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    Yes but what does that cost? A similar priced Panamera would blow it's doors off in every objective comparison.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Red_5 View Post
    Yes but what does that cost? A similar priced Panamera would blow it's doors off in every objective comparison.
    Actually, I think you are right about that. MSRP for a Panamera Turbo is $138,000 and a Rapide is $207,000. I won't dispute that the Turbo would run circles around the Rapide. It's just when you get out of the Panamera after parking it, and look back over your shoulder at it, you throw up in your mouth a little every time.

    If I had the money for a high-end luxury 4-door sedan, I'd get a Maserati Quattroporte Sport GT S, and I wouldn't care if the Panamera Turbo could outperform it. It's not a track car, it's a luxury cruiser.




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    You need the best performance possible for when you race them around the office park.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Red_5 View Post
    You need the best performance possible for when you race them around the office park.
    No, you don't. You need to look good doing it.
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    Didn't you see the Top Gear when they compared the Porsche, Aston and Maserati?

    The Maserati is dated and boring at this point. I think it's the worst of the three.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Red_5 View Post
    Didn't you see the Top Gear when they compared the Porsche, Aston and Maserati?

    The Maserati is dated and boring at this point. I think it's the worst of the three.
    The Maserati is getting a little long in the tooth, but it holds its age well. It is one of the most beautiful sedans of all time. The Panamera is butt ugly no matter how fast it goes. The Rapide is somewhere in between, but much more expensive. I'll take the Quattroporte as my daily cushy Italian daily driver.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Red_5 View Post
    Yes but what does that cost? A similar priced Panamera would blow it's doors off in every objective comparison.
    CTS-V wagon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Silversprint View Post
    CTS-V wagon.
    I do like those.
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    I like the V wagon better than the sedan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ucfbrett View Post
    I like the V wagon better than the sedan.
    Or better than the coupe

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    Really, if I were in the market for a new luxury bruiser, it would have to be the M5 or E63. Ironically they're the cheapest cars mentioned in this thread, and get the job done better than the rest as well.

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    Is there a new M5 currently on sale? I don't think so.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Silversprint View Post
    CTS-V wagon.
    This. Once our Volt lease is up, The V wagon is replacing it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard EVO View Post
    Is there a new M5 currently on sale? I don't think so.
    560 bhp twin turbo,up to 27 mpg hwy,for under $100k According to all reviews (C&D,Top Gear,Roundel)that car is beast on the track with immediate throttle response(no turbo lag whatsoever,that is what everybody says),variable M-diff(torque vectoring,0-100% lock,electronically controled) and all other known goodies.Absolutely tamed daily driver as well.90% of the torque is available at 1500 RPM.
    That is one of the very few current models(any make) that I may want to buy,right now.

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    The deposed former Sheriff of trackHQ . . .

    2006 Porsche 997 Carerra Coupe 6-MT - daily driver
    1992 Honda (Acura) NSX 5-MT - classic investment I couldn't resist and occasionally drive
    2004 Honda S2000 AP2 6-MT - track day car
    2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX MR 6-MT - when I need a backseat, 4-doors, or a real trunk, and still want to haul ass . . .

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