The ultimate Lexus thus far, with an insane engine for the ages, the LFA always draws attention. I particularly loved the red, black and white interior scheme of this car.
The new McLaren Senna is sure to be many things, but I really don’t think it should be considered a “hypercar.” Yes, that’s right, while most others are writing the same sort of ass-kissing articles about the Senna, I’m over here with my critic hat on.
Don’t get me wrong, I like the Senna a lot, and I’m sure it will be fast in ways not thought possible, but performance alone doesn’t constitute what makes a hypercar a hypercar. In fact, I’d say it’s traditional for the next generation of track-focused supercars to exceed the performance of the previous generation’s hypercars. I mean, the Porsche GT2 RS just shattered the 918’s Nürburgring time, but does anyone consider that a hypercar?
To me, the Senna seems pretty much the 720S equivalent of the 675LT in the previous generation, an ultra hardcore track-focused version of the McLaren Super Series car. Now, it does seem as though the Senna is an even more of a step up over the 720S than the 675LT was over the 650S. They’ve definitely raised the stakes here, so if the 675LT was the 650S turned up to 11, then the Senna is the 720S turned up to 12. But, faster lap times or not, that sure as hell doesn’t put it at the relative level of a P1, let alone the legendary F1.
This is the first Callaway C12 Corvette I’ve ever seen in person. I had the 1/18 AutoArt model as a kid, and I always loved its sleek design. Underneath the C12 was based on the C5 Corvette, but it was totally overhauled into the racing-derived exotic supercar you see here. Back in 1999 when a brand new C5 Vette sold for around $40,000 and did 177mph, the Callaway C12 sold for $200,000 and could reach +/- 200mph. Back in the late-90s / early-00s that was incredible performance, right on par with top tier supercars of the day.
There’s a very good reason I hadn’t seen one in person until now, and that’s because only 25 C12s were built. It’s quite a rare car, one coveted by collectors, and it was awesome to finally lay eyes on one in the flesh. Enjoy!
There were two #GreenAF exotics at Cars and Caffe this year. One was the Porsche 918 featured earlier this week, and the other was this other-worldly Ferrari F12 TDF. What a green!
One of the more wild colors I’ve seen on a Porsche 918. This was one of the hypercar stars at Cars and Caffe at Garden State Plaza. There were literally crowds of people around it all day, and that’s with other hypercars around it. Can you imagine the kind of attention this thing would draw in town on its own?
This blacked-out Bugatti Veyron Super Sport was the star of Driven By Purpose’s show in Liberty State Park. Such a beast!
The new 991.2 GT2 RS may have just crushed the Nurburgring production car lap record, but this, the previous gen 997 GT2 RS is still the big daddy of desirable Porsche 911s in my book. The new GT2 RS has 700hp, but it’s also totally loaded with tech to help it be as fast and as controllable as possible. This car has 620hp, but requires the driver to shift their own gears and control the flow of all that torque to the rear wheels. There’s a lot less tech in the 997 than in the 991, and I think that makes it a more timeless experience in the long term.
This is still very much a widow-maker 911, and it’s the ultimate turbocharged 911 yet to be offered with a clutch pedal. The new one is cool, but for me, the 997 is what dreams are made of. Enjoy!