What an incredibly competitive year 2018 has shaped up to be in the very upper echelons of the supercar market. At Marbella Rocks, we love high-octane thrills – so here’s a look at some of the most exotic, high-powered, road-going and track-ready machines of the year.
Each entry offers a unique blend of razor-sharp handling, exhilarating performance and presents no shortage of jaw-dropping aerodynamic wings, scoops and vents. Here’s a peek at our favourites from the biggest names in horsepower, including McLaren, Lamborghini, Aston Martin and one very fast Ford.
- McLaren 720S
Taking our hot spot, in pole position for 2018 is McLaren’s all new 720S. From its clinically executed design to the exquisite exterior styling; with smooth lines hiding all manner of vents and aero ducts, plus some rather slick gullwing doors, the 720S is truly a feast for the eyes when witnessed in the metal.
But it’s under the skin where the McLaren hides all its best tricks. Powered by a 4 litre twin-turbocharged V8, developing a monster 710bhp, the 720S can launch from 0-100kph in a lightning 2.8 seconds and will push on to a top speed of 341kph. The motor sits within a carbon-fibre tub, dubbed ‘Monocage II’, making the chassis both stiffer and lighter than its predecessor, the already sublime 650S.
Prior to ticking option boxes on your order form, the 720S will cost around €240,000. But there are plenty of additions available to tailor the car to your own bespoke style – from more exposed carbon fibre, to transparent panels above the gullwing doors for a full panoramic effect.
The 720S is an absolute treat for the senses and has helped redefine the benchmark for manufacturers that dare to compete in the same league.
- Ferrari 488 GTB
In close second place – the Ferrari 488 GTB. Anyone with reservations about a mid-engine turbocharged Ferrari that isn’t an F40 needn’t worry. The 488 GTB is a worthy spiritual successor.
Replacing the mighty 458’s naturally aspired 4.5 litre V8, is a slightly smaller 3.9 litre twin-turbocharged V8. Whilst the soundtrack isn’t quite as spine-tingling, the performance numbers certainly are. 3 seconds dead to 100kph thanks to a whopping 661bhp and 560lb ft of torque, delivered through a punchy 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox.
And with all that power, the 488 requires some serious downforce. Its dazzling exterior utilises all the hottest motorsport derived aero tech Ferrari has to offer and is presented within a smooth and highly refined package. The finished product is sleek and superb, with form following function at every subtle lip and hollow.
To get your hands on such a weapon will cost you somewhere in the region of €206,000 base price. But as with anything from Maranello, that number is surely due to rise significantly once you’ve perused the extensive options list and have customised everything down to your preferred stitching pattern.
- Lamborghini Huracan Performante
In third place is our first big-displacement, naturally aspired V10 – courtesy of Lamborghini.
If turbo-charging isn’t quite making the hair on the back of your neck stand up in the way a rev-happy N/A motor can, then look no further than the Huracan Performante.
With over 631bhp on tap from the massive 5.2 litre V10 powertrain, the Huracan offers hypercar levels of performance, packaged with all the flare, drama and outrageous design cues we’ve come to know and love from Lamborghini. It’s beating V10 heart is mated to a 7-speed LDF dual-clutch transmission, that’s good for 0-100kph in just 2.9sec from standing – a truly staggering feat. Need to know more? The Huracan also offers the ability to shoot from 0-200kph in just 8.9 seconds.
Prices start from around €235,000 before options. After recently beating the Nürburgring lap time of the Porsche 918 hypercar by a solid 5 second margin, it could be considered somewhat of a performance car bargain.
- Ferrari 812 Superfast
Potentially one of the most aptly named cars on the list. And yes, it truly is superfast.
Replacing Ferrari’s much loved F12, the 812 Superfast is some 60kg lighter, more powerful and can shift gears 30% quicker than the car it’s following. But thankfully, it’s kept the F12’s striking profile and is a truly gorgeous looking piece of machinery.
So how fast is Superfast? Well, its powerplant is a rather spectacular naturally aspirated 6.5 litre V12, that produces a hearty 789bhp at 8500rpm, along with 529lb ft of torque and revs to a joyous 8900rpm redline. And the rather bonkers numbers don’t stop there – with claims of 0-100kph in 2.9 seconds and 0-200kph in a physics-defying 7.9 seconds and onto a top speed of 339kph. Superfast, indeed.
With a price tag of around €287,000 before any additional options, the 812 is among the most exclusive supercars on our list. And in terms of driving thrills and the perfect V12 quad-exhaust soundtrack, it really pulls ahead of the competition. And how can you not love that unapologetic “Giallo Triplo Strato” yellow paint?
- Porsche 911 GT2 RS
What this car lacks in flare and flamboyance compared to its tough Italian rivals, it makes up for in engineering mastery. No top 10 supercars list would be complete without a GT car from Porsche and the GT2 RS is the full-fat, real deal, range-topper. The GT2 has long been the ultimate version, highlighting the pinnacle of each generation of the 911.
A more casual admirer of the marque would be forgiven for mistaking the GT2 RS for its naturally aspirated brother, the GT3. However, there is a pretty staggering difference between the two models and it comes in the form of a 3.8 litre twin-turbocharged flat-six engine that pumps out nearly 700bhp. In partnership with an ultrafast 7-speed dual-clutch PDK transmission, the Porsche can shove you from 0-100kph in an astounding 2.7 seconds.
Unlike the “standard” 911 Turbo models, the power goes exclusively to the rear wheels – giving the GT2 a somewhat infamous reputation for being a bit of a handful. And it’s not undeserved; this is the most powerful 911 to ever roll out of the factory and it truly is blisteringly fast. The GT2 is presently the fastest road-legal production car ever to lap the Nürburgring.
The Porsche weighs in at around €235,000, base price. But the optional Weissach Package, offering more carbon-fibre weight-saving measures and magnesium wheels is available for a cool additional €23,000.
- Ford GT
One of the most impressive standout candidates from 2018 is unquestionably the Ford GT. In this, the 3rd iteration of the GT since the original Le Mans dominating car in arrived 1964, Ford have again reverse-engineered a race car for the road in order to re-enter the motorsport arena with a bang. In turn, they’ve made one of the most driver-focused, track-bred machines in our list.
Beneath its stunning racer-ready aerodynamic looks, with all manner of active aero parts and a mammoth rear wing, the GT utilises carbon-fibre tub technology, making it both light and extremely rigid. Powering the GT is a 3.5-litre, twin-turbo V6 Ecoboost engine, which provides the rear wheels with some 647bhp via a Getrag 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox. This makes 0-100kph acceleration possible in 3 seconds flat and can push on to a top speed of 347kph. And the GT can stop as well as it soars, on some enormous 394mm carbon-ceramic brakes.
Ford has confirmed 1000 examples of its new GT will be built over the next four years, for a price tag of around €475,000. The bad news however, is that every unit has already been sold on pre-order. So we’ll have to wait and see what kind of mark-up the market applies to such a rare and magnificent beast.
- Lamborghini Aventador S
Released back in 2011 in its first stage of life, the Aventador S is a huge leap on for Lamborghini’s flagship supercar. Now offered with new aero-styling and an active rear wing, the Aventador S offers around 130% more downforce than its predecessor. And thankfully, the ascetics and quality remain unmistakably, Lamborghini.
Inside of this re-imagined Italian heavyweight is a huge piece of artillery – a 6.5 litre V12, capable of producing 730bhp and 509lb ft of torque. The power is put down though all four wheels at a front to rear ratio of the driver’s discretion. This puts the new S in a rather elite sub-3-second club to 100kph and allows top end speeds of 333kph. The improved S now boasts a trick four-wheel steering system for some real precision turn-in. There’s no denying the new and improved S can definitely hang with its hottest competition.
The Aventador S has a base price of around €306,000 and in our opinion is worth every penny. It brags devilish good looks alongside truly ballistic levels of performance.
- Mercedes-AMG GT R
The new Mercedes AMG GT R is the latest high-horsepower, pack leader from the tyre-smoking hooligans at AMG. This car absolutely embodies all the excitement, thrill and fun of driving.
Firstly, the GT R is a gorgeous thing to look at. Visually, it’s as snarling and aggressive as it is poised and beautiful. Its exterior is wide, low and positively reptilian – more so then ever in this limited edition “AMG Green Hell Magno” paint.
Under the hulk-like paint job are some brutish numbers to back it up too. The powertrain is a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8, that is responsible for some 577 horsepower and 516lb ft of torque. This monster motor works in tandem with a snappy 7-speed dual-clutch transmission that means you’ll see 100kph in less than 3.5 seconds and can press on to a top velocity of 318kph.
Not only does the GT R provide excesses of pure delight from behind the wheel, it also provides the driver, and any fortunate bystanders, with one of the most glorious exhaust notes ever produced by a turbocharged engine thanks to its triple-exit titanium exhaust system.
Prices for this new AMG supercar standout start from approximately €160,000; unless you fancy some of that incredible green paint. That’s an additional €8500 but in our opinion, it’s a must-have.
- Aston Martin DB11 AMR
Class and sophistication coupled with raw power, everything you expect from an Aston Martin. And if you’re not already acquainted with the AMR badge on the fresh DB11’s rump, it’s the new insignia worn by vehicles sporting some of the ethos and latest racing technology from Aston’s motorsport division – Aston Martin Racing. So think along the lines of BMW’s M division or what AMG is to Mercedes-Benz.
In terms of looks, the DB11 AMR is a very handsome machine. Its wide hips, bulging hood and vast front grille harmonize at a perfect ratio. Its profile and dimensions are very distinctly Aston’s DNA. Under its curvaceous exterior sits a 5.2 litre twin-turbo V12 – giving the driver 630bhp to play with and a 0-100kph time of 3.7 seconds. Despite these massive numbers, this thing remains a true, comfortable GT car and can contentedly eat miles of Mediterranean coastline with ease. Its top speed is an astounding 334kph.
Prices for the DB11 AMR start from around €196,000 before any bespoke options. So if you’re in the market for something a little less track-focused and more geared towards continental cruising, the Aston’s style, comfort and versatility make it a very attractive option indeed.
- Audi R8 V10 Plus
Rounding off a solid foundation on our list is Audi’s peak performance model, the new R8 V10 Plus.
After being in continuous production across two generations since 2006, like a fine wine, the R8 has aged marvellously. It has stood the test of time and has cemented itself as a long standing staple of the supercar market. This in part is thanks to its versatile, everyday usability and appealing driving dynamics that have made it a comparatively accessible daily supercar.
After undergoing a moderate facelift in recent years, the R8 now looks more angular and antagonistic than ever before. Under the mid-section of this enhanced exterior, its current winning formula is made up of a 5.2 litre V10 teamed with a 7-speed S-Tronic transmission and Audi’s famed Quattro all-wheel-drive system. The V10 makes an impressive 602bhp, and is shared with the Lamborghini Huracan, as is the R8’s exceptionally confidence inspiring chassis.
The V10 Plus model prices start from €159,000 ahead of additional options. There’s also the drop-top Spyder version to consider and a more recently added RWS version which replaces the Quattro AWD with an exclusively rear-wheel driven variant.