Then there is the Ferrari 812 Superfast with 588kW that would be my preferred fast GT should I need to drive long distances, quickly and in relative comfort. Like the GT3, it too revs to the heavens and must be seen to be truly appreciated.
I recently attended the launch of the forthcoming BMW M5 in Portugal, and while you will have read how impressive the vehicle is over its predecessor, I also got to drive previous versions of the M5. Alas, the one that began the M5 story, the E28, was out of commission.
That put paid to my aspirations of driving the original, which is affectionately known as the Matchbox due to its squared-off proportions.
However, I did manage to drive the third-generation M5, the E39, and all I can say is that it is one sweet ride. A 5.0l, normally aspirated V8 engine and six-speed manual gearbox is a match made in heaven. It delivers power and torque in a linear manner that, no matter where you are in the rev range, ensures you always have power at your disposal.
As far as runabouts are concerned, I was impressed by the dainty Suzuki Ignis, thanks to its funky design, willing engine, high specification and keen price — it was one of the most pleasant surprises in 2017.
And because one would need a bakkie at some point, mine would come in the form of the Volkswagen Amarok V6. As far as bakkies go, this is the one that is leading the pack.
So Santa, if you are listening, make my GT3 Guards Red please. Yes, much like your suit.