Supercars- Is There A Future For Them?

2 May 2012
Recently at the Beijing Motor Show Lamborghini unveiled they’re new concept for 2016, called the Urus and its an SUV. Thats right an SUV. Lamborghini are not necessarily known for making SUVs, but have done before and was called the LM002, the Italians answer to the Hummer. When it was given to the US government for testing as a military vehicle it turned out it was rubbish, and they blew it up. So Lamborghini decided to manufacturer it for production instead. They modified it slightly and when tested turned out to still be rubbish. It was unreliable, very thirsty, overpriced, too heavy, too big and despite having a 5.3 litre V12 from a Countach, quite slow. Hopefully they’re new car will be better.

But about a year ago Lamborghini also revealed the Estoque concept, a sort of 4 door supercar but has been confirmed as only a concept.
Lamborghini have recently strayed away from supercar making (excluding the Aventador) and into the the market of family friendly 4 door super car/ SUV. Unfortunately they are not the only ones, Jaguar, Spyker, Bentley, Porsche, Maserati, Ferrari even Bugatti have joined in, leaving the question, will the future of automobiles involve any supercars?

All expected to arrive between 2012 and 2018. Spyker with the D12. Jaguar with the XFR Shooting brake and a unknown SUV expected to arrive 2017. The hideous Bentley EXP 9 F. The current Porsche Cayenne and Panamera and the Porsche are considering the Cajun/Macan. The Maserati Kubang expected in late 2015 and possibly a Quattroporte Estate. The current Ferrari FF. The Bugatti Galibier expected for late 2014/early 2015.

These cars here is what you should expect to see rich people being driven around in over the next 5 years.

Some only remain concepts for the moment but some time in the future there you will see one of these. Surely a Bentley or Bugatti SUV don’t make sense do they. Why are supercars no longer the way. Not because of them being uneconomical as nearly all of these are planning to use either V8s or V12s. So why?

Its simply that supercars are no longer the future, with a world getting filled with more and more people a supercar is too big, has no room for children, has no gadgets (i.e air con, sat nav) and is uneconomical. The point of is supercar is too be quick and crazy. But a 200 Mph Koenigsegg is pointless when there’s a speed limit of 70 Mph. Plus, in a recession a Bugatti that is good only for one thing, seems a bit silly spending  £1,000,000 on it.

Yes supercars are fun and quick, but the future is a place where expensive cars are going to be SUVs and Shooting Brakes, where children can fit in the back of a 170 Mph car. The supercar is now simply a thing of the past.

Author: Ryan Thrift

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