Top 10 Supercars Of 2014 – The Coolest, Best & Most Exciting Cars In The World This Year

Another year down and another year of amazing supercars. It was always going to be hard for 2014s best cars to match the loaded 2013 supercars with the LaFerrari, Porsche 918 and McLaren P1 trifecta plus a host of other tremendous cars. 

The 2014 best supercars, exotics and best drivers cars were once again an impressive bunch. At the top end and the clear winner for the year is the Koenigsegg One:1 our Supercar of the Year. We first met Christian von Koenigsegg at the 2001 Paris Motor Show where he was displaying his first car, the CC. Since then he has gradually improved it into the radical One:1.

In terms of perfect everyday performance, Porsche gives us the 911 GTS and the Cayman/Boxster GTS this year. The GTS models all get more powerful engines, more options all the performance boxes ticked plus a more sinister look. Think of this as Porsche speccing cars with all the options they think are perfect and then charging you less than it would cost to add those options yourself. This is the pick of the Porsche range for most people (outside the GT cars of course) and we can’t wait to drive them. 

As always there were several new Bugatti Veyron special edition cars, but they are literally marketing exercises now which is why none make our list. More worthy of our list was the replacement for the Gallardo. Known as the Huracán LP 610-4 it has seen a big uptick in tech and power with a design that only Lamborghini could get away with. It looks like a cracking car, Lamborghini nailed it. Also with a new model is McLaren, who went ahead and fixed all the issues we had with the 12C with their updated McLaren 650S Coupé and Spider models. Speaking of spider models, Aston Martin introduced the Aston Martin V12 Vantage Roadster S with its monster V12 up front and those classic Aston looks. That was almost as exciting as Ferrari giving us the 458 Speciale A, essentially a drop top version of the best car on sale right now. 

In 2014 we also saw the new generation BMW M3/4 with a twin-turbo inline 6 engine as well as a Charger SRT Hellcat that kept things old school by supercharging a massive V8 to get to 707 horsepower. In terms of the best concepts of 2014, we had Toyota give us their best hint yet at the future Supra model with their Toyota FT-1 concept. The Lamborghini Asterion LPI 910-4 is Lamborghini’s take on a hybrid GT and there is all sorts of talk that they may go ahead and actually build it, which is truly exciting. 

As always, enjoy our top 10 best supercar and driving car list for 2014. This year we managed to keep our top 10 list at around 25 cars (what can we say, there are just too many good cars being made these days). 

Related: Don’t forget to check out all our best supercar lists for more insanity. 

Koenigsegg One:1

1 megawatt of power

For the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, Koenigsegg created the one:1 based on the Agera platform. Seven examples, including one prototype, were built during 2014 and 2015. Limited series of 7 cars producing 1341 bhp @ 7500 rpm. This was one of the most exclusive production car programs ever envisaged in the car industry. One:1 is named after its capability to produce 1 megawatt of power from a single car – it is the first homologated production car in the world with one Megawatt of power. The hp-to-kg curb weight ratio is an astonishing 1:1. To achieve this 1360 bhp, Koenigsegg had to redesign the turbocharger. To further enhance the One:1’s pedigree, Koenigsegg manufactured the the chassis from a lighter-grade carbon fiber. Learn more…

McLaren 650S Coupé

Fixes All That’s Wrong With 12C

For 2014 McLaren updated the MP4-12C to have a front end more inline with the P1 supercar. The front bumper gives the McLaren 650S a dramatic, yet clean appearance that makes the 12C look plain. It is also quicker, more assertive and dynamically better than the 12C. The 650S badge designation refers to the power output – 650PS (641 bhp) – of the unique British-built McLaren M838T twin turbo V8 engine. ‘S’ stands for ‘Sport’, underlining the focus and developments made to handling, transmission, drivability and engagement. Performance figures will be confirmed ahead of the Geneva Show but will improve on the already rapid 12C which continues on sale. Learn more…

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Lamborghini Asterion LPI 910-4

910 horsepower hybrid from Lamborghini

Automobili Lamborghini unveiled its first plug-in hybrid (PHEV) technology demonstrator, the Lamborghini Asterion LPI 910-4, making its world debut at the 2014 Paris Mondial del’Automobile. Clearly a Lamborghini, Asterion is a conceptual car housing a plug-in hybrid powertrain designed to Lamborghini objectives: The Asterion defines a solution to significantly reducing CO2 emissions through technologies available today, guaranteeing the unique Lamborghini driving feel with a smooth and reactive driveability and with superior power, including an exceptional pure electric range of 50 km.Lamborghini’s first plug-in hybrid is the Asterion is powered by V10 5.2 liter FSI engine in conjunction with three electric engine to produce 910 bhp! We hope they make it. Learn more…

Dodge SRT Viper TA

What the world needed was a more extreme Viper

Configured in-house by the Chrysler Group’s SRT (Street and Racing Technology) team in collaboration with professional road racers, the exclusive, street-legal and single-spec 2014 SRT Viper TA (Time Attack) package is specifically built for the performance enthusiast driver who likes to exercise their machines at the more than 150 road-race courses around North America. Based on the SRT Viper model – the lightest vehicle in the lineup, the 2014 SRT Viper TA package builds upon the legendary on-track capability of the American hand-built supercar using a majority of pre-developed components straight from the SRT stable, that are combined into a carefully balanced package that extract the most out of the Viper ultralow center of gravity, 50/50 weight distribution and largest contact patch in the production car world. Learn more…

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Jaguar F-Type Project 7

Most focused and hardcore F-Type derivative

The 2014 Jaguar F-TYPE Project 7 is not only the most focused derivative of the award-winning F-TYPE range, but is also the fastest and most powerful production Jaguar ever built. Jaguar put their Project 7 prototype in production in 2014 with two proper seats. With just 250 for the world, some country’s allocations are long sold out. F-TYPE Project 7 is the first Jaguar performance vehicle from Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Operations team. Its distinctive roadster body, introduced in concept form last summer, pays tribute to one of the most famous and iconic racing Jaguars: the three-time Le Mans winning D-type, which in 2014 is celebrating its 60th anniversary year. F-TYPE Project 7’s name pays homage to Jaguar’s seven outright Le Mans wins. Learn more…

Toyota FT-1

The new Supra is coming…

Even though it’s still a concept car, the FT-1 signals the way forward for a proper Toyota Supra replacement. Toyota virtually blew the doors off the North American International Auto Show with the reveal of the stunning FT-1 sports car concept. First devised by Calty Design Research in the Sony PlayStation Gran Turismo game environment, FT-1 leapt from the screen to the stage in a race-inspired press conference at COBO Hall. The name says it all. FT-1 stands for “Future Toyota,” and the number “1” represents the ultimate. According to its designers at Calty Design Research, the FT-1 Concept is the ultimate expression of a Toyota coupe design, building upon Toyota’s rich sports coupe heritage. Learn more…

Rolls-Royce Wraith

The ultimate gentlemen’s gran turismo

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars proudly presents the world debut of Wraith, the most powerful and dynamic Rolls-Royce in history. At its heart lie hallmark Rolls-Royce attributes of luxury, refinement and hand-craftsmanship, but the new model from the world’s pinnacle super-luxury marque also presents a unique character defined by power, style and drama. With just a hint of the noir. Learn more…

RUF RCT

Rear-drive fun with 911 Turbo power

RUF’s turbocharged cars have a proven track record, sustained over 37 years at the cutting edge of automotive technology and design. A milestone model in the RUF sequel is the RUF RCT, originally launched in 1994. The abbreviation “RCT” stands for “RUF Carrera Turbo”. The performance gains achieved by transforming a normally-aspirated flat-six power-unit into a high-torque motor through RUF’s renowned turbo technology were enthusiastically received by devotees, clients and media alike. The 2014 RCT pays sincere homage to its heritage. The RUF RCT’s new, intercooled twin-turbo 3.8-litre engine develops 525 hp (386 kW) @ 6.800 rpm. Maximum torque is 502 lb/ft (680 Nm), arriving @ 2.300 rpm and upward. Learn more…

 

Aston Martin V12 Vantage Roadster S

Open top V12 GT perfection

Providing the most visceral yet engaging open-top experience in Aston Martin’s current range, the new V12 Vantage S Roadster delivers characteristic sporting agility underpinned by an enviable sports ‘soundtrack’ generated by its naturally aspirated V12 engine and expertly-tuned sports exhaust. Equipped with the latest 565 bhp (573 PS) Aston Martin AM28 6.0-litre V12 engine, featuring state-of-the-art Bosch engine management, the car is capable of reaching 201 mph and sprinting from rest to 60 mph in only 3.9 seconds (0-100km/h 4.1 seconds). Peak and low rev torque is delivered in abundance. With 620 Nm available at 5,750 rpm the V12 Vantage S Roadster is not to be found wanting in this vital department. Crucially, too, low rev torque – measured from just 1,000 rpm – starts at a colossal 510 Nm. Together, these statistics demonstrate the Aston Martin engineers’ ability to create a ‘flatter’, yet ‘fatter’, torque curve which supports exceptional driveability and strong pick-up through the gears. Learn more…

Ferrari 458 Speciale A

Convertible version of the epic 458 Speciale

The new limited edition special series is a celebration of the dazzling success of the various versions of the 458, a model that has collected an array of international motoring media awards and track victories, not least a double WEC title and category wins in classic endurance races, such as the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring. Dedicated to just 499 Ferrari collectors, the 458 Speciale A is the most powerful spider in Prancing Horse history, effortlessly marrying extreme performance with the sublime pleasure of drop-top driving. Its aluminium retractable hard top, which takes a mere 14 seconds to deploy or retract, helps reduce the weight difference with the Speciale coupé to just 50 kg. Learn more…

BMW M3

It almost didn’t make the list

The M3 legacy is really the only reason this car made this list, because frankly it was kind of underwhelming. The launch of the new BMW M3 Sedan and new BMW M4 Coupe sees BMW M GmbH revealing a new interpretation of the high-performance sports car – and carrying the BMW M philosophy over into the fifth generation of the M3. More than 40,000 examples of the fourth-generation BMW M3 Coupe were built, and now the BMW M4 Coupe is poised to continue this success story. The “M4” badge is a reference to the model series that provides the basis for the new M model – and, for the first time, the Coupe will be introduced at the same time as the four-door variant. Logic dictates the latter will be christened the BMW M3 Sedan. The high-revving six-cylinder in-line engine with MTwinPower Turbo technology newly developed for the new BMW M3 Sedan and new BMW M4 Coupe produces a maximum output of 431 hp. Its peak torque of 550 Newton metres (406 lb-ft) is available across a wide rev band and outstrips the figure recorded by the outgoing BMW M3 by roughly 40 per cent. And yet the engine also achieves a reduction in fuel consumption and emissions of around 25 per cent. Both the BMW M3 Sedan and BMW M4 Coupe cover the sprint from 0 to 100 km/h / 62 mph in 4.1 seconds (with the optional seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission). Learn more.

2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat
Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

707 horsepower to the rear wheels

Another car that was announced this year as a 2015 model year is the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, a 707 BHP monster. The new 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat is powered by the new supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI V-8 engine. Its 707 horsepower matches the highest rating of any V-8 engine in Chrysler Group’s celebrated history – that of the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat – making it the quickest, fastest and most powerful production sedan in the world, as well as the most capable and technologically advanced four-door muscle car in America. The unrivaled four-door performance numbers tell an impressive story with an NHRA-certified, quarter mile in 11.0 seconds, 0-100-0 mph in under 13 seconds, and a top speed of 204 mile per hour (mph). Learn more…

Chevrolet Corvette Z06

The most powerful and capable Corvette C7

The new C7 Corvette went on sale this year, but it was the news of a more powerful, leaner and sharpened Corvette Z06 that makes it on our best cars of 2014 list. Technically the Z06 a 2015 model, but it felt weird to include the base C7 Corvette when we knew the Z06 had been announced. The heart of the 2015 Corvette Z06 is the all-new LT4 6.2L supercharged V-8 engine, expected to deliver an estimated 625 horsepower (466 kW) and 635 lb-ft of torque (861 Nm). To balance performance and efficiency, the LT4 leverages the same trio of advanced technologies introduced on the Corvette Stingray: Direct injection, Active Fuel Management, or cylinder deactivation, and continuously variable valve timing. Learn more…

BMW M5 30 Jahre Edition

A sharper, more focused, limited edition M5

To celebrate 30 years of the BMW M5 – the founder member of the high-performance business Saloon segment – BMW has created an exclusive, special-edition of the current, fifth-generation model boasting performance that sets it apart from its stablemates. The BMW M5 30 Jahre Edition (30 years of the M5) will be produced in a limited run of just 300 vehicles worldwide. Under the bonnet of the BMW M5 30 Jahre Edition is a 4.4-litre V8 engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology and an output of 600hp, 40hp more than the standard model. This power boost has been achieved through carefully calculated tweaks to the engine management and an increase in charge pressure. Learn more…

Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4

Lamborghini introduces its new entry level supercar

In 2014 Lamborghini will officially launch the Huracán which as their smaller alternative to the Aventador and the replacement for the most popular Lamborghini ever, the Gallardo. The Lamborghini Huracán is the perfect modern supercar. It looks futuristic and stands out in any crowd. It is chock full of the latest technology from advanced materials to streamlined aerodynamics and one of the most advanced V10 engines ever made. In 2014 Lamborghini officially launched the Huracán, the successor to the Gallardo. It had big shoes to fill given the Gallardo was the company’s best selling car. Huracán got 610 bhp V10 and gorgeous body. The new 5.2 liter V10 engine delivers a maximum power of 448 kW / 610 HP at 8,250 rpm and a maximum torque of 560 Nm at 6.500 rpm. In the new “Iniezione Diretta Stratificata” (IDS), direct and indirect gasoline injections are smartly combined. This results in more power and torque with lower fuel consumption and emissions compared with the Gallardo V10 engine. The top speed of over 325 km/h and the acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.2 seconds and to 200 km/h in 9.9 seconds only partially describe the dynamic experience at the wheel of the Huracán. Learn more…

Mercedes-AMG GT

Mercedes got this one so very right

Announced this year as a 2015 model year car, the Mercedes-AMG GT is a totally new, ground up sports car. A fantastic mid-size sports car with all-aluminum construction and a 4.0-liter engine capable of 510 bhp. The GT is the second sports car developed entirely in-house by Mercedes-AMG. Its front mid-engine concept with transaxle and the intelligent aluminium lightweight construction form the basis for a highly dynamic driving experience. Its likewise newly developed AMG 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine underscores the hallmark AMG driving performance. The first sports car engine with internally mounted turbochargers (‘hot inside V’) and dry sump lubrication is configured in two output ratings: as a GT with 340 kW (462 hp) and as a GT S with 375 kW (510 hp). The new GT combines driving dynamics and first-class racetrack performance with superb everyday practicality, and efficiency that sets new standards in the segment. Top figures such as 3.8 seconds from zero to 100 km/h and a top speed of 310 km/h, combined with the outstanding driving dynamics will undoubtedly translate into extremely fast laps on the racetrack. Learn more…

Porsche Cayman GTS

The perfect all-around performance machine

The two most powerful and fastest mid-engine sports models from Porsche are ready and raring to go: with uprated engines and excellent PASM chassis the Boxster GTS and Cayman GTS set new benchmarks for sportiness in their segment. The independent front and a modified rear end, blackened bi-xenon headlights – with the Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS) as standard – and exterior lettering in silky black gloss are subtle yet unmistakable features of the new top models. The six-cylinder boxer engines fitted in the new top models are based on the 3.4-litre engines from the Boxster S and Cayman S respectively. Thanks to optimised fine tuning they now deliver an additional 15 hp (11 kW). This means that the Boxster GTS now has an output of 330 hp (243 kW), whilst the Cayman GTS delivers 340 hp (250 kW). Learn more…

Lykan HyperSport

What batman should drive

After its World Premiere launch at the International Qatar Motor Show on July 28th 2013, W Motors revealed to the world its first model, the Lykan HyperSport limited to only 7 units worldwide. Over 150,000 visitors attended this event with the presence of regional and international media covering this historical event for a global exposure and coverage. Following the Qatar launch in January 2013, W Motors pursued with a regional road show where the Lykan HyperSport was showcased in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Kuwait, Belgium and Spain. Learn more…

BMW i8

A glimpse into the future

The BMW i8 was designed from the outset as a plug-in hybrid sports car. The BMW i8 embodies hallmark BMW driving pleasure in a revolutionary and mould-breaking form. This is reflected in a highly emotive design, dynamic sports car performance, and fuel consumption and emissions figures worthy of a small car. Pairing an exceptionally lightweight, aerodynamically optimised body with cutting-edge BMW eDrive technology, a compact, highly turbocharged 1.5-litre BMW TwinPower Turbo petrol engine and intelligent energy management, the BMW i8 marks the next stage in the evolution of the Efficient Dynamics strategy. Its revolutionary approach achieves an unprecedented balance between performance and fuel consumption. Thanks to its carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) passenger cell, the BMW i8 sets new standards for a plug-in hybrid vehicle in terms of low weight. It can operate solely on electric power, which means no tailpipe emissions, and offers the dynamic performance of a sports car, with an expected 0 –100 km/h (62 mph) sprint time of 4.5 seconds. Learn more….

Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Coupé (991.1)

Our favorite 911 this year

Porsche is sending its second generation of the 911 Carrera GTS to the starting line. Four models – a coupe and a cabriolet, each with rear-wheel or all-wheel drive – now close the gap between the 911 Carrera S and the street-legal sports car optimised for the race track, the 911 GT3. Some of the technical ingredients that generate even more driving dynamics and driving fun: 430 hp (316 kW) power, the Sport Chrono package and the PASM active damper system which lowers the car’s ride height by ten millimetres. Improved efficiency has also led to quicker accelerations and higher top speeds, but combined fuel consumption figures remain unchanged at the favourable level of the S models. When combined with the Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK), the 911 Carrera GTS sprints from zero to 100 km/h in 4.0 seconds (Cabriolet: 4.2 seconds). The top speed of each GTS model is beyond the 300 km/h barrier; the fastest at 306 km/h is the Coupe with a manual transmission and rear-wheel drive. Learn more…

Bentley Continental GT3-R

Bentley announces the rarest and most dynamic member of the esteemed Continental family of Grand Tourers with the arrival of the new Continental GT3-R. It is inspired by the new Continental GT3 race car that stormed to victory at the second round of the Blancpain Endurance Series at Silverstone, the first UK race for Bentley for 84 years. Blending proven track and road credentials, the Continental GT3-R is a highly exclusive and unique interpretation of performance-focussed luxury, limited to just 300 examples. Bentley engineers have developed a retuned version of Bentley’s race-proven, high performance 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 for this new two-seater GT. Developing 580 PS (572 bhp / 426 kW) and 700 Nm of torque, together with a 100 kg weight reduction and shorter gearing, the Continental GT3-R is the fastest-accelerating Bentley ever. Capable of reaching 60 mph from a standstill in just 3.6 seconds (0-100 km/h in 3.8 secs), the GT3-R is a Grand Tourer with the performance of a racer. Learn more…

Lamborghini Veneno Roadster

Most extreme Lambo so far

Look at all the every Lamborghini car ever made and it is hard to find one that is more aggressive and downright extreme as the Lamborghini Veneno Roadster. The Lamborghini Veneno Roadster is an open racing prototype with an extreme design and breathtaking performance. And it is one of the world’s most exclusive automobiles — not more than nine units will be built during the course of 2014 and sold at a price of 3.3 million Euros (excl. tax). With a maximum output of 552 kW / 750 hp, the Veneno Roadster accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in just 2.9 seconds and top speed stands at 355 km/h. The Lamborghini Veneno Roadster is driven by a twelve-cylinder engine with a displacement of 6.5 liters and is equipped with the extremely fast-shifting ISR transmission with five modes, permanent all-wheel drive and a racing chassis with pushrod suspension and horizontal spring/damper units. Learn more…

Ferrari F60 America

Limited edition Ferrari

The Ferrari F60 America is effectively an open-top version of the insane F12. The F60 America – named in celebration of ferrari marking six decades of selling cars in the usa – trades in the F12’s hardtop for a lightweight fabric roof useable at speeds of up to 80mph. But the F60 America is actually rather more than just a de-roofed F12. There’s fresh aluminum bodywork, too, with deeper side strakes, extra bonnet holes and more pronounced winglets. The F60 America will be limited to a production run of just 10 units. All have been spoken for, and though ferrari’s giving no hint on price, you can safely assume it to fall into the ‘eye-watering’ category. Learn more…

Aston Martin V8 Vantage N430

Lightweight and sporting-biased Vantage

Pure, unadulterated fun is what lies at the heart of the new V8 Vantage N430. Honed on the track to excel on the road, N430 – available in Coupe or Roadster form – boasts a power hike to 436 PS at 7,300 rpm that brings its output up to that of the spirited V8 Vantage S. Ally that inherent dynamic capability to lightweight and sporting-biased features as standard such as carbon fibre and Kevlar® seats and ten-spoke forged alloy wheels in a new graphite painted finish – together yielding a weight saving of 20 kg – and it’s clear that the GT4-inspired N430 has been created to deliver exceptional performance with a club sport ethos. No surprise, then, that the new V8 Vantage N430 is capable of 190 mph, with a 0-60 mph time that drops to 4.6 seconds. Learn more…

Ferrari F12 TRS

One off custom Ferrari

Based on the F12berlinetta, the car was developed at a client’s request as an extreme, two-seater, open-top sports barchetta. One of the initial inspirations for the project was the 1957 250 Testa Rossa. In fact, the F12 TRS is Flavio Manzoni and the Ferrari Style Centre team’s modern, innovative take on that legendary car’s spirit and pays homage to it in its moniker. Like all one-off Ferraris, the F12 TRS is the product of Ferrari’s now-classic approach of creating a truly integrated design. It thus has the same exceptional performance figures as the F12berlinetta including 0-100 km/h acceleration in 3.1 s and 0-200 km/h acceleration in 8.5 s, thanks to the massive 740 cv and maximum torque of 690 Nm at 9,000 rpm unleashed by its 6262 cm3 V12 engine. Learn more…