Supercar Showdown 2013 vs. 1987

How have supercars evolved over the past 25 years? In terms of pricing, the cost of supercars has largely increased. However, this is not the only key change between the supercars of the 20th century and the supercars of today. Horsepower, top speed and MPG are also some of the key features that differentiate the supercars of the 80s and the supercars built after the turn of the 21st century.

Ferrari F40 vs. La Ferrari

The La Ferrari is the latest car to be unveiled by the Italian automaker. According to some supercar enthusiasts, the La Ferrari is the pinnacle of supercar engineering, beating even the likes of the McLaren P1 and the Porsche 918 Spyder.

Compared to its 25 year old forbearer, the F40, Ferrari’s new leader of the pack is a 0.9 seconds faster in a 0 – 60 sprint courtesy of 311 extra horses.

All this power doesn’t come cheap though with the LaFerrari costing around five times as much as the F40 did accounting for inflation. Not to worry, it’s a solid 3.6 mpg more economical so you’ll soon make up the difference so long as you do 100,000 miles a year for the rest of your life.


Lamborghini Countach vs. Lamborghini Aventador

The 1973 Lamborghini Countach is still one of the most commonly sought-after supercars. Perhaps it is because the Lamborghini Countach was one of the first cars to feature a V12 engine. However, in a bid to keep up with modern times, the automaker has released the 2012 Lamborghini Aventador.

But is the latest Lamborghini better than the Countach? Yes, in a word. The new Lamborghini is roughly 198 lbs. lighter thanks to the carbon fiber chassis. The Aventador can do a 0-60 in 3.1 seconds whereas the Countach does 0-60 in 4.9 seconds and boasts a top speed of 217 mpg, compared to a poultry 195 for the previous flagship.

In terms of performance and reliability, the 2012 Lamborghini Countach greatly exceeds the 1973 Lamborghini Countach and refreshingly as new prices are similar, accounting for inflation of course.


Aston Martin Vantage Zagato vs. Aston Martin Zagato V12

There is no doubt that the Aston Martin is one of the most commonly sought-after supercars in the market. But is the Aston Martin Vantage Zagato better than the latest Aston Martin Zagato V12? Two of the features that the Aston Martin Vantage Zagato and Aston Martin Zagato V12 share are a super light aluminium frame and a beefy 6 litre V12 engine.

The similarities stop there though, with the new V12 Zagato boasting 517 horsepower as well as 420 pounds of torque. All this power is transferred via a back mid-mounted, 6-speed automated manual gearbox. The gearbox also has an option for either automatic or manual shift. The new Aston Martin Zagato V12 can also do a 0-60 in less than 4.1 seconds whereas the Aston Martin Vantage Zagato hit 0-60 in 4.9 seconds.

Once again you’ll pay for the privilege of this added performance with the new Zagato costing around $200,000 more than the original when new if inflation is taken in to account.


Porsche 959 vs. Porsche 918 Spyder

Porsche has undergone a tremendous revolution over the past 25 years. The latest Porsche 918 Spyder is fast, stylish and joins the latest batch of hybrid supercars with two powerful electric motors complimenting a more traditional 4.6 litre V8.

Compared to the 959 which was in its day, the most advanced Porsche money could buy; the 918 can do a 0-60 in less than 3 seconds, 0.7 seconds faster than the 959. Not only that but you’ll get an approving nod from environmentalists with a combined mpg figure of 94 mpg, that’s around 70 mpg better than the 959 and a clear indication of how far Porsche and cars in general have come in 25 years.

You’ll pay for all that high-tech wizardry of course, with prices around the $845,000 mark, that’s a cool $400,000, more than the 959 when new.


BMW 750i (E32) vs. BMW i8

The BMW i8 was finally revealed to the public recently to much admiration, not least for retaining the striking looks of the concept car. The i8 is the most advanced BMW ever built and not only features a new drive train but a body made of a combination of carbon and aluminium making the BMW supremely light.

Comparing the new i8 to BMW’s finest from 25 years ago, the 750i there are stark contrasts that highlight the monumental progress that’s been made.

For example in a 0 – 60 sprint the i8 is a massive 3 seconds faster. Whilst ‘only’ offering an extra 50 bhp, the weight savings are clearly working with the i8 being almost 1,000 lbs lighter.

Most impressive though, is the fuel efficiency of the new hybrid which is capable of around 113 mpg, roundly trouncing the comparatively pathetic 19.3 offering by the 750i.

With the high tech guts and world beating performance you’d expect the i8 to be substantially more expensive than the 750i was 25 years ago, not so. In fact, accounting for inflation the i8 is actually some $19, 00 cheaper! Better get your order in quick.

Feature by Jamie Englert, Editorial Manager at, a leading car finance broker. He has a passion for digital and loves nothing more than scouting the used car classifieds

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