The 540i M-Sport we posted this week posed some interesting questions in regards to the E39s available on the market. The 540i has a good engine and lots of choice bits, but the E39 M5 has the engine and even more choice performance parts. I asked why you wouldn’t just spend a little more to get the Big Daddy, and today we have an example of just how attainable the E39 M5 is these days. Originally owned by the CEO of the Tire Rack, this M5 has just about everything you’d want when looking for a used car – huge Autocheck score, not that many miles (but enough to bring the price down a little), well-informed owners, and overall great condition. Is it worth $16,500? In my eyes, hell yes.
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There was much fanfare when the Porsche Boxster debuted, as this was the first clean sheet design since the introduction of the 928 twenty years prior. The 928 and 968 had just ceased production and in came this small roadster right before the air-cooled 911 bid adieu one year later upon the close of the 1998 model year. While some have derided the Boxster for being a bit soft in comparison to the 911, time has been fairly kind on these sports cars. Many of the earlier Boxsters are now fairly affordable, making them an attractive proposition in comparison to the usual sport coupe or hot hatch offerings out there. This 2001 Boxster for sale in Ohio comes from our reader John. It’s has the desirable 5-speed manual gearbox and was used by a fair weather toy by a local doctor.
Click for more details: 2001 Porsche Boxster on Craigslist Cleveland
There is an adage which has been around since the inception of the automobile; the idea that racing helps to sell cars, and specifically “win on Sunday, sell on Monday” has become the basis for many manufacturer’s participation in motorsports. Audi certainly used it to their advantage in the 1980s, creating a rally legend with their Quattro; the associated technology with those original WRC cars quickly filtered down into the entire product line. It’s one of the best examples of direct racing technology spreading to the average consumer in recent memory. However, after the end of the Group B formula Audi pushed the high horsepower efforts towards road racing. Most of those efforts, while extremely impressive, were wasted; Audis sales in the late 1980s and early 1990s slipped to pre 1980s lows in spite of headliner wins in the both IMSA and Trans-Am series. Shortly thereafter Audi went through a product line shift as it moved from the numbered series to the now-familiar “A” designations and ended the venerable turbocharged 5 cylinder – the basis for nearly all of the wins it recorded from 1980 to 1995.
An interesting thing then happened – Audi pursued Touring Cars with the new A4 platform. Audi was, in fact, not a stranger to the form of racing, having raced in various touring car groups since the 1970s. However, it was the method which Audi pursued with focus new championships that redefined the racing scene once again. The A4 STW (Super Touren Wagen) proved as successful as it predecessors had been, winning the Italian, German and British Touring Car Championships. What was interesting, though, was that during this time Audi had effectively no derivative performance cars based upon the A4. That would wait until the A4′s quattro all-wheel drive had been banned by the FIA, and the new V6 twin-turbo powered S4 was launched. It was the reputation that Audi had built that would spur on both sales and replicas of some of those touring cars, such as today’s heavily modified S4:
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2000 Audi S4 Race Car on eBay
I’ve recently been engaged in an email exchange with one of our readers comparing the V8 quattro that I love with the later D2 A8/S8. As much as it pains me to admit it and I love that early D11 V8, the reality is in nearly every measurable way the A8 and S8 are probably just a better choice. First, they’re the best part of a decade newer, and while the styling isn’t DTM worthy the D2 is certainly a great looking car in pretty much everyone’s book. The dimensions are right, the stance is great, and the presence is enormous. The D2 also benefited from the developments of the D11 chassis, and while it’s missing the virtually unstoppable Torsen setup of the V8 quattro, the D2 gained in pretty much every other department; refinement, quality, ride comfort, performance, fuel economy and safety. The top of the heap is one of our favorite cars, the S8 – touting 360 horsepower and a stiffer suspension, this is the one to have: