997 Turbo - V8 Vantage - Audi R8?

997 Turbo - V8 Vantage - Audi R8?

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Zanderman

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994 posts

155 months

Thursday 27th December 2012
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Hi All,

I purchased a Jag XFR earlier this year and as much as I love almost everything about it I am considering something a little 'sexier' and move involving to drive. I don’t do a lot of miles and we have a family car so this is purely for fun. Not really worried too much about running costs.

I have come up with the above as potential options and wanted to know your thoughts/opinions.

Max budget £40-50k part ex and cash, needs to be a manual.

The 997 Turbo is somewhat of a dream for me and to my mind is the best all round option of the 3 in terms of handling, speed, reliability and prestige etc but it would be at the top end of my budget and would probably be a 5+ year old car. I have owned a 996 C2 a few years ago and loved every minute of it, just a great car and never missed a beat.

The Audi is STUNNING looking and everything I have read suggests it drives really well and is very reliable. Certainly will tick the 'sexy' box but as it is an Audi and maybe not quite as exotic as other choices??

V8 Vantage - I could probably get the 4.7 which I believe is the better option (to be fair the 4.3's are so well priced now might also be worth a look!) and as far as I can see it ticks most if not all the boxes, not so sure about reliability but at the end of the day it’s an Aston Martin which is a pretty cool thing to be!!

So what do you think?

Anything I have missed off the list or should really be considering?

Cheers!

kambites

56,922 posts

164 months

Thursday 27th December 2012
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It'd have to be the Audi for me, although if you switched the 911 turbo for a GT3 RS it'd be more of a challenge.

There's some more leftfield sort of options in that market place too - Morgan, Wiesmann, etc.?

Rushmore

1,223 posts

85 months

Thursday 27th December 2012
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There has been a thread on this not too dissimilar quite recently.

londonbabe

1,299 posts

135 months

Thursday 27th December 2012
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Well the thing about dreams is that you can try substituting more sensible alternatives all you like but the knowledge that however nice, it is the "wrong" car for you will eat away at you, and you will end up buying the Porsche in the end anyway. You will have just spent more money along the way

Therefore I suggest that top money or not, get the Porsche. It will either be everything you ever dreamed which is obviously ideal, or a disappointment, in which case you can get the Aston without those "wrong" car pangs.

Disco You

3,349 posts

123 months

Thursday 27th December 2012
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It sounds like your heart is telling you to go for the turbo. It's a car for pleasure, so go with it!
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davepoth

29,395 posts

142 months

Thursday 27th December 2012
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If you want the Porsche, and you can afford the Porsche, buy the Porsche.

GTRmad

248 posts

114 months

Thursday 27th December 2012
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nice position to be in.Does a nissan GTR float your boat.you could get a relatively newish one with your budget
http://classifieds.pistonheads.com/classifieds/use...

Shambler

800 posts

87 months

Thursday 27th December 2012
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Shambler

800 posts

87 months

Thursday 27th December 2012
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GroundEffect

11,428 posts

99 months

Thursday 27th December 2012
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R8 for me. I looked at this selection myself (bit of dreaming really) and the R8 ticks every box.

kambites

56,922 posts

164 months

Thursday 27th December 2012
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GTRmad said:
nice position to be in.Does a nissan GTR float your boat.you could get a relatively newish one with your budget
http://classifieds.pistonheads.com/classifieds/use...
And how much to convert to a manual gearbox as per the OP's requirements? smile

Oilchange

5,509 posts

203 months

Thursday 27th December 2012
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Aston Martin.

gt500nick

959 posts

81 months

Thursday 27th December 2012
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buy my shelby biggrin

GTRmad

248 posts

114 months

Thursday 27th December 2012
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kambites said:
And how much to convert to a manual gearbox as per the OP's requirements? smile
oops!!!Must take more time to read properly i'll slap my wrist...
This R8 is a peach http://classifieds.pistonheads.com/classifieds/use...
lush colour that..

Edited by GTRmad on Thursday 27th December 17:55

Matt UK

13,207 posts

143 months

Thursday 27th December 2012
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Tough call.

OP, serious suggestion here, but if you don't do a lot of driving and have a family car, why not spend a year in a supercar club?

You'd get to slum it around in all sorts of exotica for 12 months and I'm betting all three of your contenders will be on their books. At the at the end of your membership, either buy the one which floated your boat, or chuck your annual 'toy depreciation fund' into another year of membership.

Just a thought. I think it's what I would do anyway.

Mastodon2

12,848 posts

108 months

Thursday 27th December 2012
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At this price, if I had the money I think I'd knock the obvious choices on the head and buy something different and mad, like a Dodge Viper, though I understand cars like this are probably not an easy sell to someone looking at 911s and Aston Martins.

Adz The Rat

9,343 posts

152 months

Thursday 27th December 2012
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I would go for the 997 if I was in your position. I love the way they drive and the power, I would say GT2 but I dont think that will be in your budget.

The R8's are great, I was never a fan until I drove one and then I struggled to fault it, but I would still prefer the 997.

Aston Martin's just dont interest me so the Vantage wouldn't even get a look.

Nedzilla

2,438 posts

117 months

Thursday 27th December 2012
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Thats a toughie.Three great cars.It would be between the 997 t and the R8 as im not old enough to drive an aston yethehe
Porsche will have the edge in performance but the R8 seems a good all rounder.

If I was you I would try and get a drive in each and see which one pulls at your heartstrings.

Dalto123

3,147 posts

106 months

Thursday 27th December 2012
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You mentioned the 997t is a dream car for you. You can get a nice one in your budget, so go for it! biggrin

yeti

10,523 posts

218 months

Thursday 27th December 2012
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Fast - Classy - Clinical

Or

Common - Old fashioned - Impractical

Are perhaps the words I use when thinking of these cars, positive and negative in respective order.

It'd be the Vantage for me but the 4.7 is a must to compare to those two; it's a much improved car over the 4.3 in every way.

But as others have said, if you want the Porsche... Why look elsewhere?

But drive the Aston; if you have ANY interest in the noise a car makes... Well, just drive the Vantage. The 911 sounds like a big hairdryer by comparison.

The R8 gets the most collosally mahoosive 'meh' from me of any sports-type car. Nothing appeals although I'm sure it's great.