2002 Volkswagen Beetle Turbo S

2002 Volkswagen Beetle Turbo S

The New Beetle isn’t a car which often featured on these pages. In fact, I can only find three times since we’ve started this site that they’ve come up. Considering that we’ve written up about 1,200 M3s in that same time period, I guess our stance on the Golf-based image car is pretty clear. However, the bones of the New Beetle aren’t really all that bad; based on the Mk.4 chassis, there are plenty of parts available and they’re cheap to buy. They offer a pretty practical hatchback package with some additional style. And, in turbocharged 1.8T form, they even offered a sporty ride.

Introduced in 2002, the Turbo S turned that package up a notch with help from the GTI. Underneath, the AWP-code 1.8T was rated at 180 horsepower at 11.6 lbs of boost, and had matching 173 lb.ft of torque. The transversely-mounted power was channeled through the same 6-speed manual you’d find in VW’s hot hatch and no automatic was available. Volkswagen outfit these cars with standard stability control and loaded them up with Monsoon sound, sunroof, active aerodynamics, leather, aluminum trim, power accessories and keyless entry. They also got special white and black gauges inside and a more pronounced twin-tip exhaust, along with fog lights integrated into new bumper covers. To help manage the speed, Volkswagen’s 1BE lower and stiffer suspension package was fit, along with BBS-made “Delta X” 17″ wheels with 225-45-17 tires. The package was pricey, at nearly $24,000 in 2002 – a not unsubstantial amount, considering that money would get you into the much nicer chassis of the Passat in wagon form at the same time. Unlike the pastel-toned entry colors of the New Beetle, the Turbo S was only available in Black, Silver, Platinum or Red with a total of 5,000 produced. Volkswagen hoped that these sporty changes would re-character the model which had primarily appealed in only one sexual demographic.…

Litmus Test: 1988 Porsche 944 Turbo S with 37,700 Miles

Litmus Test: 1988 Porsche 944 Turbo S with 37,700 Miles

Following up on Rob’s “presence” post about the 928, here we have the embodiment of presence and speed in the 944 Turbo S. But we have much more than that, too, in this particular example.

As I talked about at length in the last 1988 Turbo S post, there was a lot that made this car more special than the regular Turbo – and, arguably, more special than the 911, too. But the market on 944 Turbos has been all over the map, with nice examples struggling to break $10,000 at times and excellent examples three to four times that. So where does this Turbo S lie?

Well, we have a great combination of factors that make it quite desirable. First, it’s one of the S models. Second, it’s a claimed one owner car that appears to be close to 100% original. Third, it’s got very low mileage, with only 37,700 accrued. But the coup de grâce that beheads the typical unrealistic asks in the Porsche world is that this is a no reserve auction. Rarely do we get to see all of these things combine and get a real feel for the market.

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2005 Porsche 911 Turbo S Coupe

2005 Porsche 911 Turbo S Coupe

I’ve mentioned previously that there aren’t a lot of the 2005 Porsche 911 Turbo S Coupes around. And it’s true – for a while I only rarely would come across one as most examples of the Turbo S were produced as a Cabriolet. Yet, here I have the third one in the past couple months. Like the others it’s equipped with a manual transmission, though unlike the others its mileage is a little higher. Not ‘high’ exactly as it sits at only 48,582, but higher than those other comparable models. With that comes perhaps a discount for what is a phenomenal performer?

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1994 Porsche 911 Turbo S Flatnose

1994 Porsche 911 Turbo S Flatnose

The quest for the ‘Holy Grail’. Everyone has their own holy grail among 911 models and for those that are really particular that search gets parsed even further into specific color combinations on said models. Well, among 911 models themselves the one we see here is the one many will seek. Here we have a 1994 Porsche 911 Turbo S Flatnose with a scant 2,306 miles on it. The colors here are Guards Red over Cashmere Beige – a not uncommon, but still eye catching combination on any 911. As you’d expect there aren’t many of them (39 were built for the US) so we don’t see them come up for sale often and they’re very expensive. Interestingly, these aren’t the most rare and sought after of these cars. The even more rare ‘Package Car’, distinguished from these by having the standard 964 nose rather than the 968-derived Flatnose, takes relative rarity even further with only 17 having been produced in total, all of which were for the US market. Holy Grail indeed!

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1988 Porsche 944 Turbo S Silver Rose

1988 Porsche 944 Turbo S Silver Rose

Porsche is famous for launching a special edition just about every six minutes, and in the late 1980s they launched quite a few for 1988. First off, they created a special edition of the 944 Turbo. The new option M758 “Turbo S” included a new turbocharger with redesigned vanes and a remapped DME which increased boost to a max of 1.82 bar. The resulting M44/52 had 30 more horsepower and 15 lb.ft torque to a max of 247 and 258, respectively. But the “S” package was far more than just more boost, as the cooling system was revised, the clutch and transmission were beefed up with hardened first and second gears.

Brakes were borrowed from the 928 S4 and now measured 12″ in front with four piston aluminum calipers. Wheels were Club Sport 16″ forged, polished and anodized units measuring 7 inches in front and 9 in the rear. Suspension was also beefed up with the M030 package; this included adjustable rebound Koni shocks and adjustable perch coilovers in front. Limited slip differentials (Code 220) were not standard, but a must-select option.

Within the already limited edition S (of which about 1,900 were shipped to the US), there was another special edition. The “Silver Rose” launch cars took all of the special aspects of the M758 S package and added a unique color (Silver Rose Metallic, LM3Z) and a very unique Burgundy Studio Check interior. Outside of the Turbo Cup cars, these very limited original models have become the most desirable of the 944 Turbos:

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2005 Porsche 911 Turbo S Coupe

2005 Porsche 911 Turbo S Coupe

I’m becoming consistently divergent in my features of the 996 Turbo as this post marks the third straight (I think?) example that centers more upon potential long-term value than on performance value. Not that these aren’t still a really nice performance value, but you get the idea. Here we have an Arctic Silver Metallic 2005 Porsche 911 Turbo S Coupe, located in California, with only 12,545 miles on it and the very desirable 6-speed manual transmission. This car makes for a pretty interesting comparison with the very low mileage 2003 X50-equipped 911 Turbo we featured in October. Seemingly identical colors and condition and both with quite low mileage. This Turbo S comes in at a slightly higher price so the question, naturally, is whether the particular rarity of the S makes those extra dollars worthwhile. I suspect it will, but we’ll have to see.

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Signal Green 2005 Porsche 911 Turbo S

Signal Green 2005 Porsche 911 Turbo S

So, I thought I was done with green cars for a while, but there are a couple more that simply are too good to pass by. In truth, this Signal Green 2005 Porsche 911 Turbo S is the car that began my foray into the classifieds and lead me to most of the other green Porsches I featured last week. Andrew had seen a post on Instagram suggesting that this car would be put up for sale. It took a while to pop up, and in the meantime the various others came to my attention. But here it is indeed for sale. A couple weeks back I featured a X50-equipped 996TT with only 4K miles on it and wondered about the collector value and potential of these cars. The premium being asked for that very low mileage seemed reasonable, but of course it’s only reasonable if it continues to command such a premium. This Turbo S takes all of the collector factors to the next level; I’m not sure if any other 996TT (assuming we ignore the subjectivities surrounding exterior color) possesses a better combination of attributes to help it stand out as this one.

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1989 Porsche 944 Turbo with 43,000 Miles

1989 Porsche 944 Turbo with 43,000 Miles

Here’s a listing I am genuinely interested in seeing end in a few days. Why? Well, I’ve covered a string of 944 Turbos recently, and we’ve seen some very nice examples trade for quite reasonable amounts. But today’s 944 Turbo is special for a few reasons. First, it is one of the last of the run, S-spec 1989 models. Properly, they’re not called “Turbo S” models, but only because all of the 1989 models came equipped with option code M030 – the Club Sport Package, featuring adjustable Koni suspension, forged Club Sport wheels, upgraded 928 brakes, and 30mm/25.5mm swaybars. It also meant by default you needed to select option code M220 – the 40% limited slip differential. Coupled with the upgraded M44/51 turbo motor producing nearly 250 horsepower, these are the Ninjas of the Porsche lineup in the 1980s – silent supercar killers. Today’s example is especially desirable since it comes from a single owner, is claimed all original, and has only covered 43,000 miles:

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Impossibly Clean: 1989 Porsche 944 Turbo with 283,459 Miles

Impossibly Clean: 1989 Porsche 944 Turbo with 283,459 Miles

It’s easy to become obsessed with low mileage, absolutely pristine museum pieces. Walk up to one at a show and it’s like stepping into the DeLorean with Doc Brown, because apparently wherever that owner’s car is going they don’t need roads. On the other end of the spectrum are cars that have accrued countless miles; an old, torn pair of jeans that has more stories behind it than threads in its behind. Occasionally, though, a car pops up that is a testament to careful enthusiast ownership while still having been used for its original intent and purposes. Wearing mileage as a badge of honor rather than, as many do, acting like it is a death sentence, they are impressive cars without consideration of mileage but moreso when one does. Generally these high mileage heros turn up as Audis or Mercedes-Benz products that have rolled odometers into the stratosphere. More than occasionally we’ll come across an E28 BMW nearing a quarter million. Porsches, however, usually don’t see those types of numbers – especially highly prized turbocharged models. But though today’s 1989 Porsche 944 Turbo is pushing 300,000 miles, it looks like it has only seen a fraction of that number:

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1997 Porsche 911 Turbo S

1997 Porsche 911 Turbo S

This makes for a few days in a row of very expensive 911s, but I wanted to throw this one out there as another alternative to yesterday’s GT3 RS 4.0 for those shopping in these high-priced waters. The asking price here is another step up from the RS and a Turbo S is aimed directly at collectors, but just as the GT3 RS 4.0 looks like the last manual GT3 RS, the 993 Turbo S stands as the last air-cooled Turbo. While these days the Turbo S seems an almost ubiquitous part of the 911 lineup, this was not always the case and the early examples of these models have been very highly prized. Whether in the guise of the extremely rare variants of the 964 Turbo or the still rare 993 Turbo we see here, the Turbo S raised Porsche’s ethos of performance and luxury to the nth degree. For the 993 the combination of twin-turbocharging and all-wheel drive also raised the bar for usability. The rear-drive monster was now somewhat tamed, or put more charitably the Turbo was now more exploitable for the everyday driver. Here we have the classic combination of Black and Tan on a 1997 Porsche 911 Turbo S, located in Cleveland, with just 9,307 miles on it. While not as absolutely eye-catching as some other examples we’ve featured, there is a classic look to this black Turbo that certainly will strike broad appeal.

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Tuner Tuesday “What Not To Wear” Porsche Faceoff – 1977 911 Turbo Cabriolet v. 1994 Strosek 911 Turbo S Widebody Speedster

Tuner Tuesday “What Not To Wear” Porsche Faceoff – 1977 911 Turbo Cabriolet v. 1994 Strosek 911 Turbo S Widebody Speedster

Here’s something a little different for Tuner Tuesday! Last July and September respectively I wrote up two terribly expensive and terribly tuned 911 convertibles. The first was a Strosek 911 Turbo S Speedster back in July, and the second was a 1977 911 Targa that was converted into a 993-bodied turbo cabriolet that was simply marvelous if you believed the interior. In a not particularly surprising development, both are back up for sale having had no takers the first time around. The question I pose to our readers is which is a better (or worse?) deal? I’ve put my original posts below starting with the 1977 and I wasn’t particularly complimentary to either, but let me know in the comments which is really “what not to wear”?

The below post originally appeared on our site September 1, 2015:

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1989 Porsche 944 Turbo with 28,500 Miles

1989 Porsche 944 Turbo with 28,500 Miles

It should come as no surprise that Porsche 944 Turbo prices are on the rise. In fact, in atypical Porsche form it’s quite late to the party. Considering the stratospheric rise of its ostensible competition from BMW and Audi, the 944 Turbo has remained quite affordable for a very long time. That has resulted in a glut of mediocre to poor condition examples; let’s not forget, after all, that this is a Porsche, and servicing a complicated 30 year old example can be beyond the budget of some available to leap over the entry price hurdle. However, one of the Turbo models that have traditionally retained greater value is the later run 1988 S models and 1989 S-spec models. Properly, 1989 models are not referred to as S models, but as they carry all of the same upgrades as the 1988 model many add the suffix to the name. Considering how limited they were in the U.S., at only a reported 1,874 1988s and 1,385 1989s with a handful of 89 spec cars shifted in 1990, it’s not as much of a surprise that they’re prized possessions for many and generally speaking they come to the market in better condition than the earlier ’86/87 models. But not many these days come to market having traveled only 28,500 miles since new:

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1997 Porsche 911 Turbo S – REVISIT

1997 Porsche 911 Turbo S – REVISIT

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The very rare Cobalt Blue Metallic 1997 Porsche 911 Turbo S we featured back in October remains up for sale. The original auction was bid to $295,100, a figure a good bit below where we’d expect it to sell and far below the seller’s current asking price of $795,000. Given the rare color and other features of this Turbo S a high price is to be expected, but I feel like the more likely result will lie somewhere between those two numbers. That puts us pretty far away from a sale here, but for one of the more interesting examples we’ve come across we can expect that it will garner quite a bit of attention nonetheless.

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Motorsports Monday: 1988 Porsche 944 Turbo S

Motorsports Monday: 1988 Porsche 944 Turbo S

I get it. You want to tell your friends that on the weekends you race a Guards Red Porsche Turbo S. But your bank account tells your friends that a Kia Soul is more your speed. What’s a Porschephile to do? Look to the watercooled transaxle cars, that’s what you do. Though prices of 944 Turbo S models have been soaring, if you’re less interested in a pristine, low mile street worthy example, a track prepared car can provide you with the thrills of boosted ownership at a much more reasonable rate. Today’s example shows us why:

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1994 Porsche 911 Turbo S Flatnose – REVISIT

1994 Porsche 911 Turbo S Flatnose – REVISIT

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The Black 1994 Porsche 911 Turbo S Flatnose remains for sale and the sellers have reduced the starting bid significantly from the astronomical price of $950K to the still-insanely-high price of $600K. As this remains a reserve auction the actual selling price may remain the same, but perhaps this time it might actually receive a bid. This is a car we will likely have our eye on for a long time as it could give us one of the few chances to get a handle on what buyers are willing to pay for these ultra-rare Turbos. The price likely is still well above where it needs to be, but with time perhaps it will enter more reasonable territory. It does make me wonder though: what would be a reasonable starting bid for this auction?

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The below post originally appeared on our site January 5, 2016: