Out of all those cars, though, it’s Vauxhall’s flagship VXR8 GTS that had me looking at residual value forecasts to see when I’d actually, if ever, be able to afford one.
There are, of course, obvious reasons to like the rear-drive GTS. It packs a heady mix of a supercharged 6.2-litre V8 that produces 577bhp and 546lb ft, a six-speed manual gearbox and a limited-slip differential.
It’ll dispatch the 0-60mph sprint in just 4.2sec and reach an electronically limited 155mph. More notable is the fact that the muscular-looking VXR8 costs £54,499 new – almost £20k less than similar-performing offerings from Mercedes-Benz and BMW.
It’s the flexibility of the GTS that really makes it stand out for me, though. Want a distinctive car in which to cruise, in comfort, with minimal effort? It’s a great choice for just that. The cabin is well appointed, quiet and spacious, the seats are supportive, the controls aren’t overly heavy and the equipment list is long.
Then on the flipside of the Vauxhall’s character coin is the bellowing, sideways-oriented super-saloon – and it is accessed simply by rotating the drive mode dial and pinning the throttle to the floor.
Little else comes close to that glee-inducing sensation of feeling the rear tyres stepping sideways as the torque surges through them, even in the higher gears, and you can exploit what’s on offer thanks to the compliant chassis and reassuring yet playful stability control systems.