4 Supercars from the Early 2000s That Are Coming Back in the Limelight
The used car market has been crazy in the past year. We’ve seen used cars that have no business appreciating in value rise to stratospheric prices. Cars like the Honda Civic Si to the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid have seen marked increases in value, pricing some potential buyers out of the market.
But what about supercars? These are the collectors that many only wish they could afford. But for the few that can, Haggerty has put together its annual “Bull Market List,” which showcases many cars that are worth buying now because they could experience an uptick in value in the future. Here are four of the notable supercars from that list.
2008 – 2015 Audi R8 (manual)
We’re not too surprised to see the Audi R8 on this list. Not only is it quite the looker, but it’s what’s underneath the sheet metal that makes it so spectacular. Hagerty notes that when Audi bought Lamborghini in 1998, the dynamic automaker duo created the Lamborghini Gallardo as its first joint venture. The Audi R8 was developed later, using Gallardo’s bones as the basis for construction.
As such, the Gallardo and the R8 share the same aluminum spaceframe, Quattro all-wheel drive system, and, eventually, the same V10 engine. The earliest version of the R8 came with a V8 engine that could be mated to either a paddle-shifted R Tronic automatic or a six-speed manual transmission. The later versions were offered with the same transmissions. But as you can imagine, the ones with the stick shift and really cool gated shifter plates are becoming more sought after.
2001 – 2004 Chevrolet Corvette Z06
If you think that the cheapest way into a Corvette Z06 would be to buy an earlier model, you would be wrong. The C5 generation of the Corvette came out in 2001, and although it’s over 20 years old, we can expect that clean examples could increase in value in the near future.
The C5 Corvette Z06 featured the venerable LS6 V8 engine that pumped out 405 hp and could rocket the car to 60 mph from a stop in only 4.0 seconds. That hefty engine performance was fortified with more aggressive wheels, brake ducts, and a stiffer suspension. However, the main highlight is that the although the Corvette Z06 was an avid performer on the track, it was very civilized on the road.
2001 – 2010 Lamborghini Murciélago
We’re not surprised to see the Lamborghini Murcielago on this list, considering it could have been an instant classic since its inception. This raging bull of an exotic car was released in 2001, and it came with a 6.2-liter V12 engine that produced 571 hp. To complement its raw power, the Murcielago featured its signature scissor doors, self-levitating air scoops, and a wedge-like shape that was fierce and aerodynamic.
Additionally, the Italian automaker released a special 40th-anniversary edition and an open-top model to add to the car’s finesse. Although other Lamborghini models can easily fetch the same price tags as the Murcielago, it’s still destined to be a classic.
2004 – 2010 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren
Jason Cammisa from Hagerty once referred to the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren as a “German Viper,” and we can see why. Its elongated nose and low-slung stature are similar to the looks of Dodge’s supercar. However, the Mercedes SLR offers a little more class.
Under the hood is a V8 engine that pumps out 617 hp and 575 lb-ft of torque. The gullwing doors open up toward the sky. And once you sit in the car, it’s retro styling, race-contoured seats, and soft-touch materials make you feel like you’re sitting in something special. You are, and it’s likely going to get more special as the years go on.
Supercars from the 2000s that will likely go up in value
Although none of these four supercars are likely on anyone’s radar, they should be if you belong to the one percent of buyers that can afford them. These cars may not have been uber-popular in the early 2000s, but they will be again in the near future.