For the 1990 kids, it was a golden era where right from the movies to albums, songs and fashion, everything was just prolific. In fact, this is the time when the automobile industry witnessed an upswing of cars that were not only the "CARS" but "SUPERCARS". Ferrari, Lamborghini, Bugatti and many more such names now hover over our mind when we talk about supercars but we had something in platter that may let you skip a beat. We have gathered few of the supercars from the 90s that we almost forgot. So, without much ado, let's start the countdown:
Claimed to be the fastest production car of that era for a brief period of 1994-98, Jaguar XJ220 came into the market in 1992. Soon McLaren F1 overtook the title from the Jag XJ220; the latter somehow managed to maintain the record of Nurburgring track with a lap time of 7:46.37 minutes till the year 2000. Throwing a speed of 213mph, the XJ220 was powered by a twin-turbo V6 3.5-litre engine and was designed to churn out a power of 550PS with 475lbs-ft of torque, which enabled the beast to cover the mark of 0-100Kmph in less than 4 seconds.
Panoz Esperante GTR-1
Like its name, Panoz Esperante GTR-1 had an unusual appearance and the company only designed two of such road-legal race cars to homologate for racing in 1997. It participated in IMSA GT, United States Road Racing Championship, American Le Mans Series, FIA GT Championship and 24 Hours of Le Mans.
TVR Cerbera Speed 12
Owing to the fast speed it was born with, TVR Cerbera Speed 12 wasn't deemed fit for roads, hence only one prototype was made. Also known as Project 7/12, this high speed concept car is touted to be blessed with a 7.7-litre V12 engine producing around 800BHP of power and was first showcased at the Birmingham Motor Show of 1996.
Aston Martin V8 Vantage Le Mans
The brand reminds us of its iconic history with James Bond series but do we still remember the special edition designed by this marque as an honor to its V8 Vantage for winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1959? Commemorating the 40th anniversary of this memorable win, the company introduced V8 Vantage Le Mans in 1999 in Geneva – the only AM to bear the "Le Mans" moniker. It was powered by both 500BHP and V600 600BHP twin-turbocharged V8 motor mated to a ZF 6-speed (5-speed modified) manual gearbox.
If you think Jaguar XJ220 was the only supercar produced by the British marque during 1990s, you need to think again. Celebrating the success of XJR-9 Group C race car in the Le Mans, the company came up with XJR-15, which was loaded with a V12 6.0-litre engine producing 450BHP of power.
Dauer 962 Le Mans
Though Porsche 962 has dominated the Le Mans, its road going version didn't garner much attention – the Dauer 962 Le Mans. It was built by Dauer Racing, and its racing version had won the 24 Hours Le Mans of 1994 with the help of Porsche, thanks to the loopholes in the regulations. The engine specs were almost the same as of racing 962, but the company removed the air restrictor as it was a road car.
The homologated racing beast designed and built by UK's Lister Cars in 1993, was energized by the Jaguar's 6996cc V12 engine. The GTS version of this oddball participated in the GT1 class of 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1995 and was up against the Porsche 911 GT2, Jaguar XJ220, Ferrari F40 and McLaren F1 GTR.
Remained in production from 1995 to 1999, the company halted the manufacturing of Vector M12 because of its less demand and the mismanagement of the organization too played a vital role in the exit of this vehicle from the market. You guessed it right! The car does carry a resemblance to the popular Lamborghini Diablo and it was based on the lengthened chassis of Diablo.
The brains behind this Italian beauty were of Claudio Zampolli (an engineer) and Giorgio Moroder (a music composer) and it was designed by the famous Marcello Gandini. You will be shocked to know that this supercar was developed by Lamborghini's ex-employees. T doesn't mean Turbo here, as you might have guessed, but it stands for Transverse for the V16 (V8 + V8) unit mounted engine placed centrally.
Bugatti EB110 SS
How the discussion of supercars can end without Bugatti? Bugatti EB110 SS came into production from 1991 to 1995 and total 139 units were produced. However, the company ended its production too soon because the company decision to buy Lotus went wrong due to which it went bankrupt. The sportscar was loaded with a V12 3.5-litre engine and was one of the fastest productions of that era with the top speed of 217mph. It churned out a power of 650BHP and could cover 0-60mph mark in just 3.2 seconds.