Auto Express’ Used Audi R8 Buyer’s Guide

These are the moment when I wish I had an extra $60,000 tucked away somewhere. If I had that sort of extra cash, I’d quickly trade it for a first-generation Audi R8 with a manual gearbox, keep it stock and only drive it on weekends for short trips. I’d want to keep the miles low so that in a few years, I could sell it for more than I paid for it and be happy that I made a profit while owning an incredible car. I say this because right now, you can find a nice example first-gen R8 for about $60-large and they’re going to be worth more than that soon enough.

We all know that the Audi R8 is dying and 2020 will be its last year. With growing emissions regulations and the need to focus on electric mobility, the Audi R8 just doesn’t make much sense anymore. Plus, it wasn’t selling all that well anyway. Once it’s gone, though, demand will start to rise, especially as nostalgia grows, so they’ll start to appreciate in value.

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If you want to get ahead of this curve, as I wish I had the money to do, you should very much do some research into buying one. Auto Express has put together a helpful little buyer’s guide to help anyone looking to put a first-gen R8 in their driveway.

Buying a used car always requires a bit of research. You want to know what you’re getting into ahead of time so that when problems inevitably arise, you’re prepared to handle them. That research is even more important when buying a supercar.

With their high-strung engines, exotic mid-engine layouts and expensive parts, supercars can be difficult to own. Admittedly, the Audi R8 is a bit easier to live with than anything from Italy but it’s still not going to last the same way a Toyota does. So this nifty little buyer’s guide can help prepare anyone that wants to invest in a first-gen Audi R8. If I could afford it, I’d be reading that guide right now.

Nico DeMattia

I've been in love with cars since I was a kid, specifically German cars. Now I get to drive them talk about them on the internet.