5 Luxury Coupes We’d Buy on a Porsche 911 Any Day (5 We Won’t Want)

The Porsche 911 is the best sports car And the option of transmission if a person wants to participate more in driving – a manual transmission is equipped. The 911 is the sports car that other automakers struggle to compete against and with each new generation, it sets the standard for what a sports car should be.

The 911 debuted in 1964 with the 911 generation, and like the Volkswagen Beetle it’s loosely based on, it featured an air-cooled engine. However, the biggest difference between the Beetle and the 911 was the flat-six engine at the rear. Every generation of 911s features flat-six in one way or another, from naturally aspirated to turbocharged and, eventually, twin-turbocharged.

Air-cooled 911 engines were discontinued in favor of water-cooled, due to changing emissions regulations in an effort to make cars more fuel-efficient and reliable. Since then, many manufacturers have tried to exploit the change in the 911’s geometry and build a car that could be considered better. Here are a few of those cars, including those we might buy on a Porsche 911, and the ones we’d still prefer over the 911.

10 You will buy – BMW 8-Series


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BMW introduced the current eighth-generation of the series in 2018 as its top touring car, as a less expensive alternative to the likes of the Porsche 911, Bentley Continental GT, and Aston Martin DB11. It’s available in a range of engines – from a twin-turbo inline-six to a powerful twin-turbo V8. The mid-range spec for the 8-Series, the M850i, features a 530-horsepower V8 engine, 8-speed automatic gearbox, and all-wheel drive—perfect for use as a long-distance cruiser.


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The 8-Series range starts from about $85,000 for the 840i Coupe to about $100,000 for the M850i ​​Coupe. For those who want more power and speed, the more track-focused M8 and M8 Competition will be available in the US from 2022, with BMW only selling the M8 Gran Coupé in the US since their launch. Prices for the M8 Coupe should start a little higher than the Gran Coupe.

RELATED: Here’s everything we know about the BMW M8 2022 competition

9 Won’t Buy – Lexus RC-F


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The Lexus RC-F is a sports car that has been updated for 2022, but has been in production since 2015, making it quite an antique to rival its competitors. It features a naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8 tuned by Yamaha, and while it’s one of the best exhaust sounds of any car for sale, it’s still pretty old.


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The RC-F has a base MSRP of about $65,000 but can go up to over $70,000 with options. Lexus also offers a track version with a carbon fiber front splitter, rear diffuser, side skirts, and a fairly large rear spoiler—along with some modified suspension and differential tuning. The RC-F Track Edition costs $32,000 more than the standard RC-F, which puts it in the $5,000 range of the base 911. With this small difference in price, it would be better to buy the 911 because it is the best value for money.


8 You will buy – Lexus LC500


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The LC500 is Lexus’ take on the big luxury ride, and as it falls short with the RC-F, they outshine the LC500. It is one of the most beautiful cars on sale currently and since it features the same RC-F engine, it is one of the best sounding cars too. It seriously sounds like an artist’s impression of the tulip shape in automotive design parlance, which Lexus has taken and put into production.


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The LC500 has an MSRP of around $94,000, which puts it dangerously close to the 911, but it’s totally worth it. People are dazzled when someone shows up in a Porsche 911, but shows up in an LC500, and everyone will take pictures. For 2021, Lexus introduced a convertible, just as beautiful as the coupe.

Related: 8 ways the Lexus LC500 Convertible is better than the competition

7 Won’t buy – Polestar 1


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Polestar 1 is the first production car from Volvo-based Swedish company Polestar. It’s a full-size luxury hybrid based on the Volvo S90 platform, albeit in coupe style. It is primarily based on the 2013 Volvo Concept Coupe, with the Volvo badge replaced by the Polestar badge.


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The Polestar 1 features a twin-turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4 engine, with two electric motors and an integrated starter generator. The Polestar 1’s combined power output of 600 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque goes through an 8-speed automatic transmission. The Polestar 1 can achieve an average fuel economy of 58MPGe and has an electric-only range of about 55 miles. While that sounds pretty good for a plug-in hybrid, Polestar only produces a maximum of 150 units per year at over $150,000, making it a bit more expensive than the 911.


6 BUY – Aston Martin Vantage


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The Vantage is the latest version of Aston Martin’s smaller sports car. It was specifically designed to compete against and, in some cases, outsmart the 911. The Vantage is another beautiful car, arguably not quite as beautiful as the LC500, and it has an equally beautiful exhaust sound. Power comes from Germany in the form of the AMG 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 – the same as in the AMG GT-S.


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The new Vantage starts at around $140,000, which puts it more closely at the price of a Toyota Camry V6 than the base 911. However, the main reason for choosing the Vantage over the 911 (aside from the cool looks), is the fact that it comes with Manual transmission. AMG V8 with manual in the Aston Martin body – how much better?

RELATED: What to expect when the Aston Martin V12 Vantage returns in 2022

5 Won’t Buy – Mercedes AMG GT


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The AMG GT has been around since 2014 and has been updated almost every year since then. Recently, the new AMG GT Black Series went on sale for a whopping $235.000 – a steep price tag for a GT. Like the Vantage, the AMG GT was built to challenge the 911 at its own game, and while it was popular, it was never successful in that endeavor.


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The AMG GT was bought mostly because it was a less expensive alternative to the higher-end 911s, and featured sportier handling and a new V8 engine, but was still aerodynamically low in the 911. The AMG GT has an MSRP of about $118,000 for the GT and $153,000 for the more GT C Energy.


4 Won’t Buy – Jaguar F-Type


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The F-Type is Jaguar’s attempt at the right sports car to take on the world. While the F-Type is a great sports car, the 911 is better in almost every respect. The F-Type is available with a 300-horsepower 2.0-liter in-line turbocharged engine in the P300 for about $60,000, a 380-hp 3.0-liter supercharged V6 in the P380 for $80,000, and a supercharged 5.0-liter in the 8-inch model. A 575-horsepower F-Type R for $105,000.


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The only reason to buy an F-Type on a Porsche 911 is the cool noise coming from the rear. The four-cylinder sounds good (for a four-cylinder), but it’s with the V6 and V8 where the F-Type shines. Other than that, the 911 is still a better option overall.


3 You will buy – Mercedes SL


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The Mercedes SL has always been designed to be more luxurious and convertible, making luxury rides and comfort above all else. This has been the case with most SL models, except for the silly SL73 AMG from 1999 and every generation of the SL65 AMG since then. Now, there’s an all-new SL coming this year, built from the ground up to be the most performance-oriented car in the Mercedes lineup.


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As of launch, the new SL will be available in SL55 and SL63 trim (Mercedes brings back the 55 plate) starting at around $100,000. Both versions will be powered by a 4.0-liter AMG biturbo V8 engine that produces between 470 and 570 hp. The new SL also uses – for the first time ever on an SL – AMG’s 4Matic + all-wheel-drive system. AMG has also confirmed that the new SL will get AMG E-Performance processing, likely resulting in 804 horsepower from the AMG GT63S 4-Door E-Performance. Who in their right mind would buy a 911 on this?

RELATED: Here’s what to expect from the 2022 Mercedes-AMG SL-Class

2 Won’t Buy – Acura NSX


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The NSX was Honda’s first attempt at building an affordable, reliable and comfortable mid-engine sports car—a feat they succeeded in doing. NSX has become very popular and today has a huge fan following it all over the world. In 2015, Honda unveiled the NSX concept and the production car was launched a year later.


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The new NSX is more technologically advanced with all-wheel drive, a hybrid powertrain, and about 580 horsepower—it’s a big step up from the ’90s NSX. The new NSX is also much more expensive, starting at about $157,000 for the regular model and $170,000 for the new NSX Type-S, which has more than 600 horsepower.


1 BUY – Maserati GranTurismo S


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Before you say I was silly for choosing a fifteen-year-old over a 911, hear me out. Yes, Maserati in this era is ridiculously unreliable, it is unnecessarily complex to operate, and sometimes completely refuses to start, but that’s what makes it lovable. The Maserati GranTurismo is old, but it has something that no other new car currently on sale has – something you’ll lose with the introduction of the new GranTurismo.


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The centerpiece of this Italian museum on wheels is its impressive motor. It’s a naturally aspirated 4.7-liter V8, which shares a lot of its components with the Ferrari F430’s 4.3-liter V8. What makes all the difference is that Maserati has a cross-cranked crankshaft – unlike a flat-plane found in Ferrari. Although the GranTurismo still retails today for about $135,000, the audio will remove all thoughts of the 911 from your mind.


A look back at the history of the Maserati GranTurismo

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