Watch a Ferrari GTC4Lusso take on a Porsche Panamera Turbo in a game of chicken.
With the sea.
Alright, so maybe this needs a bit of explanation. The game is to see who can reach the fastest top speed and then stop without dunking their expensive rides into the ocean. Top Gear’s hosts are on an airfield with a good 1.5-2 miles to work with, and both have very fast, very costly vehicles at their disposal.
Matt has a Ferrari GTC4Lusso, a rather unique design from Ferrari as it uses a 3-door “shooting brake” body style. Under the hood is a 6.3-L V12 engine with 681 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. Zero to sixty is done in just 3.4 seconds on its way to a blistering top speed of 208 mph.
The car has all-wheel-drive, 4-wheel-steering, and a 7-speed dual-clutch. And it clocks in at just under 4,000 lbs, which should help it get to a standstill before crashing headlong into the sea.
Chris, on the other hand, has a Porsche Panamera Turbo. Under its hood is a 4.0-L twin-turbo V8 with 542 hp and 457 lb-ft of torque. Zero to sixty takes 3.6 seconds with a top speed of 190 mph. The Panamera also has all-wheel-drive and 4-wheel-steering but has an 8-speed dual-clutch instead of a 7-speed.
You can see the problem here for Chris: The Panamera is wildly outclassed when it comes to power, making Matt the clear favorite in his Ferrari. Unless Chris can manage to brake as late as possible in order to achieve the highest possible speed.
While Chris does brake late, going a full car length further towards oblivion than Matt, it’s not enough to overcome the Panamera’s power disadvantage. The Ferrari managed to reach 177 mph before its driver finally stamped on the brakes, while the Panamera achieved a top speed of just 165 mph.
Maybe next time they’ll do the same challenge with a cliff. That’d raise the stakes.