Porsche 911 GT3 v. Maserati Spyder/Coupe
I am a current owner of a GT3 and I have to say I really love it. It's only just past it's break-in period, but it really performs unlike any car I've driven. That performance comes at the price of comfort, and I don't really like to use it as a daily-driver because the suspension is rather stiff on the roads in my town.
I recently test-drove an '04 Maserati Coupe with a Tubi exhaust for kicks, and I must say that as far as engine sounds are concerned, there is just something about the Maser engine that just SOUNDS Eye-talian. The suspension was firm but smooth, and much more pleasant on the routine city streets than I had expected from a performance car. When I punched the throttle, it clearly was not as fast as the GT3 (the Porsche is a cool 700 lbs. lighter with the same BHP) but the acceleration was still exhilarating.
My previous car that I traded for the GT3 was the '03 BMW Z8 Alpina, and I must say that the Maserati Spyder has that car beat hands down as far as performance and fun-factor are concerned. The interior of the Z8 was equal to the Maserati with respect to refinement, but my Z8 had this particularly annoying problem of having interior components that randomly fell off (which, long story short, is what led to my dissatisfaction with the car and eventual trade). For $40,000 cheaper MSRP, the Maserati Spyder wins not only in performance but also in value.
All this leads to my current plans to purchase an '04 Maserati for a daily driver. I'm just trying to decide on a Coupe or Spyder. I like the idea of a 4-seater but I really miss my convertible!