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Month: September 2022

2005 Audi A8L W12 quattro

About a year ago, I took a look at the top of the heap for Audis in the early 2000s – the A8 W12.

2009 Audi A8L W12 quattro

With a sticker price of roughly $120,000, they were about five times more expensive than an A4 1.8T quattro. For that, you got more room, more luxury, and more power – 450 horsepower, to be exact. Standard luxuries were also impressive; Audi’s MMI system, 16-way power front seats trimmed in Valcona leather upholstery and equipped with massage elements and ventilation, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, Bose surround sound, polished wood trim, powered rear side window shades, heated front and rear seats…essentially, this was a Swiss ski resort that could move pretty quickly – to the Swiss ski resort. Today’s car also had some pricey options; the $2k adaptive cruise control system, 20″ wheels, a solar sunroof, and a special interior and full leather upgrade.

Last year’s example came to market with 60k miles and a $68k asking price – pretty hard to justify in my mind. Today’s car? Well, let’s say it’s been well used, but it still looks good. What does the high-mileage discount equate to?

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2005 Audi A8L W12 on eBay

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1997 Porsche 911 Turbo S

I love a good story, and I love even more when those good stories involve Porsche 911 Turbo S cars. This wonderful 1997 Turbo S for sale in Munich, Germany is the reportedly press car for all of the 993 Turbo S literature and events thus built with some very special parts. Boy, do I love these cars.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1997 Porsche 911 Turbo S at Weekend Heroes

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2022 Porsche Cayenne Turbo

Someone here knew what they were doing. Generally, when product allocators sit in their cubicles somewhere in state that gave them the biggest tax break to set up operations there, they cast a far and wide net mixed with a little bit of strategy. They want vehicles that are appealing and easy to sell to the most amount of people possible. That means lots of neutral colors, but also understanding that cars that have certain options go to certain places. A car with the Cold Weather Package probably doesn’t need to be dumped at a dealer in Miami, and a convertible in Speed Yellow isn’t likely to get allocated to Fargo, North Dakota. However, you do have that handful of custom orders that don’t need any of that given you know exactly where the car is going and who is buying it.

Today, I think we might have one of those cases based on the specification, but sadly it looks like it never went into the garage of the person who ordered it given it has just 81 miles. You’ll see what I mean.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2022 Porsche Cayenne Turbo on eBay

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2003 Audi RS6

From the end of the C3 chassis we looked at the other day to the launch of the C5 was just a scant 7 years. The styling was evolutionary and instantly recognizable, but the C5 really broadened Audi’s offerings in the U.S. market. Building on the success of the A4, Audi launched not only the normal sedan and wagon offerings, but the return of the S6 and introduction of new 2.7T performance models, along with the Volvo-challenging Allroad.

The pinnacle of the C5 was, of course, the twin-turbocharged all-wheel drive version you see here built by Audi’s skunkworks, quattro GmbH. With assistance from VAG-owned Cosworth Engineering, the resulting BCY motor cranked out a peak 444 horsepower at 5,700 rpms and an impressive 415 lb.ft of torque between 1,950 rpms and 5,600 revs. The body, brakes, wheels and suspension were all upgraded by quattro GmbH too, with plenty of technology incorporated to transfer the power to the ground and keep the RS6 planted. Though it was saddled with an automatic transmission only and tipped the scales at a massive 4,050 lbs, the tenacious all-wheel drive, computer programming and massive power resulted in a 4.4 second 0-60 sprint, besting both the contemporary M5 and E55 AMG. The RS6 had 14.4″ front brakes, dynamic ride control, and meaty 255-section Pirelli P-Zeros to control that speed. Lowered ride height, flared sills and fenders and giant gaping intakes and exhaust along with signature honeycomb grills set the stage for how these cars have looked since.

The first RS model imported to the U.S., Audi expected to sell 860 at nearly $80,000 a pop. But they didn’t. They sold more, such was the demand, with an estimated 1,200 making the journey to North America. But as with basically all complicated, fast older German cars, they’re not worth what they were new, making them very tempting in the used marketplace. And there are a lot of used RS6s out there to choose from at any given time – currently, there are 10 available just on eBay. The thing is, you should avoid most of them. But not this one:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2003 Audi RS6 on eBay

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2000 Mercedes-Benz G500

If you know, you know. That was the general consensus if you owned a Mercedes-Benz G-Class in the United States prior to 2002. You couldn’t just ride on down to the local dealer to cut a check for a G-Wagen, you had to actually call up Europa International to cut an even bigger check. However, even knowing what Europa International was in the infancy of the internet was a big accomplishment, let alone actually buying a G from them.

Today, we have one of the pre-2002 G-Wagens that reportedly is still with its original owners. That counts for something, right?

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2000 Mercedes-Benz G500 on eBay

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