the world today. Pagani models have championed different competitions and have proved to be among the best.
10. W Motors
The W Motors brand may be new in the market, but it has some of the sturdiest hypercars out there. Based out of Dubai, UAE, W Motors is the first manufacturer of high-performance supercars/hypercars in the Middle East; it was founded in 2012, in Lebanon, by Ralph R. Debbas.
W Motors is an Emirati sports car company, the brand is actually not yet world-famous, but it has some real-good models. Also, W Motors builds supercars for its Chinese sister company, ICONIQ Motors. The ICONIQ Seven was built by W Motors as a fully electric multipurpose vehicle.
As a young company, W Motors is focused on producing higher-performance supercars with bleeding-edge technologies and specs.
Arrinera Automotive S.A., shortened as Arrinera, is a Polish automobile manufacturer based in Warsaw, Poland. The company is quite new in the market – established in 2008 by two brothers Łukasz and Marek Tomkiewicz.
Arrinera announced its first proof-of-concept car in 2011 and a second prototype in 2012 for the company’s first supercar, Venocara.
The Venocara, however, was later renamed Hussarya, so the Arrinera Hussarya is the company’s entrance into the supercar market.
Arrinera Hussarya had a special racing edition, the Hussarya GT, built to meet GT3 racing specifications. Hussarya GT is the first Polish car to participate in the racing sport, and it did pretty well.
When you talk of top luxury car brands from Italy, you’d definitely mention Maserati. The company produces some “hard-tack” sports cars with outstanding specifications. Maserati was founded in 1914 by Alfieri Maserati in Bologna, Italy.
The company was initially associated with Ferrari but currently owned by Stellantis since 2021. The MC20 model remains one of the brand’s unbeatable sports cars, but there are other Maserati models that perform very well on racing tracks and regular roads.
You probably haven’t heard about Zenvo supercars, but they are among the very best options in the market. Zenvo models are not produced in larger quantities; just 15 Zenvo ST1 models were produced and sold in 2018.
Zenvo Automotive, shortened as Zenvo, is a Danish supercar manufacturer based in Præstø, Denmark. The company was established in 2004 by Troels Vollertsen. Zenvo supercars are very expensive but packed with sophisticated features and techs.
Lotus supercars are notably lightweight and exotic. The company produces conventional supercars and fully electric hypercars (e.g., the Evija model). Founded by Colin Chapman in 1948, Lotus is a British automotive company based in Norfolk, England.
The company focuses on building lightweight, high-performance sports and racing cars. Some notable Lotus models include Seven, Esprit, and Elan.
Surprised? Well, you shouldn’t be. Remember we said supercars are more like muscle cars – Audi makes supercars/muscle cars, but that’s not the brand’s major focus. The Audi R8 is an exotic, enchanting, power-hungry beast of a supercar. It is a decent supercar to hit the streets every day and drive confidently.
Audi is owned as a subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group; notwithstanding, it (Audi) owns several other notable auto brands too. The company has a few supercar models that are equipped with solid engines and are perfectly finished.
An American brand of high-performance supercars. Saleen was established by Steve Saleen as Saleen Automotive, Inc., in 1983. The company is headquartered in Corona, California, US.
The brand is majorly owned by its founder, Steve Saleen. Saleen’s flagship car was launched in 2000 – the Saleen S7, a mid-engine, high-performance sports car. It was completely built by the company Saleen.
17. SSC North America
Since 1999, SSC North America has remained active in the supercars space. The company focuses on producing highly exclusive super sports cars.
SSC North America broke into the spotlight in 2000 and got renamed from Shelby SuperCars Inc. to SSC North America so as to not interfere with Carroll Shelby, a renowned car designer.
These are the top best supercar brands to know about; they have different models and special editions for specific racing competitions. Some of these car brands are sister companies to one another – owned by the same parent company.