Car depreciation can be a bitch, unless you’re a buyer of course. So come with us as we take appreciation in depreciation and check out the Audi R8, a supercar that could now be yours for just £35k!
Audi R8 4.2 V8
Price new: £90,000
Price now: £35,000
It’s brilliantly ridiculous that we can suggest a supercar as an affordable proposition that’s prime for modifying. Isn’t this a fantastic time to be alive? The Audi R8 sports all the creds of a bona fide supercar: gorgeous design that’s as much bedroom poster fodder as it is automobile, insane powerplant and stunning performance figures.
But at the same time, it’s an Audi. Which means it’ll always start on cold mornings, it won’t overheat in summer jams, it’ll be faultlessly reliable, the clutch won’t catch fire if you drive it in inner-city stop-start traffic. It’s got uniform panel gaps and decent interior plastics. It genuinely is an everyday supercar.
The fun part is that they’re not horribly expensive either. You’ve probably spotted a number on the tuning scene, and that’s why. The later V10 cars are the most desirable, but they’re also unobtainium to normal people. But the early 4.2 V8 model?
Well, that was launched in 2006 (we know, can you believe it?) and it’s still a spicy meatball – 414bhp, 0-62mph in 4.5s, 188mph. Back then someone will have paid around £90,000 for it. Today? You can pick one up for £35,000. Yes, that’s a lot of money for a 10-year-old car. But for a supercar? It’s an absolute bargain.
TV advert for the Audi R8 V8