THE FACTS AND FIGURES
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.