If you have access to the internet, which you probably do given that you’re reading this article, you’ll know what a fantastic place it can be to dig out the best used car deals. The only issue is there are often simply too many to sort through. Nonetheless, courtesy of our entirely professional habits of trolling through the classifieds, and our friend depreciation, you can still find incredible performance car deals if you know where to look.
Of course, these stone-cold bargains are intermingled with others that are overpriced and/or potential money pits waiting to swallow your savings, so you need to keep your wits about you at all times. Should you really splash out on that Golf GTI Clubsport S? Is it wise to take the plunge on that M850i? Well, that’s ultimately down to you, but we’ve taken steps to help you make the right decision by trawling the classifieds for our used car deals of the week...
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Below are our best used car spots of the week...
Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport S (2016)
The range-topping R might boast more power than the standard GTI, but the middling performance Golf has long been a favourite of enthusiasts in the segment. The GTI Clubsport S took the formula to the next level, lowering weight, adding power and briefly claiming the front-drive Nürburgring lap record in 2016. Power comes from the group’s ubiquitous EA888 2-litre turbocharged four-cylinder, putting 306bhp and 280lb ft to the front wheels through a manual gearbox. Zero to 62mph comes in a healthy 5.7sec, with top speed at 165mph.
Though used examples initially sold for above retail price due to demand, prices have now dropped to a reasonable level, meaning you can be the proud owner of the most driver-oriented Mk7 for less than the price of a new R. This example has only 23,000 miles on the clock, brand new PS4S tyres, front paint protection film and more.
BMW M850i (2019)
The M850i is BMW’s answer to the Lexus LC 500, topping the standard 8-series range with the same 4.4-litre twin-turbocharged V8 as in the M8, putting a very respectable 523bhp and 553lb ft of torque to all four wheels for a 0-62mph time of 3.7sec and a limited top speed of 155mph.
Despite the lack of a proper M badge, the M850i passes the £100,000 mark when new, and although it might be well-accomplished, the inception of the range-topping M8 has set depreciation on a path of destruction. After 3792 miles, this Sunset Orange example is worth just £64,500 – a near-£40,000 saving over its original price. To put that into perspective, every 100 miles has cost it over £1000 in depreciation.
Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG (2014)
The new, high-tech E63 S might be on showroom floors, but an enthusiast with the need for a dash of practicality can’t go wrong with an E63 of any generation. This 2014 Estate features the brand’s 5.5-litre turbocharged V8, putting 550bhp and 531lb ft of torque to the rear wheels for a 4.3sec 0-62mph time and 155mph top speed.
An asking price of £27,000 won’t buy you much more than a hot hatchback in 2019, but as with all cars of its kind, depreciation hasn’t been kind to this E63. Priced from around £70,000 when new, this car has taken a substantial hit after 34,800 miles, and comes with a handful of extras such as a panoramic roof, Harman Kardon sound system, and more.
Lexus LC 500 (2017)
We’re rather fond of the LC 500 at evo, largely thanks to its glorious naturally aspirated power plant. The 5-litre V8 puts 470bhp and 398lb ft of torque to the rear wheels, creating an increasingly rare orchestra of NA eight-cylinder intake and exhaust sound in the process.
With only 11,900 miles since it left the factory, this example has lost around £25,000 in value, making it an excellent used buy. Twenty-one-inch wheels, an uprated Mark Levinson sound system, a carbonfibre roof and deep metallic Sonic Red paintwork all feature.
Ferrari 458 Italia (2010)
High-revving, flat-plane crank, naturally-aspirated V8s are a rarity in 2019, making the 458 a rather desirable machine. The last eight cylinder unit to come from Maranello free of forced induction, its 4.5-litre unit pushes 562bhp and 398lb ft of torque to the rear wheels, helping the model achieve a 0-62mph time of 3.4sec and a top speed of 202mph.
Despite its desirability and undoubted future collectibility, the current state of the used car market has pushed this 22,633 mile, Rosso Corsa example to under £120,000 – that’s less than the base price of an AMG GT 4-door coupe. It’s not lacking options either, coming with handfuls of carbonfibre, Daytona seats, Scuderia Ferrari shields and even the must-have yellow tachometer.
Audi R8 (2016)
A base price of £128,000 puts the R8 well into supercar territory, but thanks to our kind friend depreciation, excellent examples can already be had at staggering discounts. A 5.2-litre V10 delivers 533bhp and 398lb ft of torque to all four wheels for a 3.5sec 0-62mph sprint and 198mph top speed.
This example can be yours for only £76,999, around £50,000 less than when new just a few years ago – that puts it in line with a highly specced TT RS, for reference… If blending in isn’t on your agenda, its bold yellow paint and contrasting black wheels will prove very useful indeed, too.
Lotus 2-Eleven (2008)
670kg, 260bhp and no windscreen. Need we say more? Improving on the 340R of 1999, the model’s powered by a 1.8-litre four-cylinder, giving 252bhp in standard form, or 260bhp with the factory upgrade this example boasts, providing a healthy 3.8sec 0-62mph time.
This particular car is a rare SVA launch model, number 61 of 100 cars produced. If you’d like to get your hands on one of Lotus’ most extreme road-going models, this could be the one for you – only 7294 miles have been covered, paint protection film has kept high-risk areas free from wear, and it can be yours for just £38,000.
Alpina B3 (1999, E46)
Alpina’s latest B3 saloon has just been uncovered, so it only seemed right to include this E46 variant from 1999 in this week’s deals. Under the bonnet is the same straight-six you’ll find in an E46 330i, pumped up to 300bhp and 266lb ft of torque – 0-62mph comes in a respectable 6.3sec and top speed at 164mph.
This example is finished in Alpina Green Metallic, a near-£2000 option, with a contrasting Montana leather interior. As with all B3s, the Alpina bodykit sets it apart from a standard car, alongside the 19-inch wheels. Only 43,000 miles have been covered from new, and with just a single former keeper on the books, it sounds like an excellent buy to us.
Renault Sport Clio 182 Trophy (2005)
If you’ve followed evo for any length of time, this car needs no introduction. One of the world’s greatest hot hatches, even to this day, the 182 Trophy takes the winning formula from the standard car and adds dampers you’d expect to find on a track-only racer. Under the bonnet is a 2-litre NA four-pot, producing a very respectable 182bhp and 147lb ft of torque for a 6.9sec 0-62mph sprint and 139mph top speed. Making it all the more desirable is its rarity – just 550 were produced worldwide.
This particular car is number 175 and has the Trophy’s trademark Capsicum Red paint and Speedline Turini wheels. One aspect that prevents many from taking the plunge on a Trophy is the need to refurbish the dampers. However, this example had them seen to just a few years ago. Some 56,000 miles on the clock don’t make this a cheap example, but it’ll make a very good investment indeed.
Bentley Continental GT Supersports (2010)
The latest Bentley Continental GT has been conquering our roads for some time now, but the previous-generation car is far from irrelevant. In range-topping Supersports form, its twin-turbocharged 6-litre W12 produces almost identical figures to those of the near-£200k current GT from almost a decade on. Some 612bhp and 553lb ft of torque push it from 0 to 62mph in 3.9sec and to a top speed of 206mph.
Though the Supersports carries a hefty premium over standard cars of a similar condition, its rarity and performance-enhancing tweaks help to justify this. This example has the optional carbonfibre package, a full Bentley service history, carbon-ceramic brakes, 20-inch Supersports-specific wheels, and Moroccan Blue metallic paint.
Mercedes-Benz CLK 63 AMG Black Series (2008)
Black Series. A name we haven’t seen attached to an Affalterbach machine in quite some time, and one you very rarely see out on our roads. Turning an already-mad AMG up another notch is what the Black Series division is about, adding a widebody kit, exclusive, ball-polished wheels and a whole host of performance-enhancing modifications, in the CLK’s case. Peak power of 507bhp comes from a 6.2-litre NA V8, providing the 0-62mph sprint in 4.3sec and a 188mph top speed.
Unfortunately, Black Series prices are rather high in 2019, putting this CLK 63 just £10 under the £100,000 mark. This example is a rather good one, however, making it a prime candidate for an investment car. Only 14,000 miles have been covered in its 11-year life, and it has maintained a full Mercedes service history, including a recent service at Mercedes-Benz World.
Porsche 911 GT3 (997, 2010)
Stuttgart’s GT3 was a success right from its inception in 1999. Though three generations of cars have only improved on one another, the second-generation 997 car is still a force to be reckoned with in 2019. Granted, Gen 1 997s look a tad dated, but punt for a Gen 2 equipped with centre-lock lightweight wheels, and you have yourself an excellent buy.
This example is just that, a Gen 2 with motorsport-inspired centre-lock wheels, the 3.8-litre NA flat-six, Carrera White paint, front axle lift and much more. At just over £80,000, don’t think this is an undesirable example, either, as it has a respectable 35,570 miles on the odometer and a manual gearbox.
Noble M600 (2016)
The Noble M600 might not have seen an update for over a decade, but with such a unique set of skills, we’re not sure it's needed. Under the engine cover is a Yamaha-derived 4.4-litre turbocharged V8, providing all of the power, speed and sound one could ever ask for. Some 650bhp helps it reach a staggering 225mph top speed, a figure that even the latest supercars can’t match. Its numbers had us comparing it to the likes of the Bugatti Veyron, Pagani Zonda R and Ferrari F40 in our 2009 review. If you want drama, this is the machine for you.
Despite the lack of a prancing horse or raging bull on the bonnet, prices have held up disappointingly well over the years. If you have a spare £180,000 to burn, though, this deep red example can be yours. Matching the exterior paint are red wheels, carpets and interior stitching, with an exposed carbonfibre roof, diffuser, splitter, dashboard, engine cover and even handbrake lever all completing the look. Only 4900 miles have been covered in its three-year existence.
Lexus RC F (2015)
You can count the number of naturally aspirated V8s on sale in the UK on one hand. It’s a sad state of affairs, but perhaps it’s time to snap one up while you still can… The RC F is Lexus’s answer to the BMW M4, featuring a 5-litre naturally aspirated V8 that puts 470bhp and 391lb ft of torque to the rear wheels. Zero to 62mph comes in 4.5sec, top speed at 167mph, and it makes a wonderful sound whilst reaching them.
Sports seats, a ten-speaker Mark Levinson sound system, 19-inch wheels, a limited-slip differential and more are fitted to this example. Finished in white with a full-leather red interior, it’s a combination you’ll struggle to fault. For the cost of just 30,000 miles on the odometer, you receive a whopping £30,000+ discount on its new price.
BMW M5 (E60, 2005)
The E60-generation BMW M5 is fast carving out a place for itself among some of the world’s most exotic metal in terms of rarity and desirability. The model might not offer the performance of its 2019 counterpart, but the glorious S85 V10 under the bonnet is what makes it so special. The naturally-aspirated unit puts a healthy 500bhp to the rear wheels at a staggering 7750rpm, for a 4.2sec 0-62mph time and 155mph top speed.
This particular example is finished in an attractive Interlagos dark blue shade, with a contrasting Silverstone Merino leather interior. What sets the car apart from every other E60 M5 on the market, however, is the mileage. Only 8800 miles have been covered since it left the factory in 2005 - that’s just over 600 miles a year. If the low mileage wasn’t enough to tempt you, it also comes with a sunroof, a full BMW service history and an array of other optional extras.