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Read my newbie intro thread that I posted last night and it may give you some food for thought on what makes the GT-R great even amongst great cars that I've driven:

http://www.nagtroc.org/forums/index.php?/topic/62397-newbie-from-tampa/

From your list though, here would be my thoughts:

Maserati - cool if you want to impress people at PGA tournament but otherwise underachieving for the price

Merc S550 or CLS63 - great cars, but they're sedans; do you want a sedan, four (or five) real seats, super quiet interior, or do you want sports car? I wouldn't really find myself choosing between a GT-R and either of those because they're simply so radically different you either need one of them and a GT-R, or if you don't want to spend that amount of money, you choose between sports car or sedan and go with the one that is more suitable for your needs.

BMW X6M - I recently decided to sell my Mercedes G55 Kleemann (630 HP) because I've had it for five years and like to change things from time to time. I went to see an X6M thinking hey, this thing will give my G55 a run for the money in the power department but will handle dramatically better. In real life, I found it to be quite ugly; no way I would drive it. Secondary to that, the electronic nanny stuff drove me bat shit crazy; you can back up with the door open but you can't go forward with the door open or it puts itself in park for you. That's great when you're trying to hook up a trailer (it is an SUV afterall) or trying to park it in some weird spot you need more visibility. It has all kinds of other things it does or doesn't do depending on how BMW thinks you should use your car; I couldn't take it.

Porsche Panamera 4S - This goes back to the sedan thing I think. If you need a sedan or other vehicle capable of reasonably fun performance while also having some room to haul your friends, kids or junk around, and you don't want to spend the money on both the GT-R and the larger vehicle, then you need to choose what way you want to go, give up what you need for the sports car or give up the sports car for something that fits your practical requirements.

Personally I'd get the 4S over the Benzes, it's a lot more fun. But I'd also get the GT-R and the larger vehicle because I need to haul people and/or cargo from time to time and I also love sports cars. Even though I'm selling my G55, I still have my pickup to do the people moving duties, and I'm loving my GT-R.
 

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Maserati GranTurismo. Reliabilty? Price
Mercedes S550. Big car more for family. See lots of house wives drive them
Mercedes CLS63 AMG. I like also
BMW X6M. Not fond of looks but performs well
Porsche Panamera 4S. Was my second but couldn't jump into a Porsche yet
GTR Black Edition. Less than 5000 made not seen everyday. Will hold value much better than all of the other cars. 2009 gtr s selling minimum 50k. When new was 72k.
 

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Hi NAGTROC community,

I am in the position of considering options for my next vehicle and I need your advice. Let me first give a brief introduction. I am 22 years of age, coming out of a M6 lease in the next month or so. I appreciate mechanical marvels but I don't tend to track them often. When I shop for a car, I tend to value all of the following: comfort, prestige, speed, handling and reliability. So with that in mind, please try to convince me why should I go with the GTR if I were to pick a vehicle out of the following list:

Maserati GranTurismo
Mercedes S550
Mercedes CLS63 AMG
BMW X6M
Porsche Panamera 4S
GTR Black Edition

Out of the vehicles listed above, I have test drove all of them excluding the CLS. Personally I feel they all have pros and cons. While I am leaning towards some more than others, I'd still consider myself open to all of them. So the question is, why the GTR?

Your feedback and insight will be greatly appreciated.
have you considered the performance edge the GT-R has over the others?
 

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It wasnt a choice for me

I bought a GTR because I wanted a GTR

Your options are so diverse you can't really compare them "closest 2 are the Porsche and CLS"

Truthfully you will end up selling the GTR because probably you will hate it's flaws

It's not as elegant nor comfortable as some of the cars on the list

It's has an averagely high maintenance cost

It's fairly noisy in the tire and mechanical sound departments

Fall in love with the GTR before buying one

I personally took a 997 turbo for a test drive before I bought my GTR because I knew I was buying a better car

Just my 0.02 cents
 

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Maserati GranTurismo - Nice looking and thats about it.
Mercedes S550 - I own one, love it! But you cannot compare it to GTR, somebody mentioned you need to own both GTR and S550. Balance it out

Mercedes CLS63 AMG - New CLS63 is good looking but I would rather take Panamera Turbo or 4S.
BMW X6M - I like it but as pdisme said above it does have some of those issues and the rear window is tiny. Also rear seats space is small.
Porsche Panamera 4S - The looks grew on me, White with some kit will look hot! Again you cannot compare it to GTR....
GTR Black Edition - Excellent car but not as daily driver IMPO. You should own GTR in combination with one of the above cars (not Maserati).

Good comparison would be Porsche 911 Turbo or Corvette Z06 / ZR1 or Audi R8.
 

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Why would you need us to convince you - we are not selling you the car.
 

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My personal car is a 2011 silver escalade to be with my family.
I have a 2005 expedition for my wife
And for weekend a 2012 GT-R.
Buy it.
You will love it.
 

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I think this is possibly the dumbest question I've ever seen on here...

I'm 27 and would no way consider any of those cars other than the Maserati as a nice GT car. Secondly how big is your trust fund? Thirdly if you have to be convinced to own a GTR during what would be the best years to have a 2 door sports car then your prob best off in some dull Lexus and need to hang yourself.
 

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Hi NAGTROC community,
I appreciate mechanical marvels but I don't tend to track them often. When I shop for a car, I tend to value all of the following: comfort, prestige, speed, handling and reliability.
My first post may have been a little harsh, but seriously you sound like your applying for life styles of the rich and famous. If you had to work for a car at this age you would probably already have the answer to which you seek, but since I'm guessing you don't have to work for the car its more like flavor of the week for you. Get one of each!
 

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I could care less if you buy the GT-R, you have absolutely no idea how to cross shop cars- maybe your should make up your mind first. After you're done, tell mom and dad your choice so they can buy your car for you.
 

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Whether I end up with the GTR is one thing but this forum is certainly a community I want to belong to. Kudos to you all for your kind words.

I am aware that the list is a little expansive (and expensive, pun fully intended :D) but I have trouble working out what I want. It seems I desire the best of each world but that is rather unrealistic. Here is my own justification for the vehicles on my list:

GranTurismo - Beautifully crafted and devilish engine note. The backseats are surprisingly generous, especially when compared to the ones in my M6.

SL550 - There is a reason this is the flagship vehicle of the most successful luxury car manufacturer in the world. Perfect at what it does however as many of you have mentioned, its a little on the mature side.

CLS63 - Don't have much knowledge on this but what I have seen thus far, I like. Good appearance and seems rather exclusive at the moment.

BMW XM6 - I don't like SUV but I am trying to clutch at straws here. Well you see, I have been a customer of BMW ever since I started driving (I had a 530i as my first car before moving on to the M6 two years later) and the free maintenance is always a huge perk. Too bad both the new generation M5 and M6 are still at least months to a year away respectively.

Panamera - Amazing handling for such a boat but its hideous and until now it still hasn't grown to me. Interior is actually rather 'cheap' but maybe thats because the one I test drove wasn't adequately equipped.

GTR - Best bang for the buck and exterior is gorgeous. I guess I will reserve my comments in regards to the dashboard before I get tomatoes thrown at me. And oh, micro, almost nonexistent backseats.

And there is the dilemma. Fortunately I still have time to consider my options. Thank you all once again for all the help thus far.
 

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If you know how to drive and can push those cars to their limits the gtr is.ridiculously a better performance ca
r. It's is however less refined. Gtr likes to be pushed.
 
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