Nate Chapnick 2016-02-14 23:42:46
All-Wheel-Drive Supercars Three bold new vehicles prove that the appeal of all-wheel drive goes well beyond stability on winter roads and into the realm of thrills and chills. Far too often, supercars are relegated to garage-king status in a collection, parked in the corner to be admired under lights, not sunshine. With the addition of all-wheel-drive capability, these three road warriors leave you with no excuse for not exercising their uncanny performance on a daily basis. Ferrari’s FF, Bentley’s Continental GT and Lamborghini’s Huracán each offer a different take on performance, luxury and visual design, but they all share the same ability to be enjoyed day in and day out, with the security and stability to handle any streets you may encounter. Which of these beauties is best fit for your daily routine? Find out as Men’s Book puts you in the driver’s seat. 2016 Ferrari FF: Four to Go A Ferrari perfect for everyday driving? Sounds too good to be true, right? Ferrari’s FF is not only the company’s first all-wheel-drive supercar, it’s a surprisingly versatile vehicle with seating for four and a cargo area that rivals some sedans. Under the flowing hood is a marvelous 6. 3-liter V-12 that cranks out 651 horsepower and 503 lb.-ft. of torque. The signature sweet exhaust note and ensuing thrills are pure Ferrari: The car screams from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds, 0.7 seconds quicker than the Bentley. Keep your foot on the pedal and the FF reaches a top speed of 208 mph, faster than even the Lamborghini Huracán. Given its impressive performance credentials, you’d fairly assume that the FF wouldn’t be the sort of vehicle you can pack the kids into for a long holiday trip. Think again. The FF is just 1.5 inches shorter than Porsche’s four-door Panamera, offering plenty of room for two adult passengers in back plus their gear, never mind the kids. In fact, its 28.3 cubic feet of cargo space is more than double the Bentley’s toting capacity, allowing it to easily fit two sets of golf clubs if you fold the rear seats down. With its hatchback, the FF will even swallow a bicycle. And unlike the low-slung Huracán, getting in and out of the FF is a breeze. Once inside, you’ll be greeted by the scent and sight of the finest Italian leather covering on nearly every surface that isn’t trimmed in carbon fiber or aluminum. The FF’s interior feels even richer than the Bentley’s, as it should given its lofty price tag. The Ferrari also feels more sophisticated than the other cars in this comparison thanks to its new Apple CarPlay infotainment system, the first vehicle in the world to feature the Apple-designed scheme that easily integrates your iPhone with the incar navigation and audio systems. When it comes to daily driving, the FF is pretty much unstoppable. An adjustable-height suspension ensures you can easily enter and exit any parking garage unscathed, a feature also offered on the Bentley and the Lamborghini. With Ferrari’s first-ever all-wheel- drive system, dubbed 4RM, the FF’s front wheels only activate when extra traction is needed, like when you’re accelerating from a stop on a road strewn with loose gravel. The result is improved stability and reduced weight without the understeer tendencies of other all-wheel- drive vehicles, like the Continental GT. BOTTOM LINE The Ferrari FF proves that supercars are also incredible daily drivers. Key Stats BASE PRICE $298,750 ENGINE 6.3-liter V-12 TRANSMISSION 7-speed dual- clutch auto HORSEPOWER 651 hp @ 8,000 rpm TORQUE 503 lb.-ft. @ 6,000 rpm MAXIMUM CARGO CAPACITY 28.3 cu. Ft. CITY FUEL ECONOMY 11 mpg HIGHWAY FUEL ECONOMY 17 mpg FUEL TANK 24 gal. WEIGHT 4,145 lbs. 0 TO 60 MPH 3.6 seconds TOP SPEED 208 mph 2016 Bentley Continental GT: British Elegance As powerful as it is elegant, Bentley’s Continental GT is a grand sports tourer in the truest sense. Introduced in 2003, the Continental GT’s flowing lines have become iconic, as has its reputation as a leading gentlemen’s auto, crafted to exacting standards by a team of dedicated artisans at Bentley’s factory in Crewe, England. Without question, Britain’s engineering prowess is on full display behind the wheel of the latest version of Bentley’s Continental GT. In most any competition, the Continental GT’s twin-turbocharged W-12 puts it off the charts in terms of power and performance. In this showdown, however, its 582-horsepower power plant falls short of the 600-horsepower club the Ferrari and the Lamborghini belong to. If you want that membership, you can opt to step up to Bentley’s $239,400 GT Speed, which earns you 626 horsepower. That being said, the standard Continental GT is no slouch, running from 0 to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds, behind the Ferrari and Lamborghini, though faster than most everything else on the road. What’s most striking about the Continental GT in this comparison is its silky smooth power delivery, the result of a smart eight-speed automatic transmission that seems to anticipate your every move. It also doesn’t hurt that the twin-turbocharged W-12 develops the most torque in this competitive set. Perhaps the only downside to the Continental GT’s handling is its relative weight, which at 5,115 pounds is nearly 970 pounds heavier than the Ferrari FF. This weight can be felt through the corners, where the GT is more prone to understeer than the other all-wheel-drive cars in this head-to-head. While it won’t out-corner the competition, the Continental GT’s air suspension makes for the smoothest ride of the group, soaking up even the slightest bumps on the road. Inside, the GT offers a slew of enhancements for 2016. Chief among them is a revised interior that features an optional, more ergonomic and sports-orientated steering wheel, as well as available Wi-Fi hot-spot technology. What hasn’t changed is Bentley’s attention to detail, which shows itself in cues like real aluminum vents, hand-sewn leather seats and an analog Breitling-produced timepiece that rests prominently on the center console. From the outside, there’s no mistaking the Continental GT for anything but a Bentley. It’s big, bold and unapologetically British. For 2016, Bentley has added a refreshed lower grille with new air intakes, along with a slightly revised rear bumper that incorporates an extra splash of chrome. The overall look is less eye-catching than the Lamborghini and less athletic than the Ferrari, but when it comes to pure understated elegance, the Bentley is second to none. BOTTOM LINE While the Bentley Continental GT might not be the fastest of the group, its smooth ride, elegant looks and strong luxury pedigree will win you over. Key Stats BASE PRICE $214,600 ENGINE 6.0-liter twin- turbocharged W-12 TRANSMISSION 8-speed automatic HORSEPOWER 582 hp @ 6,000 rpm TORQUE 531 lb.-ft. @ 1,700 rpm MAXIMUM CARGO CAPACITY 12. 6 cu. Ft. CITY FUEL ECONOMY 12 mpg HIGHWAY FUEL ECONOMY 21 mpg FUEL TANK 24 gal. WEIGHT 5,115 lbs. 0 TO 60 MPH 4.3 seconds TOP SPEED 198 mph Lamborghini Huracán: Supercar Savant The legendary bull, Huracán, known for his unyielding character that made him a force to be reckoned with in the fighting ring, is an apt moniker for this Lamborghini. With its standard all-wheel-drive features, this car cannot be vanquished by anything your daily commute may throw at you. Undeniably exotic, Lamborghini’s Huracán casts a visually unmistakable shadow on the road, a look even more eye-drawing than the Ferrari FF. However, its good looks come with a caveat: If your daily routine requires four seats, this is not the supercar for you. If you don’t require the extra space, then, by all means, slide in. From the outside, the Lamborghini’s sharp geometric-line design DNA yields a signature hexagonal styling theme seen in its front air intakes and side windows. Up front, flat angular LED headlamps cast a sinister vibe to the car, while the Y-shaped rear LED lights look almost alien from behind. The Huracán puts you in the limelight, making you an instant celebrity, even if you are just running to the drugstore. Unlike the Bentley and the Ferrari in this comparison, the Lamborghini’s power plant rests behind the front seats, hidden under three large matte black fins. While the Bentley and the Ferrari feature 12 cylinder engines, the Huracán is a 5.2-liter naturally aspirated V-10. With 610 horsepower on tap, this vehicle is outpowered only by the Ferrari, but the Lambo’s 1,000-pound weight advantage translates to a quicker sprint from 0 to 60 mph, accomplishing the task in just 3.1 seconds and besting the Ferrari by half a second. Like Ferrari’s Manettino dial on the steering wheel, a red switch on the Lambo’s wheel also provides easy access to various drive modes: Strada, Sport or Corsa. One turn radically modifies the character of the Huracán, changing everything from the suspension and the stability control to the exhaust settings and the throttle response. Still, there’s no doubt that in this group, the Huracán’s ride, even in Strada mode, is more performance-oriented than both the Ferrari and the Bentley, giving plenty of road feedback to the driver. Inside, the Huracán can only be described as snug, but it’s perfectly comfortable for someone who usually drives alone. An oversize 12.3-inch high-res TFT screen presents all essential vehicle information directly behind the steering wheel with an advanced feel. Supercar design touches abound, from the unique red flip-up engine start-stop button to the bank of toggle switches that operate the windows. In front, you’ll find a surprisingly roomy trunk. If you can’t fit everything you need for a weekend in there, you’ve packed too much. BOTTOM LINE If seating for four and cargo capacity is not a huge priority, Lamborghini’s all-wheel-drive Huracán is for you. Key Stats BASE PRICE $238,500 ENGINE 5.2-liter V-10 TRANSMISSION 7-speed dual- clutch auto HORSEPOWER 610 hp @ 8,250 rpm TORQUE 413 lb.-ft. @ 6,500 rpm CARGO CAPACITY 5.3 cu. Ft. CITY FUEL ECONOMY 14 mpg HIGHWAY FUEL ECONOMY 21 mpg FUEL TANK 21 gal. DRY WEIGHT 3,135 lbs. ZERO TO 60 MPH 3.1 seconds TOP SPEED 202 mph
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