2011 Mercedes Brabus SLS

Reader Nik spotted this one a little while back and I had been keeping an eye on it. It has been listed a couple times and not generated any serious buyer. The seller is claiming it of 1 of 2 Brabus SLS cars in the states.

We all know Brabus has a history of taking Benz models, everything from the really expensive top of line cars,  down to the tiny compact models and even Benz vans, and making them loud, fast, and aggressive. This SLS is not an exception. The addition of exterior Brabus parts are a little more subdued on the SLS, mostly because one expects the SLS to look exotic. Those who are familiar note the Brabus wheels and carbon fiber accents and aero kit. The Brabus exhaust most certainly adds even more V8 growl. What is pretty slick is like the suspension, the exhaust can be set to a sport mode using the Brabus buttons in the center console. The sport button electronically activates valves in the exhaust to provide more noise. This is a really old trick, though typically I associate exhaust dumps that  bypass mufflers on cars that are a little less sophisticated, not that this is a bad thing. It doesn’t look like there is any Brabus work under the hood, other than programming, as the typical red Brabus accents are not seen. The interior however comes in bright red to contrast the smoke exterior.

This car has covered a mere 3,300 miles. The ask price on this uber-exclusive beast is just under $350,000. This is twice the price you would pay if you were bargain hunting an SLS so there is a fairly big premium placed on the Brabus package. From a purely horsepower standpoint that 611 horespower, up from 563 stock makes for some awfully expensive individual ponies.…

2011 Opel Insignia

Even though it’s a brand of which most Americans are unaware, Opel has had a long history in the United States. First being sold under their own badge through Buick dealers in the 1960s and 1970s, Cadillac tried their hand at rebadging the Opel Omega as their compact executive entry, the Catera. While the Catera was a huge improvement over Cadillac’s last attempt at a small car, the Cimarron, fewer than 100,000 were produced during its lifespan from 1997 through 2001.

Saturn was the next division to grab the Opel torch, offering the L series, followed by the Aura, midsized sedans based on the Opel Vectra chassis. It also offered rebadged versions of the GT (Sky) and Astra, before the divisions untimely demise in 2010. Now Opel products have found their way back stateside by Buick dealers yet again, as the Regal has returned, this time a rebadged Insignia, which was the Vectra’s replacement.

I’ve always wondered how hard it would be to simply rebadge the Regal back to its Opel roots. Apparently some industrious owner went ahead and answered that question outside of Chicago, offering up the remainder of their lease on a 2011 Regal (Insignia).

2011 Opel Insignia on eBay

The owner is going back to Europe, and no longer needs it. Very unique car -over $15,000 invested, including suspension and wheels.

The car gets endless attention, as it is the only one like it in America. Winning bidder must have good credit and is responsible for arranging swap thru ALLY. Lease transfer can be done only after this auction is paid for in full. This car has everything including Bluetooth, XM, DVD player, etc. Gets 30MPG on regural unleaded. Payment $440/month with $14k buyout in 08/14.

I’ve driven the new Regal with the 2.4 non turbo engine and the 6 speed automatic, which is what powers this car.…