The real world: it’s where the rubber hits the road, so to speak. It’s the place where all that bench racing and all those Internet arguments finally become completely obsolete. It’s the place where actual physics and talent combine for one definitive outcome. Don’t get me wrong, facts and figures are great; they help paint a baseline for expectations. But ultimately, they are merely the tools of those looking for an approximation. They are not authentic experience. The only way to get something like that is to take it out and drive it.
Thankfully for all us web jockeys out there, YouTube auto-star Shmee is doing the dirty work of driving some of the best cars ever made on some of the most epic roads on the planet. What a trooper. Like some kind of petrol bloodhound, Shmee seeks out the supercar story and records it for our enjoyment and envy. This time, he’s in the Italian switchbacks with about $1.3 million of car, give or take a few hundred thousand dollar bills.
These are definitely not pro drivers on a track, and although the limits of these amazing vehicles are several tenths down the line, it’s easy to appreciate the thrill this drive must have been.
So what happens after you drive your incredibly expensive exotic deep into the back roads of a foreign country? Well, that should be obvious- you get incredibly lost. Watch the second video (after the jump) for some cheek clenching as this trio squeezes past vineyards and tractors in a bid to make it back to civilization. Don’t worry, there’s a happy ending.
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Providing a ride for our hero and the camera, this 10-cylinder, all-wheel-drive rocket ship is a fantastic choice when covering unknown ground with great haste.
Audi’s quattro system makes it a breeze to drive fast, smothering those novice mistakes with superb grip and forgiving handling characteristics. The mid-mounted, 5.2-liter engine creates plenty of go, producing 550 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque, which renders a 0-to-60 time of 3.3 seconds when paired with the dual-clutch, seven-speed S tronic transmission. Top speed is a tick below 200 mph at 197. The body is carbon and aluminum, and the brakes are ceramic.
Finally, it’s the cheapest of the three cars in this video, which is great, in case, you know, you stuff it.
With looks to kill and the power to destroy, the F12berlinetta is every bit the Ferrari grand tourer it was supposed to be. As a replacement for the 599, the suspension hangs in two worlds, with comfort when you want it and performance when you need it. This is achieved with SCM-E magnetorheological dampers, which use magnetic fields created by electrical currents to instantly adjust stiffness.
With a 6.3-liter V-12 howling under that sculpted hood, there’s also 729 horsepower and 508 pound-feet of torque at the rear wheels. In Theory Land, that makes for a 3.1-second sprint to 60 mph, with a top speed greater than 211 mph. But with these drivers out on Italy’s mountain curves, it’s clearly the fastest car of the bunch.
As Stuttgart’s combatant in the hypercar wars, this hybrid represents the very best that Porsche can muster. It’s almost a million dollars of technology and rare materials, a true smorgasbord of the very latest in automotive machinery.
Built from a carbon-fiber reinforced plastic monocoque, the exterior was extensively tested to maximize downforce. A seven-speed PDK transmission delivers faster-than-light gear changes, and the brakes are PCCB ceramic units, with rotors measuring in at 16.14-inches in the front and 15.35-inches in the rear.
Most incredibly, though, is the drivetrain, which combines a 4.6-liter, eight-cylinder, petrol engine with not one, but two electric motors, for a total combined output of 887 horsepower heading to all four wheels.
Additionally, with an overall width measuring in at 76.4-inches, it’s also really, really effing wide, which is something to consider when contending with Italy’s back roads.