Human beings, particularly British ones, like quirks, foibles and idiosyncrasies. We love an underdog. Give us flawed genius over machine-tooled precision any day.
Then again, there’s Porsche. At times during 2013, it looked as though this was actually Porsche’s planet, and the rest of us merely lived on it. Can excellence ever be boring? Not around here, which is why TG finds itself awarding Porsche a gong for cars of the year, plural, rather than just one. The 911 GT3, 911 Turbo and Cayman stand out, but the Panamera S E-Hybrid shows just how far these guys can push towards the outer reaches of their comfort zone without coming a cropper (410bhp, 71g/km of CO2, 23 miles on electric power all the way out of Stuttgart… I loved it).
Pictures: Lee Brimble/Rowan Horncastle
This feature first appeared in Top Gear magazine