Ferrari F12 vs Aventador vs Vanquish
The finest V12s from Ferrari, Lamborghini and Aston Martin head to wildest Scotland for a 36-cylinder shoot-out. Stand back
Posted: 30 May 2014
A woman of such sophisticated taste as Ms Mirren might approve of the Aston's handling, too. Recent fast Astons have felt wayward near the limit, but the Vanquish, even on drenched, greasy roads, proved confidence-inspiring and - as 565bhp RWD supercars go - just about exploitable. As, surprisingly, was the F12. I'll be honest, I'd had a few sleepless nights at the prospect of driving a 730bhp, RWD Ferrari - especially one described by JC himself as "a bit frantic" - in the cold and wet, but the F12 was sublime in the McMonsoon. Yes, there's enough power that, should you exceed your talent envelope, you'd be artistically daubed across the Highlands before you knew it, but the F12 is so crisp and measured in its actions that you know exactly when you're approaching its very high, very fast limits. Either that, or the very clever traction control was doing its stuff even more cleverly than I realised. Whichever way, that thrash back to base, in the rain, was the most memorable drive of my life.
That evening, we sat on the edge of the loch with a beer and watched the rain fall off our three supercars, and thought, "Yeah, it's not going to get any better than that, is it?"