BMW 850CSi Vs Ferrari 456 GT

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Today's question comes to you straight from Alex Roy's loft in the NYC. Though Mr. Roy himself has no knowledge of it. No, the house-crashing intrepid Davey G Johnson done thunk this one up. We were having one of our usual DAF vs. FAF type dialogs over IM, only this time it was about the merits (and demerits) of a Citroen SM vs. an 850CSi. Davey pointed out that the SM was built off the DS platform, had the Maserati engine and fell to the earth from an advanced alien civilization. My counterpoint was that the 850 was effectively built out of raw chutzpa. "Fuck you. Here's our $100,000 supercar — and it looks like a Ford Probe. Eat it." Davey ceded that I had a point. But then he mentioned Ferrari's 456 (that also looks like a Ford Probe), a car that can take four humans up to a top speed of 187 mph. I had no comeback. Johnson = good. Each 90s ubermensch sports a rip-roarin' V12, a 6-speed manual and a 6-figure price. Also, as Davey pointed out, both cars came complete with all-important pop-up headlights. We're kinda torn. So we're leaving the decision up to you, O' sage readers.


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Rob Emslie

456, all the way to the bank and back, plus a block and a half. The BMW is a killer ride, and some day may be collectable, but as noted previously, is overshadowed by the lighter and sportier V8 engined 840i.

The 456 is a freaking Ferrari for God's sake. You don't choose something else over a Ferrari. EVER. You don't choose ANYTHING else over a Ferrari. EVER. Owning the 850 means you have a semi-cool Beemer. Owning the 456 elevates you into a whole nother strata of driving enjoyment. Regardless of whether you are Blowing down I-5 or just sitting in bumper-to-bumper on the 405, your doing it in a FERRARI! Just so we're clear.