The 3 Car Garage – Noughties Superheros

*Image courtesy of Classic Driver

It’s time for another 3 Car Garage, and this time it’s from my second favourite era, the noughties. A decade where I got my driver’s licence, went to College and really started to get excited about cars. I will be honest and say this was actually quite a difficult time to choose 3 cars as picking from the 90’s was easy, and doing the same for the current decade we’re in would also be a piece of cake but I didn’t want to go for the obvious choices like a L322 Rangey, an Aston and a lairy BMW – I wanted to go a bit more left field with thee choices. So, here they are:

*Image courtesy of Porsche AG

The One For The Family – Porsche Cayenne Turbo

When the Porsche Cayenne was first introduced back in 2003, it was greeted with mix feelings – it wasn’t as pretty as the 996 911 or 986 Boxster, in fact, it looked rather bloated and unsightly, but then it also manged to somehow encompass the Porsche ethos and critics and owners alike soon appreciated the big SUVs sheer competence both on and off road. With the Turbo being the line-up leading model, it came with all the extras including adjustable air suspension and locking differential, a host on in-car gadgets and most importantly a 4.5-litre, twin-turbocharged V8 producing 450hp. This meant the big heavy lump of a car could sprint from 0-62mph in just 5.3 seconds.

In 2006 on a Turbo S model released producing an impressive 514hp, shaving another 0.3 seconds off of its already impressive 0-62 time.

*Image courtesy of Alexandre Prevot – Flickr

The One For The Weekend – Ferrari 612 Scaglietti

It’s no secret that I love grand tourers and Ferrari’s front-engined V12s are always high up on my wish list. I’ve wanted a 456 since I first saw one when I was a boy and they still have not produced a model that I wouldn’t want in my stable and the 612 is no exception. Like the 456, the 612 Scaglietti is a bit of an underdog with supercar and sports car fans as at the same time Ferrari were producing some properly exciting mid-engined V8 supercars (the F355 and the 360 Modena and then eventually the F430) but they never lost my attention. The 612 was released in 2004 to replace the 456 and with it being quite a bit larger than its older brother, it had grown into a true 2+2 GT car with plenty of room in the cabin to seat 4 adults making it the perfect car for a fast but comfortable weekend getaway with friends. The 5.7 V12 engine produced 533hp and with a top speed of 201 mph and it came with one of the last manual gearboxes available in the Ferrari range or a much-improved single-clutch F1 paddle shift semi-automatic from the 360 model.

The chassis of the 612 was also later used as the base for the flagship 599 GTB, which is one of the best V12 supercars produced in the last 2 decades!

*Image courtesy of Zaid Hamid – GT Spirit

The One For Breaking Records – Bugatti Veyron 16.4

It would be a crime to make this list and not mention the greatest car to come out of the noughties. The car that set the benchmark for top speed and power output – the 1001hp, 8-litre quad-turbocharged 253mph Bugatti Veyron…

Everything about the Veyron was excessive. It had huge 8-pot 400mm Carbon Ceramic brakes, ridiculous 365 width tyres that cost $25,000 a set and 10 radiators! The 1001hp engine could catapult the Veyron from 0-62mph in a staggering 2.5 seconds and it would then continue to climb all the way to over 250mph is in it’s “top speed” attack mode, but it wasn’t what it was capable of that made it so impressive, it was how it did it all. There are now a few cars out there that can push over 240mph and read over 1000hp on a rolling road, but the Veyron wasn’t only biblically fast, it was also comfortable and relatively easy to live with. It had a 7-speed double-clutch DSG gearbox, comfy heated electric seats, a well-insulated cabin and was easy to live with at low speeds. The cost of all this? $1.2m…

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