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Promoting my R8 – A lookback – Nick’s Automotive Weblog


I bought my R8 in October 2022, and needed to recap my ~2 12 months possession expertise right here for different folks contemplating shopping for a Gen 1 R8.

Briefly, it was nothing wanting implausible – fairly probably one among my most dependable vehicles I’ve ever owned.

Apart from common upkeep (new battery, new tires, and oil adjustments), it had NO sudden/uncommon upkeep wants.

Insurance coverage was additionally pretty low cost on the automotive (<$100/mo) and simple to come back by, one thing you possibly can’t take as a right with many different high-end sports activities vehicles and/or supercars.

It turned heads all over the place I went, and felt like an important day each time I began it up.

Over the course of possession, the automotive appreciated by about $10K (evaluating my buy worth to my sale worth) which means I used to be in a position to personal the automotive without spending a dime if not a slight revenue after accounting for the beauty work (e.g. detailing & changing put on gadgets) & possession prices…one other first for me, having misplaced my shirt on each different automotive buy in my lifetime (observe: the final 2 years have been extremely atypical because of the pandemic and provide chain points, so your skill to copy this isn’t a assure).

The seats are additionally very cozy (straight out of a TT) and the automotive may deal with lengthy road-trips simply fantastic, one thing many different sports activities/tremendous vehicles can’t. It’s not intimidating to drive, nor does it have a punishing experience.

My takeaway is that the R8 actually does make a very good “entry degree / every day driver supercar” within the sense that’s dependable, reasonably priced, simple to take care of, and pretty low cost to personal. It doesn’t really feel unique like a Lamborghini would, but it surely has a pleasant mix of supercar options and every-day automotive practicality.

Do I remorse the V8 vs V10? Not likely.

The additional 100 hp and sound of the V10 would have been good, however I believe a tradeoff would have been a lot increased possession and upkeep prices (to not point out one other 20-30K in buy worth for a mere 100hp bump that you simply’re not more likely to really feel in most driving situations). The V8 actually had ample energy, particularly when mated with an exhaust, that you simply received’t miss a lot. Now that it is a 15 12 months outdated automotive, neither the V8 or V10 are tremendous outstanding by way of 0-60 pace in comparison with a more recent automotive, so that you’re shopping for the R8 for the expertise as an alternative of optimizing to have the quickest potential automotive for the buck in a straight-line (I’d think about a used Tesla might be your greatest wager in that regard).

If I needed to do it over again, I don’t assume I’d change something

. I can’t consider a greater worth underneath $100K by way of supercar seems to be, mass manufacturing reliability (V8 in lots of different vehicles), and pleasure to drive (gated guide + german V8).

As I’m searching for potential replacements, it looks like you could spend nearly double the quantity to discover a automotive that really looks like an improve – even a gated Gallardo (at $140Kish market worth versus $70Kish for a V8 R8) is sort of double the worth and solely considerably of an improve (they share a ton of elements).

Should you’ve ever thought of a R8, I’d extremely advocate it. When shopping for, go for the guide – however if you happen to should have an automated the facelift vehicles with S-tronic are good and snappy…in any other case, I’ve no different main shopping for recommendation aside from to purchase a spec you want and get a PPI to ensure it has been taken care of. There are sufficient obtainable that if you happen to’re affected person, you’ll discover the correct shade and choices that may make it much more particular to personal. Humorous sufficient they don’t are likely to do notably nicely on the automotive public sale websites, seemingly since they’re simple sufficient to come back by, so you possibly can search on the principle automotive labeled websites (strive Autotempest) in addition to Automobiles & Bids or BaT and all ought to give you pretty market acceptable promoting costs.

Farewell R8, you have been a fantastic automotive. I hope you get pleasure from your new dwelling in San Francisco, and I hope to discover a worthy alternative quickly.

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