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A Used Audi R8 Might Actually Be In Your Budget

You’ve heard the word supercar and probably pictures Lamborghinis, Ferraris, and McLarens, but on a more reasonable scale, you might think of a German favorite, the Audi R8. One factor about supercars that makes them, well, ‘super’, is the price. An average person might just assume that an R8 is out of their price range and not even bother to look them up, new or used, so you might be surprised to learn that you can be a used Audi R8 for less than a lot of new luxury sports cars and SUVs. 

Buying your dream Audi R8

There are a lot of factors that play into the price of buying a used supercar that you should be aware of. For the Audi R8 specifically, there are several model years that have hit what many people would assume to be their bottom line price. A supercar depreciates with time, but they won’t typically drop down to the average $1000 – $2000 price of really old cars regardless of age or condition. In fact, a lot of wrecked and completely branded exotics and supercars will still cost more than the average car buyer spends on their car. This gives you some security in knowing that you can turn around and sell your Audi R8 without too much of a loss. 

Audi R8 Spyder | Rich Polk

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For the R8 specifically, there are two engine options that people care about — or rather, one option that people love and the ‘other’ option. Some versions of the Audi R8 were offered with a V10 engine and panders to the traditional “there’s no replacement for displacement” crowd. It does sound better and performs better than its counterpart, which if you couldn’t guess it already is the V8. Audi didn’t quite stoop as low as Ford did as to provide us with an environmentally-friend V6 engine like the Mustang, but people still seem to look down upon the V8. 

Looking out for an Audi R8

You can find older generations of Audi R8 for sale with a clean title for anywhere from $50,000 and up, which sounds like a lot but pales in comparison to some new Mercedes-Benz and BMW cars and SUVs. The mechanical components of the R8 are standard enough that your average Audi or European mechanic could tackle maintenance and repairs, but like other Audi cars, this is still more expensive to maintain than a Honda or a Nissan. 

2017 Audi R8 | Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency

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Thanks to the internet it’s easier to find our dream car than ever, and that means you can check out Audi R8s for sale near you, but the engine size isn’t the only thing to take into consideration when buying this underrated supercar. Mileage, title branding, and whether the car has an automatic or a manual transmission all affect the car’s overall price, but regardless of these things, you can find them for sale for less than a lot of new cars and SUVs.