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DSCOTY '09: Grand Tourers
What is Dieselstation's favorite new grand tourer of the 2009 model year?
Aston Martin DB9 Coupe/Volante [ 8 ] ** [24.24%]
Maserati Granturismo S [ 21 ] ** [63.64%]
Mercedes-Benz SL-Class (AMG models excluded) [ 0 ] ** [0.00%]
Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet & 911 Targa [ 4 ] ** [12.12%]
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clarkma5
post Mar 6 2009, 11:16 PM
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For more on the DieselStation Car of the Year '09 competition, please see this thread.

Aston Martin DB9 Coupe/Volante
Base MSRP:
$182,450 (Coupe), $195,950 (Volante)
Available Engines: 5.9 liter DOHC 48-valve V12 with 470 HP and 443 ft.-lbs. of torque
Available Transmissions: 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission with manual shift capabilities
Available Drivetrains: Rear wheel drive with limited slip differential
EPA Fuel Economy: 12 City/19 Highway (6AT), 11/17 (6MT)
Curb Weight: 3880-4090 lbs.







Maserati Granturismo S
Base MSRP:
$135,000
Available Engines: 4.7 liter DOHC 32-valve V8 with 433 HP and 361 ft.-lbs. of torque
Available Transmissions: 6-speed sequential manual or 6-speed automatic transmission with manual shift capabilities
Available Drivetrains: Rear wheel drive with limited-slip differential
EPA Fuel Economy: 11 City/18 Highway
Curb Weight: 4146-4147 lbs.







Mercedes-Benz SL-Class (excluding AMG models)
Base MSRP:
$98,500 (SL550), $139,100 (SL600)
Available Engines: 5.5 liter DOHC 32-valve V8 with 382 HP and 391 ft.-lbs. of torque, 5.5 liter SOHC twin-turbocharged 36-valve V12 with 510 HP and 612 ft.-lbs. of torque
Available Transmissions: 7-speed automatic with manual shift capabilities (SL550 only) or 5-speed automatic transmission with manual shift capabilities (SL600 only)
Available Drivetrains: Rear-wheel drive
EPA Fuel Economy: 13 City/21 Highway (SL550), 11/18 (SL600)
Curb Weight: 4220-4455 lbs.







Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet & 911 Targa
Base MSRP:
$87,000 (Base Cabriolet), $90,400 (Targa 4), $97,700 (S Cabriolet), $101,100 (Targa 4S)
Available Engines: 3.6 liter DOHC 24-valve horizontally-opposed flat-6 with 345 HP and 288 ft.-lbs. of torque, 3.8 liter DOHC 24-valve horizontally-opposed flat-6 with 385 HP and 310 ft.-lbs. of torque
Available Transmissions: 6-speed manual or 7-speed dual-clutch transmission
Available Drivetrains: Rear wheel drive (limited slip differential available) (N/A on Targa) or All-wheel drive
EPA Fuel Economy: 18 City/26 Highway (Base), 17/25 (S)
Curb Weight: 3263-3516 lbs.





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post Mar 7 2009, 12:21 AM
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it's just cruel to make me choose between the 911 and the granturismo. the granturismo is a better gt car, the 911 is the better all-rounder (and better sports car)...so i'll vote for the maser here, since i'm sure the 911 will show up somewhere else in dscoty.
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post Mar 7 2009, 01:18 AM
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Agreed, how can the Aston even hope to compare with the Maz?
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post Mar 7 2009, 01:32 AM
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I too went for the Maserati. I maintain it looks like a dustbuster...but it's a very sexy dustbuster. The DB9's improvements for 2009 are nice but the cars still bore me and I just can't cope with a 911 that's not a coupe (old speedsters are the exception).
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post Mar 7 2009, 01:34 AM
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I don't know a lot about any of these cars, but I'll go for the Aston (especially the coupe) because I think it looks the best and because it's got a V12.
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post Mar 7 2009, 04:27 AM
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Hello Granturismo S, easy win.
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post Mar 7 2009, 06:53 AM
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The only car here that is a legitimate Grand Tourer must take the win. Maserati, hands down. Sexy beast.
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post Mar 7 2009, 09:28 AM
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The 911s are off the table...I would never buy a non coupe 911 (speedsters maybe exempted, as mentioned by Clarkma5)

The Merc is OK. However when I imagine the typical SL owner, its always a woman in her 50s who treats people around her rather poorly...she might also have a small dog who lives in her handbag.

That leaves the Maser and the DB9. In terms of what they do, they are pretty similar cars. In the long run I think I would be happier with the DB9. It still looks modern after all these years. I think it's the best of the Ian Callum designs. The Maser is beautiful, but I don't know how well the Granturismo will age...the Quattroporte (sp?) is already looking dated IMO.
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post Mar 7 2009, 09:33 AM
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the maserati just makes me shiver.
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post Mar 7 2009, 01:31 PM
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I was initially leaning towards the 911, but a convertible just won't cut it. All the other contenders, though, outweigh it by 800 pounds.
I guess I'll go with the DB9, because it looks good, is less fat than the others, and has good old V12 power.
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post Mar 7 2009, 08:29 PM
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911 being my dream car I had to go with it. Targa version rather than the soft-top though.
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post Mar 7 2009, 09:00 PM
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QUOTE(fiber optic @ Mar 7 2009, 11:29 PM) *
911 being my dream car I had to go with it. Targa version rather than the soft-top though.


Yeah, me too, I just love the Targa. It's really expensive though...
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post Mar 9 2009, 08:50 AM
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Maserati Vs Porsche. While the Maserati is prettier i cannot ever think it can be a better gt car than the 911.
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