German manufacturers have built some of the greatest cars on earth, including purpose-built extreme performance machines—what we know as supercars. Here are the best.
The new AMG One is powered by a detuned version of the 1.6-liter turbo V6 used in the company's Formula 1 cars, which is about as cool as it gets.
Sure, it might not have the outright performance capabilities of some of the other cars on this list, but we think the i8 still qualifies as a supercar. Just look at it. Exotic proportions, swing-up doors, and a bunch of futuristic tech make it worthy. you can own for $62,500.
Sure, it might not be mid-engine, but the SLS Black Series certainly belongs on this list. One look at those gullwing doors and you'll agree. And that's before you even hear that 622-horsepower 6.2-liter V-8. There's on eBay right now that you can have today.
The 911 GT1 isn't actually much of a 911—it uses a flat-six, but the engine is mounted in the middle for better weight distribution. Based off Porsche's Le Man's racer, just a handful were built for homologation purposes.
The 959 was way ahead of its time, featuring things like controllable ride height, electronic tire pressure monitoring, and titanium connecting rods. A lot of its tech is used in normal road cars today, but back in 1989? It was revolutionary.
The CLK GTR was more street-legal race car than supercar. Based off the Le Mans race car of the time, it's powered by a naturally aspirated V-12 engine, and comes with a bunch of race-ready aerodynamics. There's even a functional roof scoop.
The Carrera GT might not be as fast as today's latest supercars, but it has a couple of things worthy of recognition: A six-speed manual transmission and that wonderful V-10 soundtrack. You can own for a staggering $700,000.
The R8 takes its basic platform from the Lamborghini Huracan, and that's not a bad thing. Behind the cabin sits a naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V-10—something you hardly ever see in a modern performance car. up for grabs on eBay right now.
The 918 Spyder may be a hybrid, but it shares little with your run-of-the-mill Prius. There's a 4.6-liter naturally aspirated V-8 out back, and two electric motors up front, one for each wheel. can be yours for just $1.95 million.
Some people consider the M1 BMW's only "true" supercar. Introduced in 1980 as the company's first official "M" car, it had a mid-mounted straight-six and body lines more akin to a wedged Italian exotic than anything out of Germany. is currently the only example for sale on eBay.
The new GT2 RS might have the same body as a normal 911, but in terms of performance, it's worlds apart. It currently holds the lap record for quickest production car around the Nurburgring, packing a 700-horsepower twin-turbo flat-six. painted in a cool orange color, and you can own it.
The regular SLR McLaren is an incredible machine, but the open-top Stirling Moss edition takes it to the extreme. There's no roof and no windshield, but you still get that wonderful V-8 sound.
The Imperator is easily the most obscure car on this list, built by Mercedes upon request by Isdera founder and former Mercedes engineer Eberhart Schulz. It had a tubular space-frame chassis, gull-wing doors, fiberglass body panels, and even a roof-mounted periscope for a more expansive rearward view.
Like the GT2, the Ruf CTR looks a lot like a normal 911 with some race-ready trim. But really, it's an entirely new car. The chassis is a carbon fiber unit of Ruf's design, complimented by a 700-horsepower water-cooled twin-turbo flat-six and a pushrod suspension system.