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Japanese Car Auction Find – 2013 Audi TT

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

We’ve been talking a lot entry-level sports coupes recently here on Integrity Exports, primarily the recently facelifted Toyota GT86 and Scion FR-S. So, it seemed fitting today for us to do an auction find focused on one of the most popular sports coupes on the road – the Audi TT.

2013 Audi TT

Part coupe, part hot hatch, the Audi TT is impossible to ignore. This particular auction find is a 2013 Audi TT 1.8 TFSI, the base model for the TT lineup. But, don’t let its position in the trim line fool you – AutoExpress says the 1.8 TFSI is “the best TT in the range.” It’s starting price is the same as the Toyota GT 86 in most markets, and it gives you an arguably more premium sports car experience.

Starting outside, the TT has a distinct design among other coupes. It almost resembles a hatchback with its bulbous rear-end and all-around curvy aesthetic. Audi designed the fourth-gen TT specifically with the shooting-brake body style in mind, and we’d say they succeeded in applying the silhouette to the coupe form. This model is in a classic piano black with chrome accents around the grille.

2013 Audi TT rear

Under the hood, the 1.8 TFSI name tells you that this TT runs on a four-cylinder 1.8L EA888 Turbocharged Fuel Stratified Injection engine (which tells you where the ‘TFSI’ comes from). The car outputs a solid 160 horsepower which can propel the TT from 0 to 62 mph in 7.7 seconds. Fuel economy is 30 mpg, which makes this one of the cleanest non-hybrid coupes under $50K.

The interior is where this 2013 Audi TT really shines. Audi has used nothing but premium materials inside the cabin, and the overall layout is spacious and comfortable thanks to the higher-than-normal roofline. The styling is exactly what you’d expect from a European sports car – minimalist and classy. It has a simple dashboard with a stunning color LCD nav system just below the air vents, positioned at the same level as the steering wheel for easy reach.

2013 Audi TT interior

Speaking of, even the baseline 1.8 TFSI TT comes with a flat-bottomed steering wheel and paddle shifters for the six-speed automatic transmission, as you can see in the image above. The rear seats can be folded down for additional trunk space, which is probably how they’ll be used for 9 out of 10 TT drivers.

According to KBB’s review of the 2013 Audi TT, you’ll like this car because of it offers a “fine balance of performance and style – especially style. If it catches your eye, there’s really nothing else quite like it.”

If you’d like more details on this particular model, you can get a translation of the auction sheet below:

2013 Audi TT auction sheet

“Interior A, exterior A, first registered November 2013, two wheel drive, 1.8T FSI model, FAT, AAC, official dealer right-hand drive import, power steering, power windows, original alloy wheels, airbag, ABS, original navigation system, original TV, official dealer right-hand drive import, 2014 model, first time in auction, minor scratches, marks as per map”

Japanese Car Auction Find – 2012 Ferrari 458 Italia

Posted by Stephen On Friday, January 30th, 2015

We’re moving a bit upscale for today’s Japanese car auction find. It’s a 2012 Ferrari 458 Italia, which is the original two-seat berlinetta version of the car that made its original debut a little more than five years ago at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show.

2012 Ferrari 458 Italia

The Ferrari 458 succeeded the Ferrari F430 Coupe, however you wouldn’t be able to see any relationship by looking at the two cars. The 458 has a much more invigorating design, and was developed specifically with technology from the firm’s experience in Formula 1 racing.

We can start by talking about what’s under the hood of this renowned Italian sports car. This 2012 458 Italia boasts a 4.5L V8 engine with direct fuel injection. It can output a rubber-burning 562 hp at the redline, and a full 398 lb-ft of torque. Plus, the car has a very efficient rev-range; Ferrari brags that you can access 80% of the car’s torque by 3,250 rpm, which is a hair over a third of the car’s 9,000 rpm redline. The 458’s engine is paired with a dual-clutch 7-speed GETRAG transmission.

2012 Ferrari 458 Italia auction find

Of course, all of these specs are meaningless until you put them into real-world numbers… The Ferrari 458’s official 0 to 100 km time (aka. 0 to 62 mph) is a staggering 3.4 seconds, and its top speed is 202 mph (325 km/h).

While the engine is what gives this 2012 Ferrari 458 Italia its power, you’ll need to thank the double wishbone suspension and the perfectly symmetrical 50/50 mid-engine mount. This perfect front-rear balance and performance-tuned suspension allow for precise motion control throughout all states of movement and acceleration. When you pair that with Ferrari’s incredible traction control systems – E-Diff and F1-Trac – it’s no wonder that piloting the 458 is regarded as nothing short of an epic experience.

2012 Ferrari 458 Italia interior

Looking inside the Ferrari 458 Italia, you’ll find a highly organic interior with a surprising amount of legroom for the driver and his/her passenger. This car showcases the epitome of luxury materials – fine leather seating and upholstery with subtle red accent stitching. Ferrari also kept the dashboard controls minimally complicated. Navigation and vehicle information is delivered via dual-purpose LCD screens, and many of the controls such as turn signals and wipers can be directly controlled from the steering wheel.

All in all, this 2012 Ferrari 458 Italia is an incredible Japanese car auction find. We don’t always see these newer Ferrari models hit the auction floors in Japan, simply because people really like holding onto them. So, if you’re interested, be sure to get more details for this one by reading the translation below the auction sheet:

2012 Ferrari 458 Italia auction sheet

Grade 4.5, interior B, first registered September 2012, 458 Italia model, AT, AC, service book, original alloy wheels, two wheel drive, power steering, power windows, leather, airbag, one owner, Cornes official dealer left-hand drive import, ¥3.7 million worth of option items, 2012 model, carbon fibre-look wrapping, protective film on headlights, spare remote key, seats have minor wear, marks where a mount has been on the dashboard, scratches, marks as per map

Japanese Car Auction Find – 2013 Audi A4 2.0 TFSI Quattro

Posted by Stephen On Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Normally, today we’d showcase an Acura ILX Japanese car auction find, since Acura just released a new teaser for the 2016MY yesterday. However, since the whole reason that Honda is refreshing their entry-level sedan is because of underperformance, it didn’t seem right to showcase a lackluster car. So, instead we have a fantastic auction find for a model with which you can’t go wrong – the Audi A4.

To be more specific, today we have a 2013 Audi A4 2.0 TFSI Quattro, seen here in a modern metallic black:

2013 Audi A4

When you’re looking at a model in such good condition as this one, it’s easy to see why the Audi A4 mid-size sedan continues to set the bar for luxury sedans. Even though the 2.0 TFSI Quattro isn’t an entry-level model like the ILX, it’s a car that demands to be recognized. The semi-new sedan version of the Audi A3 is probably a better comparison to the ILX, but come on… How could you not write about this car?!

First let’s cover the powertrain. As we said, this is a 2.0 TFSI Quattro model, which means that the car runs on a 2.0L turbocharged petrol engine. The Quattro nomenclature delineates four-wheel drive, but what’s really cool is that Audi tuned up the 2.0 TFSI engine for the Quattro model. You’ll get a full 208hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, compared to the 178hp and 236 lb-ft in the normal front-wheel drive model. The engine is paired up with Audi’s advanced dual S-Tronic clutch.

2013 Audi A4 rear

Of course, you can have all the power in the world, but it’s meaningless without the handling to back it up. Fortunately, driving dynamics have always been Audi’s strong suit, and the A4 is no different. They’ve made excellent use of the AWD with a nice and stiff chassis, which gives you plenty of traction and a firm ride. The steering is responsive, but deliberate, which is perfect for an engine with this much oomph.

As we already emphasized, the car’s design speaks for itself. The A4’s overall aesthetic is simple, but the boldly chrome-outlined grille gives the car a definite sense of strength. You’ll see on the auction sheet at the bottom of this post that this find is in particularly good shape, with only a handful of A1 minor scratches on the entire exterior.

2013 Audi A4 interior

Inside, the Audi A4 2.0 TFSI continues to impress. You’ll enjoy an LCD navigation/entertainment display that’s operated by a dial at the driver’s side instead of a touchscreen. You might think that a dial is a step backwards in technology, but it requires much less focus to operate while driving. There’s plenty of interior space for all passengers, although if you really intend to cram five people into a sedan, the middle backseat is an unavoidably tight squeeze (true in every mid-size sedan).

Today’s Audi A4 auction find boasts an A-grade interior and an overall rating of 5, so everything is in tip-top shape. Keep reading below the auction sheet for a full rundown on this car’s specs:

2013 Audi A4 auction sheet

“Interior A, first registered November 2013, A4 2.0 TFSI Quattro model, FAT, AC, service book, official dealer right-hand drive import, 2014 model, one owner, S Line exterior package, original HDD navigation system and TV, spare key, original alloy wheels, power steering, power windows, original TV, original navigation system, airbag, DBA emissions code, scratches and dents, marks as per map”