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CL63 vs M6 vs R8 vs 911 vs V8 Vantage vs Granturismo

post #1 of 37
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I won't pretend like I have or will ever have the money to make this decision but I'm here to ask you guys which of the following touring coupés/convertibles should you ever get ~$140,000 to spend on a car. I tried to get the prices in about the same range but feel free to argue about the price and how you would spend the extra money on options.

Rules:
1) No sports sedan or executive saloon suggestions. Only coupés/convertibles (tourers preferred).
2) Must be available as a 2009/2010 model.
3) You have to use up your $140,000 on the car and its options/models. No saying "I'd go for the cheapest one and use the rest to buy a car I can drive everyday."
4) Fuel economy is not a point which you can argue over. Reliability is fair game.

Mercedes-Benz CL63 AMG




MSRP $145,000
RWD
6.3 L V8
518 hp @ 6800
465-lbft @ 5200

BMW M6 Convertible




MSRP $107,900
RWD
5.0 L V-10
500 hp @ 7750
383-lbft @ 6100

Audi R8 4.2




MSRP $114,200
AWD
4.2 L V8
420 hp @ 7800
317-lbft @ 4500

Porsche 911 Turbo




MSRP $132,800
AWD
3.8 L H6 (Twin-turbo)
500 hp @ 6000
480-lbft @ 3500

Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster




MSRP $132,500
RWD
4.7 L V8
420 hp @ 7000
346-lbft @ 5750

Maserati Granturismo S




MSRP $121,000
RWD
4.7 L V8
440 hp @ 7000
362-lbft @ 4750
post #2 of 37
i'm an audi junkie. the M6 interior looks like a storm trooper's poopchute
post #3 of 37
The MB. I like the guys in the service department.
post #4 of 37
GT3. Of those listed, the Aston, but in a hardtop.
post #5 of 37
The Aston is simply the best looking car of the modern era. I think it'd be either that or the R8 depending on the climate I lived in.
post #6 of 37
My innate shallowness immediately drops the competition to the Maserati and the Audi.
Although it would look more than a little ridiculous, I'd still want the Audi.
post #7 of 37
CL65 should be an option. The 911 Turbo is not a grand tourer, IMO.
post #8 of 37
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Brian278 View Post
GT3. Of those listed, the Aston, but in a hardtop.

So what makes the GT3 more appealing than the Turbo? I'm not a Porsche connoisseur but isn't the Turbo generally more desirable for its greater power and less ostentatious spoiler?
post #9 of 37
The Benz looks like a Thug car. The M6 is bleh. The R8 is kinda cool. For me, it would either be the Aston (in a hardtop) or the Maser.
post #10 of 37
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Originally Posted by JayJay View Post
CL65 should be an option.

Well the only one that fits under $140,000 would be the CL550, and it's somewhat restrained the in the performance (382 bhp) compared with the others. We could look at coupes/convertibles under $150,000 but that would be inching to Bentley Continental GT territory and even Ferrari California.

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Originally Posted by JayJay View Post
The 911 Turbo is not a grand tourer, IMO.

I thought it was out of place too, along with the SL but according to this youtube video the 911 is compared with the R8 and Aston in a test of cars 'between sports cars and exotic... everyday supercars' - the thoughts that come to my mind when I think tourer.
post #11 of 37
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Originally Posted by chrisjustinparr View Post
Well the only one that fits under $140,000 would be the CL550, and it's somewhat restrained the in the performance (382 bhp) compared with the others. We could look at coupes/convertibles under $150,000 but that would be inching to Bentley Continental GT territory and even Ferrari California.



The CL63 retails for $145,000, is that close enough? I wouldn't consider the CL550.
post #12 of 37
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Originally Posted by Brian278 View Post
GT3. Of those listed, the Aston, but in a hardtop.
Pretty much sums up my feelings as well. chrisjustinparr - GT3 is more track oriented. Less power, but also lower weight (among other differences).
post #13 of 37
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by dcg View Post
Pretty much sums up my feelings as well.

chrisjustinparr - GT3 is more track oriented. Less power, but also lower weight (among other differences).

But should we want a more track oriented car in a touring coupe/roadster comparison? I mean, is the ride quality compromised by the track orientation?
post #14 of 37
For driving enjoyment, the 911 or the R8.

For looks and suaveness, the Aston, followed by the Maser, though for some reason I've always been left cold by Maseratis in general.

The MB looks really nice, but they've always seemed a bit 'old man'-ish.

The Beemer is just too ugly, and in my area they are driven almost exclusively by arrogant pricks with no road manners. So, despite the fantastic engine, I could never bring myself to buy one, lest I wake up in the middle of the night sleepwalking on my way to stab the tyres and key the paintwork of my own car.
post #15 of 37
Thread Starter 
I changed the SL with the CL. In the poll (since I can't edit it) just vote for the SL instead.
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