Do We Really Need Hypercars?

The answer, of course, is a resounding “no.” We do not need hypercars any more than we “need” thousand-watt hi-fi stereos (when an iPod will do), mechanical wristwatches (when digital ones keep better time), or rocket ships (when very, very few of us will ever leave our planet’s orbit). All we really “need,” when it comes down to it, is clothing on our backs, food to eat, water to drink, and a roof over our heads.

So what’s the deal with hypercars? That’s what Carfection seeks to answer in this latest video. And after watching the six-minute clip and listening to what they have to say, we think they’re spot on.

The hypercar is a rare and expensive breed. Even more extreme than five-figure sports cars or six-figure supercars, seven-figure hypercars push the envelope of what we think is possible in the modern automobile. We’re referring not to the Porsche 911, Ferrari 488, or McLaren 720S, but to cars like the 918 Spyder, LaFerrari, and McLaren P1; top-of-the-line engineering feats from the likes of Mercedes and Aston Martin; and the sole products from companies like Bugatti and Koenigsegg.

So what’s the problem? Why do people across the intertubes rant about how unnecessary hypercars are? Well, Carfection boils it down to four main complaints: cost, performance, practicality, and how they’re (sometimes) driven. And we could go down the list with you, but the video does that pretty well on its own. So you’ll want to watch the segment yourself to see and hear what people complain about, why they’re wrong, and above all, why we really love hypercars.


  • Loquacious Borborygmus

    Hyper cars are so passé. We need the next level.
    Why don’t we have Uber cars?
    Oh wait…

    • ProtectOurHeritage

      I prefer hypercars as they don’t try to rape you at the end of a journey.

      • LeStori

        It’s the creation of the “Intelligent designer” that tries to rape you… so even a hypercar is dangerous if it’s organic intelligence, and I use the word intelligence very lightly, is in situ.

      • brn

        Instead you get raped when you write the check.

  • LeStori

    A hypercar is the utlimate in motoring impotence in m ost countries .Incapable of performing without the organic “intelligence” being removed, for its own good in most countries, and put into storage.

  • PK

    tell that to the rich people.

  • Alfa Giulia QV

    There is a lot of things in this world we could do without. We can stick to the bare essentials and have only the things we absolutely need and are the safest and most reliable. But if we did that, the world would be a much more boring place.

    • RS6 Performance Wagon Lover

      I’m thinking of all the boring SUVs that we don’t need.

      • Infinite1


  • brn

    “thousand-watt hi-fi stereos (when an iPod will do)”

    You lost me right there. Equating an iPod to a high end stereo, or even equating wattage to quality.

  • kachuks

    I like his point @3:40. My driving habits are very conservative. I’ve always wondered what would happen if I purchased something like a charger SRT. Would a car whose motor and drivetrain are designed to be punished last me longer than my usual commuter?

  • Status

    Do we need hypercars? As long as someone wants one and can pay for it.

  • AnklaX

    This type of topic is pointless. Hypercars aren’t about need. Games, movies, music, fashion, social network, and many other things are not there for a need, not really. Humans have survived without them for long and will continue to survive if these go away. So no point to this sort of videos.

  • Nordschleife

    We don’t really need anything other than basic transportation but for those who can afford them it is a nice desire.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Yes. Because they’re awesome.

  • Justification for supercar by established manufacturer is of course to show advancement of technology of the company, marketing wise, it’s to make a car that attract people to the showroom and hopefully buy something else from their range.

    But for some people, like Pagani and Koenigesgg, supercar are meant to be their vision of ultimate car based on their dream, treat it as if it were an art and that they are the visionary behind it.

    For the customer, sometime these cars is the ultimate bragging rights, showing people of their achievement.

    No matter what, I don’t think you need reason for it. It’s there and something that we can admire.

  • Alexandro Pietro

    Americans need spaceship to found problems with somebody in other galaxie!!!I guess!!!

  • HotnCool

    Of course not for these days

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