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Sportscar scouting

21st Jun 2013 8:01 pm

Wants advice on buying either an Aston Martin or a Maserati.

I’m planning to buy two sportscars. Between the Aston Martin and Maserati, which should I buy? Also, between the Mercedes SLK 350 and BMW Z4, which would be a better bet?

Alok Arya, Noida

AAA There are various models of Aston Martin and Maserati, so it really depends on your budget and what you are looking for. However, if you enjoy driving and want a truer sportscar experience, we would recommend the Maserati GranTurismo MS Stradale. It looks fantastic, sounds glorious and is simply brilliant to drive. A word of caution though – the Maserati importers in India have a bad reputation for sales and service, and the voice of dissatisfaction is growing louder. The Aston dealer in the NCR region, on the other hand, is known to be more customer friendly. So, if you want to play safe, go in for the Aston V8 Vantage which has loads of character and is practical too.

Between the SLK 350 and Z4, again, it’s a choice of practicality over the driving experience. The Mercedes, with its hard-top roof, is more user-friendly and has a softer ride too, but the Z4 is far more exciting to drive. If we had to pick, it would be the Z4 for us.

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