Wanna get weird? Let’s get weird – Centro 911 2010 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet

Have you ever looked at the McLaren F1’s centrally mounted seating position and thought to yourself, “Yes, this is what I need for my everyday commute”? Well have no fear because a solution has presented itself under the guise of this otherwise fairly basic 2010 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet. The cliche is that a picture is worth a thousand words so I will leave it to the pictures to describe this Carrera’s transformation. I won’t lie, things get a little weird.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: Centro 911 2010 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet at Atlanta Luxury Motors Roswell

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2010 Porsche Cayenne S Transsyberia

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The Porsche Cayenne is always a sore subject when brought up. Often the primary transportation of upper-middle class housewives such as Carmela Soprano and alike, the Porsche purist cringes when one drives by. But in 2010, Porsche decided to add a little flair to it’s normally mundane and mall cruising SUV to honor their victories in the Transsyberian Rallies. What we got was a truly off-road capable vehicle. This 2010 Porsche Cayenne S Transsyberia located in Central Illinois can have you ready to tackle the woods in your Porsche — if you don’t mind the color orange.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2010 Porsche Cayenne S Transsyberia for sale on duPont Registry

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2010 Audi A4 2.0T Quattro Avant

I’ll spare readers my usual rant about how I don’t like SUVs. But what I don’t like even more than SUVs is when their popularity precludes me from buying a car in the US that I normally would want, such as the Audi S4 Avant. Audi hasn’t offered a non-Allroad style Avant since 2012, which is a shame, given how attractive the B8 A4 Avant was. At least the US got a few years production sent over here, though. This 2010 A4 Avant 2.0T finished in Deep Sea Blue Pearl has got me pining for the days of when Audi understood its traditional customer. The all-wheel drive Avant driving customer.

Click for details: 2010 Audi A4 2.0T Quattro Avant on Hemmings Motor News

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2010 Porsche 911 GT3

Porsche’s announcement that their most track-focused, but road-going, homologation vehicles, the GT3 and GT3RS, would no longer be available with a traditional manual transmission was met with a fair degree of consternation among Porsche enthusiasts. Porsche’s reasons were straightforward: around a track, the natural habitat of these cars, a PDK-equipped 911 is faster than a traditional manual. That is all well and good and not an insignificant point for as track-focused a machine as these cars aspire to be. But it still leaves us cold. Rowing your own gears is part and parcel of the driving experience from which so many of us derive our enjoyment. That makes the 997-derived GT3 and GT3RS the last of the breed. Or at least for now. Here we have a Black 2010 Porsche 911 GT3, located in Ohio, with just 4,525 miles on it. First released as a variant of the 996, the 997 GT3 began as a 3.6 liter flat-six sending 415 hp toward the rear wheels before receiving a small bump to 3.8 liters and 435 hp all transmitted via a 6-speed manual transmission. These remain some of the absolute best performance vehicles Porsche has produced and are sure to have a long and devoted following.

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Motorsport Mondays: 2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDi Cup

Not that long ago, if you were at a gathering of automobile enthusiasts and said you had a diesel race car, you would likely have been laughed out of the group. And if I’m completely honest, I probably would have been one of those laughing. The term “diesel” coupled with “performance” just were two words at opposite ends of the spectrum to me even as recently as the mid 1990s. I recall that I had a friend who was very excited about the then relatively new TDi Golf and Jetta, reciting from carefully memorized brochures the fuel economy figures in any given situation. But then, something strange happened. I grew up and got a job where I had to drive – a lot – and was footing my own gas bill. Suddenly, the concept of 50 m.p.g. and having something a little different than the typical performance cars made sense to me. I was contemplating all sorts of weird permutations, generally into the cars I owned. For example, I thought the concept of swapping a diesel motor into the V8 quattro chassis was an interesting one, or for that matter an Audi S6 – the look of performance, but the mileage and run-for-eternity longevity of a diesel motor. Then Volkswagen did us all a favor and started bringing over performance versions of their TDi cars, starting with the Jetta TDi Cup Edition. An effective homologation of their one-make race series, the TDi Cups were essentially a GLi with the TDi powerplant – and offer performance in corners to make things fun coupled to fuel economy that makes life more practical:

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2010 Porsche 911 GT3

For 911 buyers who want extra power, but without going the route of forced induction, the 911 GT3 (and its sibling the GT3 RS) makes for a fantastic alternative. Always considered more track-focused than the 911 Turbo, the GT3, through a combination of added lightness and added power, attempts to extract every ounce of ability from the 911’s already excellent chassis without going for a full track-focused setup. Performance with civility. While the GT3 only first debuted in 1999 as part of the 996 lineup, Porsche has long offered variants of this sort and they are consistently excellent and as equally revered. The car we have featured here is a Guards Red 2010 Porsche 911 GT3 located in San Francisco, which delivers its 435 hp to the rear wheels via a 6-speed manual transmission.

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2010 Porsche 911 GT3

Ever since the release of the iconic Carrera RS in 1973, Porsche has periodically introduced production cars so as to fulfill homologation standards for road racing series in which they planned to race the 911. Not surprisingly, these cars are highly regarded and sought after. While the GT3 RS takes buyers a little closer to a RSR, the GT3 remains an excellent alternative for most drivers and possesses probably 95% of the GT3 RS’s performance for a bit less cost. For all but the most devoted racer or collector the GT3 probably even represents better overall value. The car featured here, a 2010 Porsche 911 GT3, comes from the 2nd generation of the 997 and features a 3.8 liter flat-six delivering 435 hp to the rear wheels via a 6-speed manual transmission. Like many of these cars this one has seen very few miles.

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2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDi Cup Edition

2014 will reportedly introduce to the U.S. a car that many Volkswagen fans have been eagerly awaiting – the Golf “GTD” TDi. Basically a GTi with the turbo diesel in place of the 2.0T, the GTD looks great, drives wonderfully and gets some fantastic mileage. But go back a few years and we basically already had the prototype here; the short lived 2010 Jetta TDi Cup Edition. What you got for your hard earned bucks was a basically a Jetta GLi with it’s heart yanked out and replaced by the thrifty and torque-laden turbo diesel. 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, white, blue, or today’s Salsa Red:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDi Cup Edition on eBay

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2010 Volkswagen Eos

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Weird but true: I’ve always liked the Volkswagen Eos. From the first time I saw a new one in 2007, the Eos always grabs my attention. It’s cute without being “cute”, it’s aggressive without being overstated, it’s clever without feeling over thought. I love the retractable hardtop; it gives you great coupe looks with the top up and a nice clean look with the roof stored away. As a 4 season convertible, Volkswagen just looked like they got it right. Most of the Eos were shipped to the U.S. with automatic transmissions, but a few early on got a 6 speed manual mated to the 200 horsepower 2.0T found in the GTi. The result? A convertible GTi that’s lost the “hatchback” look. Aimed squarely at the BMW and Mercedes crowd, these were never a cheap option but today you can grab a lightly used model for about the same price as a lightly equipped Golf. Take a look at today’s fantastic in Salsa Red over Cornsilk Beige interior:

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Year: 2010
Model: Eos
Engine: 2.0 turbocharged inline-4
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 50,423 mi
Price: $21,981 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2010 Volkswagen Eos on eBay

Year:
2010
VIN:
WVWAA7AH4AV011022

Make:
VOLKSWAGEN
Stock:
9642

Model:
Eos 2dr Conv Manual Komfort
Condition:
CERTIFIED PRE-OWNED

Body:
CAR
Title:
CLEAR

Engine:
2.0L I4 16V GDI DOHC Turbo
Exterior:
SALSA RED

Cylinders:
4
Interior:
CORNSILK BEIGE

Transmission:
MANUAL
Warranty:
Volkswagen Certified Pre-Owned

Mileage:
50423

Economy:
City 21 MPG / Highway 31 MPG

This is the perfect Eos package; the Salsa Red is a gorgeous deep bluish red, the beige interior is the one you’d want with the top down (think: black=bacon), and this car is equipped with the 2.0T mated to the 6 speed manual. Win! Further, although this is a “Komfort” model it’s equipped with the upgraded and nice looking “Le Mans” alloys. Sure, this isn’t the performance monster than many people would dream of, but it’s a great all-around car that is economical to run, sporty when you want it, has good looks and is a true 4 seat convertible. At $22,000, it’s not cheap, but it’s a lot of car for the money and with a CPO warranty you can get a few years of topless fun in before worrying about maintenance. If you don’t want the social stigma of driving a Cabrio, a Z3, an SLK, a TT or a Boxster, the Eos remains a great option.

-Carter

Convertible Week: 2010 Volkswagen Eos

The Volkswagen Cabrio was the company car of sororities everywhere and the dream vehicle for every high school girl out there. It was also a car that Volkswagen got a lot of mileage out of, with the Mk1 chassis living on in open roofed duty until 1993, and the Mk3 living on well after Mk4 production commenced. The Cabrio exited stage right in 2002, and Volkswagen would be without a convertible until the Eos came along in 2006. This was a complete rethink for the drop top Volkswagen, as a folding hardtop was now in place of the cloth roof, adding greater all weather practicality but increasing the cost significantly. North American customers could order their Eos with the 2.0 liter TSI four cylinder or VR6 engine, mated to either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed DSG automatic.

This Eos for sale outside of Philadelphia is looking rather beachy in its light blue metallic color and has the popular four cylinder/DSG gearbox combination.

Year: 2010
Model: Eos
Engine: 2.0 liter inline four
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Mileage: 21,100 mi
Price: $24,351

2010 Volkswagen Eos on eBay

6 Speed DSG automatic transmission $1,100.00 option, 17 inch LeMans alloy wheels $450.00 option, splash guards $200.00 option, touch screen am/fm radio, power moonroof, 3 spoke multi-function steering wheel, heated seats, Bluetooth, 6 disk in-dash cd changer, dual digital climate control, SD card reader, fog lamps, ESP traction control, cruise control, heated side mirrors, power driver seat, tilt and telescoping steering wheel, satellite radio, AUX input, keyless entry, alarm, power windows-locks-mirrors. This car is excellent condition inside and out with no disappointments.

The vehicle is covered by the remainder of the factory VW bumper to bumper warranty and no charge maintenance plan until 3 years or 36,000 miles. Also the factory VW powertrain warranty until 5 years or 60,000 miles.

For our readers, the Eos probably isn’t high on the shopping list when it comes to drop tops, but the car does have its merits. They have held their value pretty well and do offer a the luxury of a hardtop with four seats for a lot less than some of its German competition. One factoid that pleases me is that the Eos is that it is built at the AutoEuropa Plant in Palmela, Portugal, just south of Lisbon. As a person of Portuguese heritage, I feel as if I’m coming across a kindred spirit each time I pass one on the road.

-Paul