While we don’t think autonomous cars will hit the market until the year 3073, it would seem the legends of automotive manufacturing have different ideas. Why else would they be treating us petrolheads to such a plethora of performance-focused cars if it isn’t to emphasize just how much fun driving is? We’re talking about sports cars that boast 800bhp under the hood and luxury SUVs that can break the 62mph mark in a physics-defying four-seconds, not to mention the new chassis control systems that allow each driver to tailor their car’s setup to suit their driving style.
Whether or not this is the last hoorah of the automotive world doesn’t matter. It’s a brave new world out there and that’s all there is to it. And with that in mind, we’re about to showcase the brands that are throwing everything they have at the driving experience in order to grab the headlines and bragging rights. Enjoy.
Lamborghini Huracán Performante
If you’re looking for a brand that has the unwritten motto of “Speed Is Everything” then everyone knows you head to the nearest Lamborghini showroom. It’s what they do best. They take power and make it as bullish as possible (it’s their logo for heaven’s sake), and that’s exactly what the Huracan celebrates. With a V10 that throws 640 horses at the tarmac, this monster smashes through the 60mph mark in under three seconds, while the adjusting spoilers make cornering impossibly good and the top speed utterly terrifying.
Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo
When this model was first introduced to the world, jaws hit the floor. Porsche had made a five-door station wagon. What was going on? Genius, that’s what. This is a brand that makes sure every detail is perfect, every teeny-tiny part of their brand as flawless as possible, from the Porsche repair services to the way the accelerator pedal looks and feels underfoot, and the Panamera is no different. This five-door, all-wheel-drive sports saloon is the epitome of practical luxury, not to mention forward-thinking too, as the gas/electric plug-in hybrid with a combined output of 462bhp proves. This is the most exciting all-rounder out there.
Range Rover Velar
Land Rover has long been celebrated for its posh performers, somehow managing to defy logic as it makes luxury SUVs born to embrace the off-road world. They are made to keep you comfortable and yet made for the mud, and their new kid on the block is no different. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the Velar: an impossibly stylish, bigger-than-big and road-focused SUV that lets you opt for three different engines, of which the aggressive V6 makes our spine-tingle the most. And the price is deliciously attractive too.
Mercedes-Benz AMG GT R
If you’re looking for a car that will turn heads while threatening to rip yours off every time you press your foot down, you need to accept the debt and invest in the Mercedes-Benz AMG GT R. It’s brawn and beauty perfectly balanced. In no uncertain terms, this car is a street-legal race car, one that will fly past 60 mph in under 3.5 seconds and keep on climbing until it reaches a wonderfully felonious 198 mph, which is great news for anyone that loves track days or terrifying other autobahn users.