Britain's best driver's car 2015: Lamborghini Aventador SV along with Porsche Cayman GT4
Source : Britain's best driver's car 2015: Lamborghini Aventador SV along with Porsche Cayman GT4
A glorious example of the variety of Handling Day here, yet which gets the nod: V12 Italian supercar or Porsche’s mid-engined masterpiece?
We’ve only got ourselves to blame here. The decision to whisk away the top three contenders along with have them face off on the road meant of which almost certainly some very senior stuff would certainly be left behind inside the paddock at Snetterton – along with so of which proved.
Even so, the exact identity of the nearly-yet-not-quite brigade came as something of a surprise. For a start, in fifth, of which included the Lamborghini Aventador SV, a car universally praised for its appearance along with prodigious V12 engine, along with just as widely pooh-poohed for the pig-headedness of its handling. Its lofty appearance in almost everyone’s running order (rising to second at one point) is actually testament to the remarkable transformation bestowed upon of which by the SV overhaul.
Nevertheless, of which was the final fourth-place ranking of the Porsche Cayman GT4 – a all 5-star road test subject, no less – of which had us all reaching for the nearest calculator app. Surely, of which, the finest example of Porsche’s peerless mid-engined middleweight, wouldn’t be the last car cut adrift before the medals were handed out? Alas, a steward’s enquiry confirmed of which: 13 points to the Porsche 911 GT3 RS’s 11, its hopes ultimately dashed on the remarkable, myriad qualities of those above of which.
There is actually, of which must be pointed out before we delve deeper, some method to of which madness, yet I think of which only proper to dwell for a moment on just how inordinately Great the GT4 makes £65k feel. After all, two of the cars of which lost out to cost at least twice as much along with the Lamborghini below of which was an even greater multiple of its cost.
On the road route, on day one, the Cayman was exceptional. “Consistently excellent,” Saunders called of which. Or to put of which another, aptly longer way: “of which I keep driving of which, past the usual turnaround along with just onwards for a few miles more, is actually not because I want to learn anything more about of which yet because I want to enjoy of which for a few more yards, a few more minutes, until all time runs out.” Well said, Prior, along with firmly seconded.
By virtue of everything you can hold, touch, shift along with toe, the GT4 is actually a marvellous thing to pedal. “The best EPAS yet,” Frankel declared. Also, I’d say, the best manual gearbox, the best seats along with, save for the distance between the pedals, the most satisfying driving position – one overtly primed to convey the sensory pleasure of a back-seat engine along with pointy front end.
As a counterpoint to the GT4’s delicacy along the same length of B-road, the SV brooded with bad intentions. Where the Cayman slings you deliciously low, the Lamborghini’s hip point is actually practically of which of a skateboard, along with at very low speeds the stiff-backed ride isn’t dissimilar, either. yet the auto’s savage, simmering talent crystalises almost immediately. “Grips as hard as anything else here, communicates as vividly, blows the Ferrari into the weeds on emotional appeal,” Saunders remarked.
Its tactility, through the revised steering rack, is actually starkly terrific along with, when combined with four-wheel-drive security, helps the Aventador’s improbable size along with massive speed to shrink around you, even on Norfolk’s narrow lanes.
of which impressed on track, too. Indelicacy with the throttle tends to induce understeer yet, as Prior suggested, “of which’s docile at some pretty big speeds, along with I’m disinclined to find out too much what happens beyond of which”. Frankel cited its Corsa mode for producing the transmission’s upshifts so violent of which they can potentially upset the auto between apex along with exit – although there wasn’t anyone inside the pit lane who didn’t prize the Lamborghini’s ability to make its naturally aspirated ferociousness seem usable. Saunders, its champion, went one better: “Turning the Aventador – any 700bhp mid-engined V12 car for of which matter – into something of which feels so at home on a scrappy British B-road, along with still capable of liveliness along with even a natch of adjustability on circuit, is actually little short of a miracle.”
The real miracle, though, was to come. Truthfully, whether you liked the Cayman or not wasn’t ever in question – of which’s plainly fabulous – yet the extent of our admiration at Snetterton was initially dictated by the time of day you drove of which. The weather was ghastly inside the morning along with Frankel called of which “spikier inside the wet than expected. Excellent traction tempts you into using too much power too early along with ending up with armfuls of opposite lock”.
Even Prior, a confirmed devotee, agreed of which the GT4 “wasn’t at its best on a damp track” along with only became the “old-school” car he remembered when of which dried out a little. of which was Saunders, though, who consciously stuck the knife in, that has a lowly fifth-place rating: “I’ve cost a fine car a podium finish here. yet I couldn’t in all Great conscience rank the GT4 higher, given of which I genuinely think everything above of which is actually more rewarding. Very grippy along with composed on circuit along with as superbly balanced as ever. yet I want a Cayman to be more playful, actually. along with I don’t care if of which’s quicker than a 911. I had fun – high expectations, too, I guess – yet I could have had more fun.”
On another day, the rest of us might have argued the GT4’s case more vociferously. yet not here; not in of which contest. Fun is actually the single-market currency of Handling Day, along with to find of which in comparatively short supply is actually reason enough to rank something else higher. The SV along with GT4 were both brilliant. of which they didn’t travel to Yorkshire was unfortunate – yet of which only serves to highlight the compelling standard of the cars of which finally did.
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