Long before “Dieselgate”, Volkswagen teased us with a performance version of their super-economy car; the short lived 2010 Jetta TDi Cup Edition. What you got for your hard-earned bucks was a basically a Jetta GLi with its heart yanked out and replaced by the thrifty and torque-laden turbodiesel, and for good measure they popped on VW “Thunderbunny” body kit. But this wasn’t just a styling exercise for Volkswagen – they had actively engaged in racing the Jetta TDi in the TDi Cup to help promote the TDi brand, so this car has some racing heritage as well. Only 1,500 were produced in black, red, blue, or today’s white:
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US E30 fans got more M love in the form of the two M-Tech packages – full and appearance – that were available on late-production convertibles. The M Technic Sport Package was also available abroad on coupes, and so that’s what we’re looking at today – a ’91 coupe imported from Japan. It’s equipped with the exterior body kit, with front and rear bumper covers, sill covers, and a unique rear spoiler. You also got front sport seats, a limited-slip differential, Shadowline trim, and M sport suspension. This one is also a “slicktop” model that was ordered without a sunroof, has been fitted with some BBS RS wheels, and has been converted from an automatic to a manual gearbox. The price? Well, let’s just say “to be expected”…
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Just like SUVs have proliferated the production runs everywhere, a new trend has also recently popped up in the German dealerships; multiple configurations of the same car. Go to BMW’s website, and you can configure 8 different SUVs of course, but then you also have the option for the sedan, coupe, convertible, and ‘Gran Coupe’ forms of several series. They range from the Mini-based 2-Series in front-drive (who’d have thunk it?) through the range-topping M8 Gran Coupe. These start at $137,000 before you start adding in options. You’d assume the Isle of Man Green Metallic paint would be expensive, but it was actually a no-cost option! One heck of a deal is the Driving Assistance Package, which gives you lane departure warning, active blind spot monitoring, parking assistance, and a surround-view camera system – all for $100! More expensive is the “Pro” version, which adds in active driving assistance and traffic jam assistance for $1,700. Heated front and rear seats were another $350, Bowers & Wilkins sound was $3,400, and a few more optional accessories brought the MSRP up to $142,275 here. But with just 1,800 miles, you can have this one at a discount!
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It always surprises me when I see paint to sample colors on seemingly ordinary cars that are made to be leased and turned in for the new model three years later. That is exactly what the Macan is because almost none one is buying the entry-level Porsche Macan to be a collector car that is made to be kept forever. That begs the question why spend $13,150 on a color when you know that this isn’t going to be a long-term hold. Yes, it is a Macan GTS, but when you see this asking price, you’ll have to ask why not just spring for a Cayenne GTS.