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DSCOTY '08: Cars Honorable Mention
What is dieselstation's "honorable mention" for best car of the year?
BMW Alpina B7 [ 2 ] ** [7.69%]
Chevrolet Corvette LS3 [ 3 ] ** [11.54%]
Honda S2000 CR [ 4 ] ** [15.38%]
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution [ 10 ] ** [38.46%]
Suzuki SX4 Sport [ 0 ] ** [0.00%]
Volvo C30 [ 7 ] ** [26.92%]
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post Feb 27 2008, 01:43 PM
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This thread includes all cars that got within 75% of the top vote in their categories. It will close in one week.

For more on the DieselStation Car of the Year '08 competition, please see this thread.

BMW Alpina B7
Base MSRP:
$115,000
Available Engines: 4.4 liter supercharged DOHC 32-valve V8 with 500 HP and 516 ft.-lbs. of torque.
Available Transmissions: 6-speed automatic transmission with manual shifting mode
Available Drivetrains: Rear wheel drive
EPA Fuel Economy: 14 City/21 Highway
Curb Weight: 4476 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.







Honda S2000 CR
Base MSRP:
$36,300
Available Engines: 2.2 liter DOHC 16-valve inline-4 with 237 HP and 162 ft.-lbs. of torque.
Available Transmissions: 6-speed manual
Available Drivetrains: Rear wheel drive
EPA Fuel Economy: 18 City/25 Highway
Curb Weight: 2765-2855 lbs.







Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
Base MSRP:
$32,990
Available Engines: 2.0 liter turbocharged DOHC 16-valve inline-4 with 291 HP and 300 ft.-lbs. of torque.
Available Transmissions: 5-speed manual or 6-speed dual-clutch sequential manual transmission
Available Drivetrains: All-wheel drive
EPA Fuel Economy: 16 City/22 Highway (5MT), (TC-SST N/A)
Curb Weight: 3517-3594 lbs.







Suzuki SX4 Sport
Base MSRP:
$14,270
Available Engines: 2.0 liter DOHC 16-valve inline-4 with 143 HP and 136 ft.-lbs. of torque.
Available Transmissions: 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission
Available Drivetrains: Front wheel drive
EPA Fuel Economy: 23 City/31 Highway (4AT), 22/30 (5MT)
Curb Weight: 2668-2745 lbs.







Volvo C30
Base MSRP:
$22,700
Available Engines: 2.5 liter turbocharged DOHC 20-valve inline-5 with 227 HP and 236 ft.-lbs. of torque.
Available Transmissions: 6-speed manual or 5-speed automatic transmission with manual shifting mode
Available Drivetrains: Front wheel drive
EPA Fuel Economy: 19 City/28 Highway (6MT), 19/27 (5AT)
Curb Weight: 2970 lbs.





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post Feb 27 2008, 02:02 PM
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Love the Alpina, but it's hardly deserving I think. The 'Vette although updated, isn't really a new model. The CR is even less new, it's just an aero and suspension package really. The SX4 Sport is a less cool version of an already existing car, and that leaves the C30 and the Evo. I dunno really...I think I'm gonna go with the C30...
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post Feb 27 2008, 02:10 PM
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The exotics votes aren't close enough. There's no way in hell the Maserati GT is going to catch up to the Audi R8 and the odds of the Scuderia catching up to the GT2 are slim, considering those polls close in a few hours.

Remember, honorable mention votes only include cars that got within 75% of the winning car's vote count. Not every category will have a representative here.

I went for the S2000 CR. I've always liked the S2000 and I like the CR model that much more. And it even looks pretty good in person, as opposed to in pictures. The Evo was my second choice but it's just never turned my crank.
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post Feb 27 2008, 02:21 PM
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Yeah, that's why I edited my post.
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post Feb 27 2008, 02:26 PM
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Again, I wonder what I voted for. tongue.gif
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post Feb 27 2008, 02:46 PM
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I think the EVO is significant, and therefore got my vote for runner up.
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post Feb 27 2008, 09:52 PM
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How the hell didn't the B7 win???!?!?!?!?!
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post Feb 27 2008, 10:07 PM
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QUOTE(dukenukem @ Feb 27 2008, 09:52 PM) *
How the hell didn't the B7 win???!?!?!?!?!

Because it's grotesquely ugly. And the XJ was more popular.
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post Feb 27 2008, 10:12 PM
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QUOTE(clarkma5 @ Feb 28 2008, 12:07 AM) *
Because it's grotesquely ugly. And the XJ was more popular.

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post Feb 28 2008, 02:26 AM
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Jaguar > Alpina
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post Feb 28 2008, 08:45 AM
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Jaguar = Housewives car
Alpina = connoisseur car
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QUOTE(dukenukem @ Feb 28 2008, 11:45 AM) *
Jaguar = Housewives car
Alpina = connoisseur car


Come on, you know what you really want from this list. tongue.gif
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post Feb 28 2008, 09:07 AM
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The Evo is worth the praise. Honorable Mention to the SX4 though.
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post Feb 28 2008, 09:14 AM
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QUOTE(dukenukem @ Feb 28 2008, 08:45 PM) *
Jaguar = Housewives car
Alpina = connoisseur car


Alpina = tuning house and can't make their own damn cars
Jaguar = great racing pedigree and renowned sports car manufacturer
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post Feb 28 2008, 09:21 AM
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^I was under the impression that Alpina was to BMW what AMG is to Mercedes...If not, they are surely a bit more to BMW than just another tuning house.
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post Feb 28 2008, 09:57 AM
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M is to BMW what AMG is to Mercedes.

I guess Alpina is more like Brabus to Mercedes? Not sure.
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QUOTE(moethepaki @ Feb 28 2008, 11:14 AM) *
Alpina = tuning house and can't make their own damn cars
Jaguar = great racing pedigree and renowned sports car manufacturer

Alpina is wayyyyy more than a "tuning house". they change practically everything on the car to their own spec. On the other hand, Jaguar is nothing more than a broke ass company living on its racing history of 30 yrs ago while still making half assed cars whose only appeal is that its british so its supposed to carry some prestige with it.

Edit: Alpina is actually considered a seperate car manufacturer working with BMW and not a "tuning house" like AC Scnitzer or Hamann or any other. Just like Brabus, they are a seperate car model altogether.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alpina
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post Feb 28 2008, 11:19 AM
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QUOTE(idiot @ Feb 28 2008, 11:57 AM) *
M is to BMW what AMG is to Mercedes.

I guess Alpina is more like Brabus to Mercedes? Not sure.


I guess I should have said "Aplina is to BMW what AMG used to be to Mercedes", as AMG was at one point independent, but very closely linked to Mercedes.
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post Feb 28 2008, 02:27 PM
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QUOTE(dukenukem @ Feb 28 2008, 11:01 PM) *
Alpina is wayyyyy more than a "tuning house". they change practically everything on the car to their own spec. On the other hand, Jaguar is nothing more than a broke ass company living on its racing history of 30 yrs ago while still making half assed cars whose only appeal is that its british so its supposed to carry some prestige with it.

Edit: Alpina is actually considered a seperate car manufacturer working with BMW and not a "tuning house" like AC Scnitzer or Hamann or any other. Just like Brabus, they are a seperate car model altogether.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alpina


Honestly speaking, I know what you're saying. I respect Alpina greatly, especially considering they take some of the most well-rounded cars on the planet and make then even better. And you're absolutely right about Jag living of age old history...but they still know how to make a car handle. The XJ is clear evidence of that, I found it a far sportier drive than any other car in the segment (although I admit, while I've driven all the other 7-series variants, I have no experience with the B7), and it just seems to shrink around you. Also, I'm really, really hoping the XK and XF will bring Jag back to its former glory. They look the part, and Jag's always been able to make cars that perform, but will the XF sell (the XK's doing very well from what I've heard) is the question. I'm a secret Jaguar fanboy.
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post Feb 28 2008, 05:51 PM
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QUOTE(moethepaki @ Feb 28 2008, 05:26 AM) *
Rolls Royce > Jaguar > Alpina


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Evo for me...
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