I’ve had exactly one company car in my life, a 1990 Ford Taurus sedan. It was an LX if I remember correctly, so it had Ford’s 3.8 liter V6 mated to a four speed automatic transmission. It was plenty comfortable, but had a nasty habit of cooking the brakes while driving down mountain passes in Colorado. The transmission didn’t allow you to select third gear, so your options were to choose second and listen to the motor scream at 5,000 RPM with the speedometer pegged at 40, or to select drive and hope the brakes lasted to the bottom of the pass. I got real good at looking for truck run-off areas, just in case. Standard procedure was to pry off the wheel covers (for that extra bit of brake cooling) before I headed into the mountains.
If you’ve won the world driving championship two times and currently work for Ferrari, you’re options are a bit better. Given the choice of products in the Ferrari or Maserati catalog, Alonso opted for the 2010 Maserati Gran Turismo Convertible as his daily driver and grocery getter. With 433 horsepower, it won’t get the mileage of my old Taurus, but it will certainly get him to appointments in greater haste. I’m guessing he won’t have to deal with any brake overheating issues, either.
I wonder if he’ll go for a vanity plate that reads DOES 185…