What’s the world’s greatest grand tourer? They are coupes that blend comfort and sport to the highest degree. Could it be the new for 2021 Ferrari Roma? It is fabulous. And fast. It has a 3.9-litre twin turbocharged V8 making 612bhp and 561lb ft, which is enough to propel this 1570kg car from 0-62mph in 3.4sec and on to a top speed of 199mph.
In the UK, the Roma’s price is £170,984 before options. Or could it be the Bentley Continental GT? Also recently revised, the GT V8 has a 4.0-litre twin turbo V8, slightly down on power on the Ferrari, but still making a fulsome 542bhp and 568lb ft. This 4wd car is the heaviest one here, at 2149kg, and completes the 0-62mph dash in 4.0sec and goes on to a 198mph top speed. It costs from £166,200. Finally, then, is the Aston Martin DB11 AMR. Because this is the AMR model it has nothing less than a 5.2-litre twin-turbocharged V12 engine, making some 630bhp and 516lb ft.
Like the Ferrari it’s rear-wheel drive, so weighs less than the Bentley, at 1870kg, and is good for a 0-62mph sprint in 3.7sec and has a 208mph top speed. It costs from £178,495 and, on paper, looks like it sits somewhere between the Ferrari and Bentley in terms of size and sportiness. How, though, will that turn out on the road? Join Matt Prior as he sets out to find the world’s greatest GT car.