While the Type 44 turbo quattro paved the way for the C4 platform, the brand new 100 and S4 were a real revolution for Audi. It needed it, too – Audi was in dire straights in the early 1990s and was nearly pulled from the American market all together. Audi needed a major update to its top of the line-ranging 100, which in 1991 effectively was still the same car with minor updates from 1984. Of course, Audi wasn’t going to completely walk away from the Type 44 and the crown jewel of performance, the 200 20V turbo quattro. So, in 1992 the “brand new” S4 was launched. Underneath it shared many parts with its sibling V8 quattro and the earlier 200 20V. Even inside it didn’t look much different from the concurrent V8 model. But step outside and an entirely new aerodynamic body cloaked the extremely capable motor and drivetrain. That motor – now with some minor updates that allowed for slightly more power than the 200 had enjoyed – would quickly become legendary for not only reliability but for specific power output; 400 horsepower is almost commonplace amongst modified versions; 500 horsepower isn’t unusual and above 1,000 isn’t unheard of. Despite the extreme tuning potential, go anywhere chassis and incredibly good build quality, these sedans are still a remarkable bargain in the classic German motoring market. While normally in a 10K Friday post I’d compare different models, today I’ve got four different examples of the same car to take a look at – which is the best bargain?
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When Porsche debuted the 964, the first major redesign of the 911 since 1974, it chose for this significant event a somewhat bold strategy. It not only released a completely redesigned 911, but a completely redesigned 911 model that previously had not existed and was sure to raise a few eyebrows: the 911 Carrera 4. With its standard power steering, ABS, and electronically-extended rear spoiler the release of the Carrera 4 was intended to foreshadow the future of the 911. There would be little looking back. Technological innovations aside, perhaps the best part of this Carrera 4 is the look. Produced only in the final year of 964 production, the wider rear fenders have garnered it the “Turbo Look” moniker and those curves certainly do the job of creating a sexier overall shape on the already smoothed lines of the 964. While future models would offer additional variations, 964 buyers who sought that wider shape were limited to the Carrera 4 Widebody and the more expensive, though wonderful, 911 Turbo. This all brings us to the example here: a Black on Black 1994 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Coupe, located in Texas, with 89,695 miles on it.
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For some time, there was a giant gulf in between European-spec cars and U.S. spec cars. Granted, part of that divide still exists today if the large assortment of cars that do not make it to these shores, but at least enthusiasts can rejoice that at last – for the most part – performance versions that are available in Germany are very close to the same that we receive here. One of the last notable cars to exhibit the large divide was the E36 M3; while Europeans enjoyed over 280 horsepower from the individual throttle body S50B30 in 1992, the later released U.S. spec M3 carried an entirely different motor with some 40 horsepower less. Though the S50B30US is certainly a great motor by itself, the knowledge that the “better” version existed across the pond somehow took a bit of legitimacy away from it. Also differentiating the European versions were better floating rotor brakes, better glass headlights, better lower and stiffer suspension, and some neat interior options:
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It’s no secret that you can get a lot of car for your money when it comes to luxury cars from the 1990s. But is it a wise investment or another way to run you quickly into the poor house? As with most cars, if chosen wisely, you can mitigate the effects on your wallet, along with some savvy budgeting. This BMW 740i for sale in Connecticut represents the last year of the E32 7 series and looks like it just arrived from a jaunt to the country club parking lot in its dark green over tan livery. With just enough chrome and classic BMW lines that we know and love, this car is supremely posh.