Double Take: Choose Your Blue – 2016 Porsche Boxster Spyder

I’ve periodically had my eye out for the latest Porsche Boxster Spyder to feature. They don’t come up for sale all that often and most times when searching I have come up empty. The few times I have come across one it either sold very quickly or I came across an auction just prior to its end. My luck has finally come good.

The Spyder is the Boxster version of the Cayman GT4 and each serves as the swan song for these naturally aspirated Porsches. Like the GT4 it borrows its 3.8-liter engine from the 911 and in this form produces a nice 375 hp all routed to the rear wheels through a 6-speed manual transmission. For me it’s also the best looking Boxster Porsche has produced thus far.

Here not only have I finally found a Spyder I like, but I found two of them! Obviously, they had to be featured together. Both are paint-to-sample non-metallic blues and are very bright. I ran a similar feature a while back with two PTS GT3 RS in blue and now we turn to another of Porsche’s limited-production models. The overall spec of these Spyders is pretty similar so really it all comes down to the exterior: Voodoo Blue or Mexico Blue. Which to have?

CLICK FOR DETAILS: Voodoo Blue 2016 Porsche Boxster Spyder on Rennlist

2016 Audi TTS

Want to feel very special, drive a great sports car and stand apart from the crowd but don’t have a million dollars for a Porsche 911?

No problem. I have the solution.

Sure, you could do what I suggested a few weeks ago and buy the ‘affordable’ and ‘useable’ supercar – Audi’s R8. With 600 plus horsepower from a screaming V10 and “arrest me now, I broke the speed limit the moment I turned the key” looks, you’re sure to draw attention and smiles. But even though relative to the used 911 market these cars are bargains, you’re saying ‘Come on, Carter – they’re still $170,000’. And you’re right – for most, they’re only affordable if you would consider them a primary residence rather than a weekend warrior.

So if you need to actually commute, what about Audi’s TTS? Okay, it’s not the 400 horsepower TT RS – I get it. But it retains the walk-on-water MQB platform and pairs it with the Golf R drivetrain – good for 292 horsepower and 280 lb.ft of torque driving all four wheels. Paired with the S-Tronic DSG dual-clutch, you’re capable of blitzing 60 mph in 4.6 seconds yet still this car returns 27 mpg on the highway. Unlike the R8, it’s also got rear seats (albeit quite small) and a hatchback that doesn’t contain a V10. While that’s disappointing when showing off to your friends, the reality is that occasionally you need to carry something larger than your ego.

But though it lacks the headline-grabbing figures and cross-marque instantly recognizable alpha-numeric nomenclature of its more famous siblings, the TTS fails to disappoint with performance and incorporates all the cutting-edge technology, including the mega-cool virtual dashboard. You can also spec it out in a bunch of really cool colors, such as the Vegas Yellow I looked at on the R8s.…

2016 Mercedes-Benz G300 CDI 6×6

I know what you are saying. ”Another G-Wagen?” Yes, but if you saw the title and looked at the photo you can understand why. This is a 2016 G300 CDI 6×6. Yes, a G300 CDI, which means this thing is powered by the 3.0 liter OM642 V6 diesel engine and of course, it is a 6×6, too. These special Gs are called the LAPV (Light Armored Patrol Vehicle) 6.1 used for military service for countries around the world. It doesn’t look like much now, but typically these are outfitted to look something like this or this. This 6×6 has also been upgraded with Beadlock 37-inch tires with a centralized pressure system in cab. Just for good measure, it is possible to tow a trailer weighing up to 4400 pounds. How much? It is a good thing militaries have large budgets.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2016 Mercedes-Benz G300 CDI 6×6 on eBay

Signal Yellow 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4

I had one thought when I first saw this 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4: “Please let it be Signal Yellow.” From the thumbnail it looked like it might be, but lighting and small pictures can deceive and don’t always yield what appears at first glance.

It is Signal Yellow.

Like many of Porsche’s vintage pastels Signal Yellow is a long time favorite and one of the colors that always will attract my notice. Though it doesn’t always work as well on modern Porsches as it did on the early models on which it debuted. A while back I featured a Signal Yellow GT3 and while the color looked great on that car, it just wasn’t quite as great as on an early 911. It’s the lack of contrasts. Those early cars had chromes and blacks on various exterior pieces that complemented well that bright yellow paint. The GT4 is similar to the GT3 in that regard, but the color still looks really good and its brightness combines well with the spirit of the machine to produce a phenomenal result.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: Signal Yellow 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4 on eBay

Riviera Blue 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4

Do you want to turn some heads? And I mean really turn heads? Not just, “oh there’s a cool car” and then move on, but the stop and stare sort of attention. Yes? Good, keep reading. Here we have a paint-to-sample Riviera Blue 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4. Porsche has long been known for its pastels and Riviera Blue follows in that tradition. It’s not the only bright vibrant blue Porsche has offered, but it has quickly become one of the most iconic. First debuted on the 993 I’ve always thought that was the model it looked best on. Later 911s wearing the color have looked good, but never as good as the 993. This Cayman GT4 might just top it. I’ve loved the GT4 since I first saw one and this one is just stunning! Like it or not – and I can’t imagine someone buying Riviera Blue and hating attention – everyone is going to take notice.

At $125K, the price of all of this wonderfulness is very high. You can easily find a GT4 for $15K, even $20K, less than this one. It is practically new and looks flawless so you’re getting the right sort of car for your money. It’s just a lot of money.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: Riviera Blue 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4 on eBay

2016 BMW M3 Individual

Speaking generally, there aren’t too many new cars that cross the pages of this site. It’s even somewhat rare for us to breach the decade-old mark; that’s the point where really nice used examples of our favorites start to become hard to locate. And, frankly since anyone can walk into a dealership, sign a few papers and walk out a lot lighter but with any specification car they can afford, the older metal is typically what draws our (and, hopefully, your) interest.

But once in a while something pretty special comes along, from a 911R to this car. The fifth generation F80 M3 has taken a huge leap forward in complexity, technology and performance. The S55 twin-turbocharged inline-6 is an absolute tower of power; while ultimate horses didn’t increase much version the E9x S65 V8 (425 versus 414), the torque was the big news. It was in part the final number – 410 lb ft., up an amazing 90 over the V8, but it was also the reality of when you could use that torque. The S65 developed peak twist at just shy of 4,000 rpms; the S55 does it at 1,850. Not only that, but the torque curve is billiard table flat until 5,500 rpm. The result, despite the heavy weight stature of the new gigantic F80, is astonishing speed.

By itself, the F80 M3 is a force to be reckoned with. However, this particular M3 is just that bit more special, as it was handed over the group at BMW Individual and painted in E46-signature Laguna Seca Blue:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2016 BMW M3 Individual on eBay

2016 Mercedes-AMG GT S

Porsche (and Tom Cruise in Risky Business) proudly tout that “there is no substitute” for their cars. In my opinion, they probably aren’t all that wrong. If you want a German two-door car, a 911 is a never a bad choice. But what if you wanted something that did basically all the same things as a 911 but just in a different package? Not a substitute per say, but just a different kind of German two-door car. This is where the Mercedes-AMG GT S comes in.

The GT S from AMG is standalone model (not an AMG version of a pedestrian model) that combines low slung styling with a 0-60 time in about 3.5 seconds. It only seats two and unlike the 911 is front engined, but that doesn’t hurt this car one bit — at least in my eyes.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT S on eBay

Year: 2016
Model: GT S
Engine: 4.0 twin-turbocharged V8
Transmission: 7-speed automatic
Mileage: 4,853 mi
Price: $113,500 Buy It Now

THE SENSATION OF SPEED..BREATHTAKING PERFORMANCE..SCENE STEALING LOOKS..
AND A GROWL THAT INTIMIDATES THE ROAD ITSELF.

Designo Diamond White Metallic with Red Pepper Nappa Exclusive leather complimented by the Aviation designed winglike dashboard.
This beauty is completed with AMG Carbon Fiber Matte Trim, AMG Exterior AMG Illuminated Door Sill Panel, Red Seat Belts, DISTRONIC PLUS, Panorama Roof, Carbon Fiber Gloss Crossbar, 19″/20″ AMG Cross-Spoke Black Forged Wheels, Exclusive Interior Trim, Burmester High-End Surround Sound System.
LANE TRACKING PKG: BlindSpot Monitoring, Lane Keeping Assist
EXCLUSIVE INTERIOR PGK: Nappa Exclusive Leather, Black DINAMICA Roof Liner, Ambinent Lighting
$25000.00 IN UPGRADES

ORIGINAL STICKER $153,000 STILL UNDER MANUFACTURERS WARRANTY CAR IS FLAWLESS SHOWROOM READY ONE OWNER MANUALS 2 KEYS THE HIGHEST 5.0 CONDITION REPORT

CALL BILL 561-324-9141

In my opinion, the GT S is probably the most least talked about models for sale today.…

2016 Mercedes-Benz SL550 Mille Miglia 417

Something I wonder is how certain ideas go from the drawing board to actually make it into production. Today’s car is one of those ideas. This is a 2016 SL550 Mille Miglia 417 edition. It was thought up to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the 1955 Mille Miglia that the W198 300SL competed in. The “417” comes from the original race number of 417 – itself derived from John Fitch’s 4:17 a.m. starting position in the legendary Italian race. In my view, that’s a little random to attach to the name of a car, but I guess I get where they are coming from. What I don’t get is everything else about the SL ‘Special Edition’.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2016 Mercedes-Benz SL550 Mille Miglia 417 on eBay

Year: 2016
Model: SL550 Mille Miglia 417
Engine: 4.7 liter V8
Transmission: 7-speed automatic
Mileage: 34 mi
Price: $99,970 Buy It Now

This 2016 Mercedes SL550 is the special Mille Miglia Edition and comes exclusively in Matte Black. It’s 4.7L Biturbo V8 produces 449 HP. Here is a list of standard options on this exclusive car:

-Active lane keeping assist
-Active blind spot assist
-Distronic cruise control
-Red seat belts
-Illuminated door sills
-Black AMG wheels
-Black nappa leather
-Rearview Camera
-Airscarf ventilated headrests
-Heated/ventilated seats
-Multicontour seats with massage
-Magic vision control
-Navigation
-harman/kardon surround sound

It is listed as a used vehicle but will come with full 4 year/50,000 mile manufacturers warranty.

Please contact Erik Swenson at 701-356-8668 with any questions.

Mercedes-Benz has done special editions before with the SL so it shouldn’t be a huge surprise that they’d go to that well again. But that doesn’t mean you go the well full of raw sewage. It’s as if Mercedes tried to make this car as offensive and unattractive as possible, and I see no links to the legendary 300SL which this is supposedly an homage to.…

Reasonably Priced? 2016 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Rennsport Reunion Edition

I don’t want to suggest that this 911 is inexpensive. Because it most certainly is not. However, in a somewhat relative sense it appears to be priced pretty well. This is one of the 25 2016 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Rennsport Reunion Editions, with 7-speed manual transmission, and sits with 328 miles on the clock. With an asking price of just under $190K it’s still commanding a pretty hefty premium compared to when new, but this one actually is priced a good bit under some recent sales.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2016 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Rennsport Reunion Edition on eBay

Year: 2016
Model: 911 Carrera GTS
Engine: 3.8 liter flat-6
Transmission: 7-speed manual
Mileage: 328 mi
Price: $189,990 Buy It Now

2016 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Rennsport Reunion Edition\

Miles: 328

Instrument Dials in Carmine Red
PASM Sport Suspension
GTS Interior Package
Manual Transmission
Smoking package
ParkAssist (rear)
Deletion of GTS Model Designation on Side Doors
Code for Exterior Paint to Sample
Exterior Paint to Sample, Non-Metallic
Black Leather Interior incl. Alcantara® GTS Package in Carmine Red
Adaptive Sport Seats Plus (18-way) with Memory Package
BOSE® Audio Package
SportDesign exterior mirror lower trims painted in Black (high-gloss)
Wheels Painted in Black (High-Gloss)
Preparation door-sill guards, illuminated
LED Headlights in Black incl. Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus (PDLS Plus)
Center Console Trim in Carbon Fiber
20-inch Sport Classic Wheels

For more information, please call Eric at 763-442-7044 or email at evoge@carouselmotor.com

Assuming that during its brief time its owner didn’t drive this 911 into anything, the only mark that distinguishes this Rennsport Reunion from others I’ve seen is the mileage. It’s high…well at 328 miles that doesn’t sound right so let’s just say it’s higher. Last month RM Sotheby’s sold a Rennsport Reunion at auction for $225K.…

Slate Grey 2016 Porsche 911R

The 911R has started popping up here and there for sale. All with very high prices as owners look to capitalize on a model that should have very good long term value potential. We featured one a few weeks ago, one of the more basic examples (meaning it was produced in one of the two standard colors), but still very high priced. This one is a bit more unique as it is one of the few (I’ve seen the number quoted as 50) paint-to-sample 911Rs that were made. The owner wanted something as a tribute to Steve McQueen who famously preferred Slate Grey as his exterior color of choice so that’s what we have: a Slate Grey 2016 Porsche 911R with light grey stripes and yellow lettering to be auctioned at the RM Sotheby’s Paris auctions on February 8.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: Slate Grey 2016 Porsche 911R at RM Auctions Paris

Year: 2016
Model: 911R
Engine: 4.0 liter flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 600 km (~ 372 mi)
Price: Reserve Auction

To be OFFERED AT AUCTION at RM Sotheby’s Paris event, February 8, 2017. Estimate: €450,000 – €650,000 Type 991. 500 bhp, 3,996 cc DOHC horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine with direct injection, six-speed manual transmission, front and rear independent suspension, and four-wheel carbon-ceramic brakes. Wheelbase: 2,457 mm

The only PTS 911 R delivered to France
PTS Slate Grey with numerous Exclusive options
A one-off ‘Tribute to Steve McQueen’
The 967th example of just 991 examples produced
The most anticipated 911 of the 21st century
Just 600 km from new

The introduction of the 991-generation of the 911 GT3 RS caused quite the fanfare amongst Porsche’s most faithful customers. Gone was the long-adored six-speed manual transmission, replaced with Porsche’s Doppelkupplungsgetriebe transmission in the relentless pursuit of performance.