Luxury cars can make great Grand Tourers. They’re up to the task as long as they can comfortably conquer entire road systems. EVs aren’t out of the question anymore, either. These are some of the new luxury cars Autocar picks for the best grand tourers of 2022.
What makes a car a grand tourer?
A grand tourer (GT) used to involve a formula. A GT car was a comfortable luxury car, usually two-door, with a long hood, powerful engine, and enough luggage space to hit the open road. However, Autocar suggests that the term has evolved into a more vague and inclusive status. A modern GT car can be just about anything with sports, comfort, and road trip qualifications.
Porsche Panamera is a list-topping crowd favorite with a beloved badge
Porsche’s Panamera four-door sedan was controversial at first. However, Autocar claims that the updated design is much more pleasing to the eye. The refreshed generation two Panamera is still a powerful and comfortable choice for those people looking to take a Porsche on a trip. In addition to updated styling, the new Panamera is available a Turbo S variant. The Turbo S will get you there quickly using every bit of 621 horsepower from a twin-turbo V8.
If you’re looking for a greener Panamera, you can choose between a Turbo S E-Hybrid, the 4S E-Hybrid, and the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid. You will get a comfortable ride with sharp handling no matter which Panamera you pick. The Porsche Panamera line is a distance-smashing balance of performance and comfort worthy of the top of Autocar’s list.
BMW’s 8 Series Gran Coupé is a comfortable luxury car that is road trip ready
The BMW 8 Series Gran Coupé offers swooping lines and plenty of options. For those in search of top performance from a GT car, the M8 Competition’s 616 brake horsepower will undoubtedly suffice. If a proper M car isn’t in the cards, the M850i will provide enough thrill with a turbocharged V8 powerplant. Finally, the 8 Series Gran Coupé is available with a twin-turbocharged straight-six cylinder engine. All of the 8 series vehicles offer all-wheel drive, four-wheel steering, and anti-roll suspension.
Mercedes-Benz E-Class is a car with evident pedigree
The Mercedes-Benz E-Class has been around for a long time now. That tenure should not put anyone off of the E-Class, though. The E-Class has continued to develop into a plush, relaxing driver environment with quality interior materials. Beyond comfort, Autocar finds the E-Class line of coupes and convertibles more at home on highways than carving corners.
Tesla Model S is up to the challenge of cruising some distance
Range anxiety is a genuine ailment for owners of EVs. However, with the increasing application of superchargers and the increasing range of EVs, the prospect of an electric road trip is exciting. Mind you, Autocar is approaching the subject of an EV road trip with Great Britain in mind, not the expanses of the American highway system.
However, the Tesla Model S is an impressive machine with intense acceleration and room for the whole family. Additionally, the latest iterations of the Model S are pushing past 400 and 500-mile ranges. If supercharging infrastructure becomes more ubiquitous in the United States, the Model S might be your EV road trip dream.
Maserati’s Quattroporte is a sinister four-door GT car ready to hit the highway
The new Maserati Quattroporte is bigger and badder than ever before. The Quattroporte is, despite the size, still a sharp handling attention-grabber. Autocar quickly points out that Maserati’s German counterparts are ahead in interior refinement and quality. However, the latest Quattroporte is still an excellent option for blasting down the road in comfort.
Luxury Cars make great Grand Tourers
In addition to the cars listed above, Autocar says the following luxury cars are the best grand tourers: the BMW M550i xDrive, Mercedes-Benz CLS, Kia Stinger GT S, Audi A7 Sportback, and Lexus LC. You’ll be long-distance cruising in style and comfort regardless of which of these cars you pick.