2012 Audi TT RS

 

If this was my car and I was the kind of person who went in for vanity plates I’d get COPMGNT because that’s what it is. A regular Audi TT isn’t exactly a head turner and the TT S doesn’t demand attention either. Both are fine looking cars but not nearly as fine as the fully hotted up RS version. Yes, I know the differences are subtle but the wider body, 19″ wheels, mesh grille and killer rear valance give the TT body the aggressive look I think it always should have had. Like many of the reviews say, the TT RS is more R8 than TT and I often debate which I’d rather have. I always end up landing on the R8 because gated manual. 

Speaking on manuals, the TT RS we got here in America only came with 3 pedals. Think about that for a second, a modern sports car in America with no automatic option only 3 years ago. If they were smart enough to do it then, why oh why can’t they be smart enough to offer an S3 with a stick now? Sorry to get off topic, sore subject as I’d go in for an S3 with a stick in a heartbeat, but I digress. Audi got a lot of things right with the TT RS, excellent 6spd manual, howling 2.5L inline-5 pushing out 360hp and 343 lb-ft in a 3,312 package. The car was quick, balanced and apparently had minimal understeer for an Audi. I would absolutely love to drive one of these but as they’re actually rather rare, the likelihood of that happening in the near future is slim to none. If you happen to own one of these cars and live in the greater Los Angeles area, please, let me drive your car?

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2012 Audi TT RS on eBAY

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Four-door….or four-door coupe? BMW 550i vs. M6 Gran Coupe

For years, the BMW 5 Series has served as a textbook example of a sports saloon. While BMW kept perfecting this genre of automobile, Mercedes-Benz spotted an opportunity in the market, developing a whole new vehicle sector: the four-door coupe. The phrase seems an oxymoron but what you are really getting is a four-door vehicle with a much more swept back roofline and four-place seating in most cases. Even Volkswagen muscled their way into this segment with their Passat CC.

Today we’ll take a look at two recent BMW offerings, both with V8 engines mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox: the 550i and the M6 Gran Coupe. We’ll start with this 2012 550i for sale in North Carolina.

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2012 Volkswagen Golf R

Who doesn’t love a hot hatch? The combination of a nimble chassis, lively performance, and versatile practicality has been a winning package for decades now and though they still are less beloved here in the States than they are in Europe we now at least have a few nice options from which we can choose the one that suits our needs. VW, of course, produced one of the most iconic hot hatches of all time and while their current options have departed quite a bit from the excellent lightness of the original GTi, they remain a leader in hot-hatch execution. For 2012 Volkswagen brought us their top performance version, the Golf R. As the replacement for the R32 the Golf R utilized a 2.0 liter turbocharged inline-4 to direct 256 hp to all four wheels through a 6-speed manual. These pack a serious punch when added to the dynamic chassis and all-wheel drive helps smooth out the various problems associated with asking the front wheels to steer and deliver all that power at the same time. With both a 2-door and 4-door as options there’s also plenty of versatility available to those who need it. The example we see here appears to be a lightly used 2-door Rising Blue Metallic 2012 Volkswagen Golf R, located in Dallas.

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Feature Listing: 2012 Volkswagen Beetle

It’s hard to believe, but it’s approaching two decades that the “New” Beetle has been with us. What debuted as the Concept 1 at the 1994 North American International Auto Show begat the New Beetle for the 1998 model year. This revival of an entry-level motoring classic was offered with a 2.0 liter inline-4 or a 1.9 liter TDI engine initially, with a hotter 1.8 liter turbocharged petrol unit arriving shortly thereafter. Everyone from college kids to retirees began snapping these up in their quest for a little bit of nostalgia. These were not the most reliable of Volkswagens, suffering a lot of the same trim and electrical glitches that plagued the car they were based on, the MkIV Golf. A few years on, you could buy one for a song on the used market, and demand for new ones started to wane.

Enter the A5 based Beetle which debuted in 2011 for the 2012 model year. This was a larger, more powerful and feature laden car than its predecessor. Its appearance was meant to ape a bit of the cues from the original Beetle, with a modified roofline and available steel wheels with chromed trim rings and hubcaps. We’re a few years now into the current generation of Beetles, and this 6-speed manual example with low miles comes to us by way of our friends at Euro Automotion in Happy Valley, Oregon.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2012 Volkswagen Beetle at EuroAutomotion

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Tuner Tuesday: 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG Brabus B63

I know that we don’t spend much time on newer Mercedes-Benz products. Well, truth told we don’t spend much time on any newer cars. There are a few reasons; for one, they’re more readily available. I mean, pop on eBay right now and you can have your choice of color, transmission, year, wheel selection and packages of any newer Porsche, BMW, Audi or Mercedes-Benz. So it takes something special for them to stand out a bit for us to take notice. Unfortunately, in my mind most newer Mercedes-Benz models stick out for all of the wrong reasons. Have you ever seen one of those commercials for a local ‘Octoberfest’ celebration? Predictably, they have some poor interpretation of an Oom-pah band in traditional clothing playing a semi-Germanic tune. It always seems a bit forced, much like humor coming from a native German. To me, the newer Mercedes-Benz products are like those commercials. “Ja, of course vee are German!” they seem to shout – while to me, the still retain vestiges of the merger with Chrysler. They’re a bit ostentatious, and while I know they’re motivated by some serious Nimitz-class firepower it just doesn’t really make them appealing to me.

It wasn’t always this way. Go back a generation or two and the cars were still much more refined. I wouldn’t describe them all as the most attractive cars that were on the market, but they retained the understated approach that made Mercedes-Benz famous. In fact, you had to bring your Merc to a tuner to make it ostentatious back in the 1990s. One of the best at making over-the-top Mercedes back then was Brabus. So what do you get when you take an already over-the-top CLS63 AMG and let bonkers Brabus breath on it today?

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG Brabus B63 on eBay

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2012 Porsche 911 Turbo

Porsche is thankfully one of those car companies that still lets you customize your ride beyond what one normally finds in the dealer brochure…provided you come with the checkbook handy. For years, Porsche has offered a “paint to sample” option for buyers who are perhaps a bit bored with the colors in the back of the dealer brochure. This has led to a multitude of interesting liveries over the years, including the second to last 928GTS produced, in a questionable shade of Pearlglanz Metallic over purple interior trimmings. Thankfully, some of these special combinations are less offensive than others. Such is the case with this 2012 Porsche 911 Turbo painted in Gulf Blue with a subtle Espresso Brown leather interior.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2012 Porsche 911 Turbo at Road Scholars

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2012 BMW 328i xDrive Touring 6-speed manual

If there’s one type of car that has a rabid following amongst enthusiasts it is wagons with a manual gearbox. The number of new cars available in this form is few. Good used examples are fast disappearing, with the folks who own and love them hanging on to them like the coin of the realm. The 2007 BMW 328xi Touring we featured early this month sold in short order to another enthusiast who contacted us directly seeking more information. Hopefully, we’ll soon have a recap of that story. In the meantime, if you missed the 2007 E91 Touring, here’s one of the last E91 Tourings for sale in Massachusetts sent to us by our reader Adam, painted in a lesser seen shade of Vermilion Red.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2012 BMW 328 xDrive Touring 6-speed manual at Topsfield Motor Company

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2012 Volkswagen Golf R

I suppose I’m not a very fair consumer, if I’m honest. For years, I decried Volkswagen for depriving Americans of the very best offerings it had. Golf Rallye and Country? Nope, and not the Limited either. Passat G60 Syncro? Nope, we didn’t get that either. There’s a string of great TDis that didn’t come here (and still don’t), along with one of the ones that really bugged me – the 4 door GTi. It just never made sense to me how you could argue the GTi was a super practical car when they made a more practical version that just wasn’t brought here. Of course, that ended with the Mk.V, so then my annoyance turned back to the Golf Limited. Sure, we had the R32 – by all rights, a great car, that was not available in 4-door version in the first generation and then not available in either a 4-door or manual in the second generation. To me, in an effort to be gimmicky Volkswagen had really lost the bit. Apparently I wasn’t alone in that thought, because Volkswagen finally made my GTi wishes come true in 2012 with the U.S. introduction of the spiritual successor to the Golf Limited – the Mk. 6 Golf R. Gone was the VR6, replaced by the more potent and tunable 2.0T which could now be specified with a manual and all-wheel drive, and importantly in 4-door guise. Did I buy one? Nope, because this German wonder priced in at a shocking $36,000 with options. For a Golf, mind you. A year later, if you’re willing to put up with some light wear and tear and some mileage, you can find used examples at or below entry-level two wheel drive GTi prices, such as today’s Carbon Steel Grey Metallic example:

Year: 2012
Model: Golf R
Engine: 2.0 liter turbocharged inline-4
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 44,000 mi
Price: $23,599 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2012 Volkswagen Golf R on eBay

Original owner great car.

On Nov-19-13 at 05:45:51 PST, seller added the following information:

Deposit refundable within 48 hours after inspection if you are not satisfied. You may inspect the car within 3 days of purchase via ebay. Full payment within 7 days of winning auction or deposit is lost.

On Nov-19-13 at 15:59:29 PST, seller added the following information:

No accidents, no paintwork. All service at dealer.

On Nov-29-13 at 11:27:33 PST, seller added the following information:

Car had routine service completed on 11/29/13. Brakes were checked and measured. Was told brakes may last another 40,000 miles. Service records from this visit are in photos. Car needs nothing is ready to go. Nothing needed for at least 10,000 miles until next oil change.

This car is truly the car I wanted Volkswagen to import in 1990, and it looks great – though as with the R32, there’s a heaviness in the appearance of the Golf R that doesn’t seem to me as noticeable in the GTi. Still, it’s the best looking Golf to me since the second generation and the understated performance really channels the Golf Limited well. I’m not a fan of the Talledega wheels and Carbon Grey probably wouldn’t be my choice of color were I paying up front, but due to the mileage on this car you’re getting a pretty substantial discount over the sticker price of just a year ago. Is it worth it? The performance on the Golf R is impressive, moreso to me than either of the previous R32s even if they had a better exhaust note. Add into that 4-door practicality and all-wheel drive performance, and this is truly a giant-slayer of a car at a much more reasonable price that it’s originally offered at.

-Carter

Wagon Week Last Stand: 2012 Mercedes-Benz E63 Wagon

The past several years have not been good for fast wagon fans. Long gone is the Audi S6 wagon, the Audi S4 and A4 leaving us more recently. BMW never even bothered to bring any of the M5 wagons here, nor did Volkswagen bring the Passat R36 – and the Passat wagon has gone altogether. SAAB has gone too, with the Aero wagons gone. So to have gone the WRX and Legacy GT wagons, the Mazdaspeed 6 wagon and the Volvo V70R. Sad days are these when fast wagon choices have evaporated from these shores. But there is one bastion of hope; for a mere $102,000 (MSRP) you can still walk down to your Mercedes-Benz dealer and drive out in the 577 hp monster wagon that is the AMG E63. Bad news, burnout fans – for 2013, it’s all-wheel drive only, but a sideways fan can grab a rear-driver 2012 CPO E63 AMG like this one today:

Year: 2012
Model: E63 AMG
Engine: 5.5 liter twin-turbocharged V8
Transmission: 7-speed automatic
Mileage: 10,686 mi
Price: $84,991 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2012 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG on eBay

2012 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E63 AMG, PLEASE CALL SHAWN BRESSMAN 954-520-2913, WE EXPORT, WE SHIP, WE FINANCE, CPO 100,000 MILE WARRANTY, WE DO HAVE A $699.95 DEALER FEE
Priced To Sell Fast!!!

There you go, German wagon motoring’s last hope for the time being. And a bright note it is! While the newer Mercedes-Benz E class wagons aren’t the best looking, they’re certainly one of the fastest wagons ever produced. Thankfully Mercedes-Benz keeps shipping these this way, even though they’ve lost a bit of their nutitude by switching to all-wheel drive. Still, how long could they have held out against the tide? This is about as good of a E63 rear driver you can get, in a pleasing color combination with the right wheels. At $82,000, it seems like a reasonable deal compared to the new model (considering it, too, is basically new). It’s also the last stand of the great fast German wagons; something to both be proud and sad about at the same time.

-Carter

2012 Audi A8L W12

One car that seems to have gone unnoticed in the Audi lineup in the last few years has been the top dog of the A8 range, the W12. I was surprised myself to go on the Audi USA site yesterday and see that they still offer this über saloon, as the V8 powered A8s and S8 surely get the job done in the power department. However, there is always going to be those customers who just want something over the top. In that case, this W12 for sale in California certainly fits the bill.

Year: 2012
Model: A8L
Engine: 6.3 liter W12
Transmission: 8-speed automatic
Mileage: 18,712 mi
Price: $87,994 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2012 Audi A8L W12 on eBay

2012 Audi A8L W12 6.3 LWB quattro
**CARFAX ONE OWNER**, Maintenance Records Available, and NON SMOKER VEHICLE! GPS Nav! All Wheel Drive! When was the last time you smiled as you turned the ignition key? Feel it again with this great 2012 Audi A8. This rare A8, with grippy AWD, will handle anything mother nature decides to throw at you during one of her bad days at work.

To be honest, I think the W12 powered A8 is one of those cars whose days are numbered. While fuel economy in big engines such as these has improved over the years, the power advantage over eight cylinder lumps isn’t as great as it used to be. Also, for those wanting 12 cylinder power, I’d have to assume they’d go to even higher end marques such as Rolls Royce and VW’s own Bentley, who use a variation of this engine in their lineup. This particular A8 has already lost a sizeable chunk of its original retail price and is sure to lose even more at a rapid rate, so only the well heeled who can afford massive depreciation need apply in this case. Still, it’s neat to marvel at this rare Audi, all the while thinking this may soon be a shining example of what once was.

-Paul