H old, stop! Before reading this article, you need to get yourself in the right mood. It's easy - you listen to Eminem's 'Without Me'. Or “Hey Ya!” From Outcast. Or “Teenage Dirtbag” from Wheatus. Optionally all three songs in exactly this order, and Zack catapults your associative memory back into the time between the Windows Millennium Edition and the appointment of Christian Wulff as the tenth Federal President of the FRG. Fortunately, not only questionable music was produced between 2000 and 2010, but there were also some cars on the market that now have the potential to become real classics.
A car with the decade emblazoned in its name would be the Japanese barrel organ Honda S2000. Honda wanted around 63,000 marks (yes, that's right) for the two-seater when it was launched in 1999. The roadster is certainly not a car for the whole year and every day. Fast, active and economical, but unfortunately no longer a real insider tip, because prices have been rising for some time. There are offers online for models from 2008 with a few kilometers, some of which are higher than the original price at the end of production (around 36,000 euros). Those who are not afraid of kilometers can get a decent S2000 from 2004 for around 10,000 euros. They have no more thermal problems on the rear cylinder after the oil spray nozzles were changed in 2002.
With such a Honda S2000 , by the way, put a real rarity in your garage. Only around 20,000 copies came to Europe and in its ten years on the German market, just 4,571 S2000 were registered. So it was never a bestseller here, but it was definitely a car with character.
Audi TT 8N
If the design of a car when it is newly released is a good sign for future classic potential. Because an unspectacular or even random appearance hardly arouses desire. Then the first Audi TT would come into play. Whether roadster or coupé - there are presentable examples for around 5,000 euros. Before the Audi made a riot with the R8, the TT was the only real sports car in the Audi portfolio.
The good thing about the first TT is that, despite its extravagant appearance, it is a mass-produced car. Or rather: a car withBulk components. That makes future repairs and part changes very easy, as the TT shares the platform with the VW Golf. The small four-cylinder turbos (150 and 163 hp) are only available with front-wheel drive. If you are in the mood for all-wheel drive, you can also drive all four wheels with the larger machines (180 to 240 hp).
Renault Clio (III) RS
If you have the current Clio as Would like to configure sports model, looks into the tube. Currently only the Mégane is available as an R.S. version. Is that because of the shame of the last generation? Toothless engine, unexcited sound, a differential with difficulties in asserting yourself - the youngest Clio R.S. didn't have it easy in the super test by sport auto and was as far away as possible from what was once a radical approach. We all fondly remember the Clio V6 (today at prices around 40,000 euros).
But we don't have to go that far into the past. The third Clio generation has also produced a veritable sports model with what it takes to become a classic. Of course, this is no longer a secret for Nordschleife fans. The crisp Frenchman is only too happy to prance around the corners with his 201 hp. Despite the wide fenders, spoilers and diffusers, it is mostly understatement. A wolf in sheep's clothing, if you will. In addition, it is the last of its kind to do without the oversized rhombus on the bow. There are already fancy examples for 6,500, even as Gordini special models. The majority of the offer is around 8,000 euros.
Mercedes-Benz SL (R230)
Yes, that's basically a simple calculation, because every Mercedes SL has it up to now brought to the classic. Admittedly, the R129 is still struggling a bit, but it is sure to find its fans as well. The subsequent series R230 produced brutal monsters, which were given the label 'Black Series' and knew how to combine 670 hp with 1,000 Newton meters of torque. Although the SL never became a thoroughbred sports car, it was simply too heavy for that - also as the SL 65 AMG (1,881 kilos) and despite the six-liter biturbo V12.