2008 Porsche 911 Carrera S

Its officially SEMA week and that means seeing all the crazy creations that show up in Las Vegas that you never thought were possible. That is probably because it is not, and really just slapped together and pray it stays that way for three days while sitting at some companies booth to draw attention. In all seriousness, it is fun to see some professional mechanics poke around SEMA cars to see what cars are actually built well, and others that maybe need a little more tweaking. Today’s car, a 2008 Porsche 911 Carrera S up for sale in Florida, was a car built for the Toyo Tires booth at SEMA 2016 and as you can see, is pretty wild. Problem is, it is probably a little too wild. At least for their asking price.

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2008 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG

I’m fortunate enough to work from home or basically anywhere I have a halfway decent internet connection, so a traditional commute for me really isn’t a thing. When I think about it, the only time I actually have to be somewhere at an exact time is when I go to the dentist or get a haircut, but if I buy today’s car that can be eliminated because it might turn me into a penny-less bum who lives on the street. This a 2008 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG and it’s a giant sedan that does 0 to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds and sounds very mean doing it. One of these new would run you close to $135,000 in 2008, but now 11 years later, it is worth less than 20% of that. Why? Because it is a high-performance luxury sedan from a German manufacturer. The only thing that depreciates faster is the timeshare your crazy uncle bought on the Florida coast that gets leveled by a hurricane twice a year.

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Golf Match! Volkswagen GTI Mk.2 v. Mk.3 v. Mk.4 v. Mk.5

Okay, $22,000 is a lot for an old hot hatch, even if it’s the ‘original’. When I was perusing some cars to consider, I noticed that there was a point where Mk.2, 3, 4 and 5 prices were all pretty equivalent. In fact, you can just about buy all four of these cars shown below for the same price as that Kamei X1 GTI. It raises an interesting question; what generation is the one to get at this price point? Certainly a lot depends on priorities – if, for example, you really want a fun daily driver or you’re looking for more of a weekend warrior show car. But let’s look at this group and see which has potential:

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Feature Listing: 2008 BMW 550i M-Sport Dinan 5

It seems that with every progressive generation of BMW 5-series, the gap between the outgoing M5 and the top of the line non-M 5 series narrows considerably. While there wasn’t much of a contest between the E28 M5 and E34 535i, by the end of the E34 run the 540i M Sport was – for all intents and purposes – a M5 without the S38. BMW upped the ante to 400 horsepower in the new E39 M5, once again widening the gap to the 540i model. But the successor E60 545i offered 330 horsepower with matching torque in 2003 alongside the outgoing E39 and once again the gap in performance became much smaller. That gap was made almost imperceptible in 2005, when BMW revised the E60 with the increased displacement in the N62 motor.

Now sporting 4.8 liters from the N62B48, the new “550i” now had 360 horsepower and 361 lb.ft of torque – a near match for the S62. What was perhaps more amazing was that the new N62 also nearly matched the torque of the new E60 M5’s S85 V10. But while that screaming V10 produced far more horsepower, the peak torque was reached only at 6,100 revolutions – hardly practical in your daily commute. In comparison, peak twist on the N62 came at a much more realistic 3,400 r.p.m.s, and on the fly these 550is were – and still are – seriously quick sedans. They also introduced the next generation of design language and computer technology into the 5-series. Some love the look while others lambaste the design. While it’s certainly not my favorite 5, at least it’s distinctive and different in a world full of cookie-cutter designs and dare I say I think it may look better today than it did new – perhaps a testament to its avant-garde lines. While the lust-worthy V10 captures the imagination of enthusiasts, day-to-day the 550i is likely as fast 95% of the time and much cheaper to get into and run. Couple that with a host of Dinan upgrades and you’ll easily surprise M owners for half the price of the V10:

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2008 Mercedes-Benz C300 6-Speed

Believe or not, if you want a 6-speed manual in your run-of-the-mill Mercedes-Benz C-Class, you could actually buy one in the United States. Mercedes offered a small handful of them starting with the W203 and even more surprisingly carried that over to the next generation W204. Before you get too excited, these gearboxes were only offered on non-AMG cars and even finding one is nearly impossible because you can probably guess what the target market is for a base C-Class in America. Today, I finally found one that is worth taking a look at because the interior isn’t falling apart yet. This 2008 C300 up for sale in Maryland looks very nice and even has a good service history. Question is, would you even consider this car seeing as what this one costs over 10 years later?

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2008 Mercedes-Benz CLK63 AMG Black Series

One of the most interesting modern Mercedes-Benz models ever to hit to the United States, at least in my opinion, is the CLK63 AMG Black Series. I never quite understood why the W209, a model that is as pedestrian as it gets, was blessed with Black Series treatment along with the R171 SLK55, R230 SL65, C204 C63 and of course, the SLS. America got all of those models except the SLK55, which again, is surprising seeing that only 349 CLK63 AMG Black Series were ever imported. We didn’t get cheated on these cars as they look much different that the regular CLK63 with massive fender flares, a DTM-style steering wheel and side bolsters on the seats large enough to make the new Honda Civic Type-R jealous. Throw in 500 horsepower, a limited-slip differential, bigger brakes, adjustable suspension and a different exhaust, and you have a car that the market believes will stay expensive for a very long time. This example with a little over 17,000 miles for sale in California, is no different.

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Green Hell: 2008 BMW M3

We’re on a bit of a modified car kick, so I wanted to continue with a superlative BMW. In this case, it’s not a classically modified example, but rather a very recent one. For a long time, modifying cars was relatively easy – they came from the factory usually in a pretty tame form with a lot of potential – from aerodynamic tweaks to suspension overhauls and, of course, more power. But when you consider the E9X BMW M3, you have to really wonder if an aftermarket company could improve upon the design. After all, with the S65 4.0 V8 that revs to 8,400 RPMs and generates nearly 420 horsepower in completely stock form, how much better could you really make it?

That hasn’t stopped companies from trying, and relative unknown IND took on the task of making a Nürburgring-inspired E92 M3 the ultimate dual purpose street/track weapon. Did they succeed, and how have the mods held up?

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2008 Porsche 911 GT3 RS

Of the various iterations of the GT3 RS to now exist the 997.1 is the one I most consistently return to in my mind. I think that is in part because it was the first model to make it to our shores, but for me it also is the model that brings everything together in just the right package. The Orange/Black ones remain the 911 I aspire to most. The 997.2 is the better car and some may find the looks better, but they’ll cost you a bit more and that nostalgia of being the first still brings me back to the 997.1. They look great, are great performers, and as we’ll see with this one can come in at pretty attractive prices.

I featured one a few months back that pretty much is my ideal. Here we have another one though this time in the much less common color combination of Arctic Silver with Orange accents. It currently resides in southern California and sits with about 20,400 miles on it. As an added bonus, for extra cost it’ll come with a set of very desirable and fantastic factory GT2 seats.

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Sepia Brown 2008 Porsche 911 Turbo Coupe

I’m going to be upfront here, I don’t really like Sepia Brown on modern Porsches. So this paint-to-sample 2008 Porsche 911 Turbo Coupe, located in Pennsylvania, isn’t the car for me. However, Sepia Brown is a historic Porsche color and I have seen a variety of examples from the early years where it did look quite good. It is a color that has its fans. I just don’t find there to be enough areas of accent or trim on something like the 997 to help break things up. Being a non-metallic color it all ends up looking a little too flat and a little too brown. Perhaps on a GT2 or GT3 RS, with their various vents, wings, and strakes along with ample black trim, it would look quite good. In fact, thinking about it, that just might work.

Nonetheless, this particular 911 Turbo does look in remarkably good condition and with only 10,870 miles on it the mileage is quite reasonable as well. So don’t worry about whether I like it. It’s a good one.

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2008 Porsche 911 GT2

I’ve had my eye on the 911 GT2 a lot lately. Mostly that’s because we’re seeing the GT2 RS hit our shores. There are a lot of those for sale and you probably shouldn’t buy one. With very few exceptions, they’re all kind of the same too. As I was looking at those and their insane prices I came across this 2008 Porsche 911 GT2 with 18,511 miles on it and an asking price less than half what sellers are asking for the current GT2 RS. Don’t get me wrong – the GT2 RS is the better car. It has 700 hp, all kinds of crazy aero, a boatload of lightweight materials, and plenty of tech to help you get around a track as quickly as possible. It laps the Nürburgring around 45 seconds faster than the GT2 we see here. That is not an insignificant difference and the sort of thing we probably should expect with a full decade of continued development under its wings.

But I look at this GT2 and realize that it’s a much better looking car. It has a manual transmission. With 523 hp on tap it isn’t exactly suffering for power and with that power being channeled entirely to the rear wheels the driving experience surely will hold your attention and be plenty exhilarating. It’s a phenomenal car that very few are capable of fully exploiting and I wonder if maybe I’m spending too much time looking at the wrong thing.

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