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How would the maser fare against the Carerra S? Would it hold its own, or would the S run cirlces around it? I recall seeing TOPgear having handeling issues for what I believe was an 04 model or earlier maser they tested, and then had a lot better things to say about the GranSport. Has anyone taken on/raced a carerra S? :)
 

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Not me (GranSport driver) but once I tried to play with a 911 Turbo, though the guy didn't correspond.

Came across a Cayman being a little aggressive yesterday but couldn't blow it into oblivion as I had the missus with me :(
 

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I don't bother - not in the same league. An Aston Vantage (on track) on the other hand, is a different matter.
 

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How would the maser fare against the Carerra S? Would it hold its own, or would the S run cirlces around it? I recall seeing TOPgear having handeling issues for what I believe was an 04 model or earlier maser they tested, and then had a lot better things to say about the GranSport. Has anyone taken on/raced a carerra S? :)
nah...a turbo, a bit shy on the turns but was able to keep up. Jeremy never had anything good to say about maserati...in my opinion maser is way better than the ford gt (the one he was never able to get from point a to point b without a flatbed).
 

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I bought a new Carrera S 997 in 2004..

Both cars are completely different, the porsche is more agressive, and faster. I bought the Maserati Grantourismo december 2007 because i wanted more space, little bit exclusive touch, a nice car and like the name says i wanted a 'grantourismo' because that's what this car is...

The porsche will beat the Maserati GT by a small margin, but only because of his weight in my opinion. I would never trade my GT for the 911 tough..

Topgear might be the fun, it's always an opinion of somebody, go get your own opinion drive both, always buy not what somebody else says but buy what you wan't, it's more fun that way!

The top speed i drove in the Carrera S was on the Autobahn from Berlin to Poland i reached 292km/h (181miles/hour) with P-zero tires
 

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I bought a new Carrera S 997 in 2004..

Both cars are completely different, the porsche is more agressive, and faster. I bought the Maserati Grantourismo december 2007 because i wanted more space, little bit exclusive touch, a nice car and like the name says i wanted a 'grantourismo' because that's what this car is...

The porsche will beat the Maserati GT by a small margin, but only because of his weight in my opinion. I would never trade my GT for the 911 tough..

Topgear might be the fun, it's always an opinion of somebody, go get your own opinion drive both, always buy not what somebody else says but buy what you wan't, it's more fun that way!

The top speed i drove in the Carrera S was on the Autobahn from Berlin to Poland i reached 292km/h (181miles/hour) with P-zero tires
I can certainly imagine the porsche being faster than the GT. But recongnizing the GT has gained some weight in the name of comfort and luxary, I was trying to compare the porsche more to the Maser and the maser GS! I would venture to say both the regular maser and the GS are lighter than the GT, and hence a better comparison with the porsche?
 

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Porsche vs Maserati

I owned an 05 Maserati coupe and an 06 911S at the same time and did some comparison studies. My observations: handling- Porsche wins; ride- Maser wins; 0 to 60-about the same unless you launch the Porsche with a 3000 RPM clutch drop (which netted about 1/2 second better time but felt like it was tearing the hell out of the drivetrain); 0 to 100-about the same, again depends on your launch technique in the 911. Ergonomics- Porsche wins; engine sound- Maser wins of course; beauty-Maser wins; cool factor- Maser wins by a mile!!! I never got a second look from people in the Porsche; just the opposite effect in the Maserati.... I much preferred the Maserati, it was finished so beautifully... like wearing a 2000 dollar designer suit. The Porsche was more spartan and plain...everything was in the right place and worked very well (could not say that about the Maser) but I still felt more affinity with the Maser. Too bad the two companies could come together for a collaboration (Porscherati?---Naaah!)
 

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I owned an 05 Maserati coupe and an 06 911S at the same time and did some comparison studies. My observations: handling- Porsche wins; ride- Maser wins; 0 to 60-about the same unless you launch the Porsche with a 3000 RPM clutch drop (which netted about 1/2 second better time but felt like it was tearing the hell out of the drivetrain); 0 to 100-about the same, again depends on your launch technique in the 911. Ergonomics- Porsche wins; engine sound- Maser wins of course; beauty-Maser wins; cool factor- Maser wins by a mile!!! I never got a second look from people in the Porsche; just the opposite effect in the Maserati.... I much preferred the Maserati, it was finished so beautifully... like wearing a 2000 dollar designer suit. The Porsche was more spartan and plain...everything was in the right place and worked very well (could not say that about the Maser) but I still felt more affinity with the Maser. Too bad the two companies could come together for a collaboration (Porscherati?---Naaah!)

I also owned both cars at the same time, and ultimately sold my Carrera S and kept the Maserati. The S felt a little sluggish off of the line, and unless you were willing to really beat on it, it never felt that fast to me. I know that the hard numbers say that it is faster, but I will take that V8 torque and grunt any day. The only other car that felt faster was my Viper, but that is another story for another thread.

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Porsche vs Maser cont'd

A couple of additional comparisons:
A/C-Porsche much superior; Stereo- Porsche wins again; Nav system-Porsche wins by about 10 years; The intangible truth was that Maserati felt nicer,faster, and was just as beautiful as automobile art can get!!! I am looking for another Maser, but not for another Porsche...
 

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FWIW, we walk on the 911 S on the racetrack but we have mods and obviously driver experience is always a critical factor. My experience is that they are very similar in acceleration a chip or exhaust mod on either car would put you ahead. With the stock Maser springs the Porsche S will win hands down, with our springs the maser can certainly get ahead in the corners. With the upcoming sway bar kit added, the maser will have a noticable advantage in the turns over the S.

They are both very good cars but they are very different souls.
 

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A couple of additional comparisons:
A/C-Porsche much superior; Stereo- Porsche wins again; Nav system-Porsche wins by about 10 years; The intangible truth was that Maserati felt nicer,faster, and was just as beautiful as automobile art can get!!! I am looking for another Maser, but not for another Porsche...

I had the Nav in the Carrera S, it was the worst navigation system that I ever used, I regularly used my portable Garmin instead. I have the upgraded sound system in my Maserati, and it is at least as good as the Bose was in the Carrera.

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I also owned both cars at the same time, and ultimately sold my Carrera S and kept the Maserati. The S felt a little sluggish off of the line, and unless you were willing to really beat on it, it never felt that fast to me. I know that the hard numbers say that it is faster, but I will take that V8 torque and grunt any day. The only other car that felt faster was my Viper, but that is another story for another thread.

Eric

Eric,

I'm also an ex-Viper owner. I bought it new in 1998 and pretty much drove the piss out of it. That lack of traction OR ABS was a little worrisome at times but that car was FAST. I did an 11.98 QM at the strip, stock with slicks and skinnys. Amazing. The Maser is such a different animal but not a magnitude slower. I drive a LOT without MSP (that Viper experience comes into play here) and it's amazing how much the MSP steps on the car. I have no experience with an S but when I street race vettes, it's with no NSP. The car kills!

Buzz
 

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Mine was an '01, so I had ABS, but no traction control. A great car, but still a beast. I still think that it was one of the best cars ever made.

Eric
 
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