The cars.

Did I mention the cars? This was one of the most important factors in this trip I think. We brought the right cars. Not a single duffer amongst them and some cars certainly surprised me. I was surprised by the performance of the Ferraris. The California T was one Ferrari I was always lukewarm about, but having witnessed its performance at close quarters I am now a fan. No other car can match its unique blend of practicality, grand touring ability, performance and wow factor. It is a convertible that can go toe-to-toe in a straight line with a hard-core street racer like the GT3. Only on track does the GT3 lose it. Talking about the GT3, after driving it 1,200 miles at high speed, I’ve come to the conclusion that it is arguably, pound-for-pound, the best SuperSports car ever made.

In many ways, the star of the show was the mighty Mercedes G63 AMG. This is simply a monstrous car. Cartoonish even. A car weighing over 2.5 tons should not be capable of such stonking performance. It is simply ludicrous and beggars belief. Just check out the specifications of the cars below.

Ferrari California T (x2): Engine V8, 3855cc, twin-turbocharged. Max power 553bhp @ 7500rpm. 0-60 3.6sec (claimed 0-62mph). Top speed 196mph (claimed).

911 (991.1) GT3: Engine 3799cc flat-six, direct injection. Max power 475bhp @ 8250rpm. 0-60 3.5sec (claimed 0-62mph). Top speed 196mph.

911 (991.2)  Carrera Cabriolet: Engine 3.0-litre twin-turbo flat-six, Max power 370bhp @ 6,500rpm. 0 – 62 mph 4.8 secs. Top speed 182mph.

Mercedes G63 AMG: Engine 5461cc twin-turbo V8, Max power 537bhp, 0-60 5.4secs, Top speed 130mph (limited).

Mercedes E-400: Engine: 2996cc 24v V6, twin-turbo, Max power 329bhp @ 5500rpm, Performance: 0-62mph 5.2sec, Top speed 155mph.

Porsche Panamera Diesel: Engine: 2967cc V6 24v turbodiesel, Max power 296bhp @ 4000rpm, Performance: 6.0sec 0-62mph, Top speed 160mph.

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