Big Saloons, the way forward?
Who doesn't love a big saloon car?
I’ve always been a fan of big powerful cars for one main reason, the element of surprise! There are a lot of reasons people buy these cars such as small mans syndrome, pose value, materialistic tendencies etc but I just love the fact that you can have a car that is big, comfortable and relaxing on a long journey but is also able to get a move on when necessary and still put a smile on your face. They also depreciate like there is no tomorrow for the first 5 years of their life and so can be a total bargain. Here are some examples of what I am talking about.
Mercedes 450 SEL 6.9
Released in 1975 the SEL 6.9 was the flagship Mercedes built by Daimler Benz in Stuttgart and produced 268hp and 405lb ft of torque. Not only was the car built like a tank but, for the time was incredibly powerful and comfortable. By todays standards it is no longer super quick but is still counted as one of the best built cars ever with options such as ABS, hydro-pneumatic suspension, dry sump and hydraulic valve lifters meaning very low maintenance.
An absolute monster of a car and also very rare, which is why I need one in my life. The ultimate sleeper?
Mercedes W210 E55 AMG
A car I wish I had never sold. Nowhere near as big as the 450 SEL but, for that exact reason this car actually handles and stops very well. The 5439cc V8 produced 354hp and 390lb ft of torque which gave a car that looked very similar to a standard E Class a 0-60 time of 5.5 seconds. Not bad for a big saloon. Only 458 were sold in the UK and I’ve got my eye on one down the road. The sad thing is, it is the same colour, spec and age as the one I sold in 2010! The perfect Q car.
Bentley Arnage Red Label
At 5.4 metres long you will not be cramped in the back or the front of this car as its main purpose in life is to be comfortable. However, with a 6.75 litre V8, a single T4 Garrett turbo, 400hp and 616 lb ft of torque this car was one of the most torquey cars on the road. More than capable of taking you from London to Scotland in total comfort without stopping (except for fuel of course) and surprising you with its handling when you leave the motorway it surely must be a car worth having on the list for pure road presence.
Rolls Royce Corniche Convertible
Sounds cheesy I know and not actually a saloon car either but there is something about a huge two door convertible that makes me smile. A very similar engine to the Bentley but without the turbo this car is the epitome of wafting along. Yes it may seem ostentatious but at this age I doubt you will get anything other than smiles from people you pass, compared with the abuse you would suffer in a Continental GTC for example. Maybe not a great everyday car but, for a special occasion how can you go wrong?
Audi S8 V10
This is a car which is constantly arguing with itself. Is it a luxury cruiser or a sports car? The Lamborghini derived 5.2 litre V10 says supercar, so does the suspension and gearbox. However, calm things down a bit and you have a very refined cabin, comfortable seats and great long distance performance. With 450hp, 398 lb ft and a 0-60 of 5.1 seconds it is always going to be the howling V10 that dominates the experience.
These are all cars which give an experience "different" enough to make you smile but also cruise around under the radar in something truly special.