Here's our favorites, what's on your bucket list to drive?
Bucket lists tend to focus on places to see and activities to do such as travelling to Europe or skydiving. But car enthusiasts create bucket lists focused on the automobile, with classic car bucket lists, offroading bucket lists, and everyone's favorite: the supercar bucket list. We thought it best to focus on the latter and have come up with five supercars that every car enthusiast must drive before they croak. Take a look, and let us know if we've missed something unmissable.
The McLaren F1 is now 25 years old, but it is as wonderful today as is was a quarter-of-a-century ago. The F1 could hit 240 mph, which made it the fastest car in the world until the Bugatti Veryon came along. It may not be the fastest anymore, but the F1 has an analogue feel that no car since has ever been able to match. The F1 was powered by a 6.1-liter BMW-built V12 that produced 618 hp and 586 lb-ft of torque. Unlike modern supercars, the McLaren F1 used a six-speed manual transmission, that added to the overall feel. Every enthusiast dreams of being able to sit in the F1's center-mounted driver seat for a test drive. The value of the F1 has been skyrocketing in recent years, which keeps it well out of reach of most people.
Like the McLaren F1, the Ferrari F40 was the fastest car in the world when it came out in 1987. The F40 was the first production car to break the 200 mph mark with a 201 mph top speed. Some people may scoff that Ferrari has switched to turbochargers recently, but the F40 used turbochargers and is often considered to be the best driving Ferrari of all time. The F40 is powered by a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V8 with 471 hp. Even though a modern day California T has much more power, the F40 was almost like a go-kart thanks to its low 2,400 pound curb weight. Ferrari built 1,311 examples of the F40, so there could actually be a chance to drive one one day.
The moniker of fastest car in the world is almost always in question, so we wanted to leave this slot open to whatever the fastest car in the world is at the time. We have included two cars on this list that were once the fastest car in the world, but we wanted to drive them for other reasons. Most enthusiasts have a different idea for what super-fast hyper they would want to drive. Right now, that means getting behind the wheel of the Bugatti Veyron or new Chiron. Some people may prefer to drive a Koenigsegg or Hennessey Venom GT, but the savagely fast Bugattis should be on every supercar enthusiast's bucket list.
The Lamborghini Countach is an odd car on this list because most people lucky enough to get behind the wheel of one, consider it a nightmare to drive. The clutch and steering are heavy, the interior is cramped and you can't see out of it. The Countach was built from 1974 to 1990 and the car changed dramatically in that timeframe. Everyone has their own favorite Countach model, but we love the mid-80s LP500 with the pointless, but gorgeous wing on the back.
The Porsche Carrera GT is now infamous throughout more than just the car community. Even before Paul Walker's tragic crash, the Carrera GT was known as one of the trickiest supercars to drive. Even the Stig had trouble controlling it on Top Gear. Still, the Carrera GT is one of the most special cars on the planet and its 5.7-liter race-derived V10 engine one of the absolute best sounding of all time. Unlike the other hypercars at the time, the Carrera GT was manual, and a unique one at that. The car's ceramic clutch is said to be extremely difficult to use, but those who get it right are rewarded with one of the sweetest sounds that has ever come from a car.