Supercar System Doesn’t Look Super

October 28th, 2013

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Supercars are, by definition, super. It’s right there in the name. A car is just a car if it isn’t super.

Supercars, of course, also come with super prices. Just look into anything made in Modena, Stuttgart or Sant’Agata Bolognese. A supercar that doesn’t cost well over a hundred grand is probably not a supercar at all.

One company hopes to change that by offering a $70,000 “supercar” that will challenge some of the world’s most respected and revered supercars. The question is, can that be done on a budget, and, more importantly, with a GM engine?

There’s a fine line between supercar and kit car. The SSC Tuatara is a supercar. The Ariel Atom is, while super in its own right, not.

Somewhere between the two lies Supercar System, a new automaker promising a car with supercar performance and styling for a remarkably sports-car-like price. Starting at just under $70,000, buyers will get a fully customizable supercar powered by a General Motors V8 and capable of a 0-60 mph sprint in about 3 seconds.

However, performance and styling don’t a supercar make. Precise engineering and meticulous finishing must coexist with superior performance and exclusive styling. I’ve never seen $70,000 buy that combination of exquisite detail and speed, at least not in a new car.

I will say there appears to be an impressive level of customization available, with options allowing the customer to configure their car over time to changing tastes and budget.

Engines are all GM V8 powerplants, with between 452 and 694 horsepower powering the 2,200-pound car. Buyers can opt for a set of 18- or 19-inch wheels, a 6-speed manual transmission and Brembo carbon ceramic brakes. That’s all well and good, but still not enough to be any more of a supercar than a Camaro SS.

Renderings of the car look like nothing more than a poorly designed video game, and I’m beyond skeptical that this car will find an audience of well-off fans with open checkbooks.

For 70 grand we could search the used listings and drive home a pre-loved Ferrari or Aston Martin, and then we’d have something truly super.

For $70,000, would you rather have a new custom car from Supercar System, or a used Ferrari?

-tgriffith

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  1. me
    October 29th, 2013 at 22:12 | #1

    Ferrari is just as much crap as this thing. Ferrari break down all the time, and honestly paying 70k for one means your not getting any exciting version probably a Testarossa, 360, or a 355 that’s in decent but not great condition.

  2. Randy
    October 29th, 2013 at 08:29 | #2

    My lady would surely prefer a clean used high end handbag than a decent knockoff, but then she has a lot of class.

    There are those, unfortunately, that actually prefer a knock off because they think they’re putting one over on everyone else. A “cheapo” supercar with one of GM’s outdated pushrod engines and a body that looks like an Autobot’s new shoes is only going to impress the trailer trash set.

    Put me down for the Ferrari without hesitation.

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