Used car deals of the week

The global pandemic has done some odd things to all sorts of industries, but its effect on the used car market has been astonishing. The values ​​of many second hand performance cars previously at accessible price points have been firming and even rising against all odds.

Finding a pre-owned bargain has, as a result, become an even greater challenge. That’s why we’ve perused the classifieds to pick out some of our favorite buys on the market this week.

Below you’ll find everything from the Gallardo Superleggera to the Clio RS…

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Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera (2012)


With a reduction in weight and an increase in power and response over the standard car, the LP570-4 received high praise from us following our first drive in 2010. Lamborghini’s 5-litre aspirated V10 produces a naturally strong 562bhp and 376lb ft of torque in this form, enough for a 3.7sec 0-62mph spring and top speed of 202mph.

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Its hardcore Huracan successors like the new STO might take the extreme mid-engined V10 supercar recipe further, but the Superleggera was there first, likely making it a future icon in the making. This Giallo Midas car is on the market at £10,000 less than the very cheap Huracan Performante, and comes with additional carbonfibre inside and out as well as the much-needed axle lifting system.

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Toyota GT86 (2013)


UK pricing and specifications have been announced for the new Toyota GR86, and although its sub-£30,000 price tag makes it seem a relative bargain in 2022, you can get a whole lot more for your money on the used market. Powered by a 2-litre flat-four, 201bhp and 151lb ft push it along to 62mph in a not-so invigorating 7.6sec, but it’s those manual, rear-drive thrills that matter most.

> Single high-specification Toyota GR86 priced from £29,990 in UK

Some 66,500 miles and 9 years after it first hit the road, this red example is on the market for just £13,495, under half the cost of the new GR86…

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Renault Clio RS (2010)


With new entrants like the excellent Hyundai i20 N and Toyota GR Yaris, we’ve never had more choice in the hot supermini segment. If you don’t want to fork out large sums for these models though, this 2010 Clio RS is an excellent alternative. Powered by a 197bhp 2-litre four-cylinder, power is near-identical to the likes of the current Fiesta ST and i20 N, with 0-62mph taking just 6.9sec and top speed coming at 140mph. Though this particular car comes without the Cup package, you’ll struggle to have more fun for the same cash.

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A reasonable 70,000 miles after it left the factory in 2010, this unmolested metallic silver example could be in your garage for £7695, a fraction of the price of its 2022 alternative.

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Mercedes-Benz AMG GT (2016)


The Mercedes-AMG GT combines sharp dynamics, a strong powertrain and captivating looks to make it a true rival to the long-standing Porsche 911. In standard GT-form, 503bhp and 479lb ft of torque come from AMG’s ubiquitous M178 twin-turbocharged 4 -litre V8, helping it along to a 3.8sec 0-62mph time and a 193mph top speed.

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You’ll need in excess of £100,000 for even the entry-level model new, but this low 18,000-mile Solarbeam yellow example is on the market at just £73,950. It’s far from basic either, coming with the desirable staggered 19- and 20-inch wheels, the desirable Premium package and more.

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BMW M5 Touring (E61, 2007)


The BMW M3 Touring is finally coming to fruition, but if you’d like a taste of practical M without the wait, look no further than the E61 M5. Powered by the motorsport-inspired naturally-aspirated S85 5-litre V10, 507bhp and 384lb ft help it along to a respectable 4.8sec 0-62mph time and 155mph top speed, with that addictive soundtrack coming as a bi-product.

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Thanks to questionable reliability and high running costs, E61 prices are still low, with even this rare Touring on the market at £26,950. Fitted with over £9000 worth of optional extras, striking Monaco Blue paint, an uprated sound system and a panoramic sunroof, it makes for a desirable example too. Though a maintenance fund might be advisable, a complete service history will give you at least some peace of mind.

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Lotus Elise S (S2, 2007)


The final Lotus Elise has now left Hethel, so to mark the occasion here’s a 2007 Elise S Touring at a rather attractive price. At its core is a 1.8-litre Toyota-derived four-cylinder, producing a moderate power bump over its predecessor for an output of 124bhp and 127lb ft of torque. Despite modest power, an 860kg kerb weight makes it more than adequate with 0-62mph happening in 5.8sec.

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Though prices are predictably on the rise, this tasteful silver example is on the market at less than the price of a new hot hatch. A full service history, relatively low 48,521 odometer reading and more should make it a great buy.

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Lamborghini Aventador S (2017)


It might be a bit rough around the edges, but in a world of all-electric hypercars and ever-tightening noise regulations, the Lamborghini Aventador has cemented its place in the supercar halls of fame. In this 2017 S-form, 730bhp and 507lb ft of torque are produced from its 6.5-liter naturally-aspirated V12, helping it reach 62mph in 2.9sec and a blistering 217mph top speed.

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Finished in stealthy Nero Pegaso with striking contrasting silver center-lock wheels, this 11,000-mile example is on the market for £224,990, a healthy chunk under its original list price. A full Lamborghini service history, the Sensonum sound system, carbonfibre trim and Rosso Alala contrast stitching also come as part of the package.

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Audi RS6 Avant (C7, 2014)


Audi’s new A6 Avant e-tron concept offers a first glimpse at what could be the basis for an all-electric RS6, but until then, we have an alternative. Though its 2022 counterpart boasts an increase in refinement and performance, the C7-generation car is still a very potent family-hauler, sending 552bhp and 516lb ft of torque to all four wheels from its 4-liter twin-turbocharged V8.

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Better still, you won’t need to fork out a six-figure sum for one, with this striking hatch Misano Red example on the market for not much more than the list price of a new hotback. A reasonable 56,596 miles on the odometer, 21-inch diamond cut wheels, a Bose sound system, carbonfibre interior trim and more come as part of the package.

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BMW M3 (E46, 2002)


The E46 M3 is an automotive icon, thanks to its sharp design, strong focus on driving thrills and the use of the lineup’s final naturally-aspirated straight-six. In standard form its 3.2-litre unit sends 343bhp and 269lb ft of torque to the rear wheels for a strong 5.2sec 0-62mph time and 155mph top speed.

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Prices are already reflecting its icon status, but before they get completely out of reach, this incredible example might just be a worthy investment. £32,991 is on the high side for an E46 (for now), but finished in rare Laguna Seca blue with a matching interior, having just a single owner on its books, only 50,378 miles and the manual gearbox, it’s easy to see why.

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Tesla Model 3 Performance (2019)


The Tesla Model 3 Performance certainly has its flaws, but with a huge straight line pace and surprisingly entertaining dynamics, it’s an all-electric performance saloon you shouldn’t discount on account of it lacking an internal combustion engine. While figures are hard to come by from Tesla itself, the 2019-specification Performance produces 449bhp and 713lb ft of torque come from its two motors, one mounted per axle, which is enough for a quoted 3.2sec 0-62mph time and 162mph top speed .

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This example has traveled 41,000 miles in just two years since it left the factory, and could be yours at a £14,000 discount from new, making it not much more than a new Hyundai Ioniq 5. This example has the black interior, with elements specific to the Performance including 20-inch wheels, uprated brakes and a carbonfibre lip spoiler. You’ll also have access to the Tesla Supercharger network, which by some considerable margin makes this the easiest electric car to run on longer journeys, saving you from the substandard fast-charging network all other EV drivers have to deal with.

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Nissan Skyline GT-R Nismo 400R (R33, 1997)


You’ll struggle to find a Skyline GT-R of any kind for a bargain these days, with all generations having accrued big values ​​over the past 20 or so years. It comes as no surprise, then, that an ultra-rare Le Mans-inspired Nismo 400R is changing hands for rather a lot of money – and with just 44 produced, they don’t come up for sale often.

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Inspired by the Skyline GT-R LM which raced at Le Mans in ’95 and ’96, Nismo swapped the R33’s standard engine for the race-proven twin-turbocharged RB-X GT2, featuring a comprehensive overhaul for a much higher 9000rpm redline and an output of 395bhp and 347lb ft of torque. Other various drivetrain and chassis components were swapped out for lightweight alternatives, and the trademark three piece LM-GT1 wheels and the Le Mans-inspired bodywork.

Having spent its last few years on UK soil, this 37,905-mile example is thought to be the final Deep Marine Blue V-Spec car produced, and was even chosen by Nissan to feature on their stand at the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed. Price is on application but with even the more common R34 Nür now selling in proximity to £500,000, there’s no doubt you’ll need seven figures to grab yourself a 400R.

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