2009 Porsche Cayenne GTS

If you’ve read this website long enough, you’ll know I don’t like SUVs. My reasons for this disdain are numerous, from people who would never use them off-road to the fact that many have aesthetics which would make a prison execution chamber look sleek. If I’m going to be forced at gunpoint to own one, it better be damn well interesting. Enter this 2009 Porsche Cayenne GTS. Sure, on the outside it doesn’t look any much different than your usual heavy beast derived from the Volkswagen Touareg, but what’s that protruding from the center console? A manual gearbox?! Yes, this is one of the very rare Cayenne GTSs to come so equipped in 2009. Apparently just over 30 of these three-pedal off-roaders were sold in 2009, this lower mileage one for sale in New Hampshire being one of them.

Click for details: 2009 Porsche Cayenne GTS on eBay

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Double Take: Audi A6 3.0T quattro Avant

Last week I wrote up a 2007 A6 3.2 quattro Avant S-Line, the end of a dying breed of luxury wagons from German manufacturers. But before they fully dismissed the large wagon from U.S. shores, Audi went out with a bang when it refreshed the A6 in 2009. Minor updates to styling once again brought the A6 in line with the new design language from Audi, but the real change was under the skin. As they had with the previous models, in an attempt to save some weight from the large Audis the company utilized aluminum throughout; the 3.0Ts featured aluminum hood and fenders like the previous generation S6 had. Additionally, just like the 3.2 had been, the new 3.0T was an aluminum block; the decrease in displacement was more than made up for with a literal boost from the supercharger. With a full 20% power increase to 300 horsepower and 310 lb.ft of torque at a low 2,500 rpm, the new 3.0T was a much better performer than the 3.2 FSi V6 had been and was, briefly, a defacto S-Avant that was missing from the lineup. On top of that, the new supercharged layout meant power increases are much easier to attain; as Chris Harris demonstrated with his stunning S4 v. RS4 comparison. Audi also moved away from its “S-Line” designations towards the new strata of Premium, Premium Plus ($1,400), and Prestige ($3,200) levels which added levels of electronic wizardry and small detail difference. That was on top of the raised base price, now $60,200 in 2010. If you though the 3.2 was rare, the 3.0T is downright hard to find even though they’re nearly new.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2011 Audi A6 3.0T quattro Avant on Cargurus

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Tuner Tuesday: 2009 Maybach 57S RENNtech

Sometimes, enough just isn’t enough. The Maybach perhaps personifies that statement better than any other single car produced by Mercedes-Benz. The W221 S-Class certainly is no slouch, even with the smallest motor fitted. But, someone at Mercedes-Benz said it wasn’t enough, so they fit it with a 5.5 liter V12 twin-turbo motor producing 500 horsepower. But then, that wasn’t enough, so they made an AMG version with a M275 6.0 liter twin-turbo V12 which produced 604 horsepower and a mind-bending 738 lb-ft of torque. Insane, right? Well, then someone at Mercedes-Benz said that wasn’t enough, either, and they fit those W221 internals into the even less pedestrian Maybach 57S. In the past few years, Mercedes-Benz has been known for their nutty excess, but even this was really over the top. So over the top, in fact, that very few people bought them – in 2010, despite a budding luxury car market world-wide, Maybach only sold a reported 157 examples of their version of ultimate luxury worldwide, and in 2012 closed down all-together. But some people did buy them, and for them, of course, the standard Maybach wasn’t enough. So off to RENNtech this particular example went for their “package 1” which involves a reflashed computer and new intercooler pump. Sound mild? The result is 670 horsepower and 840 lb-ft of torque:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2009 Maybach 57S RENNtech on eBay

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2009 Audi S4 Cabriolet

Of the three Audi B7 S4 body styles, the cabriolet was always the least appealing in my eyes. I never really cared for the B7 sedan much either as the B7 Avant is pretty much perfect but I still thought it was more appealing than the drop top, until recently. Having now owned a B7 S4 Avant I know the strengths and weaknesses of the car, I understand it’s purpose and oddly enough I think the vibe of the car is well suited for a convertible option.

The great thing about an S4, particularly the B7 generation, is that the cars don’t look particularly fast. They’re pretty run of the mill in terms of the styling save for a few details here and there. That’s what I’ve always loved about them and what made driving the Avant so much fun. Just as nobody expects the inquisition, nobody expects for a V8 to be shoehorned into such a small car, let alone a wagon. I think the same can be said of a convertible even though losing the roof is a quick way to attract more attention. Still, the B7 S4 cabrio is conservatively styled and no one will likely give you a second glance until you go roaring by them with the 4.2L V8 at full throttle. The motor is what makes this car desirable, especially since this is at the very end of the B7 manufacturing run. These 2009 M/Y S4 cabrios were the last cars of the generation to use these motors since the sedan and avant ended their run in 2008. This should add some piece of mind for a potential buyer because the later production S4s had a much lower rate of timing chain failure resulting in drainage of the wallet or fiery death. This particular example has just 54k on the clock, further adding to my belief that it’s a good buy for someone looking to enjoy the wind in their hair at a rather high rate of speed.

Year: 2009
Model: S4 Cabriolet
Engine: 4.2 liter V8
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Mileage: 54,949 mi
Price: $28,980 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2009 Audi S4 Cabriolet on eBay

2009 Audi S4 quattro 2dr Convertible All Wheel Drive (4.2L 8cyl ) with Brilliant Black Exterior, Black Interior. Loaded with 4.2L V8 Engine, Automatic Transmission, Leather Seats, Power Front Seats, Heated Front Seats, Leather Steering Wheel Trim, Paddle Shifters, Audio Steering Wheel Controls, CD Audio System, Bose Premium Speakers, Navigation System, Power Windows, Power Door Locks, Power Exterior Mirrors, Fog Lights, Xenon HID Headlights, 18 Inch Alloy Wheels and more.

VIN WUARL48H29K900001 / STOCK # (900001)

Though it shares nearly everything with it’s hardtop brethren, the S4 cabrio does have a few unique details. For one thing the seats are not branded Recaros but they do look to be similarly bolstered to the ones found in the sedan and Avant so that’s a minor difference. Also the entire dash is different from the sedan/Avant, sharing the round vents and deeply inset gauge cluster with the B6 cabrio. The rear of the car has taillights similar to the B6 as well but they look marginally better thanks to being a little less rounded off and the clear strip running along the bottom versus the square of a B6.

Other than those things, the B7 S4 cabrio is the same as the sedan and Avant, aside from having the ability to help get you way more Vitamin D than the other two, why get one? I’d still get the Avant over the cabrio everytime but what I now understand having owned one is these cars are first and foremost cruisers. Yes, they can excel at track or in the canyons provided they’ve been built out properly but I think they’re best enjoyed on long stretches of winding road. Given that this example is an automatic I think it’s even more so a city cruiser than a V8 powered sled begging to be driven hard. Some engines are best enjoyed in the most hardcore body they can be put in but I think that in this case, the 4.2 liter singing to you with the top down beats it doing so in the sedan, maybe even the avant…maybe.

Cheers,

-Andrew

Wagon Week: 2009 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen TDI

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When I think roadtrip vehicle, my mind immediately goes to the frugal and capable Jetta TDI. When driven carefully, they can far exceed their standard MPG ratings while swallowing tons of gear. All this with class-leading comfort and style in the interior. My main gripe is the unattractive front end, but in my dreams I just throw a TDI Cup front end on it, creating a seriously good-looking wagon. This 2009 Sportwagen has a lot of positives – low mileage, 6-speed manual, panoramic roof and premium sound are all boxes I’d want ticked. The glaring downside is the rebuilt title, which we know is always a big liability. A full inspection could suss out if the driver’s-side collision really was minor and if everything is good to go. Rebuilt titles mean low resale values – maybe not ideal if you sell it in the future, but if everything checks out it creates an insane deal on an ultimate roadtrip machine.

Click for details: 2009 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen TDI on eBay

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2009 Audi S5

As depreciation continues to work its wonderful magic, there are a number of excellent cars falling into the sub $30k range which is the cap of what I consider to be reasonable at this point in my life. If you’ve got $30k to spend on a car then then the field is wide open, E90 M3s, 987 Caymans and the B8 S5 are all options. At that price point they’re most likely not the garage queen you dream of but clean, mechanically solid examples with relatively low miles are out there. I think this particular car is one of those examples, and with just under 70k on the clock it looks to have been well cared for. I guess that’s what starting life as a corporate fleet vehicle in California will do for a car.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2009 Audi S5 On eBay

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2009 Mercedes-Benz SLR Stirling Moss

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Until recently, Mercedes-Benz could be considered a conservative automotive company. Occasionally they would drop a bombshell, releasing a peculiar beast such as the 300SEL 6.3 or Porsche influenced 500E/E500. The tie up with McLaren to produce the SLR didn’t seem too out of the ordinary, given the collaboration of the two concerns in Formula 1 racing. The Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren was a bit of a 300SL revival, with its doors that swung vertically forward, two-seat layout and grilles on both front fenders. Mercedes had done supercars like this before, but no one could anticipate the special edition that was coming. The SLR Stirling Moss.

Named after the famed British racing driver and built to commemorate Mercedes’ participation in the famed Mille Miglia race, the SLR Stirling Moss was a purpose built, open-roofed hooligan. This car was a true speedster with no windscreen or roof, and shared little externally with the SLR Coupe and Roadster. A split cockpit and roll hoops completed the look, with a 640 horsepower, supercharged V8 provided the motivation. Available only to former SLR owners, only 75 examples would be built. For those wanting a rare and rather current collectable, you can find this Mercedes on offer in Frankfurt, Germany.

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2009 Audi TTS

Please give a warm welcome to our newest writer at GCFSB, Andrew Maness. Andrew is active with his own page over at Jalopnik, The Road Less Driven. Welcome Andrew!

Given that I am currently a card carrying member of ACLA (Audi Club Los Angeles) and I am about to put my B7 S4 Avant up for sale, I am frequently asked “well what kind of Audi are you going to get next?”. It’s a bit presumptive on the persons part to assume that just because I’m a club member that I’m going to stick with the brand. True I do have a lot of love for Quattro driven vehicles but since moving to Southern California from Vermont that love has wained a bit over the last 6 years.

I fell in love with Audi because they’re the oddball of the German brands and I like things that are different. These days their vehicles have lost some of that character but I suppose that’s to be expected given how much the brand has grown in the last decade. 2009 marked a turning point for the brand as that’s when they killed off arguably the best body style they ever had (B7 pride!) and dropped their partnership with Recaro. However 2009 wasn’t all bad news as they also offered an S model of the TT coupe for the first time. I’ve always had a soft spot for the TT ever since Tom Cruise spun one off a cliff in MI:2 and the second generation body style is one of my favorite Audi designs. It looks especially good in white but one must resist the urge to “stromtrooper” the vehicle. Black wheels are overrated people, trust me, been there done that. I would however support powder coating the signature TTS gas cap, that’s a tasteful modification.

Click for details: 2009 Audi TTS On Cars.com

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2009 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen TDI

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It is with a slight bit of envy that I’ve noticed that each Jetta Sportwagen I pass in the Bay Area has the little TDI emblem on the back. It is the mark of the modern young suburban professional family that is environmentally friendly but doesn’t quite have the cash or ostentatiousness to buy a Tesla. When the Sportwagen TDI first came out, there were waitlists here and even today they hold their value remarkably well, with low-mileage examples demanding anywhere from the high teens to the mid-$20ks. To find one for cheaper than that, you’re usually looking at high-mileage commuters or dealing with rebuilt titles, but every once in a while you can find a middle-grounder like today’s 2009 model that won’t break the bank.

With 80k miles, DSG, and a 4-year warranty this silver Sportwagen is a great all-around commuter or roadtripper for a nice price.

Click for details: 2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Sportwagen on eBay

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Tuner Tuesday Turbo Quattro Coupes: 2004 TT 3.2 quattro HPA Turbo and 2009 R8 4.2 Heffner Twin Turbo

When they launched the original Quattro, Audi redefined how performance could be packaged. With supercar performance but day to day practicality, the Quattro established a niche that made Audi unique amongst not only German manufacturers, but indeed the automotive world. Since then, however, the idea of all-wheel drive and turbocharged platforms have spread not only to sister companies Porsche and Volkswagen, but indeed to Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Porsche, Opel and even outside Germany to Japan. So Audi once again redefined its packaging; in the case of the TT, they brought expensive styling to the masses, and in the case of the R8, they brought supercar performance and packaging to a 911 budget. But it’s not just Audi that has raised its game; tuning firms are held to much higher standards then they were in the 1980s. Go back and look at some early Callaway turbo setups, for example, and you’ll see what was cutting edge in the 1980s – levels of fit and finish that just aren’t acceptable today, along with driving characteristics not suitable to most owners. Computerized engine management has transformed what is possible in the tuning world to the point where today’s packages often retain OEM-levels of driveability with otherworldly performance on tap. Two great examples of this can be found in HPA’s turbocharged Audi TT and Heffner’s twin-turbocharged Audi R8:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2004 Audi TT 3.2 quattro HPA Turbo on eBay

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