6. McLaren GT
Could this really be classed as an all-out supercar rather than a super-sports car? Possibly. Yet by McLaren’s own admission the GT is intended to be a more rounded and approachable machine, with a sheen of usability that means you use it everyday for any task, not just when the sun is shining and you’ve got nowhere to be but on the most interesting road you can find.
As a result, the familiar mid-mounted twin-turbocharged V8 musters ‘just’ 612bhp, while the exterior and interior have clearly been designed with a (slightly) less showy brief than the firm’s more focussed offerings. The suspension has been tuned likewise, with a little more compliance for greater comfort but with minimal reduction in the brand’s famed handling purity.
In realty, the more restrained Macca doesn’t cut it as a true GT – it’s still too raucous and razor sharp for that. But the edges have been softened and, whisper it, this actually makes it a more satisfying drive for more of the time. The hydraulically assisted steering is quick and oh so chatty, while the slightly less aggressive handling makes the GT more enjoyable for more of the time as well as allowing you to work up to its limits at relatively sane road speeds. Even the engine feels more approachable, the turbos chiming in more smoothly for a more progressive delivery.
Yes the GT is flawed as a grand tourer, but as a leftfield super-sports choice that delivers a big dose of driver thrills it’s something of an under-the-radar hit.
8. Chevrolet Corvette C8
For its latest iteration, the Corvette has gone mid-engined. Yes, quite a development, that – but not, as it turns out, something anyone should be having serious misgivings about. For around £75,000 in the UK, the C8 offers a 475bhp naturally aspirated V8, an interesting and dramatic cabin, and genuinely well-honed mid-engined dynamics. It’s not as precise or feelsome as the now-discontinued McLaren 570S and doesn’t general the same poise or accuracy as an Audi R8 or 911 Turbo, but there’s meat on the bone here for people who love the engage with the process of driving, and a level of polish many won’t be expecting.