Which supercars can take you furthest on a full tank?
When buying a car there are many things to consider, such as how much it will cost to buy and maintain, if it has enough space, and how often and where you will drive it. This can be exciting and stressful, and you will also have to consider whether you will buy the car outright or use car finance.
Supercars are, of course, a slightly different purchase – they are not often used as an everyday car, therefore aspects such as speed, power, and looks are much more prevalent. But seeing as fuel prices have recently increased, even supercar owners will have to think about the cost of fuel, and how quickly their special car burns through it.
Moneybarn have taken a deep dive into data on many supercars to see which have the best and worst range, and how much you’ll be paying in fuel costs for every mile you drive your treasured supercar.
Alternatively, many people are looking to the future and turning to electric cars, often purchased with electric car finance. We’ll also look at electric supercars to see the cheapest and most expensive ones to run per mile.
The average range of a car can travel is how far it can go with a full tank, based on its consumption. Despite having different-sized full tanks, some supercars are more fuel efficient than others. Below are some of the best and worst-performing supercars in terms of range:
The supercars with the longest range
1. Porsche Boxster, average range of 491 miles
The Porsche Boxster is a soft-top sports car that has been produced by the German manufacturer Porsche since 1996, currently in its fourth generation, the Boxster has the furthest range of any supercar studied. Despite boasting a turbocharged engine that can take the Boxster to 177mph, the cleverly engineered flat-four engine averages almost 35 mpg and as a result, you can travel just under 500 miles from its 64-litre fuel tank.
2. Aston Martin DB11, average range of 488 miles
The Aston Martin DB11 is a supercar designed to combine comfort and speed, following the Aston Martin tradition of excellent grand tourers. The latest in Aston’s DB series of supercars was launched in 2017 and it is the fastest yet with a top speed of 186 mph. This particular supercar comes with a beast of an engine, a big 4-litre V8. Although it is a thirsty engine (averaging just 28.5 mpg) the DB11 comes with a big 78-litre fuel tank which allows it to travel 488 miles.
3. Aston Martin DB7, average range of 485 miles
One of the predecessors to the DB11 is the DB7, another supercar from Aston Martin produced on either side of the turn of the century. Often described as one of the best-looking cars of its time, the DB7 famously appeared in the film Johnny English, where star Rowan Atkinson insisted on using his very own DB7 for all the stunt driving in the movie. Unlike models after it, the DB7 was powered by a turbocharged straight-six engine rather than a V8, and although it had poor fuel economy, it made up for it with a massive 89-litre fuel tank.
The supercars with the shortest range
1. Aston Martin Valkyrie, average range of 145 miles
Whilst Aston Martin produced two of the supercars with the furthest range, they have also produced one with the shortest. But as the cost of the car is £3.5 million, most Valkyrie owners will be able to afford the frequent top-ups of petrol. The Valkyrie is a supercar that truly embodies that label, with striking looks more at home in a comic book, and boasting one of the largest engines ever fitted to a road car. It has a top speed of 220mph and produces over 1,000 bhp and as a result, it has terrible fuel economy.
2. Lamborghini Countach, average range of 223 miles
Lamborghini really invented the supercar in the 1960s when they launched the Miura, and they followed it up with one of the most distinctive cars ever made, the Countach. The impractical, sluggish, and near impossible-to-drive vehicle still managed to capture the attention of the world in the 1970s and 80s with its excess style and power. It is such an iconic design that Lamborghini decided to remake it, the new car also has a big V12 engine and only achieves an mpg of 14.5, meaning you can travel just over 200 miles on its 70-litre fuel tank.
3. Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, average range of 225 miles
Carroll Shelby was the legendary car designer who in partnership with Ford helped produce the legendary race car, the Ford GT40. He was also responsible for tuning up the Ford Mustang to turn it into the iconic powerful muscle car it is today, it is fitting therefore that more than a decade after his passing the fastest Mustang of them all bears his name. The monstrous 5.2 litre V8 under the bonnet produces over 700 bhp, but only achieves an average mpg of 16.8. As a result, you will only be able to travel 225 miles, despite a 61-litre fuel tank.
Cost per mile
To discover how much it costs in fuel to drive each supercar Moneybarn worked out how much it would cost to fill the fuel tank of each vehicle, and then divided it by their average range.
Most expensive supercars to drive a mile in
1. Bugatti Veyron
Average range: 248 miles
Cost to fill fuel tank: £146.52
Fuel cost per mile: 59.08p
The Bugatti Veyron is undoubtedly one of the most iconic, ground-breaking, and powerful supercars ever built, and it was before its time in achieving its incredible top speed of 253mph. The Veyron was a technological masterpiece, achieved over many years of engineering trial and error. It is powered by a behemoth of an engine, an 8-litre V16 which produces 987 bhp. The Veyron has a massive 100-litre fuel tank, so filling one up with petrol would cost almost £150, which you would empty at an average rate of 60p per mile.
2. Ferrari Enzo
Average range: 292 miles
Cost to fill fuel tank: £161.17
Fuel cost per mile: 55.20p
Although the Ferrari Enzo saves its owners slightly more money per mile than those with a Veyron, the initial fill-up will be more expensive as the Enzo has a 110-litre petrol tank. Similarly to the Veyron, the Enzo was one of the most iconic supercars of the early 2000s, it was held in such high regard by Ferrari that they named it after their legendary founder himself. The Enzo was designed to be a Formula 1 car for the road, with Michael Schumacher helping develop it, and it was so exclusive that prospective customers were hand-picked by Ferrari to have the honour of purchasing one of the 400 models.
3. Bugatti Veyron Super Sport
Average range: 268 miles
Cost to fill fuel tank: £146.52
Fuel cost per mile: 54.67p
In 2007 the Bugatti Veyron was dethroned as the fastest production car in the world, which didn’t appear to go down well in Germany as three years later Bugatti produced a leaner, meaner Veyron designed with the sole purpose of reclaiming its title. It achieved its goal, reaching 267mph, a speed so fast the models sold to the public had to be limited to 258mph for safety reasons. In the process of speeding up the Veyron, it was made lighter, and this improved the fuel economy, meaning that fuel costs 4p less per mile than the standard car.
Cheapest supercar to drive a mile in
1. Alpine A110
Average range: 436 miles
Cost to fill fuel tank: £65.93
Fuel cost per mile: 15.12p
The Alpine A110 is a reimagining of France’s greatest-ever sports car, the original A110 has six world rally championship victories in 1973. The modern version is the cheapest supercar in terms of fuel economy on the market right now. It costs just under £66 to fill its 45-litre fuel tank, and it can average 44.1 mpg, as a result, it costs an average of just 15p for each of its 436 miles of range.
2. Alfa Romeo 4C
Average range: 365 miles
Cost to fill fuel tank: £58.61
Fuel cost per mile: 16.06p
The Alfa Romeo 4C is only a single penny more expensive in terms of fuel costs per mile than the Alpine, but this is enough for it to miss out on the first place. The Alfa 4C was often described as a car with style but no substance, despite its beautiful sporty body it could only go 160mph. However, it did have very good fuel economy compared to other supercars due to its smaller engine, and combined with a 40-litre fuel tank, the cost per mile is very low.
3. Lotus Elise
Average range: 381 miles
Cost to fill fuel tank: £70.33
Fuel cost per mile: 18.46p
Unlike many other supercars on this list, the Lotus Elise was designed to be nippy rather than powerful, focusing on handling, acceleration, and braking rather than pure speed and power. Consequently, it has a small 1.8-litre supercharged engine and weighed less than a ton. These features are good for fuel economy as well as handling, and as a result, an Elise will average 36.2 mpg. Combining this with a 48-litre fuel tank, the petrol cost to run an Elise is under 20p per mile.
Although electric supercars are becoming more common, there are still far fewer of them than their petrol counterparts. As a result, the data available is more limited, but this is the cost per mile to run ten of the highest-profile electric supercars.
Electric supercar with the longest range
Tesla Model S, average range of 395 miles
The Tesla Model S is perhaps the most famous electric car in the world right now, and they are in high demand with over 250,000 being sold globally since it was introduced. The Model S is lightning fast, with a 0-60 time of 2.6 seconds and a top speed of 200mph. The size of the battery needed to power the Tesla Model S takes 100 kWh of electricity and can take the car the furthest with 400 miles on average.
Electric supercar with the shortest range
Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric, average range of 155 miles
At the other end of the spectrum is the electric Mercedes SLS AMG Electric, which can only travel 155 miles on a full charge. This is 240 miles fewer than the Tesla will manage, and 245 miles less than the equivalent petrol SLS AMG can travel.
Most expensive electric supercar to drive a mile in
Porsche Taycan S, cost of electricity per mile: 13.67p
The most expensive electric supercar to drive per mile still costs 1p less than the most affordable petrol car. Despite having a large battery capacity of over 80 kWh, this Porsche has a range of just over 200 miles.
Cheapest electric supercar to drive a mile in
Tesla Roadster, cost of electricity per mile: 7.20p
The roadster was Tesla’s first car, an electric sportscar that was produced in the late noughties, a second generation is in the works which Elon Musk says will launch later in 2023. Despite having a small battery capacity of just under 54 kWh, the Roadster could travel over 240 miles, resulting in a remarkably low fuel cost per mile of just 7p.
A seed list of supercars was created from cars that have appeared on the Top Gear power lap rankings, as well as SupercarWorld. Moneybarn only included cars produced in the 21st century.
All technical car data (fuel tank size, average range, battery capacity) was found on enyCARpedia. Any cars where full data could not be found were removed.
To work out the fuel cost per mile for the petrol supercars, Moneybarn used price data from 27 April 2023 for the cost of regular unleaded petrol from the RAC. For electric supercars, it used electricity price per kWh data from 3 May 2023 from Global Petrol Prices.
Currencies were converted using Xe on 5 May 2023.