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2014: Year Of The Supercars

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It's been a great year for cars altogether, with new technology coming to the industry making car buying more exciting than ever. However, 2014 has been notable for its supercars, bringing hybrid technology from a rather naff, clean and green status, to serious performance prospect. This change will affect super and standard car development going forwards in a big way.

Nissan GT-R

It's not new and, in fact, hasn't changed that much, but underneath the metalwork lies a very different beast from the GT-Rs of the past. New technology has helped the accessible Japanese supercar to achieve an amazing 0-62mph speed of 2.9 seconds.

Lamborghini Huracan

Following in the footsteps of the super successful Gallardo was never going to be an easy task but with four wheel drive and a 602bhp power output, the Huracan has made a very good start. It's pure Italian supercar in both looks and performance.

Mercedes-Benz AMG GT

Another car faced with the unenviable task of taking over from a much loved predecessor, the SLS AMG's replacement is even bolder and more brutal but every bit as sexy. It's also even better to drive. A job well done.

McLaren 650S

Sitting in between the 12C and the P1 in the British firm's line up, the 650S is confident, precise and shows McLaren reaching new maturity. In theory, it's a new model but in actuality the 650S is an amalgam of many of the firm's best bits. McLaren is already adding new variations to the range and there appears to be an interesting future ahead for this very British supercar.

Koenigsegg One:1

The Swedish monster is all about one thing: power. It has 1,341bhp to play with and is ridiculously fast. There are no other distinguishing features to recommend it - you're buying this for its speed, pure and simple.

BMW i8

Lagging slightly behind the others in speed but way out front in terms of industry interest, the i8 is no slouch, nonetheless, at 4.4 seconds to 62mph but still manages to achieve 130mph plus, thanks to an electric motor assisted by a three cylinder 1.5 litre turbo engine. It opens new possibilities for the application of hybrid technology in mass produced sports cars.

Porsche 918 Spyder / Ferrari LaFerrari / McLaren P1

Thoroughbred supercars in every way possible, what's notable from this combustible trio is how hybrid technology has been harnessed for power (and to great effect) rather than environmental friendliness - that's just a helpful side effect. Spectacular, all three.

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