The launch of the Porsche Panamera back in 2010 naturally came with mixed reviews. The purists saw it as another money grab and called it ugly, while others saw it as a way to still get their Porsche fix with four seats without buying a Cayenne. Porsche themselves saw it as an attempt to broaden Porsche’s appeal beyond that of hardcore fans, and most importantly, make more money. It was a nice enough car, but even to this day, people call the rear end styling a disaster that the designer threw in the towel on. None the less, Porsche cranked out the typical lineup of a base model, 4, S, 4S, GTS, Diesel, Hybrid, Turbo, and Turbo S options. That totaled five different engine setups if you are counting, and almost every single one of them came with the 7-speed PDK or 8-speed Tiptronic S transmissions. However, there were a few unicorn 6-speed manuals out there in the wild. Word is there were only 146 in total, 50 examples in base model and 96 in V8 Panamera S trim. Today, we found of those 96 up for sale in Paris, France of all places. Be warned, this is not your typical used Panamera for $28,999. Very far from it.
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Currently, almost no one has time to even consider the 8N chassis Audi TT. Itâ€™s old, with the last of the first generation produced 15 years ago and its replacement â€“ the 8J â€“ has also fully completed a production cycle. It doesnâ€™t have the super wiz-bang computers, million horsepower engines, or cut-your-hand-on-the-front-end styling of the new models. A fair amount lay in a state of disrepair; crashed, thrashed and trashed to a point where theyâ€™re nearly given away â€“ quite seriously, thereâ€™s one near me for $1,500. But find a good one, and I think now is the prime time to grab a clean TT that will be a future collectable – and BaT recently has sold a few low mileage examples at or over $20,000. Today’s duo of quattros aren’t nearly as clean or low mileage, but they’re also a lot cheaper. Which would you take?
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2005 Audi TT Coupe 225 quattro on eBay
So were I going to go through the effort to import a car from Germany, I’d probably be looking for an interesting ride that isn’t frequently seen here. Of course, I have a tremendous amount of love for the V8 quattro I just mentioned in my last posting, and Europe got some pretty cool options that never came here. Today I want to take a look at two unique – and very rare – D11s that are on offer in Germany. Despite being the proverbial hen’s tooth, they don’t need to break the bank, either:
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1993 Audi V8 quattro on Mobile.de
The other day an Alpine White M2 briskly blew past me. Itâ€™s amazing how much presence that car has rolling down the road; itâ€™s nearly square-looking and quite mean. Unlike the 1M that preceded it, the M2 hasnâ€™t maintained its pricing on the used market in quite the same way. Right now, the M2 Competition (your only option) stickers at nearly $60,000 with no options but also has a derivative of the S55 from the M3/4. The earlier M2s arenâ€™t quite as mean, and like the 1M they had a turned up version of the normal production motor rather than a â€œSâ€ motor. In this case, itâ€™s a 370 horsepower version of the N55 and they weigh a bit less than the M3/4 (though, only a bit), so performance is on par with similar acceleration numbers. Equipped in lovely Long Beach Blue Metallic with matching contrasting stitching, this particular example also has the ‘slower’ but preferable long-term 6-speed manual. And to make it a bit more sweet, it’s got a few Dinan mods tacked on: