The supercars of the 1990s are identifiable by their face-melting performance and groundbreaking design. They were the unabashed embodiment of the most cutting edge technology of the time, focused entirely on driving excitement. In no particular order, these are some of the coolest, according to you.
In addition to the wonderfully cool quad pop-up headlights, the V16T had—you guessed it—a 16-cylinder engine. And that "T" doesn't stand for turbos—it stands for "Transverse." The engine sat sideways behind the driver.
It might be based on a Porsche 911, but the Ruf CTR2 is far from a typical German sports car. It makes over 500 horsepower from its Le Mans-derived twin-turbo engine, and sports a super-cool one-piece wing.
Some might not consider the original Dodge Viper a supercar, but with looks like that and a 450-horsepower V10 engine under the hood, we'd say it deserves a spot on this list.
Strange looks aside, the Vantage Le Mans is one serious machine. It has a twin-supercharged V8 making over 600 horsepower, and a top speed of over 200 mph. It also sounds great.
The NSX is not the fastest car on this list, but arguably, it's the most influential. This was the first truly reliable supercar—as fast as a Ferrari without the drawbacks. It was also a favorite of designer Gordon Murray, who benchmarked it for his McLaren F1.
Aixam is a French maker of microcars and quadrecycles you can operate without a license. For some reason, it also made the Mega Track, a mid-engine off-roader powered by a 400-hp Mercedes V12. Only five exist.
Okay, so this car was based off the Porsche 962 race car, whose bones date back to the early 1980s. But, in 1994, Dauer built a handful of 962s that could be registered on the street so it could take the car to Le Mans in the GT class. It won outright.
The Vector W8 was the bizarre, incredible dream of American entrepreneur Gerry Wiegert. It was one of the fastest cars R&T had driven when we tested one in 1991.
Of course, the W8 wasn't the only car Vector built in the '90s. The M12 was its replacement, with less sharp edges and more wing. It still had pop-up headlights, though, which is a major .
Despite being able to hit 216 mph and having a quad-turbo V12, the EB110 Super Sport was comfortable and luxurious on the inside. It set the stage for the Bugatti Veyron and Chiron, which also marry crushing speed with luxury.
The F50 occupied that middle spot between two of Ferrari's legends: the F40 and the Enzo. However, it was still wickedly fast and rare—only 349 were made.
The world's first fully carbon fiber car, Jaguar only made 53 examples of the XJR-15, which had 450-hp race-derived V12. We imagine it's quite loud in the cabin at speed.
Powered by a twin-turbo V6, the XJ220 produced 540 hp. It held the world record for fastest production car, until it was beaten by the McLaren F1.
The Diablo could run in excess of 200 mph and produced 543 bhp. The VT-version was Lamborghini's first AWD V12 halo car, a setup that remains a Lambo hallmark today. It's also a car every kid had on their bedroom wall.
The Esprit V8 produced 350 bhp and had a five-speed manual gearbox. The engine was twin-turbocharged and was Lotus's very own all-aluminum design. The last generation of Lotus's wedge-shaped supercar, we think it was the greatest.
More race car than street car, the CLK GTR produced 604 bhp. Does it look expensive to you? Good, because at the time, the Guinness Book of World Records noted it as the most expensive production car ever built, at a list price of $1,547,620.
The three-seater F1 produced 627 bhp from a BMW V12. It held the record for fastest production car from 1993 to 2005 at 240.1 mph, and was finally beaten by the Bugatti Veyron. The greatest car of all time? We think so.
"Strassenversion" means "street version," and this 911 GT1 made 537 bhp from a 3.2 liter twin-turbo flat-six. Approximately 25 exist worldwide, so your chances of seeing one are pretty slim.