Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - ROAD TEST -

IT IS: Four-seater two-door coupé from Derby.

COST: £151,100. The ex­tras al­ready men­tioned plus £3,230 for the body paint, £1,395 for spe­cial stitch­ing, £10,200 for car­bon ce­ramic brakes, £1,200 for the dark tinted 21-inch wheels, £865 for a rear cam­era etc brought the bill to £180,045. Those op­tions must be hard to re­sist. They even charge £95 for a first aid kit and warn­ing tri­an­gle. A curb prox­im­ity sen­sor would be wel­come, though, and pow­ered doors.

PACE: Top speed of 205mph and 0-62mph in 4.2 sec­onds. Econ­omy: Of­fi­cially, 19.5mpg over­all and 338g/km CO2. On test: 18 to 24 mpg.

GOOD: Per­for­mance, shape, qual­ity, turn­ing cir­cle.

POOR: Test car had squeal­ing brakes which sounded like wa­ter slosh­ing in the bulk­head. Roof wa­ter runs down the mid­dle of the back win­dow. The ride com­fort on nor­mal roads. Large roof pil­lars, quar­ter light struts and mir­rors mess up vis­i­bil­ity. Im­prac­ti­cal in tight spa­ces be­cause of the doors.

CAMSHAFT ARMS CHAT­TER: The VW Group nav­i­ga­tion in­cludes the ad­vice to stay on this road for a long time as heard in a Skoda. In this case, the turn­ing was only 11 miles away.

VER­DICT: A fab­u­lous, hand­some ex­trav­a­gance and pres­ence.

OR: You can get the 500bhp V8 for £123, 850 and save on its fuel bill and engine emis­sions. Var­i­ous cheaper Porsche Panam­era mod­els are more prac­ti­cal, with rear doors, too – as has As­ton Martin’s pricey Rapide.

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