Car pictures of the week
We take a look at some of the unseen images from this month’s GT test, featuring Ferrari’s new Roma and an impressive wildcard rival.
In this week’s gallery, we take a look at some of the unseen images from our big GT test featured in issue 290. But before we go into why we chose each of the four contenders, it’s worth remembering that the traditional grand tourer in its coupe form has been under threat due not to the drop in market interest for large coupes, but the increased capability found in cars from other segments around it.
As such, anything from a luxury SUV like Aston Martin’s DBX to Audi’s all-electric e-tron GT saloon could be considered a grand tourer thanks to their combination of speed, glamour and comfort. So our test wasn’t just about comparing four different front-engined coupes, but also an investigation into whether the traditional GTs still have that certain specialness needed to distinguish themselves from the cars around them.
The four cars we brought along to the shoot location were all identifiably GTs, but rather more diverse in character than their forms would suggest. The new Roma is a fresh take on a Ferrari GT, with the small two-plus-two coupe filling a void that had traditionally been left blank by the prancing horse. While this is one of Ferrari’s lesser models in terms of list price, it’s certainly not underspecified in this company, and joined our grouping with the most evidently hard-edged and sporting personality hidden beneath its refreshingly unadorned body.
Next up were two British stalwarts of the grand touring ruling class, with the Bentley and Aston Martin brands each shown off in their most capable forms. Bentley’s V8-powered Continental GT has always been the most dynamic of its range, but what’s always made it the superior GT in comparison to its twelve-cylinder brethren is the added charisma the smaller engine brought with it.
The Aston Martin’s V12 engine, by comparison, is far more suited to the DB11 with its distinctive British snarl in contrast to the three V8s of the others. While the DB11 has never been perfect, with each model year it continually improves, as is exemplified by the AMR and its genuinely impressive ride and handling package.
But where all three of those traditional GTs feature a historic badge and six-figure price tag, the wildcard of this group has its own distinct charm without either. The Lexus LC is considerably out-gunned on paper here, and its power figure and price point are all well below those of its rivals but we’d bet against anyone missing it on the high street. This more creative interpretation of a GT from Lexus doesn’t rely on historical precedent, rather a superb chassis, fantastic naturally aspirated V8 engine and an interior that’s in a class of one in terms of build and material quality.
But did these four cars reassert the value of the traditional grand tourer? You’ll have to grab the issue that’s on sale now either in-store or from our new online store to find out.
Car pictures of the week: archive
Below are some of our favourite images from previous editions of evo car pictures of the week. Click on the pictures for the full galleries.
Click below to see all the images of our first car pictures of the week gallery, here featuring the indomitable Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, mk1 Volkswagen Golf GTI, Ford Shelby Mustang GT350 and the stunning Porsche 911 re-imagined by Singer.
Here we dig further back into the evo archives where we pull out some iconic images of the Ford GT slightly out of context in the European Alps, a TVR Sagaris in central London, the Audi RS2 as well as one of our most iconic twin tests between the Ferrari 599 GTO and Lexus LF-A.
The previous-generation Bentley Continental GT seemed to get better with age, a notion mirrored by the Jaguar E-type when in modern ‘lightweight’ form. Both of these British icons, as well as the Aston Martin Vantage GT12 feature in gallery three.
Fans might have cried fowl when Ferrari decided to turbocharge the Ferrari 488, but it’s not like Ferrari don’t have a history with turbocharged V8 engines. Here the 488 co-stars alongside the stunning F40, while elsewhere in this gallery we take a Porsche Cayman GTS to Japan for a stunning mountain blast.
Italian twelve-cylinder supercars seem to be the main agenda in the fourth evo car pictures of the week gallery, here featuring four V12 Lambos and the stunning 599 SA Aperta limited edition alongside its 550 Barchetta predecessor.
A gallery of new and old, here the McLaren 720S cemented its place as a truly great supercar alongside a daring night shoot with an Audi R8 LMX, pitch a Nissan GT-R and Audi Quattro against each other on Welsh mountain roads and drive the original 'Hakosuka' GT-R.
Ford's RS200 in a moody dark garage is just one of many amazing shoots in our 8th gallery, click on the image for the full gallery
Click on the image below for our ninth car pictures of the week gallery, including this hardcore lot!
Our tenth gallery turned it up another notch, including the wettest shoot in history (apparently).
The best hardcore Ferrari supercars and more feature in our 11th car pictures of the week gallery.