The word hypercar is seeing a surge in the luxury automobile world. While some insiders might be well-versed with the term, if you’re new to the term just like us, here’s a quick lowdown.
What is a hypercar?
A hypercar can be defined as the most superior and high-performance car on the market worldwide. These cars offer the best standard of acceleration, price, rarity, handling, top speed, sound and appearance. Only a mere 1% of cars are hypercars in the world. The first one, the Lamborghini Miura, was produced in 1963. To put it in layman’s language, a hypercar is the very peak of automotive performance, the fastest, most expensive and most powerful four-wheel achievement in the world.
What’s more? The top speeds of hypercars are higher than those of supercars, because of their commitment to doing what was thought impossible. And these hypercars are also a rarity. The production numbers of hypercars are a much rarer commodity and it’s often hard to get your hands on one, making them highly coveted.
From Ferrari to Buggati, LuxeBook takes you through all the newest hypercar launches.
Swedish manufacturer Koenigsegg’s latest hypercar the CC850 is an even bigger hit than the automaker was expecting it to be. Being sold out in less than a week after its debut at Monterey Car Week, the giant has decided to build an additional 20 units. Similar in design to the CC8S, which launched in 2002, the standout features include the CC850’s Jesko-derived 5.0-liter twin-turbo V-8, which can deliver 1,185 hp when running on regular gas and 1,385 hp when running on E85 flex fuel. It is also mated to a truly unique gearbox that allows drivers to shift through six gears manually or nine gears automatically depending on the drive mode.
Cadillac’s New Project GTP Hypercar
The Prodrive Hunter is the first all-terrain hypercar, causing much hype around the new launch. With a 600 bhp, the four-wheel drive promises excellent ability and performance across any landscape — it thrives in the desert sand, dunes and rough mountain tracks. With a 50% increase in power from the 3.5 litres V6 twin-turbo engine and more suspension travel to absorb the harshest of terrain the car is even faster and more capable than the race car, it is also more refined. The interiors designed by Ian Callum are kept in line with everyday use rather than racing. A digital display gives the driver all the important information they need, while the centre console houses the more traditional controls found on a road car.
Ferrari Le Mans
When it comes to the automobile world, Ferrari often secures the top spot and rightly so. The brand has made a historic return, with the Le Mans hypercar that is already on track for preparing for the 2023 FIA World Endurance season. Introduced in 2021 to replace the previous LMP1 class, it is the World Endurance Championship’s flagship class and runs on the world’s most iconic circuits. While we don’t have too many details about the new car we know it will feature a hybrid powertrain that would be limited to 670 horsepower and will weigh 2,270 pounds. Ferrari will build at least 25 production units of the model.
Bugatti W16 Mistral
Bugatti is synonymous with the W16 engine, an iconic engine that powered the first Veyron in 2005. but the era of the W16 is coming to an end and to mark the end. And to mark the iconic stature, the brand has revealed the W16 Mistral – an open-top roadster. The final iteration of their legendary 8.0-litre W-16 produces 1,578 horsepower making it the world’s fastest roadster. With a hefty $5 million, it was limited to only 99 builds and is all sold out.