2016 BMW M4 GTS

Walk into a dealership, spend far too long with someone you would never willingly sit with, fork over a seeming obscene amount of money and you’re guaranteed of one thing; your new car is “new” until the moment you sit in it. Drive out of the dealer valet area, and suddenly the value of your car plummets. At least, that’s the predominant theory. And in most cases, that is a rule which works. But there are certain cars where depreciation isn’t really part of the equation. If you were lucky enough to buy one of these special cars, your used example may actually be worth more than a brand new one. Huh?

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2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris

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It’s been 13 years since Volkswagen last sold the Transporter in the US Market, known here at the time as the Eurovan. VW tried to rekindle the magic with the Routan, a rebadged Chrysler minivan which was a half-assed attempt at a German engineered van that fooled only the most naive of consumers. Ever since then, there’s been a steady stream of options within the minivan segment but nothing coming close to the one box design of the VW Transporter. Until now. Mercedes-Benz has boldly gone downmarket with their Sprinter formula and have introduced the Metris, a smaller van that is decidedly un-minivan like. This isn’t a new van, however.

Back in the early 1990s, Mercedes launched the Vito, a light duty van that could be configured in cargo or passenger forms. This first Vito was available with a version of VW’s VR6, in both 2.8 and 3.2 liter displacement, dubbed the M104.900. The Vito would be replaced by the second generation Viano which would turn into the V-class which we know as the Metris in the US and Canada. In Cargo Van form, this is currently the least expensive Mercedes-Benz you can purchase in the US. This lightly used Metris Passenger Van for sale in Pennsylvania is slightly more expensive but on par with some of the higher end minivans on the market.

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2016 Porsche Cayman GT4

We haven’t featured Porsche’s Cayman GT4 in a while and since this is probably my current favorite offering from the marque – I’m going to ignore the 911R for now – I wanted to revisit one of these. Since they became available it hasn’t been difficult to find a GT4 for sale second-hand and prices have unsurprisingly been pretty high. Most have virtually no mileage. This one is a little different: it’s an auction so we may have a better shot at a more reasonable price and this has a couple thousand miles on it. Nothing significant, but well past break-in. In that regard it qualifies much more as a used car than most of the others. The real distinguishing feature of this GT4, however, is the color. I have seen very few in Guards Red. I’m not sure why that would be the case since it’s a standard color, but for fans of Guards Red – and a car like this really begs for a color like this – this GT4 may serve as a pretty nice opportunity at a lightly used example.

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2016 Mercedes-Benz E350 4Matic Estate

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We don’t feature a lot of new cars on this site, but the Mercedes-Benz E350 4Matic Estate is due some attention for a few reasons. First, the Mercedes-Benz estate car has been overshadowed by a proliferation of SUVs in the company’s current lineup. Second, the car we see here in this post is about to be replaced for 2017. Third, this is a car that has been a mainstay in the Mercedes-Benz catalog in the US since the late 1970s. That kind of longevity deserves a celebration. This 2016 E350 4Matic Estate for sale in Northern Virginia is finished in Cardinal Red, the most vibrant of hues currently offered on this E-Class Estate.

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2016 Audi S8 Plus

I have to say that as much of an Audi fanatic as I am, I’ve become increasingly disillusioned with the brand. Perhaps it is their departure from their 1980s and 1990s “screw you, we’re going to build the car WE want to make rather than the car YOU want to buy” manufacturing, but the reality is that early model did not work for sales. Instead, Audi has been forced to go more mainstream in the U.S., and as a result I find myself paying significantly less attention to the new models. I used to wait with eager anticipation for the next upgrade, and I remember literally uttering “whoa” when I first heard about the C4 S6 Plus. Manufactured by quattro GmbH, the turned up V8 produced over 320 horsepower and was mated through a 6-speed manual to all four wheels. Of course, it was also available as an Avant, and so it pretty much made my day for the next decade. I still love the C4 S6 Plus more than any other period Audi, including the RS2.

So, you’d think I would have been ear to the rail when last year Audi launched a Plus version of the S8. But I completely missed it. I wasn’t paying attention. I mean, the regular S8 was already pretty bonkers and can outrun Audi’s own supercar R8. A 4,700 lb sedan is now capable of running 0-60 in under 4 seconds, unrestricted can push 190 mph – yet it’s not just brute force, as with giant tires and ceramic brakes they can out turn and out stop most great 1990s sports cars. So why did Audi need a Plus? There’s a market for these super-sedans, that’s why, and in the midst of the horsepower war between the four manufactures, the S8 Plus is Audi’s “Big Stick”.…

Porsche Exclusive: 2016 Porsche Macan S

My disdain for the common SUV is well documented here on GCFSB, but a funny thing happened in 2014. Porsche released the Macan. At first glance, I wrote this car off as a smaller Cayenne. And yes, I’ll call this a car because anyone who has seen one in real life knows about its compact dimensions. My attraction to the Macan has grown over time to the point that I would be tempted to pull the trigger if a 6-speed manual were available. I’m not writing off the perfectly fine 7-speed PDK transmission, but three pedals is really how I’d prefer my car to be configured, especially if I’m going to drop down this much coin. Nevertheless, after a discussion with my father, the Macan is a serious contender to replace my mother’s trusty 17 year old C-class. So maybe a Porsche will finally wind up in the family somewhere after all. If you’re looking to be shouty about your P-car purchase, check out this Macan S for sale painted in a vibrant Paint to Sample hue of Gulf Orange.

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2016 BMW 228i M Sport

A colleague of mine in the Bay Area recently took delivery of a BMW 228i with the Track Handling Package. A long time BMW owner, we both like to talk cars when we get the chance. Given that we work for a large technology professional association, our conversation instantly revolves around the finer technical points of the vehicle, most notably the turbocharged, 2.0 liter engine and how well the 8-speed automatic his 228i is equipped with complements this powerplant. I’ve driven a decent number of new cars over the last two or three years, and some of the automatic gearboxes are quite impressive in their performance, while returning better economy. I feel like something is missing though every time I get behind the wheel of a two-pedal vehicle, but thankfully, BMW still gives 2 series buyers the option of the third pedal. Of all the new cars out there currently, this 228i with the 6-speed manual is speaking to me, especially in Estoril Blue, one of my favorite BMW colors.

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2016 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Club Coupe

In some ways, this 911 could have found its way into the group of cars I featured earlier this week. It would have been the lowest price by a substantial margin, but given the difficulty in obtaining one – only 60 were made available and those only to PCA members – then we could understand why some might aspire to own just such a car. The 2016 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Club Coupe follows in the line of many special edition examples in that it serves to recognize a particular Porsche milestone. In this case that milestone being the 60th year of the Porsche Club of America. Also like many Porsche special editions the primary manner in which these are differentiated from other models is mostly aesthetic, though as noted above this model was additionally distinguished through its restricted availability. Of course, that issue does not affect the secondary market. The base of the Club Coupe begins at the top of the 911 model range with the Carrera GTS, featuring the widened rear of the Carrera 4, but retaining its rear-drive layout. Added to that is a Powerkit, initially only available on the Club Coupe, to boost power to 430 hp. But the most striking feature is the paint, which has been dubbed Club Blau, and it really sets the Club Coupe apart from other 911s. Additional features are some interior upgrades, a ducktail rear spoiler, and a set of 20 inch Sport Classic wheels.

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2016 BMW 340i xDrive

For years, the BMW 3 series has been the standard bearer for someone looking for a sport sedan with a dash of luxury mixed in. Luckily for the enthusiast, it is one of the few cars in its class that offers the option for a manual transmission. While modern automatic gearboxes are more efficient, there are still those of us out there who enjoy rowing their own. This 2016 340i xDrive for sale in New Jersey is lightly used, but is one of the few big engined 3 series sedans so equipped these days.

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Motorsports Monday: 2016 BMW M6 Competition Edition

Normally on Motorsports Monday I feature a race car or a track biased car, but today I’m going to do something a little different. If you follow FIA GT racing and the IMSA Tudor Championship, you might be eagerly awaiting next weekend’s Daytona 24 hours – the kickoff to the endurance racing calendar. And something special will be debuting at Daytona; what I believe is BMW’s first racing M6. Sure, the 6-series was previous used as a racer in the early 1980s Touring Cars before the launch of the M3 and Alpina ran an E6x later on, but primarily it’s been almost all small BMWs that have taken to the track since 1985. But eager to take on the likes of the Bentley Continental GT3 and Aston Martin race programs, the Munich company has moved from the Z4 platform to an all-new M6 racer. To celebrate this launch, BMW produced 100 special road going M6s for 2016 called the M6 Competition Edition. They were available in only two colors – Austin Yellow or Alpine White – and commanded a fully 50% premium over a standard M6. But it’s not just a flashy appearance package, as the F12 2-door coupe only Competition Edition has been reworked to produce more power to go along with the exclusivity:

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