Our Favorite Cars Transformed Into Mid-Engine Supercars

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This is the result of designing a car with no limitations.

The imagined car is a strange thing at times, and it's not often that designers come up with beautiful takes on cars with the consistent caliber that the Estonian designer Rain Prisk delivers. He has the luxury with his portfolio to go wild and not to have to worry about costs or business cases, and that leads to wild and wonderful concepts. That also truly appeals to the inner teenager in us. So, relax and enjoy Prisk's idea of what some of our favorite cars would look like if they were repackaged as mid-engined supercars.

BMW 8 Series

The BMW M1 from the late 1970s has been the German brands only supercar to date. The M1's development was complicated, and it didn't exactly set the world on fire at the time. However, it's historical importance was cemented by leading to BMW's M division and the long line of very fast cars both for the road and track. BMW never went back to the supercar, but these images, including a 8 Series-based supercar, make us wish the brand would.

Bentley Supercar

The definition of a supercar is hard to pin down. Opinion varies when it comes to Bentley's cars whether they are exotic. They have the price tag, the exclusivity, and the power but what modern Bentley doesn't do is all out performance. If it did, we would hope it looked something like this.

Maserati Supercar

Back in the day, Maserati did build a limited production supercar for homologation called the MC12. It was built on the Ferrari Enzo chassis and mid-engines as a result. The hope of Maserati ever trying something like that again are slim, but we do still hope.

Lexus LC

In its usual guise, the Lexus LC is an extravagant grand tourer. Lexus did build the LFA supercar for just one year, but scuppered the idea of a follow up when then Lexus Europe boss Alain Uyttenhoven explained, "The LFA is an icon now and possibly always will be - we don't need to replace it to keep that status. It is a car we can reference for another 25 years if we choose. Its status is assured."

We suspect if Lexus was to uncork another supercar, it would be more ostentatious than this but we like the nods to the LFA mixed with the LC's design cues.

Nissan GT-R

To us, the whole point of the GT-R is that it can run with supercars without the added cost and complexity of going mid-engined. Who knows whether Nissan will ever actually bring us another generation of the GT-R, but we guarantee it won't look like this. However, an actual dedicated Nissan supercar is a lip-smackingly wonderful thought.

Aston Martin

This isn't the most exciting of Prisk's imaginings. What we're more excited about is Aston Martin's Valkyrie with its 1000-horsepower Cosworth engine in the middle, and looking much more aggressive than this.

Mercedes CLK GTR (AMG GTR)

While the Mercedes Project One, or ONE as it's now labeled, hypercar slowly becomes a reality, the idea of a "regular" supercar still doesn't look likely. If it ever actually does become a reality, we can only hope it looks this sleek and low slung.


The thought of Volvo actually building a supercar is laughable, particularly considering the brand's recent virtue signaling over safety, telling us it will voluntarily limit its cars to a top speed of 112 mph. This concept is based on the Polestar 1, and we love the absurdity of the idea. We would actually love to see a Volvo supercar because the interior and sound system would likely be as stunning as its looks. A top speed of 112 mph is not so appealing though.

Toyota Supra

Could you imagine the hype if Toyota went for a supercar? Somehow we doubt it would look this much like a Ferrari. Granted, Toyota can't seem to justify making its own enthusiast cars but we can safely assume Ferrari would never cheapen its brand by teaming up with Toyota like that.

Subaru BRZ / Toyota 86

This is something we would dearly love to see. Toyota and Subaru getting together to make something that would be an entry level supercar with a 6-cylinder boxer engine in a light chassis, a manual transmission and a basic functional interior would be a dream come true.

Porsche 911

Would a mid-engine Porsche 911 still be a 911? Porsche has played with the idea for the track, but if the engine comes much further forward over the next few generations of production cars, it will be. Sarcasm aside, we don't much see the point of this but it is absolutely gorgeous.

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