Sports cars & Siper sports cars

Sports Car Vs Super Sports Car: What’s The Difference?


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What is a Sports Car?

A sports car or a super sports car is a type of vehicle which falls under the performance-segment. Manufacturers design and optimize these cars for speed, acceleration, braking, and handling on paved roads. They emphasize mainly on handling, performance or thrill of driving. However, you get these parameters at the cost of fuel economy & at times luxury compared to other cars.

Audi TT Coupe 2015 (Courtesy: Audi)
Audi TT Coupe 2015 (Courtesy: Audi)

Generally, most sports cars around the world have varying sizes and prices than the other types. However, car enthusiasts prefer them mainly for their handling ability on smooth tarmac. The characteristics of these cars include adrenaline acceleration, handling, cornering ability, braking power, and top speed.

Terminology:

The earliest use of the word "sports car" was in The Times newspaper of the UK in 1919. The first known use of this term in the USA was in 1928. However, sportscars started getting popular during the 1920s. The term sports car was first used for two-seat roadsters i.e. those without a fixed roof. However, from the 1970s, manufacturers started using this term for cars with a fixed roof. These cars were formerly considered Grand Tourers or the GTs.

Mercedes-Benz nomenclature: Mercedes-AMG GT
Mercedes-Benz nomenclature: Mercedes-AMG GT

Furthermore, it could be a controversial or debatable matter among enthusiasts to name any particular model a 'sports car'. Automobile experts & designers often offer their own ideas to clearly define a sportscar. Besides, insurance companies use mathematical formulae to categorize sportscars. However, there is no fixed distinction between sportscars and other categories of performance cars.

Design of a Sports car:

Traditionally, a sports car’s handling ability often depends on how manufacturers optimize their design for a dynamic performance. However, there are no standard minimum specifications to define a sportscar. Manufacturers may label two completely different cars as sportscars despite vastly different levels of performance.

DC TCA Sports Car
DC TCA Sports Car

Some manufacturers broadly define them as those cars in which performance has priority than its carrying capacity. The other definition is those cars that emphasize the “thrill of driving" or those which offer high speed or glamour of a race-track. However, some manufacturers use more specific definitions. They classify that the car must be a two-seater or a 2+2 seater or with two seats only.

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