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The Key Distinction Between Sports Cars And Supercars

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Often in the automotive world, terms like “sports car,” “supercar,” and “hypercar” are commonly used. But what sets a supercar apart from a sports car? And how does a hypercar differ? These distinctions are crucial when discussing high-performance vehicles, particularly as we witness the rise of electric performance and hybrid technology enhancing the capabilities of conventional cars.

Conventional cars, the ones most of us drive daily, include models like the Toyota Camry, Ford Focus, Honda Civic, and Kia Forte. While not focused on performance, these vehicles primarily serve the purpose of transporting people efficiently and affordably. Some variations, such as hot hatches and sporty versions, offer a bit of excitement during the commute. Additionally, this category encompasses SUVs, CUVs, vans, and other vehicles prioritizing fuel efficiency and practicality.

Sports Car

A step up from standard cars is the realm of sports cars. These vehicles maintain the basic functions of regular cars but emphasize superior handling, performance, and driving pleasure. Sports cars need not be exorbitantly priced; affordable yet highly acclaimed models like the Mazda MX-5 exemplify this category, often retailing for under $30,000.

The Koenigsegg Jesko, pioneering the “megacar” classification. Image via SuperCars.

The term “megacar” has been attributed to the Koenigsegg Jesko, a trailblazer in a new vehicle category. Notably, the Regera also achieved megacar status by generating over 1,000 kW of power using E85 biofuel. Following the success of the C8 and the CCX, all Koenigsegg engines subsequent to these models are dual-capable, running on both standard 91 octane gasoline and E85 biofuel. Presently, all Koenigsegg vehicles in production, including the Jesko, the Gemera, and the Regera, fall into the megacar classification. The Gemera, equipped with a modest 3-cylinder engine producing 600 HP, collaborates with its hybrid system to reach an impressive combined output of 1,700 HP, propelling it into an elite performance echelon.

The latest hypercars on the horizon are already escalating power levels, potentially meeting the criteria for megacar status. Time will reveal if this terminology gains traction. Personally, I believe it should. “Megacar” offers a straightforward quantification, a definitive power threshold, and an inherent sense of extreme speed and prowess. Just as the world’s largest structures are termed megastructures and colossal ventures requiring substantial resources are known as megaprojects, a car generating over 1 megaWatt of power logically merits the title of a megacar.

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