Luxury Tour

McLaren GT Racing Parajets

McLaren GT Review Racing Parajets Adventure Tour

We took the marvellous McLaren GT on a luxury adventure tour of the South of England including West Wittering Beach, Hayling Island and Somerset before finally racing against two Parajets on a mile-long private road.

The high point was definitely the two Parajet pilots weaving around the car as we cruised together past sunlit fields full of summer flowers.

We also did some more jet boarding on a beautiful lake with Mako Jetboards. Well, why not. Fly or surf was the aim of the adventure tour and we were lucky enough to do both.

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Audi e-tron Sportback 55 Quattro 300kW S Line

Audi e-tron Sportback 55 Quattro 300kW S Line Adventure Tour

The new Audi e-tron is first and foremost a monster electric car that appears ideal for touring. Part saloon, part SUV. It is the size of a Range Rover, yet perfectly proportioned as a saloon, or Sportback, as Audi call it. The scale is only revealed when parked next to other cars where it appears to have been blown up in photoshop. So there’s plenty of interior space and an imposing exterior. Do not confuse this with a small electric utility vehicle. It’s actually a hint of the electric Bentley GT to come and bears many similarities with its luxury petrol cousin.

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Rolls Royce Dawn at Château de Montmélian

Rolls Royce Dawn Luxury Tour Of French Chateaux

The Rolls Royce Dawn two-door convertible in Powder Blue is sleek, attractive and comfortable. The ideal car for a luxury tour of the Loire Valley, via Paris and Fontainebleau.

Rolls Royce are shedding their chauffeur-driven image, producing luxury tourers that are comfortable on long journeys. So I decided to test it with a thousand-mile plus drive across to France.

Everything was planned at the last minute as Covid restrictions in the UK were bouncing up and down faster than a bumbling Prime Minister caught on a zip wire.

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Ferrari GTC4Lusso V12

Ferrari GTC4Lusso V12 Luxury Tour Review

I took the Ferrari on a long, leisurely tour of vineyards with International Excellence Luxury Magazine colleague Darren Lynsdale. We took in the Surrey Hills, the valleys of Hampshire and the Sussex coast. Of particular note were the fine white wines at the Rathfinny Estate, which is a stunning new vineyard near Seaford.

So, the Ferrari GTC4Lusso V12 statistics. It has a 6.3 L V12 engine, with four-wheel steering and drive, 681 bhp, does 0-62 mph in 3.5 secs and has a top speed of  208 mph.

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 Ferrari 488 Spider Luxury Tour To Paris

Ferrari 488 Spider Luxury Tour To Paris

Pulling out on to a main Surrey road in the Ferrari 488 Spider could not be easier as everyone spots the car from a mile away and lets you out immediately. It’s like having a special pass that says you never have to wait at a giveway. The Ferrari is pretty in matt opaque white and people just enjoy seeing it curve around the corner and swiftly accelerate away.

Bentley Continental GT Luxury Gastronomic Tour Of The Cotswolds

Bentley Continental GT Luxury Gastronomic Tour Of The Cotswolds

A quick glance at my Formex watch confirms it's 8.15 in the morning as I approach the Beaumont Hotel in Mayfair, London. Six new Bentley Continental GT's shimmer in the morning sun lined up in a perfect row on the pavement. It's going to be a pretty cool two days driving these over the Cotswolds on this extraordinary Bentley gastronomic luxury tour.

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