More importantly, the compressor drives lashings of torque – a fulsome 674lb ft of the elastic stuff. Although Sutton doesn’t quote any engine speeds for its outputs, it feels like there’s a surfeit of grunt across the board. Flex your toe in any gear and after the briefest moment of lag the CS700 fast-forwards into the horizon, accompanied by a demented supercharged scream.
Is it just about straight-line performance? Not if you tick more boxes. Our test example had nearly every box ticked on Sutton’s tuning roster, adding height-adjustable KW shocks and 20in Vossen alloy wheels (saving 4kg at each corner) for £5496, upgraded Brembo brakes and what can only be described as a Mansory-spec explosion in a carbonfibre factory (£9366). The black stuff is everywhere, from the bonnet to the front splitter, the rear wing to the sidesills. It’s even emblazoned across the dashboard. Even so, the V8 remains a heavy car, toppling the wrong side of 1.7 tonnes.
This affects all aspects of the CS700’s drive. It’s a chunky coupe to shuffle around your favourite back roads and you’re always aware that those 700 eponymous horses could bolt at any time. In the wet, it’s a handful and it rides harshly. But certain macho types will enjoy the buzz: the Mustang style, the incessant punch, the ludicrously loud exhaust which can be programmed by GPS to hush at home or bellow on a B-road.
It’s excess all areas. And for that you’ll either love it or steer clear, depending on your motoring mores… and the depths of your pockets. At £72,500, it costs nearly £38k over a stock V8 ’Stang.
Engine: 4951cc 32v supercharged V8 petrol, 700bhp, 674lb ft
Transmission: Six-speed automatic, rear-wheel drive
Performance: 4.4sec 0-60mph, n/a mph, 14mpg, n/a g/km CO2
Weight: 1750kg (est) / steel