Join Date: Aug 2007
Ferrari Life Posts: 1,130
Interesting question as the lines become blurred, especially with the term "supercar" being abused to refer to anything fast these days.
For me a supercar is mid-engined, fast (as in higher top speed than the pack at the time even if some are slower around a track than a sportscar), rare and outrageous. The Lamborghini Miura was the first supercar in my book. While a Porsche 997 GT2 certainly has supercar performance I would not classify it as a supercar. The Carrera GT yes but no 911, 959 debatable. BB, 288GTO, F40, F50, Enzo territory. Most if not all mid-engined V12 Lamborghini's.
Sportscar for me is fast, 2 seater (2+2 at a push), light and feels good both on road and track. Most Ferrari's and 911 territory here.
GT feels great to jump into and take for a 1,000km drive in a day, arriving at the other side feeling exhilerated, relaxed and happy from a great drive. Fast, heavier than a sportscar but pretty good on the track too. Heavy Ferrari's and Porsche turbo territory.
Of course the line between sportscar and GT is blurred by such magnificent machines as the GTC, Daytona and 911. They are superb on track and great for crossing a few countries in a day in style with speed and comfort. Fast beautiful cars combining GT and sportscar performance are the ones that appeal so much to me. With a few of these in the stable, a supercar becomes more fun and special.