The question of what makes a car great is a subjective one.  We all have differing ideas on the balance of looks, performance and economy.  The divisions in opinion appear to become more entrenched when you enter the supercar arena.

There are Ferrari people, Porsche people etc, etc, etc.   But is it possible to have a car that meets the desires of all the people?  Maybe it is too difficult a question.  I personally think there is always going to be a division in this area, but for me, the answer is a simple one.

A great car is one that balances elegance, power and economy,  There are many cars that meet the elegance and power criteria in my mind, and one manufacturer stands out in that area over all others, and I am sure I will offend many when I say it.  For me, Maserati has consistently produced elegant and powerful cars which are understated, classy and  the antithesis of flash.

The sleek lines and luxury embodied in the Ghibli and Quattroporte are examples of great design and engineering.  For me, these are my ‘lottery cars’.  In normal circumstances, I will never own one of these cars, brand new, but the vibrant used market makes my desire entirely possible, if not practical.  As an Englishman, I would love to say that Aston Martin cars are the greatest, and the are certainly great, but I am astounded at some of the proposed design queues I see in the press.  When you have a name for producing iconic cars of a certain type, why would you even think of moving so far outside your comfort zone as to produce something as blocky as the AM Lagonda SUV?

As an Englishman, I would love to say that Aston Martin cars are the greatest, and the are certainly great, but I am astounded at some of the proposed design queues I see in the press.  When you have a name for producing iconic cars of a certain type, why would you even think of moving so far outside your comfort zone as to produce something as blocky as the AM Lagonda SUV?

Some will point to the production of the Porsche Cayenne and Macan and the public’s enamour with the US SUV obsession.  But in the words of my old friend, if someone played with crap, would you want to shake their hand?  There are plenty of luxury SUV’s on the market in Europe and the world, the top of which for me is the Range Rover Vogue.  I had the pleasure to drive one of these on many occasions several years ago while in the military.  They are without a doubt luxurious, elegant and good at what they are designed to do.

Not everyone will want to agree, but I can only give my humble opinion.  A few months ago my son and I were discussing cars and he asked if you had to buy an English luxury/supercar what would it be? I had to say that IF I had the money, I would get either a Jaguar F-type or a Land Rover Discovery.  If he asked the question today, I would say without a doubt that I would take a serious look at the new Jaguar I pace concept if it were in production.

I think the styling is really good and given JLRs experience in producing SUVs under the Land Rover mark it is likely to be well engineered and the intended green credentials would win over the most ardent member of Greenpeace.  But in the meantime, I will continue to dream about owning a Maserati.

 

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