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?
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?