Every 5 to 10 years an automaker releases a car that is unlike any other, a forge on the pathway to the future, if you will. That is exactly what happened in 1986 and 1987, respectively; Porsche of Stuttgart dropped the 959, and a year later the Maranello mad house of Ferrari debuted the F40. They were two of the most iconic supercars of that period would, and they would change the future of supercars forever.
Lets start with the Porsche:
- 197mph top speed
When Porsche revealed the 959 back in 1986, it was the most technically advanced car of all time. The 959 featured adjustable suspension, and an all wheel drive system that was able to split the power between the front and rear axle. So complex in fact that the power could be split depending on how the driver takes a corner and able to find the best grip under any circumstance. In order to put that power to the ground, the 959 featured magnesium wheels with hollow spokes, and was the first car to have a tire pressure monitoring system. At the time of its public offering Porsche was asking a hefty $225,000 however, it actually cost the company $450,000 to produce. The Porsche 959 set the trend for computerized, technically concentrated cars; in fact one of the biggest nerds of our time, Bill Gates, purchased one.