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Three of the best supercars of the 1990s

The race for pace entered a new phase in the 1990s, as Lamborghini broke the 200mph barrier with the Diablo, while Ferrari’s 550 Maranello – a return to a more understated style after the flashy Testarossa – teased us with a top speed of 199mph.

In Britain, Aston carried on their merry way, pumping up their monster GT range further with the 186mph Vantage V550, the fastest way of getting from A to B in extreme comfort yet produced.

We look at the supercars of the 1990s in words, pictures and video.

McLaren P1

A truly modern hypercar, the P1 fuses McLaren’s heritage and engineering skill with the latest PHEV technology to produce a car practically unrivalled in its style, performance and handling. In 2013, McLaren’s search for the ultimate high-performance road car continued. And building on the solid foundation laid by the F1 in the late 90s, and backed up with lessons learned from the 12C, the McLaren P1 left their state-of-the-art Surrey production lab in 2014. Just...
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McLaren F1

It’s almost impossible to look past the McLaren F1 when talking about the greatest ever supercars - produced throughout the 1990s, it’s still today one of the fastest, most expensive and most technically astounding production cars ever made. Dreamed up by Gordon Murray, best known for designing Formula 1 cars throughout the 70s and 80s and for serving as McLaren’s Technical Director when Ayrton Senna secured his first Drivers' Championship, the McLaren F1 was designed...
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Lamborghini Diablo

It took Lamborghini five years of development to come up with a worthy successor to the Countach and, when it was launched in the first month of 1990, the Diablo rocketed the Italian company back to the top of the supercar charts.

Top speed was a buttock-clenching 202mph, with 0-60mph achieved in 4.5 seconds thanks to a modified, mid-mounted 5.7-litre V-12 engine.
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Aston Martin V8 Vantage V550

No car of the 1990s could propel its occupants with such speed and in such opulent comfort as the Aston Martin V8 Vantage V550.

A rebodied Virage - only the roof and doors were carried over - the V550 name denoted the colossal power that saw one of Newport Pagnell's last hand-built cars surge to 186mph, passing 60mph in just 4.6 seconds.
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Ferrari 550 Maranello

Ferrari made perhaps its boldest move for a quarter of a century with the 550 Maranello; they once again decided to put the horse before the cart, placing the car's 5.5-litre V-12 where Enzo always thought it should be - in front of the driver.

The sheer ostentation, as well as the mid-engine layout, of the 80s Testarossa was also cast aside in favour of a more understated GT sports car look designed by Pininfarina.
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