Welcome to Top Gear magazine’s round up of The Best Cars In The World. That might seem a trite observation, but after much deliberation, haranguing and three bouts of raised voices, the vehicles we will present to you over the coming week represent the cars that TG magazine would happily recommend to family and best friends, without reservation.
Any of these cars - within their brief - are the best at what they do. They are the TG benchmarks, the class leaders.
There are three loose price points to scale our ambition: an attainable version, an aspiration and a dream.
So, allow us to guide you through the cars you should consider before all else. Today, it’s the really quick stuff…
Every time I drop into the driver’s seat of a Porsche Cayman, a single thought jolts my mind: “How can I get one of these into my life?” And sure enough it does this time, at 2,509 metres above sea level at the top of the Timmelsjoch at the Italian-Austrian border. The thought of the Cayman is enough to divert me from the views, tumbling down to valleys slashed in the landscape below and up to dizzying battalions of jagged Dolomite peaks crowning the horizon. And it’s even enough - just - to ameliorate my sad parting from the Ferrari 458 Speciale that’s lit up my day so far. And also enough to calm the giddy anticipation that tomorrow I’ll be swapping this Porsche for another, vastly more stellar: the 918.
Pictures: Joe Windsor-Williams
This feature was originally published in the September 2014 issue of Top Gear magazine