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2006 Porsche 911 shown.
2006 Porsche 911 shown.

Shop it against:

JAGUAR XK Three hundred horsepower with an automatic six. Its top is soft, so this might be a bit cool during New England winters (but if you can afford it at $82,000, you've probably got a winter car). Still, a fine design from the Cat.

MERCEDES-BENZ SL 550 The most expensive car here at nearly $100,000, it has 382 horsepower and a retractable hardtop. My advice: Go drive a fully loaded SLK for around $65,000 first.

PORSCHE 911 CARRERA CABRIOLET You'll likely bump $85,000, but you'll have the quickest car on this block. Amazing what just 325 horsepower, well displaced, can do. And this is a real sports car.

SATURN SKY No kidding. Not as fast or powerful , but it's fun and looks great. This is not a slow car, but slower than the rest in this batch, with only 177 horsepower. But it's worth a look, especially at about one-third the cost of the others .

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