I have had countless conversations in my local regarding the “perfect” 3 car garage – If money was no object, what 3 cars would you have…? This is always a really difficult one for me, as I change my mind every ten minutes when it comes to cars. It did give me an idea though and as a result, this is the first of a series of articles addressing the question.
Now we are well and truly in the middle of silly hat and big coat season here in England, I thought I would kick things off with what 3 cars would be perfect for my stable over this winter period.
The day-to-day runabout – Range Rover Vogue 3.0 TDV6
This one was easy, I have never tried to hide how much I love Land Rovers, especially the Range Rover but as much as I would like to do the obvious thing and reference the top spec supercharged SV Autobiography model, the whole point of this is for it to be the car I would jump in every day to anything from taking the dogs for a walk to the big shop at my local supermarket and after driving the TDV6 Vogue earlier in the year, it ticks every box and can return a claimed 41 mpg to keep daily running costs down and all in the comfort of that beautiful interior. With it being a Land Rover, it also has the best tech available via the highly impressing terrain response system should the weather turn bad making sure you’re not left stranded in the snow.
The one for those long cross-country drives – Bentley Continental GT V8 S
One thing I love is a good road trip across the country and with Christmas being around the corner and my in-laws living on the coast in Wales, you need something big enough to carry the presents and suitcases and also powerful enough to get you there with plenty of time to spare for that all important Christmas whisky drinking. The Bentley GT V8 S is the perfect blend of comfortable motorway cruiser and shouty B-road blaster, which is why it is perfect for the annual pilgrimage to Wales. I have been doing the drive for 5 years now, every year in a different car ranging from my old Mercedes CL500 to a Mini Cooper S to a petrol Range Rover Vogue and the V8 powered GT cars are definitely the best suited for the drive. With 521 bhp and 502 lb ft of torque mated to an 8 speed ZF transmission and AWD, the Bentley is guaranteed to get you there quickly, comfortably and safely – making it the perfect winter road tripper.
The one for the weekend – Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster
Nothing quite says winter in Britain like whacking on a big ski coat, donning your best bobble hat and jumping in the driver’s seat of a 2-seater convertible and going for a good old-fashioned B-road blast on a crisp Sunday morning and there is no better car on the market today than the utterly breathtaking Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster. There may be a new Vantage on the horizon, but that just makes this 565bhp 2-seater rocket all the more appealing. A big angry 6.0 Litre V12 engine at the front, 2 handstitched leather seats in the middle and all the power to the rear. It’s just perfect. When I drove the V12 Vantage S Coupe back in the spring (here) it gave me a buzz that no other new car has given me for a long time. It felt so raw and analogue compared to its turbocharged tech-laden competitors. It really is the last of its kind. I love the Vantage in pretty much all of its guises and the new one is fabulous, but the V12 S will always be the one I really want and given the chance, the one I’d have in a heartbeat.
Do you agree with my choices? What would you have instead? Comment below with your choices and your reasons why if you like?
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