Su­per­cars. Jewels on the road

Avion Luxury International Airport Magazine - - CARS -

Once upon a time there was a su­per-pow­er­ful, ex­cep­tional car that only came out on Sun­days, was driven only with gloves and one’s ex­er­cise for the day was to press the clutch. It also re­quired a great deal of pas­sion and pa­tience be­cause its tight spa­ces were ei­ther too hot or too cold. Now al­most ev­ery lux­ury brand has su­per­sports mod­els, while those that have al­ways had im­por­tant cus­tombuilt cars still pro­duce the great­est mod­els in history, of­fer­ing ex­tra­or­di­nary fig­ures in terms of per­for­mance and prices, but ap­petis­ing enough for en­thu­si­asts and col­lec­tors. This is the mod­ern story of the car, which has scaled ev­ery ob­sta­cle that once seemed in­sur­mount­able. We be­gin with the Ger­mans: all with a sport­ing history, all with great am­bi­tions. What bet­ter place than the few re­main­ing der­e­stricted au­to­bahns to un­leash, for ex­am­ple, the 540 hp V10 of the lat­est “R8 Spy­der“from Audi: a car half born to race, half for dis­cov­er­ing the joy of its unique sound and com­fort. Com­pared to the previous ver­sion it offers a more com­fort­able ride, with an ex­ten­sive range of elec­tronic driv­ing aids, but also qual­ity fin­ishes. There are, in­stead, 462 hp on the Porsche “Panam­era 4 E-Hy­brid“: a won­der of a four-seater coupé with elec­tric mo­tor associated to the ‘usual’ V6, which de­liv­ers a sys­tem torque of 700Nm as soon as you touch the ac­cel­er­a­tor. Ex­tremely easy to han­dle thanks to four-wheel drive, it also im­presses for its range in all-elec­tric mode of ap­prox­i­mately 50 kilo­me­tres and an av­er­age con­sump­tion at mod­er­ate speeds of 2.5 l/100km. Sim­i­lar in phi­los­o­phy but with much bet­ter per­for­mance is the brand new “GTC4 Lusso T“from Fer­rari, which has the same 3.9 litre V8 en­gine as the 488GTb and 610 hp Cal­i­for­nia T but in the front to make space for pas­sen­gers in the back seat. A de­ci­sion made to please those who ad­mired the lat­est GTC4 Lusso ver­sion, but felt they could do with­out 12 cylin­ders for the greater ben­e­fits it of­fered. BMW un­veiled their lat­est “i8” to the pub­lic at the most re­cent Paris

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