Here are seven unknown supercars you’ll probably never buy

For the past 16 years, the Honda Civic has been Canada’s best-selling passenger car, which probably explains why there’s just so many of them on the road. Seriously, look outside. Chances are, there’s a Honda Civic on the road right now.

The same can be said for the world of exotic cars. No, we’re not calling the Civic an “exotic”, but even affluent consumers have their preferences. Face it: everyone wants either a Ferrari, a Lamborghini or a Porsche. Or, if they have the means, all three.

Fear not, because when that inevitably happens — when a Ferrari, a Lamborghini or a Porsche somehow isn’t exotic enough — you have options. Without further ado, here are seven boutique supercars that are bound to stand out from the mutiny of “common” exotic cars in your gated cul-de-sac. Chances are you’ll never buy them, but hey — dare to dream, right?

Bass Equus 770 — $253,000

Much of the Bass 770's look is inspired by the original Ford Mustang Fastback.

Much of the Bass 770′s look is inspired by the original Ford Mustang Fastback.

PHOTO: Handout, Equus Automotive

Look at that face. You know is up for nothing but tire-shredding tomfoolery.

Look at that face. You know is up for nothing but tire-shredding tomfoolery.

PHOTO: Handout, Equus Automotive

The Bass 770 uses a supercharged 6.2-litre V8, good for 640 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque.

The Bass 770 uses a supercharged 6.2-litre V8, good for 640 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque.

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With leather everywhere and decidedly modern appointments like air conditioning and a radio, the Bass 770's cabin is decidedly posh. Of course, for $253,000, you can expect nothing less.

With leather everywhere and decidedly modern appointments like air conditioning and a radio, the Bass 770′s cabin is decidedly posh. Of course, for $253,000, you can expect nothing less.

PHOTO: Handout, Equus Automotive

The Bass 770 rockets from a standstill to 100 km/h in 3.4 seconds...

The Bass 770 rockets from a standstill to 100 km/h in 3.4 seconds…

PHOTO: Handout, Equus Automotive

...before topping out at 200 mph.

…before topping out at 200 mph.

PHOTO: Handout, Equus Automotive

We’ve already told you about the Bass Equus 770, but it bears repeating: this car is ridiculously epic. Basically, a small company based out of Detroit set out to combine design elements from the most iconic muscle cars with decidedly modern appointments. The formula is quite simple to mess up, but the Equus 770 works very well as a throwback to the likes of the Mustang GT500, the Camaro Z/28 and the Challenger R/T. Under the hood lies a supercharged 6.2-litre V8 plucked out of a Corvette and reworked to pump out 640 horsepower and 605 lb.-ft. of torque. Best of all? This thing shovels all that power to the rear axle via a six-speed manual transmission and sprints from zero to 100 km/h in 3.4 seconds. And it’ll save your rear with ABS and stability control if things get too hairy. Seriously, this car is the best kind of retro.

David Brown Automotive Speedback GT — Pricing unannounced

The Speedback GT is based off a Jaguar XKR, but the finished product is more in-line with the Aston Martin DB5.

The Speedback GT is based off a Jaguar XKR, but the finished product is more in-line with the Aston Martin DB5.

PHOTO: Handout, David Brown Automotive

Speedback, the new luxury British sports car made by David Brown Automotive sits in front of it's concept clay model on March 20, 2014 in Coventry, England.

Speedback, the new luxury British sports car made by David Brown Automotive sits in front of it’s concept clay model on March 20, 2014 in Coventry, England.

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Given its underpinnings, the Speedback GT retains the XKR's supercharged V8.

Given its underpinnings, the Speedback GT retains the XKR’s supercharged V8.

PHOTO: Handout, David Brown Automotive

The Speedback GT's body is made entirely out of aluminum.

The Speedback GT’s body is made entirely out of aluminum.

PHOTO: Handout, David Brown Automotive

The Speedback GT doesn't exactly hide the Aston Martin DB5 influences, especially finished in silver.

The Speedback GT doesn’t exactly hide the Aston Martin DB5 influences, especially finished in silver.

PHOTO: Handout, David Brown Automotive

Seriously, it's like oil slicks are concealed behind those tail lights.

Seriously, it’s like oil slicks are concealed behind those tail lights.

PHOTO: Handout, David Brown Automotive

Here’s a riddle: What starts out as a Jaguar XKR, but morphs into something that looks conspicuously like an Aston Martin DB5? Why, the David Brown Automotive Speedback GT, of course! Contrary to what its name suggests, it isn’t associated with Aston Martin; instead, the Speedback GT is built on a Jaguar XKR chassis and styled with classic elements such as wire wheels, tasteful chrome trim and a cabin swathed in leather and authentic wood trim. Beneath the long hood is the XKR’s supercharged V8, rated at 550 horsepower. The Speedback GT might not be everyone’s cup of tea, including for those who regard the Aston Martin DB5 as one of the most beautiful cars of all time, but it’s all a matter of personal taste.

Lykan Hypersport — $3.4 million/strong>

The Lykan Hypersport certainly looks the part of an insane supercar.

The Lykan Hypersport certainly looks the part of an insane supercar.

PHOTO: Handout, W Motors

Squint and you can definitely see styling influences from Lamborghini.

Squint and you can definitely see styling influences from Lamborghini.

PHOTO: Handout, W Motors

The Lykan Hypersport is manufactured by Lebanese automaker W Motors.

The Lykan Hypersport is manufactured by Lebanese automaker W Motors.

PHOTO: Handout, W Motors

Powered by a 3.7-litre flat-six engine, the Hypersport cranks out 740 horsepower and 708 lb.-ft. of torque.

Powered by a 3.7-litre flat-six engine, the Hypersport cranks out 740 horsepower and 708 lb.-ft. of torque.

PHOTO: Handout, W Motors

See those tail lights? W Motors says they're encrusted with diamonds.

See those tail lights? W Motors says they’re encrusted with diamonds.

PHOTO: Handout, W Motors

The one drawback? The Hypersport costs about $3.4 million. For that amount of cash, the Pagani Huayra presents much, much better value.

The one drawback? The Hypersport costs about $3.4 million. For that amount of cash, the Pagani Huayra presents much, much better value.

PHOTO: Handout, W Motors

With a name that invokes images of mythological, werewolf-like creatures and the look of a Lamborghini Aventador with more angles, vents and creases, the Lykan Hypersport is something of a mystery. For $3.4 million, you get an exceptionally sinister supercar powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.7-litre flat-six engine mounted in the middle. Its creator, Lebanese firm W Motors, rates the Hypersport at 740 horsepower and 708 lb.-ft. of torque, and says it can sprint from a standstill to 100 km/h in 2.8 seconds. And yet, that’s the mysterious part — despite its performance credentials and psychotically sinister outward appearance, it just doesn’t sound the part. Had it not been for the Hypersport’s diamond-encrusted LED tail lights and holographic interior displays, the Pagani Huayra is much more of a bargain, and that’s a work of art.

Magnum MK5 — $139,000

The Magnum MK5 is manufactured in Quebec. Go Canada!

The Magnum MK5 is manufactured in Quebec. Go Canada!

PHOTO: Handout, Magnum Cars

The MK5 can sprint from zero to 100 km/h in 3.2 seconds.

The MK5 can sprint from zero to 100 km/h in 3.2 seconds.

PHOTO: Handout, Magnum Cars

The MK5 may be a dedicated track car, but it's street-legal as well. In fact, Magnum says the MK5 has enough space for two helmets and a briefcase.

The MK5 may be a dedicated track car, but it’s street-legal as well. In fact, Magnum says the MK5 has enough space for two helmets and a briefcase.

PHOTO: Handout, Magnum Cars

Quebec is known for its European-like cities and incredibly delicious poutine, but one firm wants to put supercars on that list. Enter the Magnum MK5, a seemingly impractical daily driver powered by a 250-horsepower four-cylinder engine. Sure, it doesn’t seem all too impressive upon first blush, but when you consider it only weighs 545 kilograms and completes the standard zero-to-100 km/h run in 3.5 seconds, the Magnum MK5 suddenly seems like a bargain at $139,000. By the way, it isn’t that impractical: Magnum says the MK5′s cargo area can hold a suitcase and two racing helmets.

Mazzanti Evantra — $893,000

You won't be one-upped by your neighbour anytime soon if a Mazzanti Evantra is in the garage.

You won’t be one-upped by your neighbour anytime soon if a Mazzanti Evantra is in the garage.

PHOTO: Handout, Mazzanti Automobili

Unlike conventional scissor-doors, the Evantra's are hinged on the rear.

Unlike conventional scissor-doors, the Evantra’s are hinged on the rear.

PHOTO: Handout, Mazzanti Automobili

It's like the Evantra wants to give you a hug.

It’s like the Evantra wants to give you a hug.

PHOTO: Handout, Mazzanti Automobili

Under the hood of the Evantra is a 7.0-litre V8, pumping out 701 horsepower and 625 lb.-ft. of torque.

Under the hood of the Evantra is a 7.0-litre V8, pumping out 701 horsepower and 625 lb.-ft. of torque.

PHOTO: Handout, Mazzanti Automobili

The interior might not seem as distinctive as the exterior, but the Evantra's cabin is finished in all-natural leather.

The interior might not seem as distinctive as the exterior, but the Evantra’s cabin is finished in all-natural leather.

PHOTO: Handout, Mazzanti Automobili

Mazzanti's goal with the Evantra was to pen a supercar that embraced typical Italian design language with a powertrain to match. We haven't been behind the wheel, but we're sure it lives up to its philosophy.

Mazzanti’s goal with the Evantra was to pen a supercar that embraced typical Italian design language with a powertrain to match. We haven’t been behind the wheel, but we’re sure it lives up to its philosophy.

PHOTO: Handout, Mazzanti Automobili

We also told you about the Mazzanti Evantra before, but like the Equus 770, it bears repeating. Mazzanti was founded in 2000 and focused on two primary tasks: restoring classic cars and bespoke supercar manufacturing. The Evantra is the firm’s latest creation, customizable to your heart’s content and powered by a normally-aspirated, 701-horsepower V8. To maintain exclusivity, Mazzanti plans to hand-build five examples of the Evantra each year. If that hasn’t convinced you, the doors will. I mean, just look at them. They’re hinged at the rear, yet are far from your average scissor and gullwing doors.

Rezvani Beast — $115,000

The Rezvani Beast takes an Ariel Atom and adds more creature comforts, such as body panels.

The Rezvani Beast takes an Ariel Atom and adds more creature comforts, such as body panels.

PHOTO: Handout, Rezvani Motors

Those body panels, by the way, are 3D printed.

Those body panels, by the way, are 3D printed.

PHOTO: Handout, Rezvani Motors

The Beast is just 90 kilograms heavier than the Atom.

The Beast is just 90 kilograms heavier than the Atom.

PHOTO: Handout, Rezvani Motors

The Beast sprints from a standstill to 100 km/h in about 2.9 seconds.

The Beast sprints from a standstill to 100 km/h in about 2.9 seconds.

PHOTO: Handout, Rezvani Motors

See that windshield? It's actually optional.

See that windshield? It’s actually optional.

PHOTO: Handout, Rezvani Motors

In standard form, the Beast pumps out 315 horsepower, but if that isn't enough, there's a 500-horsepower version, too.

In standard form, the Beast pumps out 315 horsepower, but if that isn’t enough, there’s a 500-horsepower version, too.

PHOTO: Handout, Rezvani Motors

We really, really like the Ariel Atom. It’s a fantastic example of lightweight automotive engineering, but the fact that it’s missing a majority of its body panels can be off-putting for certain consumers. Fear not, because Rezvani is here for you. Penned by California designer Fardees Rezvani, the Beast is basically an Ariel Atom wrapped in a carbon fibre body that is — wait for it — manufactured using 3D printing. It also has an interior that adds more plush accoutrements, including a windshield, something missing from the Ariel Atom’s spec sheet. Mechanically, the Beast is almost identical to the Atom, but its engine four-cylinder engine has been turbocharged and supercharged to produce 500 horsepower. That lets the Beast sprint from a standstill to 100 km/h in a thoroughly impressive 2.9 seconds. Oh, and the Beast is only 200 lbs heavier than the Atom, and if 500 horsepower is too extreme, there’s always a 315-horsepower version.

Trident Iceni — $160,000

If the Trident Iceni proves anything, it's that diesels can be very fast, too.

If the Trident Iceni proves anything, it’s that diesels can be very fast, too.

PHOTO: Handout, Trident Motors

The Iceni can also be had with either a fixed-roof or a convertible.

The Iceni can also be had with either a fixed-roof or a convertible.

PHOTO: Handout, Trident Motrs

Do you see a bit of Jaguar's original F-Type Concept in there?

Do you see a bit of Jaguar’s original F-Type Concept in there?

PHOTO: Handout, Trident Motors

And a bit of Morgan Aero 8, too?

And a bit of Morgan Aero 8, too?

PHOTO: Handout, Trident Motors

Where the Iceni absolutely shines is performance. In base form, its 6.6-litre turbodiesel V8 pumps out a respactable 395 horsepower and 700 pound-feet of torque.

Where the Iceni absolutely shines is performance. In base form, its 6.6-litre turbodiesel V8 pumps out a respactable 395 horsepower and 700 pound-feet of torque.

PHOTO: Handout, Trident Motors

But if that's not enough, Trident lets you crank up the heat all the way to 660 horsepower and 1,050 lb.-ft. of torque.

But if that’s not enough, Trident lets you crank up the heat all the way to 660 horsepower and 1,050 lb.-ft. of torque.

PHOTO: Handout, Trident Motors

Today, fuel economy is important. We get it. Thanks to cars like the McLaren P1 and the Porsche 918 Spyder, hybrids can be extreme, but what about diesel? Surely, gobs of low-end torque can be beneficial to performance, right? Of course! Available in fixed-roof and topless flavours, the Trident Iceni promises thoroughly impressive performance with equally impressive fuel economy. It’s powered by a 6.6-litre turbodiesel V8 rated at a respectable 395 horsepower and 700 lb.-ft. of torque, paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. That lets the Iceni hustle from a standstill to 100 km/h in 3.7 seconds. If that isn’t enough, a Track Pack is optional, boosting horsepower and torque to 430 and 950 lb.-ft., respectively. And If that still somehow isn’t enough, Trident offers yet another Performance Pack, which cranks up the heat considerably — to the tune of 660 horsepower and, get this, 1,050 lb.-ft. of torque.

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