Best used performance cars
After some fun? We reveal the cars you can afford – and the models that will cost you a fortune...
You’ve been saving for a rainy day, so why would you go out and buy a performance car in the middle
of a financial thunderstorm? Well, perhaps because not all performance cars are born equal!
Some of these machines make little financial sense right now. But there are others which are deceptively light on the wallet in comparison – and Auto Express can point you in their direction! Here we’ve picked
six top models, which don’t make wise buys in the current climate – then looked at six alternatives which have endured the worst of their depreciation, and shouldn’t cost you an arm and a leg to run.
Go for one of them and you’ll come out of the economic crisis with your adrenaline gland still functioning – and a few quid to spare!
In this review
- 1Introduction - currently readingAfter some fun? We reveal the cars you can afford – and the models that will cost you a fortune...
- 2TVR Tuscan vs Lotus Elise S2 111SBlackpool-based TVR bowed out long before the financial apocalypse and now its remaining cars are suffering, too.
- 3BMW M3 vs BMW 335d CoupeLack of consumer confidence has pushed late versions of the previous-model BMW M3 into a dangerous area.
- 4Audi RS6 4dr vs A6 3.0 TDI quattroThe twin-turbo RS6 looks cheap when you see how far it has dropped from its £57,700 new price, but hold off until you’ve seen our alternative.
- 5Mazda MX-5 vs Smart RoadsterA two-seat roadster sounds like something you’d cash in when the chips are down, but buying an unconventional model can hand you sporty thrills at supermini running costs
- 6Mitsubishi Evo IX vs Audi S3
- 7Aston Martin V8 Vantage vs Porsche Cayman