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DSCOTY '06: Luxury Cars
What is Dieselstation's Luxury Car of the year?
Bentley Continental Flying Spur [ 24 ] ** [32.43%]
Cadillac DTS [ 1 ] ** [1.35%]
Infiniti M35/45 [ 24 ] ** [32.43%]
Mercedes-Benz CLS-class (excluding AMG) [ 23 ] ** [31.08%]
Mercedes-Benz R-class [ 2 ] ** [2.70%]
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post Dec 6 2005, 04:15 PM
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For more on the Dieselstation Car Of The Year '06 competition, please see this thread.

Bentley Continental Flying Spur
Base MSRP:
~$175,000
Available Engines: 6.0 liter twin-turbocharged DOHC 48-valve W12 with 552 HP and 479 ft.-lbs. of torque.
Available Transmissions: 6-speed Automatic transmission with manual shift mode
Available Drivetrains: Permanent All-Wheel Drive
Curb Weight: 5456 lbs.

Bentley’s new sedan, based on the Continental GT, has earned the moniker “fastest 4-door car in the world” with a top speed of nearly 200 MPH. With a massively powerful engine, the control of all wheel drive, and a sumptuous interior, the Flying Spur is near the peak of luxury cars that can be bought today.





Cadillac DTS
Base MSRP:
$41,990
Available Engines: 4.6 liter DOHC 32-valve V8 with 275 HP and 295 ft.-lbs. of torque; 4.6 liter DOHC 32-valve V8 with 292 HP and 288 ft.-lbs. of torque.
Available Transmissions: 4-speed automatic transmission
Available Drivetrains: Front wheel drive
Curb Weight: 4009 lbs.

Gone is the Cadillac Deville…that old Florida-mobile…for now we have the new Cadillac DTS. With a edgy styling borrowed from the STS, the DTS uses Cadillac’s excellent Northstar V8. With interior quality up to snuff, the newly athletic DTS is prepared to take on the European luxury establishment for thousands less than an equivalent 5-series or E-class.





Infiniti M35/45
Base MSRP:
$40,640
Available Engines: 3.5 liter DOHC 24-valve V6 with 280 HP and 270 ft.-lbs. of torque; 4.5 liter DOHC 32-valve V8 with 335 HP and 340 ft.-lbs. of torque
Available Transmissions: 5-speed automatic transmission with manual shift model
Available Drivetrains: Rear wheel drive or Permanent All-wheel drive (3.5 only)
Curb Weight: 3832-4004 lbs.

Infiniti’s M sport sedan is the athlete of this group. With a pair of gutsy engines to choose from, RWD or performance-oriented AWD, and a crisp-shifting automatic wrapped in a lightweight (for this segment) body, the M pulls out all the stops for maximum performance. It is, however, rather firm and aggressive for a luxury car.





Mercedes-Benz CLS-class (AMG excluded)
Base MSRP:
$65,675
Available Engines: 5.0 liter SOHC 24-valve V8 with 302 HP and 339 ft.-lbs. of torque
Available Transmissions: 7-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode
Available Drivetrains: Rear wheel drive
Curb Weight: 3990 lbs.

The Mercedes-Benz CLS took the world by storm when it debuted. The design from typically conservative Mercedes was deemed to be both bold and stunningly beautiful. The CLS has even turned out to be a rather athletic drive compared to some of the soggy cars that make up the rest of the Mercedes lineup.





Mercedes-Benz R-class
Base MSRP:
$48,000
Available Engines: 3.5 liter DOHC 24-valve V6 with 268 HP and 258 ft.-lbs. of torque; 5.0 liter SOHC 24-valve V8 with 302 HP and 339 ft.-lbs. of torque
Available Transmissions: 7-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode
Available Drivetrains: Permanent All-wheel drive
Curb Weight: 4841-4929 lbs.

Mercedes’s bizarre R-class seems to have answered a question that nobody asked. The all-wheel drive, 6-person luxury “grand sports tourer” does its best to be all things to all men (or women) with strong engine options, lots of space, a typically luxurious Mercedes interior, and the versatility of permanent all-wheel drive. The question is…will it catch on?



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post Dec 6 2005, 04:24 PM
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I saw an R class on the road.

It looks worse than the Aztek.

I think the poll is funny too cause its BENTLEY FLYING SPUR, and then immediately below that CADDILAC.
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post Dec 6 2005, 04:26 PM
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Cadillac could be such a great company if they weren't part of GM. The Bentley loses just because I got a ride in it and the dealer wouldn't let me drive. M45 wins.
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post Dec 6 2005, 04:26 PM
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Everything here is outclassed by the Bentley. And why is the AMG excluded for the CLS?
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post Dec 6 2005, 04:29 PM
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QUOTE(Windshield @ Dec 6 2005, 04:26 PM) *
Everything here is outclassed by the Bentley. And why is the AMG excluded for the CLS?


The CLS55AMG is covered in a different segment. I figured that it was too sporty for the "luxury" segment.

And I realize the Bentley outclasses everything here, but I figured people would be typically DS and complaing about it being a bunch of VW parts or that only rappers buy it, so I thought it was fair game. Plus you can always pull the value card out and pick something cheaper.
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post Dec 6 2005, 04:33 PM
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I went with the CLS...the flying spur isn't really all that exciting (it's a GT with more doors, so what?) and the DTS and M35 being in this category is like watching gay pride parade coverage on fox news...they just don't fit
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post Dec 6 2005, 04:37 PM
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I can hardly believe it, but I also went for the CLS. The M was tempting because I was drawn to its sportiness, but I have nothing but contempt for Infiniti, and it really isn't luxurious enough. The Bentley was also extremely tempting...I find it very attractive, and technically it's brilliant, but it leaves me cold. The R-class and the DTS are just bad...so that leaves the CLS; the best looking car of the bunch here, and IMO the one that rides the line between luxury, value, and sportiness the best.
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post Dec 6 2005, 04:37 PM
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CLS gets my vote. Styling is a completely natural (yet slick) evolution of previous MB styling. And such components as a 7-speed automatic and other features ensure that the car is loaded with over-engineered goodies.
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post Dec 6 2005, 04:43 PM
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Seeing as how I haven't had the HONOUR of driving these cars I'll just go with the Infiniti...
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post Dec 6 2005, 04:46 PM
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I chose the CLS.
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post Dec 6 2005, 04:47 PM
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Well the car I would most rather own would be the Bentley, so I voted for that. I see too many CLSs and Infiniti Ms, and I don't like the DTS or R Class at all.
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post Dec 6 2005, 05:09 PM
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Well, after thinking about it for awhile, my vote goes to the CLS. I would've chosen the Bentley hands down, because I personally think it's an awesome luxury car. What kept me from voting for it though, was its price tag. Now, I know that the MB isn't exactly cheap either, but its price makes it more attainable to purchase. So, thus the reason the CLS gets my vote.
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post Dec 6 2005, 05:12 PM
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I voted like a bitch. CLS 'cuz it's perty!

Is the R-Class really a luzury "car"?
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post Dec 6 2005, 05:36 PM
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QUOTE(PBB @ Dec 6 2005, 05:12 PM) *
Is the R-Class really a luzury "car"?


I have no idea what a luzury car is tongue.gif

But it is definitely a luxury car...it's just a big station wagon with seats in the back and a little extra ground clearance.
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post Dec 6 2005, 05:39 PM
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shit u[ bitfh!

The R-Class just seems, eh, like another crossover bastard child.
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post Dec 6 2005, 05:49 PM
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I can actually say i've been in two of these cars (base CLS, M45), and the choice was surpisingly difficult. I'm assuming you're fitting the AMG version in "Hot 4-doors", and my vote already goes to the M5 without having even seen the rest of the list.

The CLS I think actually has a poor interior, not necessarily in quality, but I just dislike the design. On the other hand, I thought the M45 interior was awesome, which surprised me because I always made fun of (and still do) the G35 interior. The CLS looks a little better (a lot better with some of the AMG touches), the M45 is obviously much more in your face while the CLS is supposed to be a 'work of art', but it's close (I hate the rear of the M which is why i'm discounting it in looks), and the M45 is a much better performance drive.

Since this is luxury, i'm voting CLS. I can honestly say after being in that car that while I don't really like the dash layout and I think it's way too fat (All MBs are, though), it is a car I would really be happy with driving day to day. If I had to have only one car because I had a one car garage, i'd have the M45. If I had the money for a loaded CLS though, presumably I could afford a cheaper sports car and a bigger garage, though you can't take this into account.

Again, since this is luxury (even though the M45 has the cooler interior and I think the quality is about equal), CLS wins.
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post Dec 6 2005, 07:18 PM
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M45 is the only one of these that would be remotely fun to drive. I know luxury cars aren't about fun to drive, but c'mon, who cares. That's my slant- fun to drive IS a luxury to me.
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I know the most about the M45 so I voted for the Infiniti.
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post Dec 6 2005, 09:30 PM
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M35/45 for motor, suspension, refinement, and quality. The CLS is a fantastic looking car, but in comparison to, IMO, a superior car for a bargain, I'd go for the Infiniti.
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M45
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