The Grand Tour Presenters Embark On the Weirdest Comparison Test of Them All

Aston Martin DB11, Rolls-Royce Dawn, and Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat 3 photos
Photo: Jeremy Clarkson on Facebook
The Grand Tour in ItalyThe Grand Tour in Italy
Instead of kicking back and unwinding their bones on a couch, the three presenters of The Grand Tour have been working this past weekend. On Saturday and Sunday, Jeremy, Hammond, and May went to Italy to drive the wheels off the Aston Martin DB11, Rolls-Royce Dawn, and Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat.
Pretty weird trio, isn’t it? Two weeks before the thee amigos take to Johannesburg for the first studio recording of The Grand Tour, Jeremy Clarkson and his partners in automotive mayhem traveled to Tuscany. There, the boys drove around and about Tuscany, including in Siena, which is one of the most beautiful places on this big blue planet we call Earth.

Jeremy Clarkson chose the Aston Martin DB11, James May went for the Rolls-Royce Dawn, and the secret American that’s living in Richard Hammond’s mind settled for the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. In terms of total output, the featured pic racks up 1,870 horsepower (1,895 PS) and 1,741 lb-ft (2,361 Nm) of torque.

JC puts it best in his Facebook post: “Let the weirdest comparison test of them all.” Whereas the Aston Martin DB11 is the archetypal grand tourer, the Rolls-Royce Dawn is the most opulent four-seater convertible in its segment and the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is the most powerful muscle car the world has ever seen. This picture, then, can be summed up as an awe-inspiring clash of car cultures. Exciting stuff, alright.

These said, we still have a lot of waiting to do until The Grand Tour starts airing on Amazon Prime. Officially, the car show is expected to premiere “this autumn.” In one of his Facebook Q&A sessions, James May teases us with an “Octoberish,” which is three months away from now.

Other cars that are very likely to be featured in the first season of The Grand Tour include the Alfa Romeo 4C, Aston Martin Vulcan, Ford Mustang, Ford Focus RS, and a three-way showdown of the Ferrari LaFerrari, McLaren P1, and Porsche 918 Spyder.

UPDATE: The three amigos made a pit stop in Florence.

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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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