Putting Schrick cams into my VR6, ahem, paying a good Audi mechanic to put them in, cost me 1200. The cams cost me a 1000. Early adopter (͠≖ ͜ʖ͠≖). Stock 24v VR6: 190 wheel...With cams: 240 wheel. The nice thing about these Schrick cams is that you barely notice them, other than a nice engine noise, until you put the engine above 5500 rpms, which happens in a heartbeat! Keep your foot into it until 7000 rpm, shift and repeat until you run out of gears, and I hope your tires/brakes are up to it! Rarely done, of course, as one rarely encounters the right conditions on public roads. I didn't do this for "resale" value...I did it for the enjoyment it brings me! I take very good care of my car: good oil, great brakes, regular fluid changes (brake fluid as well as oil changes), DSG oil changes, Haldex oil changes...Smoke that thang'!!! ( ͡ᵔ ͜ʖ ͡ᵔ )
Thanks for filling me in. Yeah, a lot of this depends upon where you live too. If you're not going on tracks, loading all that horsepower into a car like this living in a densely populated area becomes mostly pointless, because you really can't fully exercise it legally. There is that visceral quality of having the power on-hand and the sound of the exhaust... but if all that cost and effort was mostly for that, it's hard to justify. Like you said, "serious dollars." The other thing is, it's not like major performance boosting a car adds a lot of value either. In some cases, it can make it hard to sell a car, because the average person sees "modified" and then it throws in doubt about the car's care (driven hard) and reliability (mods can fail). That is, unless you are able to get interest from someone who would want to do said mods and then sees a chance to get it cheaper than the full cost of doing it.
I'm living in a densely populated area, and with 83k on an 11 year old car, just won't make much sense to do any major performance mods. But I may consider doing some smaller mods that don't cost much (not really concerned about resale at this point). In any case, I am a little curious about the VR6 and will have to test drive a stock used one.