Only Three of These Rare Roadsters Were Ever Built; One is For Sale
What would happen if you took the best elements of an Audi TT, Lotus Elise, Spyker C8, Honda 2000, and mashed them all together into one car? You'd have an awfully questionable looking vehicle, but one that would likely be a blast to drive. Lucky for you, one such vehicle is for sale. The YES! Roadster Turbo is the second effort by two young German engineers in pursuit of building a purist's dream machine. This example from 2008 is one of just three Roadster Turbos in the United States, and comes with a knee slapper of a vanity plate, ITZA YES. The car currently resides in North Carolina, in a garage next to what looks like a 930 Turbo, or an SC with a tea tray wing, which is a good sign in terms of the kind of person the seller is. Chances are that if they're of a mind to drive a classic Porsche, they're the right kind of person to have owned an oddball car like this. RELATED: See Photos of the 2009 Spyker C8 Aileron
If you can make peace with the look of the car, there's a compelling drivetrain to enjoy underneath all that orange. Funke & Will took an Audi 3.2-liter V6, had the German specialists at HGP turbocharge it, then mated it to a six-speed manual gearbox. Combined with a curb weight of about 2,000 pounds, the power plant makes this roadster one competitive little machine.
Provided the driver can row the gears properly, this car is capable of sub 4 second 0-60 mph time, and tops out at 175 miles per hour. Not bad for a car that was built with parts from the V.A.G. bin.
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Unlike many other purpose built performance cars, the YES! Roadster Turbo also offers some creature comforts. It has A/C, heated seats, and a premium Kenwood audio system that was probably cutting edge in 2008. The seller notes that the navigation system is non functional, probably just in need of a software update, and that there's a small oil leak, but that's probably just something it caught from sitting next to the old 911.
The car is listed at $59,500, and frankly, that seems pretty reasonable given its rarity and capability. At the least, it's a car that should definitely pique your curiosity.
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