Will has chosen his favourite cars for this week’s promotion, so Tim has decided to do the same…
There are a staggering 179 cars to choose from in our Dream Car Competition at the moment, which may be a little overwhelming and make it hard to choose, so I’m going to choose my top 5 cars (in no particular order) in the competition and tell you why, just in case this helps you decide!
1 – 2016 Honda NSX
Of all the supercars available in 2016 (okay, 2017 or even 2018 by the time they deliver them) the NSX is one of the most exciting for me, though it wasn’t always that way. The NSX took an incredibly long time to come out, with numerous concepts, teases and promises made before it was finally revealed. And then, maybe due to the build-up, I was somewhat disappointed by the styling. But having seen it in the metal, and in proper photos it looks absolutely stunning – I still think the front end is too American styled, but hey ho – and thanks to the video by the wonderful Chris Harris from Top Gear, we know that it drives like a cheaper Porsche 918 Spyder. I simply cannot wait to get behind the wheel, and hopefully I’ll get to do so before I’m old and grey!
2 – Range Rover Vogue SE
Quite simply, the new Range Rover is the best car on sale today. It’s a luxury limousine, fully fledged off roader, family car and (with the right engine) a sporting drive too. there are so many good points about the new Range Rover that when I did a review a couple of years ago I genuinely struggled to find any negative points about it bar the outdated satnav and infotainment system and the fact that I can’t afford one. Okay it’s a bit large but when you sit behind the wheel, looking out over that massive clamshell bonnet, viewing the world from on high, surrounded by swathes of leather, gliding along on a pillow soft ride, every single journey no matter how mundane becomes an event. This really is the best car in the world.
3 – Mazda MX-5 Sport Recaro
As I sit here writing this I’ve had Mazda’s press car MX-5 for almost a week and given that I can honestly say that it’s the most fun car I’ve driven since doing this, it simply had to be included in this list. Compared to a lot of other cars in this competition, a 2.0 litre engine putting out 158bhp doesn’t set the world on fire, especially in this world where a family hatchback can have 377bhp. But the MX-5 only weighs just over a tonne, so each one of those horses doesn’t have to work as hard. The low weight means that the steering has lightness but you feel every bump, groove in the road and can place the smaller body with millimetre precision. You can drop or raise the roof with one hand from the driver’s seat and it makes a wonderfully old-school raspy exhaust noise. I’ll save the full thesaurus of hyperbole for the full road test, but trust me – don’t knock the MX-5 until you’ve tried it. You won’t be disappointed.
4 – Porsche Panamera 4S Diesel
When Porsche launched the original Panamera it was widely regarded as a great car to drive and own, giving you the Porsche 911 driving experience but in a big 4dr saloon, but the looks were a bit of an issue. Fine around the front, but the rear was hunched and awkward looking. So with this new Panamera, Porsche has styled the rear end like the latest 911, but blended it in much more successfully and this new model looks fantastic from every angle. They haven’t just worked on the styling though, as under the long bonnet of this 4S Diesel model sits an incredible engine – a 4.0 litre, twin turbo V8 diesel – yes you read that right – a V8 diesel. This astounding new powerplant manages to put out an incredible 418bhp and 850Nm of torque, meaning 0-62mph in dealt with in 4.3 seconds, but it still returns over 40mpg. Amazing!
5 – 1970’s Classic Aston Martin V8
100% Pure British Beef – there should be one of those stickers on the side of these Aston Martins. Big, brutish, beautiful and brash, they epitomise Britain in the 1970’s and are pure indulgence. From the days when an Aston meant a solid, heavy supercar that would punish the competition into submission, the V8 does what it says – a big 5.3 litre V8 with 310 bhp making a big rumbling bent-8 noise and making heads turn wherever it goes. You can be the cad about town, the sophisticated gent or the country squire in the Aston V8, it fits every occasion. Sure, the interior is challenging, but when you’re sitting behind that long bonnet, looking out at world watching everyone stare at you in the very meaning of class and sophistication, you won’t be looking at the centre console…