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14 Jun 2017

Okay, I’ll admit this is somewhat of a tenuous link, but I’ve wanted to do this type of article for a while and the ‘daddy’ link just couldn’t be ignored! Five categories, five choices of which is the daddy from our competition. Go…

Supercars – McLaren 540C

Ah yes, supercars – the most impractical yet fastest, most exhilarating cars in the competition. If you’re talking proper supercars the choice came down to the 540C, new NSX or R8 V10 for me and for many reasons it just had to be the 540C. I have to add in a small caveat to start with here – I’ve not driven the 540C (yet). But I have done a lot of miles in a 570S (its more powerful sibling) and I would say that the 570S is the best supercar on sale today, so it would make sense that the 540C is also pretty damn good. It only gives away 30bhp and a couple of aero bits, but you’re still left with a staggering 533bhp from the same (ish) twin turbo 3.8 litre V8 that goes in the P1. That means a 3.5 second sprint to 62mph but numbers only tell part of the story – this is a rival for the Porsche 911 Turbo, but in this McLaren you get a carbon fibre tub, mini-P1 looks, incredible doors that open like a swan’s wings and a thumping great V8 behind you. The cabin is also a thing of wonder, with leather and alcantara and a proper supercar feel to the design. But as with all McLarens the real wonder is how they go down a road – in Normal settings they’re as comfy as a Merc S-Class , but put them in Track and they’ll destroy pretty much everything on the road. Incredible cars.

Win the 540C here

SUV – Range Rover Velar P380

It’s no surprise that a brand new Range Rover model would make this list, I’ve long been a fan of the posh Land Rover brand and as much as I love them the current model offerings are getting a little long in the tooth. So now we have the Velar (named after the very first Range Rover prototype in the 70’s), a sleek new model that sits between the Evoque and Sport. It’s a fair chunk lighter than the Sport and this model has a supercharged 3.0 litre V6 with 375bhp (yes, the engine from the F-Type V6S) so has pretty surprising performance – 5.3 seconds to 62mph to be precise. Add in a new interior that has all the latest tech combined with traditional Range Rover luxury and this is the SUV to own in 2017.

Win the Velar P380 here

Convertible/Open – Porsche 911 GTS Cabriolet

There are a huge number of convertibles to choose from in the competition, from the truly eclectic Morgan 3-Wheeler to the 911 Turbo Cabriolet and I must say that after my experience in one last year I was tempted to award this to the new Mazda MX-5. But whereas it’s a fantastic car it isn’t really the ‘daddy’ – and again the 911 Turbo Cab ticks a lot of boxes but the driving experience is somewhat watered down by the AWD system and the wider body makes it a bit trickier on back roads. Oh and you’re constantly having to check your speed to avoid getting thrown in jail. So for me, it still had to be the 911 as it is the quintessential convertible sports car, but which model? (we do have seven to choose from) Again this was relatively easy – the GTS is RWD, has all the best options you could want as standard, puts out a staggering 444bhp from the 3.0 litre twin turbo flat six engine and sounds fantastic. You get all the best bits of the 911 in one package and frankly I wish one was being delivered to my house this Father’s Day!

Win the GTS Cabriolet here

Classic – Honda NSX

The old NSX may have been superseded by the new model now, but the classic NSX remains just that – a classic. With a perfectly balanced chassis, proper supercar looks and a 276bhp 3.0 V6 to power it the NSX is one of the all-time great supercars, made even better by the fact that it also has Honda’s legendary reliability making it a far more usable classic than many. As for the handling, it can string together a sequence of bends with such precision and pure feedback that you’ll wonder if you had the hands of a racing driver – but it’s probably due to the fact that one helped tune the handling – a certain Mr Ayrton Senna….

Win the stunning NSX here

Coupe – Mercedes C63-S AMG Coupe

This was one of the toughest categories to decide in, we have so many to choose from, from so many manufacturers. Do we go for the ever-popular BMW M4? The F-Type V6S? The new Lexus LC500? How about the Alfa 4C? Or the Dodge Hellcat?!The list goes on and on, but I had to try and decide based on which one I’d like to have outside my house and frankly as I have offspring it needs 4 seats and definitely a V8, but needs to be nimble and compact enough to throw around down my favourite back roads – step forward the Mercedes C63-S Coupe. For the new model Mercedes took the glamorous S-Class Coupe and stuck it on a hot wash, getting big brother’s rear end with slim lights and a pert tail, while the front gets the new corporate look. Being the C63S AMG, the top of the tree, it has huge intakes, wider arches, bigger wheels and oh yes, a 503bhp 4.0 litre twin turbo V8 giving serious performance and an even more serious exhaust noise. Add in a stylish, luxurious interior and the new C63S Coupe takes the BMW M4 and beats it hands down in every category. We’ll take one in vibrant blue please…

Win the C63-S Coupe here

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