5 Supercars That Are Refreshingly Old School
With today’s plethora of futuristic, hybrid supercars like the Porsche 918 and McLaren P1, sometimes it’s refreshing to come across a car that just keeps it old school. There really is nothing like a big V12, three pedals, and a do-it-yourself shifter. While that type of engineering might be disappearing from the market altogether, there are still a few modern supercars that like to keep it original (click on the links to learn more): Aston Martin V12 Vantage
Hybrids are for quitters, amiright? The good folks at Aston Martin surely don’t quit — they’re trying to keep the V12 for as long as they can. And it was only up until about a year or two ago that they gave buyers an automatic gearbox option in the Vantage.
While it may end up being a losing battle for the V12, it’s a valiant efforts by those persistent Brits.
It may not have a V12, but the new Dodge Viper’s 8.4-liter V10 is still the largest engine in any car on the road today. That monster sends 640 horsepower to the rear wheels from a manual gearbox, and the only reason it has traction control is because it the U.S. government told Chrysler it had to. Thanks, Obama.
The GTA Spano is like the new Viper, except more insane. It uses the same Dodge V10, but GTA engineers felt that 640 horsepower just wasn’t enough. This thing puts out 820 horsepower thanks to an added supercharger.
Even better, when it first hit the market 2010, it came with a manual gearbox … only.
If you’re like me, you probably first fell in love with this car when it was in the hands of Jeremy Clarkson on Top Gear. It’s built using carbon fiber and stainless steel. It has a twin-turbo Volvo V8, a manual gearbox, and no ABS because screw safety. This is about as old school as they come.
With the release of the all-new Vencer, it’s pretty safe to say that this car inspired our loving list of old school supercars. And with a manual gearbox, a sharp and simple design, good ol’ rear-wheel drive, and a supercharged V8, the Sarthe definitely keeps it old school.
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