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DSCOTY '08: Exotics: Level 2
What is Dieselstation's best upper-level exotic of the year?
Aston Martin DBS [ 6 ] ** [14.63%]
Dodge Viper ACR [ 1 ] ** [2.44%]
Ferrari F430 Scuderia [ 9 ] ** [21.95%]
Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera [ 6 ] ** [14.63%]
Mercedes-Benz McLaren SLR Roadster [ 0 ] ** [0.00%]
Porsche 911 GT2 [ 19 ] ** [46.34%]
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post Feb 17 2008, 06:08 PM
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For more on the DieselStation Car of the Year '08 competition, please see this thread.

Aston Martin DBS
Base MSRP:
$190,000 (est.)
Available Engines: 5.9 liter DOHC 48-valve V12 with 510 HP and 420 ft.-lbs. of torque.
Available Transmissions: 6-speed manual transmission
Available Drivetrains: Rear wheel drive
EPA Fuel Economy: 11 City/18 Highway (DB9 Coupe specs)
Curb Weight: 3737 lbs.







Dodge Viper ACR
Base MSRP:
$98,810
Available Engines: 8.4 liter OHV 20-valve V10 with 600 HP and 560 ft.-lbs. of torque.
Available Transmissions: 6-speed manual transmission
Available Drivetrains: Rear wheel drive
EPA Fuel Economy: 13 City/22 Highway
Curb Weight: 3356-3403 lbs.







Ferrari F430 Scuderia
Base MSRP:
$230,000 (est.)
Available Engines: 4.3 liter DOHC 32-valve V8 with 510 HP and 347 ft.-lbs. of torque.
Available Transmissions: 6-speed sequential manual transmission
Available Drivetrains: Rear wheel drive
EPA Fuel Economy: 11 City/16 Highway (non-Scuderia F1 Coupe specs)
Curb Weight: 2976 lbs.







Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera
Base MSRP:
$215,000
Available Engines: 5.0 liter DOHC 40-valve V10 with 523 HP and 376 ft.-lbs. of torque.
Available Transmissions: 6-speed manual or 6-speed sequential manual transmission
Available Drivetrains: All-wheel drive
EPA Fuel Economy: 11 City/17 Highway (Flappy-paddle), 10/17 (6MT)
Curb Weight: 2998 lbs.







Mercedes-Benz McLaren SLR Roadster
Base MSRP:
$542,000
Available Engines: 5.4 liter supercharged SOHC 24-valve V8 with 617 HP and 575 ft.-lbs. of torque.
Available Transmissions: 5-speed automatic transmission with manual shifting mode
Available Drivetrains: Rear wheel drive
EPA Fuel Economy: 12 City/16 Highway
Curb Weight: 4023 lbs.







Porsche 911 GT2
Base MSRP:
$191,700
Available Engines: 3.6 liter twin-turbocharged DOHC 24-valve horizontally-opposed flat-6 with 530 HP and 505 ft.-lbs. of torque.
Available Transmissions: 6-speed manual transmission
Available Drivetrains: Rear wheel drive
EPA Fuel Economy: 16 City/23 Highway
Curb Weight: 3175 lbs.





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post Feb 17 2008, 06:14 PM
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This is such a weird poll for me.

First and foremost, the Viper ACR gets eliminated because it still seems like a decent kit-car, not an expensive exotic.
Second, although I love the DBS, I've never seen it as an exotic. That's out too.
Third, the SLR Roadster is just Hollywood malrepresentation waiting to happen.

That leaves the Scuderia, the GT2, and the Superleggera. As of now, I've seen the Lamborghini and the GT2 in person, and I've never really liked the F430 much anyway.

Eh, I guess I'll go with the Lamborghini.
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post Feb 17 2008, 08:08 PM
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GT-2 for me...I'm a sucker for these things.
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post Feb 17 2008, 09:19 PM
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I went for the GT2 too. It was between that and the Gallardo, but unlike the Superleggera, the GT2 really makes a case for itself against its lower-priced siblings. There's just something unfathomably badass about every GT2, and the 997 is no exception.
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post Feb 17 2008, 09:34 PM
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GT2.

I think the best thing about it is, most people will just think youre another rich jerk in a 911. but when someone who knows something about cars looks at you, they will most likely come to the conclusion that your a rich jerk in a 911 who knows how to drive it.
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post Feb 17 2008, 09:37 PM
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Lol, this is kind of like EVO COTY. I voted for the Scuderia, everything I've read leads me to believe it's an absolutely unparalleled driving experience. The Viper is awesome, but wouldn't want it in this company, the DBS and SLR are pretty, but a bit bloated next to the others, and according to EVO the Superleggera is a huge let-down. It was between the GT2 and the Scuderia, and despite being a Porsche nut, I felt more drawn to the Fezza.
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post Feb 18 2008, 05:45 AM
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^It's funny, but I kinda feel that in transforming the F430 into the Scuderia, the car lost some of it's soul, replacing it with electronic wizardry. While in the case of the GT-2 they took a car which I feel has very little soul, the 997 Turbo, and added some much needed character with the GT treatment.
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post Feb 18 2008, 06:04 AM
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There's something about the GT2 that leaves be a bit cold. I dunno what it is. If I were voting for the GT3 RS or GT3, things would probably be different.
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post Feb 18 2008, 07:52 AM
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The Aston and SLR are nothing more than very expensive poser mobiles to me. the Viper is probably the most badass car in the lot buti ts not what i would call exotic. Between the remaining 3, i am torn between the F430 and the GT2. Got to think about it some more...
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post Feb 18 2008, 09:55 AM
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Shit...another insane poll. Absolutely no question, the GT2 is the winner for me. Words can not express my love for the GT2. nerd.gif

Viper interior >> 'vette interior
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post Feb 18 2008, 12:10 PM
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QUOTE(Synesthesia @ Feb 18 2008, 09:55 PM) *
Viper interior >> 'vette interior


Not if the 'Vette has the optional leather dash.
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post Feb 18 2008, 01:22 PM
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The Scud. I saw and heard that thing in person and it was GLORIOUS.
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post Feb 25 2008, 07:34 AM
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I sat in the Viper ACR at the auto show this year. I swear, moving that shifter felt like moving enough machinery to fill a factory.
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post Feb 25 2008, 09:04 AM
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Scuderia, the GT2 was really tempting though. I can't get behind the Superleggara's interior though, it's too VW meets fake racing CF look to me.
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