Modern Classic? 2011 Audi R8 V10 Spyder

When judging future collectables, it’s sometimes hard to predict what will be a classic and what won’t. But, it’s a safe bet that halo cars in general will remain the most valuable. Audi re-introduced and re-imagined itself to the world with the introduction of its first halo car, the Quattro. Almost 30 years later, Audi once again re-imagined itself, thanks to acquisitions such as Lamborghini. Whereas the original moved turbocharging and all-wheel drive to the masses, the R8 instead took supercars to a new tier. A celebration of their many wins at Le Mans by the race car of the same designation, the R8 was initially powered by the spectacular 4.2 FSi V8 from the RS4. Later Audi developed its own version of the 5.2 V10 whose sound channeled the original Quattro, and the final development was the introduction of the Spyder model. With slightly revised bodywork – including the removal of the polarizing “blade” the coupe has – the R8 V10 Spyder is a compelling alternative to the 911 Turbo Cabriolet and truly offers supercar-level performance at a relatively budget price:

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2004 VW Touareg V10 TDI

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We’re hitting an interesting time in which the initial generations of truly tech-laden cars are starting to “mature,” and we will begin to see how these various forms of packing 10 pound of technological crap into a 5 pound bag will age. At my Bimmer shop, they noted how they love working on the older cars because they are “real,” and most things can actually be repaired. The owner pointed to an early E65 745i sitting outside the shop and lamented that “anything breaks on that piece of s*** and you might as well buy a whole new car.” The Touareg V10 is certainly on the overwrought spectrum of things, and maintenance on this generation of VW/Audi luxury cars is notoriously spendy. I choose to ignore this reality when V10 TDIs come up because they are such beasts. Not the best looking, not the best value, but hell yes it’s a VW SUV with ten cylinders of diesel-compressing fury.

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2011 Audi R8 V10 Spyder

When I bought my first Audi in 1995, I became a big fan of the marque; but if you had told me then that Audi would produce a V10 mid-engined aluminum supercar in just over a decade, I would have laughed at you. In fact, I think every Audi nut would have laughed at you. Looking back over Audi’s history, the R8 was so out of character with what the company produced it would be as if Ferrari were to produce a Prius. But what was particularly shocking is that it was deeper than just that; it would be as if Ferrari produced a better Prius than Toyota did. The accolades that have been thrown on the R8’s mighty shoulders are equally impressive to what that achievement would be. As the halo car for Audi, the R8 has taken the marque to a whole new level of performance as well as a completely different clientele. For example, I was able to instruct last year at a arrive and drive supercar event – there were three Ferraris, a Lamborghini, a Mercedes-Benz SLS and an Audi R8 4.2 coupe there. That the Audi to even be included in that group was a feat in and of itself, but while the line of people interested in driving the Lamborghini stretched until the horizon the brilliant R8 sat there most of the time lonely. It was ironic, because pretty much universally the instructors all said it was dynamically the best car there.

So, while it still may not be the dream car that hangs on everyone’s walls, the R8 truly offers supercar level performance at a budget price compared to the rare Italian competition. Of the R8s, the true screamer is the 5.2 liter V10, and if you want to get a little (or, a lot) wild you can spec out one in Spyder configuration, such as today’s 2011:

Year: 2011
Model: R8 V10 Spyder
Engine: 5.2 liter V10
Transmission: 6-speed DSG automatic
Mileage: 7,627 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

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– 2011 R8 Spyder –

The Coventry Motorcar is proud to present this low mile R8 in showroom condition. This is a one owner vehicle that’s only traveled 7,627 miles! With a 525hp V10 this exotic supercar won’t dissapoint while coupled to Audi’s R-Tronic dual clutch transmission. The previous owner spec’d this vehicle with a few nice upgrades over the stock R8, these include Premium Leather, Carbon Sigma Mirrors and Carbon Sigma Door Sills.

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HISTORY:

One owner clean history and carfax

TITLE:

Massachussets Clean Title

MOTOR:

BASE SIZE – 5.2 L
CAM – TYPE Double overhead cam (DOHC)
CYLINDERS – V10
VALVES – 40
VALVE TIMING – Variable
TORQUE – 391 ft-lbs. @ 6500 rpm
HORSEPOWER – 525 hp @ 8000 rpm

DRIVETRAIN:

TRANSMISSION- 6-speed R-Tronic Dual Clutch
DRIVE TYPE – quattro All Wheel Drive

WEIGHTS & CAPACITIES:

DRAG COEFFICIENT – 0.36 Cd
CURB WEIGHT – 3726 lbs.
CARGO CAPACITY, ALL SEATS IN PLACE – 3.5 cu.ft.
MAXIMUM CARGO CAPACITY – 3.5 cu.ft.

SUSPENSION:

Double wishbone front suspension
Double wishbone rear suspension
Four-wheel independent suspension
Front and rear stabilizer bar

IN-CAR ENTERTAINMENT:

Bang & Olufsen premium brand speakers
12 total speakers
465 watts stereo output
AM/FM in-dash single CD player,in center console-CD , CD-controller with CD MP3 Playback stereo
Sirius satellite radio
Speed sensitive volume control
Auxiliary MP3 audio input
1 subwoofer(s)
5.1 surround audio (discrete)
Multi-CD located in center console
Memory card slot
Radio data system
USB connection

TELEMATICS:

Hard drive based display w/voice activation and directions navigation system
Pre-wired for phone
Bluetooth wireless data link for hands-free phone
Real time traffic

CONVENIENCE:

Cruise control
Cargo net
Front console with storage
Front cupholders
Front door pockets
Remote trunk release
Retained accessory power
Front seatback storage
Speed-proportional power steering
Universal remote transmitter (for garage door, security system, etc.)
12V front and 12V cargo area power outlet(s)
Front and rear parking sensors
Tilt and telescopic steering wheel
Transmission controls and audio controls on steering wheel

I’ll save you the quick price check on this car; were you to pull up to the dealership and order this car new, price starts at $174,000 without options, taxes or fees. That sure sounds like a lot, but figure it is the best part of $75,000 less than the very similar Lamborghini Gallardo 560-4 Spyder. Really then, this is a cut-rate exotic. With the top down, either engine is impressive sounding but the V10 is the one I’d want behind my shoulders, howling away as I raced up the tachometer. The car on offer today is effectively brand new, with a scant 7,600 miles covered over the last two years. As seems to be the case with most of these R8s, they aren’t losing value very quickly and are in general very well cared for as this car appears to be. The sweet spot for these cars seems to hover between $130,000 and $140,000, so I would expect the reserve is probably set fairly close to there. With a little over two days to go, bidding on this model has been strong but remains about $10,000 shy of the bottom of that market with the reserve still on. At that price, while it’s out of range of most enthusiasts who read this it is pretty incredible value for a basically new supercar.

-Carter

Tuner Tuesday Part 2: 2009 BMW M5 6 Speed Dinan

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This 2009 BMW M5 isn’t really a full Dinan model, but rather a desirable car which has undergone some factory-approved Dinan modifications. Purists rejoiced when the manual option was re-added to the M5, but few seem to come up for sale. This particular model looks just about showroom fresh in metallic black hearkening back to it’s Grandfather E28. But what resides under the hood of this monster is decidedly not from an E28; with nearly double the cylinders and double the horsepower, these M5s will and can take on just about anything you can bring to it. The manual replaces the jerky-at-low-speeds and harsh shifting (not to mention expensive to service) SMG transmission, making the black interior that much more inviting:

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Year: 2009
Model: M5
Engine: 5.0 liter V10
Transmission: 6-speed
Mileage: 65,188 mi
Price: $39,995

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EXCEPTIONAL EXAMPLE OF A WELL CARED FOR M5, 6-SPEED MANUAL TRANSMISSION, ALL DINAN ENHANCEMENTS PURCHASED AND INSTALLED AT BMW OF BRIDGEPORT TOTALING IN EXCESS OF $11,000. (INVOICE INCLUDED) DINAN HIGH FLOW THROTTLE BODIES, DINAN HIGH FLOW MASS AIR METER, DINAN INTAKE ASSEMBLIES, DINAN FREE FLOW EXHAUST, DINAN STAGE 3 SOFTWARE, HEADS UP DISPLAY, NAVIGATION, COMFORT ACCESS, COLD WEATHER, MICHELIN PS2’S, ALL MANUALS, 2-KEYS, CLEAN CARFAX

To me these cars still seem like they just arrived on the market, so it’s amazing to me that they’re priced below $40,000 now. For mid-range 3 series money, this is a lot more car and a lot more special than run of the mill 3er. If you really want to announce your presence in the office park, the Dinan exhaust will do that quite nicely for you. Long term the 6 speed manual is the option I’d choose. This car looks well kept and dealer serviced, so there shouldn’t be any surprises of any sort except for the face on that Porsche 911 Turbo driver as you out accelerate them. Downsides? Like all M5s, there don’t seem to be many – this is truly a car for most occasions!

-Carter

2004 Volkswagen Touareg V10 TDI

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The beast. The V10 TDI version of the Touareg has a checkered past in the US, fluctuating between legal and illegal according to emissions controls throughout its short life. The TDIs on the road now are efficient 6-cylinders, but the original diesel Touareg was made to luxuriously carry occupants on their way to removing large stumps, folding asphalt and embarrassing Silverado 2500HD owners. 553 lb-ft of torque is the headline figure here, and while it was named “Meanest Vehicle for the Environment” in 2007, I think they should drop the “for the Environment” and just name it Meanest Vehicle. At 17mpg city and 24 highway, it doesn’t seem that bad to me. While there are much more attractive interior colors than this one’s grey, they are amazingly supple. Combined with a simple exterior and the modern ubiquity of Touaregs, this is an absolute sleeper of beastness.

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Year: 2004
Model: Touareg V10 TDI
Engine: 5.0 liter twin-turbo V10 diesel
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Mileage: 140,000
Price: $16,795

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*A rare 2004 Volkswagen Touareg V10 TDI AWD Turbodiesel*

*Carfax and Autocheck certified*

*Factory six disc CD changer*

*Heated seats*

*Xenon lights*

*Factory alloy wheels*

*Park distance control*

*Wood trim*

*Rear window shades*

*Power moonroof*

Priced to sell!

Roasters Auto is proud to present for sale this much sought and very hard to find 2004 Volkswagen Touareg V10 TDI AWD! This gorgeous SUV is featuring gray color exterior on gray leather interior! With 139K original highway miles it looks very clean inside and out. It comes fully loaded with options such as power windows and locks, power mirrors, power memory seats, heated seats, front and rear park distance control, Homelink, dual front curtain and side airbags, power moonroof, factory six disc CD changer, Parktronic, keyless entry, factory alloy wheels, Xenon lights, rare window shades and many more (see the pictures for more details)! All the options function accordingly! The powerful 10 cylinder 5.0L turbodiesel engine runs like new and the AWD automatic transmission shifts smoothly into gears and provide a lot of power! The beautiful gray color exterior shines bright like new and the gray leather interior has been kept clean! The overall condition of this Touareg is very good.

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The one question here is mileage; we have yet to see if these V10 TDIs hold up the general VW TDI standard of going FOREVER. Regardless, at just over 10% of its original cost, this is a ton of car for the money. Make that several tons of car for the money. The long-term maintenance is cause for pause, but holy hell would I like to rumble this thing around for a while.

-NR

Theme Week: 2005 Porsche Carrera GT for sale

No one-percenter’s garage is complete without a stock of some serious rare. When it comes to German rare, it doesn’t get much better than the Carrera GT. Sure, the new Turbo S is now a full second faster to 60 mph, but look at this thing. It has proportions the Mercedes SLR can only dream of. From the buttresses over the screaming V10 to the high exhaust outlets begging to shoot flames, the Carrera GT will never be mistaken for anything other than an exotic hypercar.

2005 Porsche Carrera GT for sale on eBay


A brief overview from the seller:

From 2004 to May 6th of 2006, Porsche built 1,270 examples of the Carrera GT at their new facility in Leipzig, Germany. Of those, 604 examples were sent to the United States. Mounted midship in the Carrera GT was a 5.7-liter V10 engine developing 605 horsepower. Zero-to-sixty took just 3.8 seconds with the 100-mph mark shattered in under seven seconds. Top speed was in the neighborhood of 205 mph. Mated to the race-bred engine is a six-speed manual gearbox. This 2005 Porsche Carrera GT Supercar is the rare Black with Black interior combination and is a two owner car that has been very well maintained and has a complete service history. The clutch was just replaced 9/30/11 with 5110 miles and there are no open recalls or campaigns. This car comes with all books, covers, keys and luggage.

I guess all those reports of tricky clutches on these weren’t kidding, as a new clutch after 5k miles seems extreme. Seven years in, Carrera GTs are holding strong at just over $300k, and $335,000 seems fair enough for a very low-mileage example. If you can come up with the capital it will probably be a decent investment as minimal depreciation and limited numbers indicate a strong future collector’s market. If you’re really in the 1% though, your other investments can do better; get out there and let this amazing car scream to its 8400rpm redline as often as possible.

-NR

Theme Week: 2011 Audi R8 V10 Spyder

Supercars are great to look at, but let’s face it, how easy are they to live with? It’s not surprising that many of these cars have low mileage, because who would want to put up with a cantakerous engine, poor visibility and the inevitable reliability issues that come along with a high strung motor during your everyday travels? Back in the early 1990s, Honda came along and changed people’s ideas of how livable a supercar could be. The all-aluminum NSX was a legend in its time and is still missed by many, after it’s 15 year production run ended in 2005.

While Acura is readying a second generation NSX, I would argue that Audi picked up where Acura left off in 2008 with the R8. Based around the Lamborghini Gallardo platform and built by quattro GmbH, the R8 Coupe and Spyder has been raking in the accolades on the road and track. Looking through the classifieds, it is apparent that many owners have been successful in racking up higher mileage than your run of the mill supercar. While I’m partial to the hardtop, this V10 Spyder looks resplendent in Teak Brown and skips the R tronic gearbox for the 6-speed manual.

2011 Audi R8 V10 Spyder on eBay

This one owner supercar is in Teak Metallic over Nougat Brown leather interior. Loaded with options including navigation, rear back-up camera, front and rear parking sensors, 6-speed manual transmission, enhanced leather package, carbon fiber Sigma interior trim, illuminated door sills, Bang & Olufsen sound with iPod integration, blue tooth hands free, LED headlights and LED running lights, power top, dual heated power front seats with driver’s memory feature, Homelink universal garage door opener and more. With an MSRP of $172,775. This R8 is super fast and in great shape in and out. Comes with all original books, keys, window sticker and Audi Care Program which includes all maintenance and extended warranty.

Audi R8s seem to hold their value well, as even the early V8 coupes are bringing in the $80,000 to $90,000 range to start. I’d suspect the reserve on this later V10 Spyder would be somewhere around $140,000 to $150,000 or so, based on comparables I’ve seen. A car like this just wants me to work that much harder, because I could only imagine the aural sensation of having the top down on an autumn afternoon, dropping down a few gears and listening to the overrun from that 5.2 liter engine.

-Paul

2006 Hartge H50 V10 E90 Sedan For Sale

Our friends at Turner Motorsports have an incredible 2006 Hartge H50 available for sale. Less than 10 worldwide and the ONLY one in the U.S.!

from the Turner website:

Started life as a 2006 US Spec 325i shipped to Germany.
Current Mileage: 24,532
Power: 550 hp @ 7750 rpm
Torque 391 lb-tq @ 6100 rpm
Weight 3676 lbs
0-60 4.3 seconds
Top Speed 200 mph

There is only 1 Hartge H50 in the United States. Less than 10 exsist worldwide.

The H50 conversion package costs roughly $220,000 (new E90 325i included) and takes 7-8 weeks to complete (not including shipping time to germany).

This car was built to be 100% legal in the United States. The HARTGE H50 Conversion is done at the highest quality of workmanship. All factory features are still functioning. This car has not been compromised in any way during its conversion. The OBD port and factory check engine lights function like stock.

“A 200-mph BMW 3 Series is one of those deviant cars that we’re just happy to see from time to time. The fact that this one is every bit as easy to live with as the slightly more upmarket M5 makes it the ultimate sleeper.” — Edmunds Inside Line

“Beyond such shenanigans, everyday use is absolutely not out of the question. Just leave DTC on and Power off. The default setting for the seven-speed SMG III (pulled also from the E60) shift rhythm, however, is always at Level Five. For me, this is great since I do that anyway in either the M5 or M6. You can tell Hartge that you don’t want full-time Level Five as the default, sure, but that would, in turn, make you a wuss.” — European Car

“On the plus side, the H50 has the practicality of a 3 Series, including four real seats, highway cruising capability and all the storage any human being could reasonably want from a 200-mph car. Hartge has dressed the interior with a new steering wheel and acres of carbon-fiber, although this is all optional. This 3,680-pound beast is effectively the M5 CSL-Lite that BMW says it simply cannot make.” –Edmunds Inside Line

Hartge Conversion Equipment Listing:

E60 M5 V10 Engine with all associated parts, radiator, modified wiring harness, modified headers, sports catalytic converters.

Own bespoke engine mapping including HARTGE modification of the top speed limit, 7 speed SMG gear box, special exhaust system, modified rear axle, rear differential with 0-100% LSD, modified drive shafts, modified underbody, modified gas tank system.

HARTGE stainless steel rear silencer with doubal oval tail pieces left and right
HARTGE coil over sports suspension 1.2 inches lower (30mm)
HARTGE front spoiler lip, HARTGE rear wing
HARTGE Carbon Mirror casings
HARTGE Carbon Fiber interior trim, dash, steering wheel
HARTGE instrument cluster consisting of 200 mph speedometer, tach 9000rpm
HARTGE Pedals & Floor Mats
HARTGE 15 x 1.3 inch cross drill floating rotors with 8 piston brake calipers front
HARTGE 13 x .09 inch cross drilled floating rotors with 4 piston calipers rear
HARTGE 9.0 x 20 front wheels offset 40 with 245/30/ZR20 Conti SC3 Tires
HARTGE 10.0 x 20 rear wheels offset 40 with 295/25/ZR20 Conti SC3 Tires
On-Dashboard indicator for gear box mode, gear indicator, power mode, oil temp, and water temp.
HARTGE Leather E-brake Handle
HARTGE hood and trunk Emblems

Price: $85,500

An amazing opportunity for a lucky buyer. Thanks for the heads up Jay and good luck with the sale!

dc