GRAN TURISMO | Luxury | High Speed | Long Distance
The concept of Gran Turismo, Italian for Grand Tourer, is one of the most cherished among motoring connoisseurs. It became popular in Europe in the early 1950s and purists define it as “the enjoyment, excitement and comfort of open-road touring.” Gran Turismo (or GT) cars are purpose-built to provide its owners with the ability to cross a continent at high speed, in style and with comfort. These are very sophisticated machines compared to rawer sports cars, which emphasize performance over comfort and luxury. Gran Turismo cars must have excellent touring manners and plenty of space for luggage, often with a couple of back seats to share the experience with loved ones. But the very best combine all that with absolutely first-order speed, power, handling poise and driver engagement; or, alternatively, limousine-like luxury, whichever you prefer.
This season, we present to you our top three choices for your next driving scape, whether it is in the Swiss Alps, the Italian Toscana, the French Riviera or the Pacific Coast in California.
ASTON MARTIN RAPIDE S
It may not be the most modern product from the British car producer, but it is for sure the most beautiful four-door GT in the world. The Rapide S creates the most luxurious environment. Its exterior styling is matched by interior materials worked by hand to achieve a finish never seen before on a four-door sports car. But it is built for speed too: its refined 6l V12 engine delivers 560bhp and a top speed of 327km/h. We are confident it will not disappoint.
ROLLS ROYCE WRAITH
If luxury is what you are looking for, you cannot go wrong with the Wraith. Rolls Royce’s grand tourer proposal is a virtuoso display of luxury and opulence. Propelled by a muscular 6.6l V12 engine, this is the most powerful series model to carry the Rolls-Royce name, offering 642bhp and a top speed of 250km/h. The Wraith delivers a truly remarkable, spirited drive unlike any other. This car is simply delicious to drive and is a sublime way to travel.
FERRARI 812 SUPERFAST
Our list would not be complete without a little dose of Italian style and refinement. And by “little” we mean the fastest and most powerful Ferrari yet: a front-engine 6.5l V12 monster delivering 800bhp and a staggering top speed of 340km/h. Ferrari is probably Rolls’ opposite: it is refined, but never excessive. And this time, Ferrari pushed the boundaries on an impressive engineering challenge: to build a beautiful and powerful GT without altering either its exterior dimensions or interior space and comfort. With such specifications, the 812 Superfast stands head and shoulders above its closest competitors for driver appeal.