These Are the 20 Best Italian Supercars Out There

Italy produces some of the finest performance cars on the planet. Here are the cars you think are best.

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Italy has produced some of the most iconic supercars on earth. Here are a few of the best.

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Lamborghini Murcielago

The Murcielago might've been the first Lamborghini built under Audi ownership, but it was a brute. Packing a nasty-sounding V-12 and some outrageously over-the-top looks, it was still very much a Lamborghini.

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Pagani Huayra

The Huayra is Pagani's second production car, following the legendary Zonda. It has a twin-turbo AMG V-12, and more intricate hand-built details than you can count.

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Bugatti EB110

I know what you're thinking: Why the hell is there a Bugatti on this list? It's a French company, after all. Well, the EB110 was conceived under Romano Artioli's ownership. He, along with the car's designer, Marcello Gandini, were Italian. Where was the car built? In Modena, by Italian engineers. Though Bugattis may now be created in France, this one certainly wasn't.

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Ferrari F12 TdF

Ferrari's front-engine cars are usually angled towards grand touring, but not the F12 TdF. It's a hardcore track-ready variant of the F12berlinetta, ready to tackle anything you throw at it with that 770-horsepower naturally aspirated V-12.

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Pininfarina Battista

The Battista was unveiled at this year's Geneva Motor Show earlier this month, and judging by the specs, it's one serious piece of kit. Its all-electric powertrain makes an astounding 1900 horsepower, enabling a sub-two-second 0-60 time, and a top speed of 217 mph.

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Lamborghini Diablo

Following up the legendary Countach was no easy task, but Lamborghini was able to pull it off with the Diablo. Whether you like the early cars with pop-up headlights or the later fix-headlight versions, there's a Diablo for everyone out there.

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Ferrari Testarossa

Wedge-shaped looks, side louvers, and pop-up headlights are just some of the features on perhaps the most '80s Ferrari ever made, the Testarossa. It also has a flat-12 engine. No, not a V-12. A flat-12.

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Lamborghini Aventador SVJ

The Aventador SVJ hasn't even been out for a year yet, but it's already a legend. It recently smashed the Nurburgring Nordschleife lap record, beating the Porsche 911 GT2 RS with a time of 6:44. If that doesn't make it worthy of this list, we don't know what will.

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Ferrari LaFerrari

The LaFerrari might be a hybrid, but it's a little bit more interesting than a Prius. It sends over 1000 horsepower to the rear wheels from a V-12-battery hybrid setup, and looks unlike anything else on the road.

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Pagani Zonda

The new Huayra may be great and all, but the Zonda still holds a special place in our hearts. Its carbon fiber body, spectacularly designed interior, and fantastic-sounding AMG V-12 put it among the best Italian cars ever produced.

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Lamborghini Miura

Many call the Miura the first true supercar, and it's easy to see why. It has a transversely-mounted V-12 mounted behind the cabin, and looks stunning.

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<p>This is the third Ferrari 288GTO sold at Pebble Beach, a bewilderment all to itself. Enzo Ferrari authorized just 200 cars and then added 72 more to serve customers begging to drive his homologated special. Ferrari hand-picked each one, a selection process the company has maintained for all of its top models well after Il Commendatore's death in 1988. By then, the 288GTO had been out of production for two years and was already well past its $85,000 list. Some things, like the mid-mounted twin-turbo V-8 and the first composite materials on a Ferrari road car, never change.<span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"></span></p><p><span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space">Due to California's draconian emissions laws, the 288GTO can't be driven within the state (only 1975 and earlier models skirt the rules). But any other of the 49 states would be happy to register this 288GTO, and not only because this one sold for $2.42 million. Gooding claims this car was serviced exclusively at an independent New York shop since it was new and that even the factory inspection marks are visible. Given the 7938 miles on this 288's odometer and its relatively low value among classic Ferraris, we hope this car has many thorough workouts in its future. —<i data-redactor-tag="i">Clifford Atiyeh</i><span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"></span><br></span></p><p><span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"><span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"><em data-redactor-tag="em"><a href="http://www.caranddriver.com/flipbook/all-the-money-the-top-25-most-expensive-cars-sold-at-the-2016-monterey-auctions" target="_blank">This article originally appeared on Car and Driver.</a></em><span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"></span><br></span></span></p>
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Ferrari 288 GTO

The 288 GTO was originally built to compete in Group B rally back in the 1980s, but after the series was canceled, Ferrari went on building the car as a production model. We drove one back in 2014, and it certainly lives up to the hype.

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DeTomaso Pantera

While the Pantera certainly looks the part of an Italian supercar, the powertrain tells a different story. Rather than some sort of exotic engine, a Ford-sourced 266-horsepower V-8 sits behind the driver.

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Ferrari 458 Speciale

Thanks to its turbocharged engine, the 488 GTB is faster than the 458 Speciale. But that doesn't matter. Why? Well, the Speciale's engine note should explain things.

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Lamborghini Huracan Performante

The Huracan Performante currently holds the third-fastest production car lap around the Nurburgring, which should give you an idea of what kind of performance this car puts out. With trick aerodynamics and a 631-horsepower V-10, the Performante is one serious track machine.

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Ferrari F50

A removable top, gated manual transmission, and fantastic V-12 cemented the Ferrari F50 into collector status as soon as it hit the road, and it remains one of the most desirable Ferraris out there.

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<p>A Lamborghini, affordable and undervalued? Follow me here.</p><p class="p1">The Countach is supercar icon. When it arrived in the early 1970 its angular bodywork looked completely alien. Every supercar made since then can trace its design back to the lines of this V12 Lambo. The car was immortalized on posters and hung on every kid's bedroom wall in the 1980s. Yet as long-lived as the Countach was (in production for 16 years) there was a time in the late 90s and early 2000s when they were considered a little cheesy. A Countach with a big wing on the back would cost less than $100,000. Talk about a bargain—that's crazy-cheap for a rare Italian supercar.</p><p>Today the Countach, in all its angular 80s glory, has been rediscovered. Cars from the 1980s sell for more than $300,000. The earliest ones, the LP400 (of which less than 200 were made) sell for more than $1 million. You could have had one in the mid-2000s for about $150,000. Talk about nostalgia-driven inflation.</p>
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Lamborghini Countach

Like the Miura, a lot of people consider the Countach to be one of the first real supercars to hit the road. Its outlandish looks and scissor doors give it all the flare necessary to make a stylish entrance, and that V-12 will have you smiling long after you park it up.

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1988 Ferrari F40
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Ferrari F40

People who've driven the F40 often say it's the best Ferrari out there. With a 478-horsepower twin-turbo V-8, a fantastic chassis, awesome '80s looks, and pop-up headlights, we can see why.

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Maserati MC12

The Maserati MC12 has a lot of Ferrari Enzo underneath, but its weird looks and extremely low production numbers make it cooler than the Enzo in a lot of ways.

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Ferrari Enzo

Of course, the Enzo, named after the company's founder, is still worthy of being on this list. It is a mid-engine V-12 Ferrari, after all. It was also the first of Ferrari's top-level flagships to use a paddle-shift F1-style automatic transmission rather than a gated manual.

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