Buying an older used supercar is never a good financial decision. While some enthusiasts have had success with such ventures, it’s not really recommended. That’s because supercars are expensive to own and maintain and they’re typically high-strung vehicles that require costly maintenance regularly. So owning one outside of warranty isn’t ideal. However, every once in awhile, there’s a deal that we see that tempts us. Like this first-gen Audi R8 4.2 before I do something stupid.
This 2010 Audi R8 is currently for sale on Craigslist for $66,000 and I think I want it. I can’t afford it, of course, but I have two fully functioning kidneys and that’s technically one more than I need to survive. So, who knows, maybe I can make something happen.
Realistically, though, this seems like a nice price to get into a fantastic everyday supercar. It’s about a decade old now but it only has 47,000 miles on it. It’s also the highly desirable Audi R8 4.2, which packs a naturally-aspirated V8, which some enthusiasts prefer to the V10 model for its lighter weight and different character. Plus, it’s hooked up to a proper six-speed manual gearbox, which is a wonderful open-gate manual that’s just sensational to use.
It’s not the most exciting color combo, as it’s grey with black interior, but it’s still great looking. It’s also had all four of its shocks recently replaced and a full inspection, with everything checking out quite well and it seems to be in great shape.
Now, $66,000 is a lot of money to spend on a decade old car, especially one that’s going to cost quite a few thousand dollars more in maintenance over the next few years, because supercar. However, the Audi R8 is still an Audi, so it’s not like it’s built with a ton of crazy exotic parts that are impossible to find. Audi’s dealer network is excellent and parts are readily available. Also, $66-grand is a small price to pay to look and feel like Iron Man.