Is Now the Right Time to Buy a First-Gen Audi R8?

Right now might not be a good time to buy any used car, especially a collectable car like the first-gen Audi R8. Used car prices are absolutely out of control at the moment and have no signs of slowing down. People are paying objectively stupid money for sports cars that aren’t even that special, simply because the market has gone mad. However, despite its craziness, now might still be the best time to buy a first-gen Audi R8.


At the moment, the Audi R8 is still a shockingly affordable supercar. Maybe because it didn’t sell well, or because it wasn’t very popular while it was on sale, but for some reason the R8 is far cheaper than its Italian contemporaries. Take a look at any mid-engine Ferrari or Lamborghini from the same era and they’re all far more expensive, despite not actually being much better — if any better at all — to drive. Ironically, the R8’s Lamborghini rival used the same chassis and same engine (R8 V10 only).

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You can still find nice examples of the first-gen Audi R8 for under $100,000. Most of those are V8 models, which admittedly aren’t the ones you want, due to timing chain issues, but you absolutely can still find V10 models under that price threshold. However, even above $100,000, the Audi R8 V10 is still a good buy.


For starters, it’s an outstanding driver’s car that feels more special than its rivals from Porsche or Aston Martin. It’s also a mid-engine supercar with a naturally-aspirated engine (either V8 or V10) that’s available with a brilliant open-gate six-speed manual transmission. Oh, and it’s all-wheel drive, so it can be used all year long.

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Additionally, it’s known as being the everyday supercar because, despite being low-slung and mid-engine, it’s remarkably easy to drive, see out of, and live with. It has a decently practical front trunk, two comfy seats, and just enough tech to feel modern-ish, but not enough where it feels like a tech-fest.


It’s also aged like fine wine. The first-gen Audi R8 was a stunning thing when it first debuted. It shocked the world, that sensible Audi could make something so seductive. It was even a movie star before it went on sale. To this day, not only is it still great looking but it’s actually gotten better with age. It still looks modern but has the restraint and beauty that modern supercars completely lack, the second-gen R8 included.

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Due to all the aforementioned reasons, the Audi R8 is likely to continue to appreciate, or at least hold its value very well. So when used cars prices do eventually revert back to normal (if they ever flipping do), the R8 will remain a wise investment. Even though car prices are absolutely bonkers at the moment, the now still might be the time to get an R8, if you haven’t already, because it’s probably never going to be cheaper to do so than 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.