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


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

Briefly, it was nothing wanting incredible – fairly presumably one in every of my most dependable automobiles I’ve ever owned.

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

Insurance coverage was additionally pretty low-cost on the automobile (<$100/mo) and simple to come back by, one thing you’ll be able to’t take with no consideration with many different high-end sports activities automobiles and/or supercars.

It turned heads in every single place I went, and felt like an important day each time I began it up.

Over the course of possession, the automobile appreciated by about $10K (evaluating my buy worth to my sale worth) that means I used to be capable of personal the automobile totally free if not a slight revenue after accounting for the beauty work (e.g. detailing & changing put on objects) & possession prices…one other first for me, having misplaced my shirt on each different automotive buy in my lifetime (notice: the final 2 years had been extremely atypical as a result of pandemic and provide chain points, so your skill to duplicate this isn’t a assure).

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

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

Do I remorse the V8 vs V10? Probably not.

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 circumstances). The V8 actually had ample energy, particularly when mated with an exhaust, that you simply received’t miss a lot. Now that this can be a 15 12 months outdated automobile, neither the V8 or V10 are tremendous outstanding when it comes to 0-60 pace in comparison with a more recent automobile, so that you’re shopping for the R8 for the expertise as a substitute of optimizing to have the quickest potential automobile 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 suppose I’d change something

. I can’t consider a greater worth below $100K when it comes to supercar seems to be, mass manufacturing reliability (V8 in lots of different automobiles), and pleasure to drive (gated handbook + german V8).

As I’m in search of potential replacements, it appears like you want to spend virtually double the quantity to discover a automobile that really appears 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 components).

For those who’ve ever thought-about a R8, I’d extremely advocate it. When shopping for, go for the handbook – however in the event you will need to have an automated the facelift automobiles with S-tronic are good and snappy…in any other case, I’ve no different main shopping for recommendation apart from to purchase a spec you want and get a PPI to verify it has been taken care of. There are sufficient obtainable that in the event you’re affected person, you’ll discover the precise colour and choices that can make it much more particular to personal. Humorous sufficient they don’t are likely to do notably effectively on the automobile public sale websites, probably since they’re simple sufficient to come back by, so you’ll be able to search on the primary automobile categorised websites (attempt Autotempest) in addition to Vehicles & Bids or BaT and all ought to provide you with pretty market acceptable promoting costs.

Farewell R8, you had been a fantastic automobile. 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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