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Five of the best modern supercars

How much better can the best get? Sheer traction alone will limit the latest offerings from Lamborghini and Ferrari from hitting 62mph much faster than the 2.8 seconds of the Aventador 750-4 SV and the 3.1 seconds of the F12 Berlinetta. The 2010s have seen McLaren enter the mix too, also hitting 2.8 seconds with their 904BHP hybrid the McLaren P1, and their persuit of technological perfection has brought us the 650s, a refined vision of last decade’s offering.

These cars almost defy superlatives, though we do our best below, while the Aston Martin Vanquish V12 supercar remains the elegant alternative for the sophisticate who wants to ease their way past the traffic in sumptuous luxury.

McLaren 650s

Released to the public just three years after its younger sibling the 12C, the 650S represents a refined version of McLaren’s vision of the ultimate road-going supercar. Unveiled in 2014 in Geneva, the McLaren 650S is the immediate successor to the popular 12C. And in many ways the two cars are extremely similar - the same M838T 3.8 engine, and the same seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox sit inside, and a lot of the styling has been...
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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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Lamborghini Aventador 750-4 Superveloce

Scissor doors? Check. Outrageous styling? Check. Stupidly fast? Check.

It can only be a Lamborghini, and not just any Lamborghini - this is the 217mph cream of the crop, the Aventador 750-4 Superveloce, launched in 2015 as the horsepower arms race with Ferrari shows no sign of stopping.
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Aston Martin Vanquish V12

If the Ferrari F12 and Lamborghini Aventador have the exotic wow factor, what of Britain's modern supercar challenger, the new gen Vanquish V12?

Well, it's slower, less powerful, cheaper, and less showy...but, it's also classy, utterly beautiful, easy to live with, and isn't 201mph and 0-60mph in 3.6 seconds plenty fast enough?
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V12 Ferrari F12 Berlinetta

Fastest. Most powerful. Best handling. Understated beauty. Engine of the year.

These are just a few of the superlatives that greeted the F12 Berlinetta following its launch in 2012, as it blew away the car it replaced - the 599 GTB - in just about every department.
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