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DSCOTY '08: Performance Coupes
What is Dieselstation's best performance coupe of the year?
Audi TT Coupe [ 12 ] ** [36.36%]
BMW 1-series Coupe [ 5 ] ** [15.15%]
Chevrolet Corvette LS3 [ 9 ] ** [27.27%]
Dodge Challenger SRT-8 [ 1 ] ** [3.03%]
Ford Shelby GT500KR [ 6 ] ** [18.18%]
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post Feb 16 2008, 12:33 AM
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For more on the DieselStation Car of the Year '08 competition, please see this thread.

Audi TT Coupe
Base MSRP:
$34,800
Available Engines: 2.0 liter turbocharged direct injection DOHC 16-valve inline-4 with 200 HP and 207 ft.-lbs. of torque, 3.2 liter direct injection DOHC 24-valve VR6 with 250 HP and 236 ft.-lbs. of torque.
Available Transmissions: 6-speed manual (N/A on 2.0T) or 6-speed dual-clutch sequential manual transmission
Available Drivetrains: Front wheel drive (2.0T only) or All-wheel drive (3.2 only)
EPA Fuel Economy: 23 City/31 Highway (2.0T), 18/24 (3.2 DSG), 17/24 (3.2 6MT)
Curb Weight: 2965-3262 lbs.







BMW 1-series Coupe
Base MSRP:
$28,600
Available Engines: 3.0 liter DOHC 24-valve inline-6 with 230 HP and 200 ft.-lbs. of torque, 3.0 liter twin-turbocharged direct injection DOHC 24-valve inline-6 with 300 HP and 300 ft.-lbs. of torque.
Available Transmissions: 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic with manual shifting mode
Available Drivetrains: Rear wheel drive
EPA Fuel Economy: 19 City/28 Highway (128i 6AT), 18/28 (128i 6MT), 17/26 (135i 6MT & 6AT) (Note: Fuel economy specs are from 3-series coupe models)
Curb Weight: 3252-3384 lbs.







Chevrolet Corvette LS3
Base MSRP:
$46,100
Available Engines: 6.2 liter OHV 16-valve V8 with 430 HP and 424 ft.-lbs. of torque (436/428 with optional performance exhaust)
Available Transmissions: 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission with manual shifting mode
Available Drivetrains: Rear wheel drive
EPA Fuel Economy: 16 City/26 Highway (6MT), 15/25 (6AT)
Curb Weight: 3217 lbs.







Dodge Challenger SRT-8
Base MSRP:
$37,320
Available Engines: 6.1 liter OHV 16-valve V8 with 425 HP and 420 ft.-lbs. of torque.
Available Transmissions: 5-speed automatic transmission with manual shifting mode
Available Drivetrains: Rear wheel drive
EPA Fuel Economy: 13 City/18 Highway
Curb Weight: 4140 lbs.







Ford Shelby GT500KR
Base MSRP:
$60,000 (est.)
Available Engines: 5.4 liter supercharged DOHC 32-valve V8 with 540 HP and 510 ft.-lbs. of torque.
Available Transmissions: 6-speed manual transmission
Available Drivetrains: Rear wheel drive
EPA Fuel Economy: 14 City/20 Highway (GT500 non-KR model spec)
Curb Weight: 3950 lbs. (est.)





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post Feb 16 2008, 01:31 AM
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Has to be the 'Vette for me. Nothing else even gets close in this category.
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post Feb 16 2008, 07:10 AM
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It was between the 1 series and the TT, eventually I went with the TT because I feel the 1 series is too close to a 3 series to be good value for money...although the sedan is starting to grow on me a little.
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post Feb 16 2008, 08:55 AM
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The vette is a wolf in a pack of sheeps.
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post Feb 16 2008, 11:18 AM
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is there "none of the above"?.....cos i don't find 1 series fit in this poll......if you put 335i or even the 328i...i'll definitely vote for it....
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post Feb 16 2008, 11:30 AM
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I like European so I went with the TT. It's an interesting race in the American category. The corvette is nice. Dodge can't do interiors to save their lives but you can tell they realllly tried with the SRT-8, it wins for the best outside lines. The 500KR is going to be a blast I know but I can't see myself in such a 1970 hotrod type.
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post Feb 16 2008, 01:29 PM
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QUOTE(eraser_rx @ Feb 16 2008, 11:18 AM) *
is there "none of the above"?.....cos i don't find 1 series fit in this poll......if you put 335i or even the 328i...i'll definitely vote for it....


...there really isn't much difference between them so why the distinction between the 1 and the 3? The 1 is just that much faster and lighter and more affordable...

I still haven't picked what I want.
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post Feb 16 2008, 01:39 PM
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Although probably the most "feminine" of the choices, I really, really fell in love with the 2008 Audi TT at the NE Auto Show. Fully loaded, I could see that being a seriously fun little everyday car that has a lot of punch. thumbs_up.gif
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post Feb 16 2008, 01:49 PM
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QUOTE(clarkma5 @ Feb 16 2008, 01:29 PM) *
...there really isn't much difference between them so why the distinction between the 1 and the 3? The 1 is just that much faster and lighter and more affordable...

I still haven't picked what I want.

i see....but for some reason, the 1 is still too small to my taste.....3 is about the right size
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post Feb 16 2008, 02:07 PM
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QUOTE(Razor @ Feb 16 2008, 01:39 PM) *
Although probably the most "feminine" of the choices, I really, really fell in love with the 2008 Audi TT at the NE Auto Show. Fully loaded, I could see that being a seriously fun little everyday car that has a lot of punch. thumbs_up.gif

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Minus the NE auto show. In general its the most competent contender here imho, even though I wouldn't label it as performance.
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post Feb 16 2008, 02:27 PM
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QUOTE(Frederf @ Feb 16 2008, 11:30 PM) *
Dodge can't do interiors to save their lives but you can tell they realllly tried with the SRT-8


While it may be bland, surprisingly, it doesn't look as shoddily put-together as most of their other stuff.
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post Feb 16 2008, 03:17 PM
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I went for the Challenger, based predominantly on its awesome looks and also based on the first drive impressions that say it's pretty good. So, yeah, the interior's not great, but it's also giving you 425 HP in a super sexy body for under $40k so I think it's somewhat forgivable. Mostly I just wanna give Dodge a big pat on the back for not destroying the concept's styling.
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post Feb 16 2008, 06:29 PM
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I haven't voted yet. This poll is causing much internal conflict.
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post Feb 16 2008, 07:36 PM
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The results here will be interesting. The Challenger looks awesome...but I'd buy the TT. Challenger would be #2. Wow I voted for the convertible TT as well. So be it. wink.gif
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post Feb 16 2008, 08:31 PM
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Engineers have confirmed that the LS3 shits gunpowder.
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