What is the Most Underrated Supercar?

1986 Aston Martin V-8 Zagato

In keeping with the theme of cars deserving more credit than they have received with "What is the Most Underrated Classic Car?" (http://nextautos.com/forums/classics/what-most-underrated-classic-car), let's discuss what supercar hasn't gotten its due. We all know the McLaren F1, Ferrari F40, Porsche Carrera GT, and Bugatti Veyron, but what supercar do you remember fondly and feel is neglected?

The illustration above is the Aston Martin V-8 Zagato, which premiered in Geneva in 1986. Only eighty-nine examples were built. Aston was inspired to tackle the flegdling supercar market after seeing the astonishing praise and attention Ferrari had from its 288 GTO. The Aston approach was conservative by engineering standards. The high-powered GT came equipped with typical Aston interior accoutrements, a carburetted 5.3 L V-8, and a hefty curb weight of 3,500 lbs. The Aston has more in common with the Porsche 959 and Mercedes SLR than it does with the McLaren or the Ferrari F40, in that it's more about comfortable power than raw speed. But that's not such a bad thing.

As the name suggests, the body was handbuilt by Italy's Zagato studio. The design harkened back to the Zagato/Aston works of the late 1950s and early '60s. While there wasn't anything of technological achievement to make it state-of-the-art, Astonites could proudly boast of having one of the fastest cars on a road in the 1980s. The top speed was 186 mph thanks to the 432 hp made from the GT's V-8. The limited production run, the fact that Asto Martin wasn't a household name, and the firm's lack of publicity kept the Zagato within the sphere of enthusiast circles--pretty much just British ones, at that.

Any other choices?

by Ducati Minor on July 05, 2008 - 11:03 p.m.