Used car deals of the week
In this week's used car deals, we've sourced everything from a BMW M3 to a Maserati MC20
While we seem to be out from under the worst of the pandemic, its lingering effect on the global supply chain and wider automotive manufacturing means bargain second hand performance cars aren’t what they used to be.
This is something that’s been exacerbated by the world’s transition to electric cars, stoking demand for petrol-powered performance cars both in the new and used markets, leaving many short of either cash or supply.
What hasn’t changed, though, is the satisfaction of perusing the classifieds for all the most interesting used high performance cars on sale right now. This week we’ve dug up everything from a BMW M3 to a Maserati MC20.
Maserati MC20 (2022)
Having come out on top at evo Car of the Year 2022, we’re rather fond of the Maserati MC20. With a stunning design, a characterful, engaging powertrain and an equally-impressive Dallara-developed chassis, it's one of the finest supercars of the moment. A mid-mounted 3-litre twin-turbocharged V6 is what lies at its heart, sending 621bhp and 538lb ft of torque to the rear wheels alone for a 2.9sec 0-62mph time and 202mph top speed.
Being the first modern supercar from Maserati, the market seems to have had its reservations, with very few MC20s appearing in the classifieds. Values have taken a fair hit, with this near-new 2736-mile example available for around £40,000 less than it cost its original buyer just a year ago – that’s depreciation of over £14 per mile…
Aston Martin DBX (2020)
Look past its lacklustre infotainment system and the Aston Martin DBX is an excellent all-round SUV, with dynamic ability and refinement to match the very best in the segment. It’s not short on raw performance either, with its AMG-derived 4-litre twin-turbocharged V8 producing 542bhp and 516lb ft of torque for a 4.3sec 0-62mph time and 181mph top speed.
The DBX’s £160,000 list price is a little hard to stomach, but if you’re willing to buy used, there are sizable discounts in store. This 25,108-mile example is now available for under £100,000, and comes with the optional Sports Exhaust system, Satin Silver Jewellery Pack and Premium Audio system.
BMW M3 Competition (F80, 2017)
The F80 BMW M3 was a tad spiky in its original form, but the addition of the Competition trim all but eliminated these issues. An excellent design with those aggressive swollen arches, a pleasant lack of oversized grilles and that 3-litre twin-turbocharged S55 straight-six make it a hot saloon well worth a look in 2023.
As you’d expect, you do pay a premium for Competition package cars, but even with the optional Harman Kardon sound system, head-up display and pricey extended Silverstone Merino leather, this 37,600-mile car could be on your driveway for hot hatch money.
Mercedes-AMG S63 Coupe (2015)
Launched as a successor to the CL and a rival to the Bentley Continental GT, the Mercedes-AMG S63 Coupe didn't have an easy job. With fantastic refinement and effortless performance, though, it proved to be one of the finest GTs of the last decade – powered by AMG’s 5.5-litre twin-turbocharged V8 in a strong 577bhp state-of-tune, 62mph comes up in just 4.2sec.
Depreciation hits many German luxury cars hard and fast, and the S63 is certainly no exception. After 8 years on the road, this classy Obsidian Black example is available for around £70,000 less than it was new (and less than half its original price). Unlike some examples, this one is unmodified, and comes with attractive 20-inch 10-spoke wheels, the AMG Night Package, Panoramic sunroof, Burmester sound system and a very reasonable 22,500 miles on the clock.
Ferrari 812 Superfast (2018)
There’s not much that can beat Ferrari’s F140 V12, and paired with a car as stunning and involving as the 812 Superfast, it’s a match made in heaven. In this form, Maranello’s 6.5-litre naturally-aspirated V12 sends a mind-boggling 789bhp and 530lb ft of torque to the rear wheels via a razor-sharp seven-speed dual clutch transmission – while a GT, it manages a 2.9sec 0-62mph time and 211mph top speed flat-out.
You’d pay from £263,000 for a new example today, with this rising well beyond £300,000 if you tick a few options. The original buyer of this car did just that, specifying seemingly every carbonfibre interior and exterior add-on Ferrari has to offer. Unlike some carbon-heavy cars, though, this one is particularly tasteful, finished in glorious TDF Blue with traditional Nero leather. Yours for £209,890.
McLaren 720S (2018)
The 720S is a stunning supercar, pairing outrageous power with an outstanding chassis, the rigidity of a carbonfibre tub and some of the most satisfying controls of any modern performance car. Its hardcore LT sibling and more recent 750S replacement achieve even more impressive numbers, but outputs of 710bhp and 568lb ft of torque from McLaren’s 4-litre twin-turbocharged V8 are certainly not on the low side.
As is the way with a modern McLaren, depreciation hits fast and hard. This 2018 example is no exception, having dropped to a mind-boggling £124,975 after 20,600 miles on the road – that’s almost £100,000 less than it was when new. It comes with plenty of optional interior and exterior carbonfibre too, alongside the all-important front-axle lift system, staggered 19 and 20-inch lightweight wheels, sports exhaust system and even a full service history for peace of mind.
BMW M3 (E46, 2004)
Fantastic looks, a vocal straight-six and a playful chassis make the E46 M3 one of the greats. The CSL is the best of them all, but with prices now in the six-figure range for the best examples, they’re getting further out of reach for many. The E46 M3 offers plenty of performance in standard guise, though, with its 3.2-litre naturally aspirated straight-six sending 338bhp and 269lb ft to the rear axle for a 5.2sec 0-62mph time and 155mph top speed.
Used prices are steadily beginning to rise, but even so, this rare Individual Diamond Metallic car is on the market for just £24,999 – it’s even had the all-important rear subframe overhaul, and comes with a host of optional extras. Granted, it has covered 97,800 miles in its 19 years on the road, but with it said to be just one of 12 examples in this colour, it might just be worth the extra cost.
Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 (2015)
The Chevrolet Camaro will meet its end next year after almost six decades in production, so to pay our respects, we’ve found one of the finest iterations on the classifieds. While undoubtedly a muscle car, the Z/28 adopts a formula more closely related to European performance cars, with a reduction in weight, the adoption of sticky tyres and high quality dampers making it a truly engaging sports coupe. Unlike the ZR1, the model features a naturally-aspirated 7-litre LS7 V8 co-developed with Corvette Racing, producing 505bhp and 481lb ft of torque.
Having been imported by Litchfield Motors, this 2015 car has covered 13,321 miles in its lifetime, and is thought to be one of just five examples on UK soil. Being a Z/28, it comes with Multimatic’s trick DSSV shock absorbers, a Tremec TR-6060 six-speed manual transmission, limited-slip differential and 19-inch wheels. Yours for a very reasonable £48,990.
BMW M3 GTS (E92, 2011)
The E92 M3 GTS was a little misunderstood at its launch, with performance not quite commensurate with either its price tag or the 997-generation Porsche 911 GT3 RS it was pitched against. A dozen years later, however, it’s appreciated as the finest variant of what’s now considered to be one of the very best M3s. The GTS features a stroked variant of the original S65 V8, raising displacement to 4.4-litres and power to 444bhp, and with BMW having produced just 138 units, it’s an exceedingly rare model, with examples very rarely coming up for sale.
While not quite delivery mileage, this 4996-mile car should feel factory fresh, and has a full service history in its books. Its £189,950 asking price is on the high side, but finished in the trademark GTS Fire Orange with Recaro Profi SPG XL seats and those excellent M359 wheels, it might just be an investment worth making.
Audi R8 (V8, 2008)
The original Audi R8 is an evo favourite, receiving five stars thanks to its excellent 4.2-litre naturally-aspirated V8, snickety six-speed manual ‘box and finely honed chassis. Outputs of 414bhp and 317lb ft of torque are on par with some contemporary hot hatches, but as we all know, numbers aren’t everything.
Prices are steadily rising for well-maintained V8 examples, but if you’re willing to put up with a higher 63,183-mile odometer reading, this 2008 car could be yours for just £35,990. Unlike some, it’s aesthetically untouched, finished in silver with the standard 19-inch wheels to match.