Car Selection Criteria
Any selection of the “top 15 supercars” must be somewhat subjective as there is no exact consensus on what constitutes a supercar. The online dictionary definition is quite brief: “A very expensive fast or powerful car with a centrally located engine”. It establishes two basic criteria of speed and power. We could add several more, like precisely responsive handling and distinctively artistic styling. One automotive commentator suggests that a supercar “combines speed, handling, [and] unique design and represents the pinnacle of the automaker’s art.”
1. Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
The 2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, like its rival Shelby GT500, features a supercharged eight-cylinder, 6,200-cubic centimeter (cc), 580-horsepower engine, the most potent in Camaro history, with a choice of manual and automatic six-speed transmissions. For smooth shifting, there are triple synchronizations in some gears. The automatic has three operating modes for maximum adaptability.
Exclusive ZL1 performance technologies are Magnetic Ride suspension and Performance Traction Management. Brembo brake calipers with six pistons per wheel in front and four in back handle sudden stops adeptly. The Magnetic Ride system can sense the need for a damping adjustment 1000 times per second and make it in five milliseconds. The Performance Traction Management system modulates engine torque and varies suspension damping as needed for various driving conditions.