Black sports cars are quite alluring. If you do not like attention, this color option may not be for you, because it elevates your car’s ‘cool’ factor by several notches. Matte finishes diffuse light instead of reflecting it, making objects (cars, in this case) appear more unusual and otherworldly, which is why people will always stop and stare at matte black cars.
Matte black paint is also less likely to show wash marks than glossy paint, so besides it looking cool, this might be a reason to consider it. It does, however, require specialized care products, and any damage to its clear coat cover – if you have one – cannot be repaired. Matte paint cannot be buff to remove defects without compromising its appearance. If it’s painted and not wrapped, the only solution is to repaint it.
Although this is a drawback, we still love the ebony finish, and here are some great matte black sports cars. Let’s see if you can identify a favorite among them.
15. Lexus LFA
Lexus’ LFA is one of the best-sounding sports cars ever made. This is also a limited-edition car, limited to 500 units, of which 50 are the exclusive Nürburgring Edition. Finally, there is the truly unique 1 of 1 Nürburgring Edition factory finished in matte black Sports Cars. We hope its owner is using it properly somewhere in the United States, as it was delivered to him.
14. Lamborghini Murcielago SV
Think about what you would see in your rear-view mirror if you heard an otherworldly noise behind you on the highway. ‘Murci’ packs a naturally aspirated V12 that is capable of 670 hp in stock form, and this color finish only enhances its aggressive nature. It may be best to change lanes and let it pass.
13. Mercedes Benz SLR McLaren
The production version of the SLR McLaren was first revealed to the public in November 2003, and it continues to stand out today. Finished in matte black, this one stands out even more. Shades like that emphasize some of the car’s cool design features, especially its pointed nose and bubble headlights.
12. Lotus Exige
The black curvy sports car was a result of Lotus’ decision to build a special edition to mark the end of Exige production in 2011. This car is one of only 25 produced for the North American market, all finished in the same matte black shade – the company knows how to make a car stand out.
11. Audi R8
Audi’s R8 is one of the few naturally aspirated V10 sports cars on the road today, and we aren’t complaining; especially when one looks as good as this one does. With its newer versions, the R8 has significantly matured and now boasts performance that is near that of a supercar. When they are gone, we will miss them.
10. Maserati Granturismo S
Developed by Anderson Germany, an automobile tuning outfit, the Granturismo S Superior Black Edition features serious upgrades. The upgrades include, among other things, 440hp to 492hp in power. In our opinion, there is no better colour to announce serious intent and the performance that lies beneath.
9. Mercedes Benz AMG GT C Edition 50
This limited-edition AMG was introduced by Mercedes in 2018 to commemorate the brand’s 50th anniversary. It had additional power over the regular models and was limited to 100 vehicles, all finished in this unique matte shade and sporting special edition badges prominently displayed.
8. Dodge Viper
Dodge Vipers are no more, but this blacked-out example makes us wish they were. The 8.4-liter V10 engine of the Dodge Viper was capable of producing 645 horsepower at its peak. With such power, this Viper suddenly seems even more venomous.
7. Mazda RX7
A flat black paint finish on this RX7 screams, ‘I’m different!’ The flared rear-wheel arches and aerodynamic flaps around the front edges may have escaped your attention. In this particular example, the car has been with a single owner for over 11 years and includes several interior and exterior upgrades.
6. BMW I8
Despite BMW’s plans to kill off the i8, memories of the hybrid sports car will linger for a while. This car can drive in electric mode at night and with the headlights off, it may even be able to elude patrol cops during the day.
5. BMW M2
As one of the best ‘M’ cars ever to come out of Bavaria, the M2 is a seriously hot sports car. The vehicle will reach 60mph in just 4.2 seconds and reach a top speed of 170mph. A black baby rocket like this just makes us want to head out to the nearest dealership – with a full wallet, of course.
4. Nissan GT-R
In the early days of the Godzilla’s introduction, where its awesome mechanics resulted in acceleration that shamed most supercars, it had a fierce reputation; one that’s earned over time. The GT-R isn’t docile and this blacked-out example certainly amps up the fear factor.
3. Toyota Supra
New generation Supras were launched in 2018 and have generally been well received, despite their controversial styling. It’s also cool to see some owners getting creative with aftermarket paint schemes. This one was spotted in a basement garage with a really stealthy finish; it really makes some of those odd curves less noticeable.
2. Mercedes Benz SLS AMG
AMG’s SLS AMG was a two-seater powerhouse in its prime, with a V8 engine that ranked as the most powerful naturally aspirated production engine of its time. A matte black shade like this puts the car on a whole new level of ‘fabulous’ with its gullwing doors.
1. Aston Martin V8 Vantage
The Aston Martin Vantage underwent a comprehensive redesign in 2017 in an effort to keep up with modern trends. Despite that, the older models still look pretty cool – just look at the picture above. Also, the V8 engine remains powerful, capable of pushing the ebony machine to 180 mph.
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