Everything from the sound to the blur, as it passes you by, associated with a supercar is exciting – and we can all agree with that. Unfortunately, that doesn’t apply to all supercars as some of them have survived solely on their name for years without any resistance. Today, we take a look at some of the most overrated supercars found on the market and bring them down to reality once again.
Toyota Supra MkIV
The Toyota Supra has been a part of the company’s lineup since it was first launched back in 1978. Today, the Supra MkIV is a part of the fourth-generation of the design and has been overly hyped. While the engine options on the car include an impressive 3.0L naturally-aspirated petrol engine or a 3.0L Twin-Turbocharged petrol engine, there are some drawbacks to it. Firstly, owners of the car have complained that the fans, that are supposed to cool the powerful engines, barely do their job and cause the car to overheat quickly. There are also some problems with the car’s hydraulics, and suspension systems which make driving the Supra MkIV extremely uncomfortable. Even though the car does have some potential in terms of reliability, it is in no way a street racer as it is made out to be (unless you do some insane modifications on it).
When you think of Porsche, you immediately think of the iconic 911 supercar – and for good reason. Developed in 1963, the 911 has come a long way and along the way, it has picked up quite a few fans. Considered as the most popular second hand car in Bangalore, in the supercar segment, that is, the Porsche 911 has clearly made waves all across the world. But the issues come up when you talk about the GT3 and GT3 RS variants of the 911 which are meant to be the 911’s more powerful cousins. These two models have a number of engine flaws that make driving them at high speeds quite unpredictable – something you can’t have in a supercar.
Originally unveiled to the public in 2007, the Nissan GT-R was quickly tagged as one of the best supercars in the world. In fact, it could have been the best in the world back then thanks to its 3.8L V6 Twin-Turbocharged petrol engine which produced 480bhp and came with an AWD Dual-Clutch transmission system. Fast forward 12 years and the GT-R remains relatively unchanged, apart from the tuning which now generates 570Ps of power and 637Nm of torque. While other manufacturers are looking to equip their cars with upgraded components, Nissan seems to have settled with the GT-R. Another major factor behind it being overrated is its weight. In today’s world, cars are being made from lightweight materials to increase their performance, but the GT-R still is heavy, large, and extremely bulky.
If there was ever a supercar that deserved its name, the Ferrari LaFerrari is it. Not only does the name sound so exotic, but it looks like it should not be street legal. Unfortunately, that is where the LaFerrari’s praises stop. Even though the model houses a beast 6.3L V12 petrol engine connected to an electric motor, the LaFerrari is incapable of running on electric mode only. What’s so bad about this? Well, there isn’t much the LaFerrari brings to the table apart from some fancy tech advancements and a new engine. On the other hand, the Porsche 918 Spyder or the McLaren P1 offers a hybrid drive system and a race mode respectively – and they cost less too. Yes, it is hard to resist a Ferrari, especially something as jaw-dropping as the LaFerrari, but the Italian carmaker should have added something extra to grab our attention.
If the word SUPERCAR had an image associated with it, the Bugatti Veyron would be that image. Considered as the ultimate supercar, the Veyron quickly gained popularity across the world for its looks, its performance, and its unbeatable speed. Launched in 2009, the Veyron housed a massive 8.0L 16-cylinder petrol engine that could produce 987bhp with a mind-numbing 1250Nm of torque. But, speed was the only thing the Veyron was famous for.
There was literally nothing else the Veyron could offer apart from a top speed of about 410 kmph. The car was extremely big and heavy – a requirement for a car that could probably lift off at max speed. Another massive point that stood out was that the handling of the Veyron was incredibly bad and drivers complained about how they would lose control at high speeds. So, if there was a straight road that needed traveling, the Veyron was the best car for the job.
Next time you see a supercar driving past you, you might think about what the car can do and how many limitations are on it before you begin admiring it. While these cars are meant to be driven on open roads with a lot of space, they can often be overrated in terms of their performance and what they have to offer. If you’re in the market to buy 2nd hand cars in the supercar market, you might want to stay clear of these models here and find yourself a better option.