When talking about supercars the term affordable is quite relative. For some $100,000 is a reasonable price, for others $50,000 is a nice price. For most about $30,000 or less is the within reach price range.
A new 2018 Audi R8 starts at $164,900 which puts it well above most people’s budget. Fortunately, for supercar enthusiasts on a budget, depreciation has hit the early R8 pretty hard.
The early Audi R8 models with the 4.2-liter V8 sitting in the middle offer 414 horsepower. In a straight line 0-62 mph comes in just 4.6 seconds and flat out it can hit 187 mph. That is enough to put a big smile on just about any driver’s face.
While not quite the supercar performance of the V10 variants, the V8 is still plenty fast. Beyond this it has supercar looks with its low stance and large side air-intakes. It’s a car that strikes a perfect balance between attention and blending in. On the one hand it has familiar Audi styling and the average person will not pay it too much attention, so you won’t be as worried about parking it. However, take it to a local Cars and Coffee and it is likely to get plenty of attention from other enthusiasts.
As I mentioned before, depreciation, the great equalizer, has hit the Audi R8 early models hard and made them somewhat affordable. For a car with about 50,000 miles on it from 2006-2009 prices for a well maintained great example will cost about $50,000. To put that in context, that is the about the same price as you would pay for a new Porsche 718 Cayman before adding any options.
$50,000 puts it in reach for many, but the better news is based on how it has been depreciating, in 5-10 years early R8’s will cost about $30,000. If that happens you can buy an Audi R8 for Honda Accord money and isn’t that the dream?
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