P71 to Monaco

Cars Culture

If you need to get from London to Monaco for an urgent photoshoot, you need a decent car - and a reliable driver

The grand tourer is a bit of an odd thing. Fast, yes. Luxurious, even more so. Front-engined, rear-wheel-drive configuration allowing for maximum sidewaysness around roundabouts to shred insanely expensive tyres, yes.

But practical? Useful for a spot of real touring? Not so much.

Sure, there’s usually space for a toothbrush – or two, if you buy the pricey, optional luggage rack. You might even be able to squeeze in a spare box of Just for Men. And you can effortlessly cover half the continent in one go, so long as you’re going in convoy with a refuelling tanker.