The Audi R8 4.2 isn’t exactly what you would consider an underpowered machine. As competent as it is, the car has drawn its critics. Too buttoned up and not enough verve to be considered as a serious supercar, some have said. The V10 engine addressed some of the cries from the peanut gallery, but if you have an R8 with a 4.2, what to do? Why not supercharge it? StaSis Engineering is well known for their myriad of tuning products for Audis and they’ve come up with some go fast bits for the flagship R8. The supercharger is good for around another 120 horsepower over the standard 420 horsepower output of the 4.2 liter V8. This R8 4.2 with StaSis supercharger is for sale in Washington state, the supercharger itself having a good bit of warranty left on it.
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The C5 Audi S6 was a little soft, you say? Not this one. While enthusiasts may have been disappointed that the C5 Audi S6 was available in tiptronic automatic only in the U.S., it was also only available in Avant form here, something that fans could at least celebrate. Mated to the excellent 4.2 V8, it was a solid choice for fast, comfortable performance for a family. But for some folks that just wasn’t enough, and we thank them for that. From the few that have undergone the manual swap, there are some row-your-own S6s floating around for sale from time to time. While this particular car doesn’t have that option, what it does carry is a PES supercharger pushing a few pounds of boost into that awesome V8. The result is near RS6 levels of performance in a sleeper package:
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2002 Audi S6 on Audifans.com
It’s been two decades since Mercedes-Benz absorbed AMG as their in-house tuning firm. Each year, more and more fast Benzes have appeared with the infamous badge on their posteriors, tipping off that extra juice under the skin to the casual observer. One AMG model that I feel went a bit unloved was the C32 AMG. Sandwiched between two V8 AMG C class models in the US market (the W202 C43 and W203 C55), the C32 offered more punch via the way of a Kompressor, or supercharger, as was the case with a number of AMG and non-AMG models in the Mercedes lineup at the time. A lot of early W203 C classes, including the C32, have been run hard and put up wet, but this C32 for sale in New Jersey appears to have led a fairly pampered life by the looks of it.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2002 Mercedes-Benz C32 AMG on eBay
While the SLK isn’t at the top of my list of cars to own, it’s an inoffensive package for folks looking to try their hand at open-roof motoring – with the ease of all-weather comfort should the road turn cold or rainy. I feel like the SLK is often characterized as a secretary and/or hairdresser’s car, and given the car’s soft, rounded edges, I get it. And what a departure from the chiseled soft-top Mercs of the 1980s, which were handsome and regal instead of cute and bubbly. However, the 1999 model featured here is blessed with the optional AMG wheels (as part of the factory sport package) and a rare 5-speed manual transmission. Combined with the super low-mileage, this baby Benz may not be such a bad choice for those of you hankering for modern comfort and a steel roof that rises and sets like the sun above.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1999 Mercedes-Benz SLK on eBay
It’s no secret that I have a big ol’ soft spot for the E36 M3 sedan. Beyond my personal experiences, I still see it as a very sharp BMW, a confluence of simple basic design and subtly aggressive modifications. We’ve featured some modified E36s here and superchargers are a common add-on, but this one comes with a more thorough description and a bit more power than the usual supercharger options thanks to Eurosport twinscrew. With a claimed 361 horsepower at the rear wheels, this E36 is putting E92 M3-levels of power at the crank. Some cool factory rarities like the Byzanz paint with no sunroof and a manual combine with the serious mechanical upgrades, light OZ wheels, and an interesting AC Schnitzer spoiler to make one of the cooler total-package E36s I’ve seen in a while.