Speed Week: the Brits fly south
Tom Ford leads the British group to France, with a pit stop at Le Mans
Posted: 16 Aug 2013
The Mercedes feels a bit awkward in Standard mode, better in Sport, and covers ground with the kind of AWD confidence that means the only thing you'll get should you enthuse too hard is gentle understeer. On a first appraisal, it's not the rabid AMG I wanted, but makes for a more usable roadcar than expected. I suspect it would be an absolute weapon in the wet. One car that I'd avoid in the damp would be the Jag, though. It makes the best noise this side of a mid-strafe Spitfire, feels like a hot rod but struggles to put its power down in any meaningful way, and the thick, soft steering wheel needs careful attendance to keep it all pointing in the right direction. It's a bit of a handful.