from what i read, the V8 Roadster's handling is slightly tuned differently than the V8 Vantage, to fit the different customer profiles.
the upcoming E92 M3 convertible would fit your requirements. not sure about the roll bars.
as well, if they make the Alfa 8C spyder but would you use that as a daily driver...
Unfortunately you wouldn't have the only AMV8 roadster in town, a friend of mine in LG just received his. I'm trying to convince him to bring it to Santana Row this Saturday AM.
Hello MikeI agree that our current Maser's have the edge on the AMV8, but here is my dilemma.
I MUST have a convertible. I would replace my current Spyder with another Maser if
they gave me the chance. However, they have essentially discontinued making convertibles,
and they don't offer the F1 style tranny anymore either. Even if I wanted a coupe, I don't
think the new Maser is competitive with the AMV8. It seems to be targetting a different class of
My only option, in the same general price range, is a AMV8 convertible with sportshift. It
isn't quite as close to a sports car as the Maser, but it is quite a bit better than a Jag.
M!'s writeup is pretty accurate. You can 'fix' the sound by removing the fuse that keeps the
baffles closed at lower rpm if you want sound all the time. The only knock I see on the AM is that
it is underpowered for it's price range, although probably not underpowered for anything I would
ever need, even track days.
If anyone has any other recommendations for something to replace the
Maser Spyder, please speak up.
Here are my 'requirements':
- F1 tranny (I've just fallen in love with this on my Maser.)
- Suitable for track days (the AM may be an issue here, because some clubs
require roll bars and the AM's roll bars only pop up when the sensors
detect roll over. You can't apparently just pop them up yourself when
you want to)
- Suitable for daily driving (I have 41K miles on my 2003 Maser)
- Enough trunk for at least one set of golf clubs (although I would forego
this if a dealer somewhere would sell me an F430 at MSRP!)
i guess he said F1 transmission and not automatic.Hello Mike
Boy i love these engrossments!!!!
What spider/roadster should i buy?????????
I recall the days (pre mariagge, kids, etc) when the only obstacle on my way to the car dealers is the top amount of the money i could spend!
Well Mike IMO if your pocket affords her, only one option
PORSCHE 911 997 TIPTRONIC
2, 2S, 4, 4S or Turbo (MY GOD!!!!) IS THE ULTIMATE ALL AROUND CAR
Full speed, great, no sorry, ultimate handling, ultimate brakes, looks, renewed TIPTRONIC gearbox, (faster than the manual), BULLETPROOF reliability, simplicity, everyday usage with minimum (for the class) cost, descent luggage compartment, great equipment.
What elsr do you need
True.... Porchse's gearbox is auto and yes it is not a rare image on the streets.i guess he said F1 transmission and not automatic.
when is porsche coming out with their dual clutch transmission?
porsches... hmm.. they make 30,000 911's a year...
maserati makes 3,000. aston makes 2-3,000.
it's very boring looking at a 911.
I was pretty impressed with the sound and the handling of the AMV8. Actually, the roar sound started at 4k rpm. Very comparable to the CC / GS but in different styles. If I were to put the price tag aside, I know I would wake up and thinking about the one that's not in my garage.the V8 Vantage exhaust's loud mode activates when the valve pops open at 4500rpm. i like the V8 Vantage's note. it has more bass to it. it gives a very primitive/raw roar. it sounds like bombers flying by....
i like the aston's chassis better, it seems more rigid. steering is more nimble. suspension is more direct. it's lighter and more compact. it seems to grip more whereas the GS loves to slide more.... the brakes do need to get used to. the manual transmission is fun. the interior is very nice. the styling of the car is gorgeous. warranty is short one year compare to maserati. it's very difficult to hate the V8 Vantage (or the GS).
i encourage everyone here to test drive a V8 Vantage and see for it themselves. they are both very comparable, fun, exclusive and a good alternative to 911s.
The thread wasn't hijacked. Though the topic has been broadened a bit.
I really appreciate everyone's valuable input!
Myself, like most of you guys, prefer the exclusiveness of Maser. I had a chance to drive the AMV8 (manual). The experience was, just like M! described:
I was pretty impressed with the sound and the handling of the AMV8. Actually, the roar sound started at 4k rpm. Very comparable to the CC / GS but in different styles. If I were to put the price tag aside, I know I would wake up and thinking about the one that's not in my garage.
Speaking of M3 and 911, no question they are fine and fun machines. But the M tech 3 series and Turbo look 911s could be pretty deceiving on the streets. Masers and AMs don't have such issues.
Mike, mind if I suggest to give AMV8 a test drive?
mike, i think the rumors are the spyder will be shown soon......If there was a followon model to my 2003 Maser Spyder, I'd buy
it without even hinking about it, but there isn't even one on the horizon....
Diesel!!!!!!!!!the R8 is getting very good reviews...
but their marketing is horrible...
you know they are going to have an RS8 and open top model...
or even a 'green' model (TDI)...