To date, the only version of the GT we haven’t driven is the most basic car. Mind you, it’s still an extremely advanced motor car, with a twin-turbo V8 engine up front and a seven-speed twin-clutch gearbox resting on the rear axle to give the best weight balance possible. It also uses lots of aluminium in its construction and is underpinned by sophisticated race-style suspension.
The S, C and R versions up the ante with adaptive dampers, while the C and R come with a wider body and four-wheel-steering to make it corner more sharply. The R is effectively a racing car toned down to use on the road, employing an advanced aerodynamic package, mechanically adjustable suspension and loads of carbon fibre panels to reduce weight.
Even in 'Comfort' mode, the low-speed ride is pretty firm, and the most notable characteristic is the way the car shimmies from side to side when a wheel hits a bump. The ride improves once you’re going faster, making this a decent cruiser; but, to get the best compromise between ride and handling, you need to select the firmer 'Race' mode, which tightens up the body control and improves the steering. With the car set up like this, you’ll enjoy immense grip and super-tight body control; and, considering this is such a big car, it feels very light, agile and adjustable, to such an extent that its cornering attitude can be altered in bends simply by applying more or less power.
On the downside, the GT is fitted with extremely wide tyres and they kick up a significant amount of road noise. You’ll also notice a fair amount of mechanical whirring coming from the rear axle at lower speeds. That said, the car is far from uncouth and we’ll happily sacrifice a degree of refinement for the sheer driving pleasure that the GT delivers.