What Are the Most Overrated Supercars?

by Gabrielle DeSantis

What makes a car overrated? All of the hype? Some cars on this list might be called overrated, while others might deem the vehicles popular. The Ferrari F40, Jaguar XJ220, and even the Porsche 911 have been deemed overrated, but perhaps these vehicles are just rated enough.

An overrated supercar? What makes the Ferrari F40 special?

Some call the Ferrari F40, seen at Goodwood Festival of Speed, an overrated supercar | Martyn Lucy/Getty Images

This Ferrari was the last car to be personally approved by Enzo Ferrari, according to The Things. This fact alone makes it a bit notorious. Beyond that, the F40 was built from 1987 to 1992, according to the Wikipedia page. From 1994 through 1996, Ferrari built LM and GTE race versions. Only 400 units were originally made, and the price started at $400,000, which is around $910,000 today.

Overrated sports car or just rare? The Jaguar XJ220

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The Jaguar XJ220 was only made for about two years, from 1992 through 1994. Jaguar made it in conjunction with Tom Walkinshaw Racing, and it had a top speed of 212.3 miles per hour. That made it the fastest production car from 1992 to 1993. The production version was a 3.5L twin-turbo Jaguar JRV-6 V6 engine, while the concept had a 6.2L V12. At the time, only 275 of the XJ220 were made. It retailed for about $668,000 (£470,000) back in 1992.

How many BMW M1 cars are left?

This might anger some BMW fans, but you can find the BMW M1 (E26) floating around on overrated supercar lists from time to time. BMW produced the M1 from 1978 through 1981, according to Wikipedia. Initially, the plan was to create a car with Lamborghini, but it didn’t pan out for the two manufacturers. This was the first mid-engine automobile produced by the brand, while the second is only the 2014 i8 plug-in hybrid.

453 of these were made, with 53 sent straight out for racing. BMW destined the other 399 for the roads. There are still quite a few left and for sale through various dealers online.

Does the Porsche 911 count?

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The Porsche 911 isn’t overrated because it is a rare car. On the contrary. The 911 is overrated because the owners have made it such. In any conversation with a Porsche owner, you can anticipate a discussion about why it is the best car out there. Exhausting. However, there are so many versions, variations, and varieties of 911s on the road that it isn’t even fun anymore. Your local Toyota dealership might even have one sitting on the Certified Pre-Owned lot.

Is the Mclaren P1 an overrated supercar?

Last but not least, the McLaren P1 is a fairly epic car. Does it deserve the title of “overrated”? Some would argue the opposite. Part of the disillusion with the P1 is likely from the price. It will cost you around $1.35 million for 903 horsepower. The McLaren 720S has 710 horsepower but only costs around $300,000. Is it worth the extra $1 million? That depends on how much money you have.

As you can see from this list, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. One man’s overrated car is another man’s dream car. Overrated cars seem to be cars that get a lot of attention. Are the words “overrated” and “popular” synonymous? It appears so.

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