Best cheap supercars: half-price heroes

Best cheap supercars: half-price heroes

Alright, there’s really no such thing as a cheap supercar. Compare the used prices of some of the most desirable and powerful cars on the road with their showroom sticker, however, and they really do seem like bargains.

You don’t usually expect to see a price drop of over £60,000 for a car with less than 20,000 miles on the clock, but these supercars depreciate heavily – and that means big savings for used car buyers with the cash and commitment to run them…

Lamborghini Gallardo
Price new: £117,000
Model: Gallardo
Engine: 5.0-litre V10, 493bhp
CO2/road tax: 450g/km/£500
Economy: 14.5mpg
Price Now: £65,995 (2004/54-reg, 32k)

Despite its popularity when new, prices for the Gallardo are starting to harden, as buyers have realised this is a classic of the future. So snap up a bargain now, before it’s too late.

Lamborghini Gallardo

Ferrari 458
Price new: £178,551
Model: 458
Engine: 4.5-litre V8, 562bhp
CO2/road tax: 307g/km/£500
Economy: 21.2mpg
Price Now: £116,490 2010/10-reg, 11k

It’ll still set you back a significant sum, but at around the £120,000 mark, you’ll have plenty of used choice at just over 50 per cent of the list price. For one of the best Ferraris ever with a screaming 562bhp 4.5-litre V8, it’s an attractive proposition – just make sure you budget for running costs.

Ferrari 458


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Bentley Continental GT
Price new: £141,300
Model: GT Speed
Engine: 6.0-litre twin-turbo W12, 602bhp
CO2/road tax: 396g/km/£500
Economy: 17.0mpg
Price Now: £56,890 (2008/58-reg, 27k)

The 0-62mph sprint takes 4.3 seconds – impressive given the GT’s considerable weight – but you’d never know it, as it’s so refined. However, economy is poor, with around 15mpg on a cruise and less if you fully exploit the 602bhp engine.

Bentley Continental GT

Porsche 911 Turbo
Price new: £99,678
Model: Turbo
Engine: 3.8-litre flat-six twin-turbo, 493bhp
CO2/road tax: 272g/km/£500
Economy: 24.4mpg
Price Now: £62,995 (2009/59-reg, 40k)

Around £63,000 will buy you a well looked after standard 2009 Turbo with 493bhp at its disposal, allowing it to sprint from 0-62mph in just 3.3 seconds. If you want even more oomph, then opt for the more powerful Turbo S model.

Porsche 911 Turbo


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Mercedes SLR McLaren
Price new: £317,610
Model: SLR Mclaren
Engine: 5.4-litre supercharged V8, 617bhp
CO2/road tax: 357g/km/£500
Economy: 19.5mpg
Price Now: £179,950 (2006/06-reg, 15k)

This product of a short-lived collaboration between Mercedes and McLaren still treads the line between visceral sports car and relaxed GT beautifully, and with second-hand values now hovering around £180,000, it could be a brilliant investment.

Mercedes SLR McLaren

Source: Auto Express


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