The Best German Supercars Ever Made

Some of the best supercars ever made are German. Here are some of your favorites.

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Porsche

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, according to you.

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Porsche
Porsche 959

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.

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Mercedes-Benz
Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR

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 V12 engine, and comes with a bunch of race-ready aerodynamics. There's even a functional roof scoop.

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Porsche
Porsche Carrera GT

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 V10 soundtrack.

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Audi
Audi R8

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 V10—something you hardly ever see in a modern performance car.

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Porsche 918 Spyder

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 V8 out back, and two electric motors up front, one for each wheel.

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BMW
BMW M1

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.

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Porsche GT2 RS

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.

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Mercedes-Benz
Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Stirling Moss

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 V8 sound.

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Isdera
Isdera Imperator 108i

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.

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RUF
Ruf CTR

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.

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