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Old 03-05-2019, 12:37 PM
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Audi R8 ?
I think this is the smartest recommendation next to the Porsche so far.
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2012 PorscheTurbo S It doesn't get much faster than that ...
True but I just never liked BMW / Porkers / Mercs for some reason...
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Old 03-05-2019, 12:39 PM
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Old 03-05-2019, 12:40 PM
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Originally Posted by SHE GONE View Post
You are gonna be pissed when that GTR pulls up next to you and smokes you in any of those cars.
Yeah and when a Tesla smoked us all.

The GTR is a very capable car but not much fun to drive IMO.
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Old 03-05-2019, 12:41 PM
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I ask the same question as above. What are the plans for the car?? Weekend drives to dinner,,, track days,,,daily driver?? As a Corvette guy, bang for the buck you wont beat a C7, Grand Sport or Z06. Great drivers, haul ass and wont break the bank, It can be a DD and track day car. That said or the three listed I'd take the Viper. Now, if it was me and the car was a weekend driver for going to dinner, I'd be looking for a Ferrari. Track day or daily driver Porsche GT3.
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Old 03-05-2019, 12:44 PM
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The Gallardo is a maintenance intense vehicle. If you canít get into a more modern Lambo, like the Hurrican, then donít do it. Also get a quote on insurance for the Lambo, if anyone will insure it. But honestly the Hurrican is an Audi A8 with a different body. Same chassis and engine. Save money and get the A8.
I agree Vipers have a good cult folllowing for American Muscle. To me, with your budget, Iíd get a Porsche 911 all day long. Rock solid German engineering, no worries about the car being out of warranty (try replacing something on the Lambo and you will be in sticker shock), very fast, and a major cult following. You can always sell a nice 911 quickly.

oh lastly, you said one car is faster than another. By what, 1 second? Unless youíre going to the track to destroy your car on the weekends, the minor difference in speed is nothing but bragging rights. In fact the Tesla premium model is faster than all of the cars on your list.
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Old 03-05-2019, 12:46 PM
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Originally Posted by Captain Twice Screwed View Post
Yeah and when a Tesla smoked us all.

The GTR is a very capable car but not much fun to drive IMO.
The tesla is quick, but it has to be charged after an hour of running like a real car.
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Old 03-05-2019, 12:47 PM
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The Aston get my vote. It just screams class and sounds amazing. Everyone will leave you alone and no one is going to want to race you but every time someone sees it, they can't help but say wow. So what if its the slowest of the three? There will always be someone faster out there. Might as well enjoy the ride.

It is really apples to oranges that you are comparing however. Two supercars vs a Grand Tourer. For daily purpose, a GT car all day, everyday.
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Old 03-05-2019, 12:52 PM
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I guess I'd say I dabble in the exotic car market and try to stay on top of things.

I just sold my 2014 Aston V8 Vantage S. It was a coupe with the 6-speed manual. I loved that car, it was plenty fast, plenty comfortable, and drew a ton of looks. Even here in Sarasota where exotic cars are a dime a dozen you don't see many Aston's so they always hold a bit of prestige in my opinion. The only thing I didn't like was the technology because it was just somewhat outdated. The startup exhaust note would quickly make me forget about any negative feelings towards the tech side, however. The automatic transmissions in them aren't great, so you absolutely want the 6-speed manual.

The Gallardo is a fun car to drive and plenty fast in stock form. The interiors/technology are pretty dated by this point, they don't hold up well, they aren't comfortable cars for longer drives, and it's getting harder to find a nice example with the right options, low mileage, a good service history, and the gated 6-speed. I look for a Gallardo once or twice a week and just haven't found anything worth jumping on. They're another car where you definitely want the 6-speed manual. The problem is that the 6-speed cars are rare to begin with and have actually started to appreciate in value a little bit. The good thing is that if you can find one you should be able to drive it for a year or two and not really lose much.

I can't comment on the Viper. For a track car they're hard to beat but I could never imagine driving one on a regular basis.

I also keep an eye out for an Audi R8. A 2010-ish car with the V10 and gated 6-speed would be hard to beat for what you're looking for in the $90-100k range. They're very comfortable cars, the V10 offers great performance, even at 10 years old now the interiors and technology don't seem terribly dated, and the gated 6-speed cars are once again starting to appreciate in value, particularly now that the R8 is being discontinued and whatever replaces it may or may not have a manual.

Like someone else mentioned a 997.2 Turbo/Turbo S would probably be my choice. They hold their value well, will run with just about anything from a stoplight, are fun to hoon on a track day, are reliable and easy to work on, and are comfortable even for daily driving. In case you hadn't noticed I'm a bit of a purist and rarely advocate for buying anything that doesn't have a manual, but the PDK in the Turbo S is a pretty incredible package. The only problem with these cars is that a lot of them are daily drivers, so it's hard to find one that doesn't have 40,000+ miles by now.

Finally I'd recommend looking at a Jaguar F-Type R as well. The values on them plummet so you can find a couple year old example well under your budget. They won't appreciate or hold value the way everything above will, but they're yet another car where the exhaust note will quickly make you forget about what a bad investment cars are.

My personal list would probably go:
1. Porsche 997.2 Turbo/Turbo S
2. Audi R8 V10 w/ 6-speed
3. Aston V8 Vantage S w/ 6-speed
4. Jaguar F-Type R
5. Lamborghini Gallardo
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The newest, lowest mileage, best condition Carrera Turbo cabriolet you can find within your budget.
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Old 03-05-2019, 12:55 PM
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Originally Posted by whorrall View Post
Just because you can waste 100k doesn't mean you should. It won't make you happy. Nothing material will. Take a vacation by yourself to somewhere and maybe drive a couple of those cars at a track. Give yourself some time to think about things. Maybe you should go camping if you enjoy that, or go somewhere that has meaning for you. Give yourself some quiet time just for yourself. Tell work you need a couple of weeks off and turn the cell phone off. Do something spontaneous. Talk to someone who you would never normally talk to. Get out of your comfort zone. You only will walk this earth once.
Agreed, I am fighting with myself about that.

I have a Maserati GT MC which is a great and capable performer, it has a straight exhaust and it's difficult to beat the sound of the Ferrari built engine frankly. So I already have a high bar with that.

Sometimes I think I will be just wasting my money and should spend it on what you mentioned above, more vacations, more quality time et cetera. But I am an enthusiast, have always had fast fun cars and like to go tracks, gumball type rallys and really live the car culture life..... for me it is a pastime..
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Old 03-05-2019, 12:56 PM
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This is what ya call a "First World Problem"

For which USED car should I drop $100k
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Old 03-05-2019, 12:59 PM
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Originally Posted by SirFer View Post
I guess I'd say I dabble in the exotic car market and try to stay on top of things.

I just sold my 2014 Aston V8 Vantage S. It was a coupe with the 6-speed manual. I loved that car, it was plenty fast, plenty comfortable, and drew a ton of looks. Even here in Sarasota where exotic cars are a dime a dozen you don't see many Aston's so they always hold a bit of prestige in my opinion. The only thing I didn't like was the technology because it was just somewhat outdated. The startup exhaust note would quickly make me forget about any negative feelings towards the tech side, however. The automatic transmissions in them aren't great, so you absolutely want the 6-speed manual.

The Gallardo is a fun car to drive and plenty fast in stock form. The interiors/technology are pretty dated by this point, they don't hold up well, they aren't comfortable cars for longer drives, and it's getting harder to find a nice example with the right options, low mileage, a good service history, and the gated 6-speed. I look for a Gallardo once or twice a week and just haven't found anything worth jumping on. They're another car where you definitely want the 6-speed manual. The problem is that the 6-speed cars are rare to begin with and have actually started to appreciate in value a little bit. The good thing is that if you can find one you should be able to drive it for a year or two and not really lose much.

I can't comment on the Viper. For a track car they're hard to beat but I could never imagine driving one on a regular basis.

I also keep an eye out for an Audi R8. A 2010-ish car with the V10 and gated 6-speed would be hard to beat for what you're looking for in the $90-100k range. They're very comfortable cars, the V10 offers great performance, even at 10 years old now the interiors and technology don't seem terribly dated, and the gated 6-speed cars are once again starting to appreciate in value, particularly now that the R8 is being discontinued and whatever replaces it may or may not have a manual.

Like someone else mentioned a 997.2 Turbo/Turbo S would probably be my choice. They hold their value well, will run with just about anything from a stoplight, are fun to hoon on a track day, are reliable and easy to work on, and are comfortable even for daily driving. In case you hadn't noticed I'm a bit of a purist and rarely advocate for buying anything that doesn't have a manual, but the PDK in the Turbo S is a pretty incredible package. The only problem with these cars is that a lot of them are daily drivers, so it's hard to find one that doesn't have 40,000+ miles by now.

Finally I'd recommend looking at a Jaguar F-Type R as well. The values on them plummet so you can find a couple year old example well under your budget. They won't appreciate or hold value the way everything above will, but they're yet another car where the exhaust note will quickly make you forget about what a bad investment cars are.

My personal list would probably go:
1. Porsche 997.2 Turbo/Turbo S
2. Audi R8 V10 w/ 6-speed
3. Aston V8 Vantage S w/ 6-speed
4. Jaguar F-Type R
5. Lamborghini Gallardo
Excellent post thanks. I have ruled out your top two but that's just me.

What color was your Aston? Did it have trouble getting traction when you hit the loud pedal? Finally was the exhaust stock?
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Good suggestion on the Jag. My friend has one. A hell of a lot of sports car for the money! You have $100k to spend. Have you considered leasing? You can probably lease a brand new Jag with free maintance and turn it back after 4 years and still have $50,000 left over.
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Originally Posted by ktdtx View Post
This is what ya call a "First World Problem"

For which USED car should I drop $100k
That's why I don't buy them new, the Aston I'm looking at went for something like $220k when new.

I am told the Carbon Fiber and Harman Kardon Stereo option was $20k alone... :0
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Originally Posted by petealan View Post
The Gallardo is a maintenance intense vehicle. If you canít get into a more modern Lambo, like the Hurrican, then donít do it. Also get a quote on insurance for the Lambo, if anyone will insure it. But honestly the Hurrican is an Audi A8 with a different body. Same chassis and engine. Save money and get the A8.
I agree Vipers have a good cult folllowing for American Muscle. To me, with your budget, Iíd get a Porsche 911 all day long. Rock solid German engineering, no worries about the car being out of warranty (try replacing something on the Lambo and you will be in sticker shock), very fast, and a major cult following. You can always sell a nice 911 quickly.

oh lastly, you said one car is faster than another. By what, 1 second? Unless youíre going to the track to destroy your car on the weekends, the minor difference in speed is nothing but bragging rights. In fact the Tesla premium model is faster than all of the cars on your list.
Agreed, I constantly remind myself that speed does not equal fun. That is why the exhaust note is so important for me!!
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What kind of boat(s) do you have?
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What kind of boat(s) do you have?
32' Concept Open

Love it but will probably be selling it..
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Ok so get the Lambo then.
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