2000s supercars

Published: 15 July 2008

Supercars in the Noughties

They say power can corrupt, but the horsepower race raged well into the current decade. Ferrari built the Enzo, Porsche the Carrera GT and then came the car that trumped them all: the Bugatti Veyron. The definitive hypercar once again moved the goalposts – although this time, we suspect they’ll remain moved forever. It’s difficult to imagine a car that will outdo what VW’s incredible legacy model achieved. However, in future we suspect that manufacturers will be forced to trim weight and seek more intelligent solutions, rather than merely adding more bhp. The supercar will have to adapt to survive in this new eco age...
Browse our GBU-style pick of the decade's landmarks below – and vote for your favourite supercar decade in our poll

Make and model

Year

Price

Engine

0-60mph

Top speed

Koenigsegg CC 8S

 2000

£350,000

4700cc V8, 665bhp, 553lb ft 

 3.2sec

240mph 

Koenigsegg supercar

For 

 Another holder of the production car speed record at
 241mph in 2005

Against 

 The early, blue-collar Ford V8 engine, now heavily worked over

Verdict 

 Veyron go – for half the dough

 

Remarkably well sorted and long-lived for a supercar from an independent maker. The green ethanol version makes over 1000bhp but as a 50-grand option takes the price north of £500,000. Ouch

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Make and model

Year

Price

Engine

0-60mph

Top speed

Lamborghini Murcielago

2001

£170,228

6200cc V12, 580bhp, 479lb ft

3.7sec

205mph

Lamborghini Murcielago supercar

For

 With scissor doors and a mad cabin, it's a proper old-school
 supercar  

Against 

 We call it character, but it's crude compared to newer rivals

Verdict 

 New owner Audi produced the best Lambo in years

 

Same basic layout as the underwhelming Diablo – but so much sexier and better to drive. Amazingly, the latest 640bhp V12 engine is derived from Lambo's first in 1963

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Make and model

Year

Price

Engine

0-60mph

Top speed

Ferrari Enzo

2002 - 2004

 £217,375

 5998cc 48V V12, 660bhp

3.7 sec

217mph 


Ferrari Enzo supercar

For 

 Super-smart aero package means no wing is needed even at 217mph

Against 

 Limited colour choice

Verdict

 Money talks: it now sells for close to double the original £420,000

 

Only 400 Enzos were made and you had to be invited to buy one, but we'll forgive Ferrari its arrogance; the Enzo is a tech masterpiece and drives way better than it looks

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Make and model

Year

Price

Engine

0-60mph

Top speed

Ascari KZ-1

 2003

 £235,000

4941cc V8, 500bhp, 406lb ft 

3.7sec

200 mph 


Ascari KZ-1 supercar

For 

 Uber exclusive – only 50 will ever be made

Against 

 No real heritage
 

Verdict 

 Save for the track-biased A10 version
 

 

Owned by a Dutchman, named after a long-deceased Italian racer, built in a shed in Banbury. At least it's got an M5 engine – but you'd get a Ferrari 430 Scuderia and an M5 for this money.

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Make and model

Year

Price

Engine

0-60mph

Top speed

Pagani Zonda

2003

£350,000

7291cc V12, 543bhp, 370lb ft

3.7sec

220mph

Pagani Zonda supercar

For 

 Massive 7.3-litre AMG V12 is tractable and docile 

Against 

 Don't bin it: a rear carbon clamshell costs £40,000

Verdict 

 A new name is added to the big three in Supercar Valley

 

Argentine former Lamborghini man Horacio Pagani gave his Zonda the shock-and-awe the Countach had but the Diablo couldn't muster. Huge price and power, baroque styling and hand-built in tiny numbers: it's a proper supercar.

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Make and model

Year

Price

Engine

0-60mph

Top speed

Ferrari F430

 2004

£138,625 

4308cc V8, 483bhp, 343lb ft 

 4.0sec

196mph 

Ferrari F430

For 

 Even Ferrari's entry model is epically fast. Stunning is Scuderia form

Against 

 Preparing to move into the retirement home

Verdict 

 Junior Ferrari equals major pace. Quite an event

 

It might be four years old, but the F430 is still a sublime bit of kit. It's telling that the cheapest Ferrari now costs £140k and is knocking on the door of 200mph

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Make and model

Year

Price

Engine

0-60mph

Top speed

Bugatti Veyron

 2005

£840,000

7993cc W16, 987bhp, 921lb ft

2.5sec

205mph

Bugatti Veyron Supercar

For 

 Given VW's eye-watering costs, even a million quid is a bargain 

Against 

 It's an engineering struggle to contain all that power, weight
 and heat

Verdict 

 There might never be another supercar like it

 

At launch, the brilliant Bug stole all the supercar superlatives: fastest, most powerful, most expensive, most complicated... We thought Ferdinand Piech's pet project was a folly, but it turned out pretty good



Make and model

Year

Price

Engine

0-60mph

Top speed

Audi R8

 2007

 £78,105

4163cc V8, 414bhp, 317lb ft 

4.6 sec

187mph 

Audi R8

For 

 Appears to do everything well

Against 

 It isn't expensive enough for real supercar status...

Verdict 

 A supercar for our times

 

Another is-it-isn't-it supercar, but the R8 has the looks, the configuration and – when the 550bhp-plus V10 finally arrives – it will certainly have the beans. Amazing that Audi can get a supercar so right at its first attempt

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Make and model

Year

Price

Engine

0-60mph

Top speed

Porsche GT2

 2007

 £131,070

 3600cc flat-six, 523bhp, 501lb ft

3.7 sec

204mph 

Porsche GT2 supercar

For 

 The fastest, most brutal 911 ever

Against 

 Still sits uncomfortably between the GT3 and Turbo

Verdict 

 No longer the 'widow-maker', but all the better for it


Less grip, less refinement and more power than the Turbo. Even more extreme than bonkers original, but GT's solid ride and nuclear power delivery mean a GT3 RS is more exploitable on the road

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Make and model

Year

Price

Engine

0-60mph

Top speed

Lamborghini LP560-4

 2008

 £147,330

 5204cc V10, 552bhp, 398lb ft

3.7 sec

202mph 

Lamborghini Gallardo

For 

 Visual drama, barmy performance. Our favourite junior supercar

Against 

 We're nitpicking, but those Audi parts still grate

Verdict 

 Cleaner, meaner, leaner... what's not to like


German/Italian interbreeding shouldn't work but it does, so you get the old school supercar experience without the bad bits. But Ferrari is more intuitive to drive hard

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