In certain areas, the 308gtsi/308qv/328 are 'better' objectively then the Mondial 8/qv/3.2 series. Specifically, straight line speed, handling, and overall lap times. In terms of pristige, there is no doubt the market has spoken, the Mondials are consistently less expensive and generally regarded with less esteem by the majority of folks versus the 308/328 series. As far as reliability, I have no hard data ala J.D. Power/Consumer Reports, but it's been my anecdotal experience that the 308/328 are generally more reliable, especially in the realm of electronic gremlins. I am willing to put down money that you take 100 average car enthusiasts and ask them to rate which car looks better, that the majority of them would pick the 308/328. Still, I prefer the Mondial, in particular, the 't' variant; and I do believe for me, it is the 'better' car. This post is not meant to be a chest-pumping bravado; that my stick is longer than yours.., truth be told - it would be silly for me as all the cars mentioned are 'slow,' 'unreliable' and 'cheap' compared to Ferrari's latest offerings. My preference will no doubt be disagreed by many here, especially in the temple of the 308/328 forum. That's fine; this post is not to meant to convert or challenge. My purpose is to explain why a person might heaven forbid, consider the Mondial the 'better' car. Before I start, let's get the 'settling' reason out of the way. I can easily 'upgrade' to a 328 - so it's a null point. I'm either a very sad bull pie, or sincere in this contention. Why do I think the Mondial is better than the 308/328? First, the looks, I like how the Mondial looks over the 308/328. Call me an odd duck, strange, aesthetically challenged, or something worse - that's fine. I often call people who procure multi-million dollar canvases with splattered paint the same, so not going to hurl any stones your way from my greenhouse. In the end, gentlemen, let's be happy for each other's view of what defines automotive beauty. You certainly do not have to agree, and that's fine since you certainly do not have to buy a Mondial, nor I a Jackson Pollock (if I ever had the means)! Second, I love the rarity. There were ~21,678 208s/308s/328s made. Compare this to the 6K made of the Mondial. It's almost 4x time rarer. Why does this matter to me? Because I enjoy going to car meets and having the only car of its kind in the whole place. I never liked being that guy that showed up to the party with the same shirt as other folks. One reason I got a Ferrari was I relished in the uniqueness of it. The Mondial delivers that an in spades. Of course, you're snickering that my shirt is 'ugly' and that's okay...I like it (see #1 above.) Third, I love the back seats. I have a wife and two kids, being able to share the prancing horse experience with them any time has been nothing short of magical. Fourth, it's 'fast' enough for me, and if you take the latest track handicaps, my 't' is a better performer then the 308/328. Fifth, thanks to graciousness, time, and services of folks like 'yelcab' - The car has been reasonably reliable. Not nearly as scary as I was first led to believe. Sixth, the low cost is what makes me not care to park it anywhere. If it gets a door ding or a scratch - I shrug and get it sorted later on. I have zero 'parking' anxiety. Still, the car consistently gets requested to be in 'front' of every fancy hotel I've checked in with the car without fail. Seventh, there's no denying it - the value! It has so far lowered the same 'velvet' ropes from what I see other 308/328 owners enjoy. I get invited to the same dealer events; the same club meets the same rallies — the entrance cost for me far less; $27,000 to be exact. Eighth, the long wheelbase makes it very easy to drive vs. the shorter wheelbase brethren. This fact has saved me from a couple spins on the track. Ninth, the fantastic long-distance ability. I've driven the car for hours on end and still felt relatively okay. It's comfort settings do save the day on longer trips. Yet, it has the same engine as the 308/328/348. Same gated shifter. Same sounds, same Connolly leather. Tenth, I admit; this is entirely anecdotal, but I will still mention it. The virtual Mondial community seems to be 'especially' helpful, friendly, and amicable. I think the fact that we are the 'red-haired' stepchildren give us an extra dose of humility although I'm sure after reading this you're shaking your head at my lack of self-awareness. So there you have it. I hope you find this an honest post, and if you at least understand (even a little bit) how somebody could 'love' it more then a 308/328 - then I've done my job. I wish you all endless miles of driving happiness and good health.