Automotive segmentation and interpretation is not easy. In most cases, it is the length that is original to segment the automotive market, sometimes causing problems with certain models that play on the edge of the segments. But less clear definitions come when it comes to deciding between certain body shapes, such as SUVs.
But we’re also considering the ultimate supercar title, which may find its origins in a press release in Europe. Lamborghini Miurain the 70’s. An informal term that has long characterized a handful of best-in-class sports cars, the technological pioneers of their respective manufacturers, that did not originate from a production model and were offered in limited numbers only. quantities.
As time passed and technologies developed rapidly, the term supercar quickly spread depending on a car’s performance levels on the one hand, body shapes and/or engine position on the other. Same with the term SUV now used in all sauces, a real catch-all that’s a favorite of various marketing departments.
smallest super car
with evidence abarth who in his presentation new 595He said the sporty city car is “a small supercar that can have a rich feel on the track as well as on the road”. A term used without blushing for “explosive performance”, ” exhaust sound “,” flipping style and “driving pleasure” 595. Only this ! But is that enough to qualify it as a supercar? To be sure, we put it against a real supercar (or at least the closest thing to it): McLaren 720s.
Integrated into the product range super car From the British manufacturer (a must), McLaren 720s one of those modern supercars, later leaving the Speedtail, maybe the one with the best status McLaren F1 to shine in the world of hypercars in his time (another discussion). Equipped with the latest technological developments in performance service, and the representative of the brand’s know-how, 720s leaves no doubt about its loyalty.
Aero search for real supercars
Starting with its sulphurous plastic, which is entirely determined by aerodynamic flows, this is crucial at this level of performance. Equipped with straight, wide, curved and active aerodynamic attachments, McLaren 720s It plays the exoticism card with certain stylistic pirouettes, such as optics integrated into the front air intakes, air ducts inside the doors, and dual exhaust pipes built into the rear bumper.
And pirouettes, to be exact, a small fraction of cities perform tremendously with their sporting claims. Starting with flashy stylistic choices in a car this size, like a front bumper, (again) large rear diffuser with two exhaust pipes and a fixed tailgate spoiler.
Carbon fiber for everyone
No surprises inside either, and the Abarth 595 can’t afford to call itself a supercar. Its various attentions, such as the red belts or the expressive seats, are not flattering, but the driving position inherited from the city car is unsettling. However, their efforts with the heavy use of carbon fiber are commendable. as on the ship McLaren which makes its attachments available as an option: count for another €5,800, for example, for the carbon fiber to be fitted around the glass lifters, the steering wheel arms or the center console.
For the rest,abarth See bigger ones with red instrumentation and fake telemetry to keep a close eye on the car’s mechanical data. But it easily joins the world of supercars in several practical aspects: because with 180 l of trunk, it’s barely better than the 150 l at the front of the car. 720s Spideryet in the coupe it lacks a volume of 210 l at the rear!
A gravitational force
Let’s quickly jump to the performance part, which is completely useless in this deliberately eccentric comparison. Especially since then McLaren 720s It is at the top of the automotive food chain when it comes to performance. And we’re not talking about Spider’s roof opening time, which takes almost as much time as 0-130 km/h.abarth (11s and 10.3s). But many performances in a straight line: once the Abarth exceeds 100 km/h (in 6.7 s), 720s It accelerated to 190 km/h and is about to enter another dimension. However, in his own way,abarth He also knows how to do it.
From the first turn of the key, the sporty city car stops time around it, as every supercar knows how to do. Reason: The sound sent by the dual Akraprovic outputs is a real decibel pump if not really refined. You can raise the McLaren 720s Spider’s roof or open its gorgeous scissor doors. 595 Esse It will turn heads even more. However, enough to contribute greatly to the driving experience, which with its finely tuned chassis is nothing to be ashamed of: Cone FSD shock absorbers, limited-slip differential type Torsenbraking brembo and Pirelli P Zero Nero significantly improves the behavior of the bomb.
What is a supercar after all?
Making a supercar cannot be invented. I am proud of one of the most successful, F1. McLaren starts on the field. In our conservative eyes, even if that doesn’t humiliate him, McLaren 720s It is a super sports car with a mid-rear engine rather than a supercar in the historical sense of the word. dir is. As technologies evolve, the fast-moving hierarchy can legitimately authorize the title.
On the other hand, in the definition hooded there would be a picture in the picture dictionaryAbarth 595 Essesse : bombinette, which uses tricks to deliver a unique character, can’t proclaim itself a supercar, as fun to drive. Or at least according to the usual criteria that define the final category.
But as McLaren 720shas an unexpected appeal from the launch of the timid 1.4 l turbo. And finally, if this were not the case, a super car ? A car that can awaken all or some of the senses of the spectators around it. In this game,abarth It was nothing to be ashamed of and we didn’t expect that.