The ‘90s were filled with greatness, but one thing shined brightest from that era — the supercars! All these supercars are flashy, yet have the more than enough substance to back it up. Check out our favorite supercars from the 1990s and see if your favorite made the list.
1993 McLaren F1
The McLaren F1 held the record for fastest production car from 1993 to 2005, with an amazing speed of 240.1 mph. Even though the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 eventually took the record away, the McLaren F1 still remains the world’s fastest naturally aspirated production car in terms of top speed.
1993 Bugatti EB110 Super Sport
The 650 horsepower EB110 Super Sport participated in the ’94 “24 Hours of Le Mans” competition, finishing an impressive 17th overall. Not only could the Super Sport hit a top speed of 216 mph, it was both comfortable and luxurious on the inside. The EB110 paved the way for Bugatti’s next supercar, the Veyron.
1993 Lamborghini Diablo VT
The Lamborghini Diablo VT was nearly identical to the standard Diablo, except for the addition of all-wheel-drive. The VT sports a 5.7-liter V12 capable of a maximum output of 492 horsepower. The Diablo VT could reach 60 mph in about 4.5 seconds, with a top speed of 202 mph.
1992 Jaguar XJ220
Before the introduction of the McLaren F1, the Jaguar XJ220 held the record for world’s fastest production car at 213.4 mph. Powered by a twin-turbo V6, the 5-speed manual XJ220 was capable of speeds up to 217 mph. The original concept of the car called for a powerful V12 engine, but was later scrapped due to environmental and weight concerns.
1997 Porsche 911 GT1 Straßenversion
The 911 GT1 was designed for one thing — racing — but Porsche also put out a limited run of a street legal version. Porsche developed just 25 911 GT1s legal for road use, which they dubbed “Straßenversion.” The engine on the road cars had to be de-tuned to meet European emissions laws, although the vehicle could still accelerate from zero to 60 in just 3.9 seconds.
1998 Nissan R390 GT1
Nissan but the R390 GT1 specifically to race in the “24 Hours of Le Mans” competition in 1997 and 1998. It was built under the grand tourer style rules, which required a road version to be built as well. Only two known R390 road cars were ever built, with only one sold at auction. The R390 was the third fastest production car of its time, capable of reaching a top speed of 220 miles per hour.
1990 Jaguar XJR-15
The Jaguar XJR-15 was the world’s first fully carbon fiber car. The car was styled by Peter Stevens, who later went on to style the incredible McLaren F1 supercar. The car was only in production from 1990 to 1992, with 53 models off the line.
1991 Cizeta-Moroder V16T
The Cizeta-Moroder V16T was developed by a group of ex-Lamborghini employees, which is why much of the styling resembles their fellow Italian manufacturer. The powerful V16 engine of the V16T needed only 4 seconds to accelerate from zero to 60. Unfortunately, only 19 V16Ts were built before the company’s demise in 1995.
1999 Hennessey Venom 650R Viper
With Europe crushing the American competition in producing amazing supercars, Dodge threw their hat in the ring with the unveiling of the Viper. The ’99 Hennessey Venom 650R zooms from zero to 60 in a blistering 3.3 seconds — thanks to the V10 engine which pumps out 650 horsepower. The Viper still remains an icon of American supercars.
1995 Ferrari F50
Only 349 F50s were ever made, with the last being produced in 1997. The 4.7-liter naturally aspirated 60-valve V12 engine was developed from the ’90 Ferrari 641 Formula One racer. The only downfall to the F50: it was overshadowed by the Enzo Ferrari, which succeeded it.
1997 TVR Cerbera Speed 12
Okay. We know the TVR Cerbera Speed 12 was never put in to production, but it would have been the best supercar of the ‘90s if it had. The 7.7-liter V12 engine was reportedly capable of producing nearly 1,000 horsepower, and may have had a top speed greater than that of the McLaren F1. The 0 to 60 time of the Speed 12 was reported to be a blistering 2.9 seconds.
1999 Mercedes CLK GTR
Anything that Mercedes touches has to be expensive, right? That falls true with the $1,547,620 CLK GTR, which set a world record as the most expensive production car ever built. Only 35 CLK GTRs were ever produced, and just 26 of them were street legal. Fun fact: all CLK GTRs were built with left hand drive except for one — which belonged to Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei.
1991 Vector W8
This American supercar was produced from 1990 to 1993. The Vector Aeromotive Corporation only produced 19 W8s, with two of them being pre-production cars. The W8 originally sold for $448,000 brand new, although a used model can fetch up to $1.4 million depending on its condition.