The 20 Coolest Low Volume Supercars to Blow Your Mind
All special, all expensive, and all unimaginably rare
Updated November 24, 2017
You have probably never heard about some cars on this extensive list. However, knowing as much as possible about the 20 coolest low-volume supercars may entice you to dig more about the rarest machines to ever roam the earth. Although I am writing about 20 different models, only slightly more than 3,800 of them actually exist, and the Porsche 911 Carrera S 2.7 makes up 1,500 of those units.
Apollo Intensa Emozione
This car surfaced only weeks ago and stirs a bowl of old-school ingredients with a bit of a modern twist. The naturally-aspirated V12 with 780 hp is definitely its best asset – aside from the mad looks obviously. The machine is linked with a six-speed sequential transmission and defies all the trends of today’s hypercars. The Apollo Intensa Emozione irrevocably ties us with the best motoring practices that are in the process of dying out right now. The price is on the insane side of things, of course. The company that once was Gumpert priced the car at $3.2 million.
Production: 10 units
A roofless version of the Ferrari LaFerrari most certainly fits the requirements to be included in this list of the 20 coolest low volume supercars to blow your mind. Based on the same architecture as the standard LaFerrari, the Aperta actually reached only 200 buyers, making it one of the rarest Ferraris of all time. Unlike the LaFerrari, the LaFerrari Aperta had been thoroughly updated on the lower sections. Thanks to the advanced support system, lack of a roof did not affect the characteristics of the machine. It is still an extreme driving joy with 950 hp. While there may well be some for sale, we are not exactly sure how expensive would they be. 5+mil probably.
Production: 200 units
This is the ultimate Aston Martin car. It is, with the Mercedes-AMG Project One, the most extreme road machine that ever roamed the face of the earth. See, the car took a number of astonishing Formula 1 technologies and integrated them into a car with a V12 engine producing north of 1,000hp. As it turns out, the Valkyrie can rival even the speed and performance of F1 cars in a track setting.
Production: 150 units
This is the car that turned the industry upside down. A car with 1,001 hp, all-wheel drive, and an exceptionally high-quality build showed that we have much more to explore about speed. In its most extreme iteration, the Veyron SuperSport disposes of with an astounding 1,200 hp. It is a car so special it started appreciating right after the first unit was sold – a success only a handful of cars have managed. Now, a machine built in Molsheim easily reaches the price of $2 mil. Used.
Production: 450 units
Another Bugatti. The Veyron’s successor was a dramatic improvement over the already bonkers Veyron. The latest Bugatti iteration made the jump to 1,500 hp and it is possibly the first production car to be capable of accelerating to 60 mph in the 2-second region. Sure, that Tesla Roadster could be quicker, but we will have to wait for more than 2 years to confirm it.
Nevertheless, the Chiron is an exercise in the ultimate. A hypercar in a category so extreme it took the likes of Koenigsegg to beat its records.
Production: Limited to 500 units
If you are the type of a gearhead who appreciates linking cars and art, then you have to love the Huayra. The handbuilt supercar is Horacio Pagani’s latest work of art smartly packing the latest technology. Including a 700+hp AMG engine, it is seriously expensive. And when ordering one you will have a chance to talk with Horacio himself in order to get the best possible customer treatment. No wonder prices go up to $2.5 million for the most extreme versions (like the Huayra BC)
Production: the first production run of 100 vehicles is sold out
This one isn’t exactly a production car, but it definitely is one of the coolest low volume supercars out there. As the star of the James Bond movie Spectre, the C-X75 actually appeared in 2010 as a turbine-powered supercar concept. Jaguar delivered seven units for filming, but those cars were actually mechanically unrelated to the concept. In fact, they were built around Rally car architecture and featured a five liter V8 motor.
Jaguar actually produced a few production prototypes with a small turbocharged engine and electric motors.
Production: 5 prototypes (two of them sold to private collectors)
As the most hardcore interpretation of the McLaren P1 hypercar, the P1 GTR is a track-focused monster of which only a few dozen have been produced.
Although they intended it for track use, McLaren actually produced a few roadworthy models. Heck, you can find a company in the UK who can transform a track-only P1 GTR into a road-worthy insanity. The 987 hp P1 GTR may well be one of the most astounding cars out there.
Production: 58 units
It may well be the last hurrah of the analog proper supercar to ever exist. Appearing in 2002 with the production run lasting only to 2004, the Ferrari Enzo was easily the supercar to have, competing only with the Porsche Carrera GT and maybe with the Mercedes-McLaren SLR. One even found its way to the Vatican. Nevertheless, its engine was located at the back in the middle – a six-liter V12 with 651 hp pushed it further than any Ferrari ever managed to do.
Production: 449 units (Interestingly enough, Ferrari wanted to produce 399 units, but the reception was so overwhelming they produced 50 units more)
As a modern Jaguar E-Type knock-off, the Eagle E-Type features all the modernity you’d ever need. Its 2,288 lbs is powered by a fantastic 4.7 liter with fuel injection and 345 hp. So basically, imagine a Miata with a crapload of power. It’s a proper monster for sure. Eagle can build you one from other classic E-types and then sell it to you for a hefty price tag of more than one million US dollars.
Just like you’d enjoy driving that British Eagle E-Type, you’d enjoy driving the Singer vehicle. The California based company makes the ultimate hand-built restomods based around the classic chassis of the Porsche 964. The hand-building process is so time consuming and detailed that if you order a car now, you would have to wait for years for its delivery.
Porsches leaving the Singer factory are actually accepted to be of better quality than new cars leaving the official Porsche production line. Of course, they are expensive, rare, and slightly redesigned compared to the original versions.
You have probably never heard of it. The Marcos is a small company that existed for only a couple of years from 2004 to 2007. The company outsourced the design to the Prodrive team which completed the chassis for the TSO while they used GM-sourced V8 350 hp engines for the propulsion. The TSO was a fast car. In its top trim – the GT, the TSO managed to accelerate to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds and almost touch 186 mph. However, the production and the fate of the company were sealed. There simply wasn’t much appreciation for the car back then.
Production: 6 units (and a handful of uncompleted cars)
Using a Dodge Viper sourced eight-liter V10 dialed to 525 hp, the Bristol Fighter could become the UK’s Viper moment. However, the production was surrounded by problems. Bristol announced the car in 2003, only to give it to the press in 2005. It was a fast car for sure – this one would be able to manage 62 mph in 4 seconds and reach 210 mph. A Fighter S was produced as well with an engine dialed to 628 hp. Even a Bristol Fighter T with the same turbocharged engine developing 1,000+hp was in the cards, but never produced.
Production: 13 units
If you ever wanted a modern interpretation of a racer from the Thirties, this is it. The Morgan Aeromax is a 367 hp beast so well executed many celebrities bought one (including Richard Hammond, Rowan Atkinson, and Paul O’Grady). Strange looks actually helped its everlasting quirky style. FYI, the rear lights were taken from the Lancia Thesis. The car was produced in 2008 and 2010.
Production: 100 units
With central front seating, astounding BMW V12 power of more than 620 hp and exceptional technology, the McLaren F1 became the fastest car of the Nineties. It wasn’t until the Bugatti Veyron that a production sports car made so many headlines due to performance and sports composure. Now, some well-preserved units could sell for more than $10 mil. Even Elon Musk had one and it was possibly the only production car with a gold-plated engine cover. Top speed: 240+ mph!
Production: 106 units (including racing cars)
Porsche 911 Carrera S 2.7
As a race car homologation special, the Porsche 911 Carrera S 2.7 became the fastest, the lightest and the best handling 911 of old. The car is so praised, its value has been estimated at more than $1,000,000. Built in the mid-Seventies, the car is one of the best representations of sports cars from the era.
Production: 1,500 units
Ladies and Gentlemen, this is the world’s most expensive car. Only a year ago, one was put out for sale at $60 million. Actually, the car that reached this price was the second Ferrari 250 GTO ever produced. Created for homologation purposes, the car started its life in 1962. Ferrari used a three-liter V12 with 300 hp for propulsion. The car had to be produced so the Maranello company could enter the Group 3 Grand Touring Car championship.
Production: 39 units
Lamborghini Aventador J
Only two! Only two Aventador Js actually exist. The car was developed in-house in six weeks after the Lambo CEO decided he wanted something cool for the Geneva Motor Show. Lambo’s designers delivered with the lowest production Lambo of all time. Of course, there was one unknown buyer who did not ask questions about the cost. The only Aventador J ever was sold in no time and before the Geneva unveiling of 2012. It has Aventador underpinnings and looks astounding. The other car is a Limited Edition model made for Shaikh Al Yahyaa.
Production: two units, apparently
Based on the Le Mans-winning D-Type race car, the Jaguar XKSS is possibly the most astounding piece of Jag history ever. Not only because it is an awesome car, but because of the fact that its production was stopped after a fire at Jaguar’s Browns Lane factory. There were no tools for its production anymore. The original fetched a price of $18 million at an auction this year.
Production: 16 units
Maybe not exactly a supercar but it is unlike any other off-roader out there. Based on the Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG, this particular off-roader gained 6×6 drive, new suspension, the best off-roading equipment Mercedes had to offer (best overall then) and a price tag starting just south of $450,000. The 536 hp V8 can deliver it all in a configuration like this. Astounding.
Production: “well over 100 units”
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