Used car deals of the week
In this week's used car deals, we've sourced everything from a Hyundai i30 N to a Mercedes-AMG S65
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 Hyundai i30 N to a Mercedes-AMG S65.
Lexus LC500 (2018)
With the push towards electrification happening more intensely than ever, times are changing fast for the performance car. Lexus is exploring the possibility of a fascinating augmented manual transmission in its EVs, but before then, we still have time to enjoy some of its greatest combustion-powered offerings. Powered by the glorious 2UR-GSE V8, the Lexus LC500 is one of them, offering incredible refinement, striking styling and an entertaining driving experience.
Power stands at 477bhp with 398lb ft of torque, and although some of its more focused rivals boast higher outputs, its 4.7sec 0-62mph time and 168mph top speed are more than enough for a GT of this kind. After 20,651 miles on the road, this black example is available for just shy of £65,000.
Mercedes-AMG S65L (2015)
Unlike its smaller C63 sibling, the Mercedes-AMG S63 has retained eight cylinders for another generation (albeit with hybrid assistance), but the V12-powered S65 is no more. Thankfully there are plenty in the classifieds, and despite their increasing desirability, most are available for relatively reasonable sums. Later cars were powered by a 6-litre twin-turbocharged unit for 621bhp and 738lb ft of torque, enough for a 4.3sec 0-62mph time and a 155mph (limited) top speed.
Being the range-topper, this extended wheelbase Diamond white car comes with an ‘Exclusive’ black leather interior, the Night View camera system, massage seats, the uprated Burmester sound system, polished 20-inch wheels (the same units available on the new S63 E Performance) and even carbon ceramic brakes. Despite having covered just 4000 miles and coming with a full Mercedes service history, this car can be yours for £84,989, just over half its original price.
Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio (2019)
The G80 M3 has proved to be a mighty super saloon offering, but the Giulia Quadrifoglio remains one of our favourites for driving thrills. Powered by a charismatic 2.9-litre twin-turbocharged V6, 503bhp and 443lb ft of torque help it along to a blistering 3.9sec 0-62mph time and class-leading 191mph top speed. A 1525kg weight figure makes it the lightest of its kind too, making it a force to be reckoned with on Britain’s B-roads.
Many cars on the classifieds have already covered upwards of 60,000 miles, with this particular car having covered an incredible 77,990. As a result, it’s available for hot hatch money, priced at just £38,000.
Hyundai i30 N Performance (2018)
You can’t go wrong with Hyundai’s i30 N as an everyday hot hatch, with its brilliant chassis one and 2-litre turbocharged four-cylinder packing a strong 271bhp punch. Considerably more entertaining to drive than a modern mk8 Volkswagen Golf GTI, the i30 N pairs this to strong practicality, making it a great option for a single car garage.
Painted in Hyundai N’s signature Performance blue shade, this particular car has covered 50,000 miles in its four years on the road and can be yours for under £21,000.
Ferrari 458 Italia (2011)
Ferrari’s fabulous naturally-aspirated 458 Italia is undoubtedly a future icon. Its 4.5-litre naturally-aspirated flat-plane crank V8 produces a strong 570bhp and 398lb ft of torque, and although its forced induction and hybrid-assisted successors are more potent, a 3.4sec 0-62mph time and 202mph top speed is all the performance you could ever possibly need.
Just over a decade and 14,906 miles since it left the dealership, this ideal Rosso Scuderia example is available for £145,830, £60,000 less than a new F8 Tributo. It comes on the optional 20-inch forged wheel option and a classic Ferrari interior combination of Sabbia leather with red quilted stitching and red carpets.
BMW M4 GTS (2016)
Its £120,000 list price made it a tricky sell when new, but with depreciation working its magic, the extreme F82 BMW M4 GTS has never looked more attractive. Equipped with a unique water injection system to allow for increased boost pressures, power is up over the standard car to 493bhp and 442lb ft of torque, with a modest 30kg reduction in weight helping it reach 62mph from standstill in 3.8sec – top speed is also lifted to an impressive 190mph.
As one of 700 examples worldwide and just 30 for the UK, this Alpine White example comes with the staggered 19- and 20-inch wheels with trademark GTS Acid Orange highlights, Recaro bucket seats, the Clubsport Package and just 12,000 miles on the clock. All of this can be yours for £78,980, a saving of over £40,000 over list.
Porsche Boxster Spyder (981, 2015)
The 981 Boxster Spyder was one of the finest driver’s drop-tops available at the time, and seven years on it remains a top pick. Pairing a stirring 370bhp 3.8-litre naturally-aspirated flat-six with a beautifully balanced chassis, there’s not much to dislike.
Just under 20,000 miles since it left the dealership, this white example is now on the market for £64,500, a fair saving over the 718 car. Sound Package Plus, the Light Design Package, a two year Porsche Approved Warranty and the desirable silver wheels are all equipped.
Mazda RX-7 (FD, 1992)
An untouched FD Mazda RX-7 is an increasingly rare thing in 2022, with many owners having applied questionable bodykits and engine modifications over the years. This red example, though, is one of the few that has retained its original look save for the rear wing borrowed from a later model, something that’s fast becoming very desirable on the used car market.
Powered by a 1.3-litre twin-turbocharged twin-chamber rotary, 237bhp and 218lb ft of torque offer reasonable performance given its age, helping it reach 62mph from standstill in 5.4sec and a 156mph top speed. This 70,000-mile car has received a fresh engine rebuild, but numerous other ‘major mechanical parts’ having been reconditioned too, perhaps making it one of the better examples on the market.
Porsche 911 GT2 RS (997, 2010)
The 997 GT2 RS is fast becoming an icon as the final iteration sold only with a manual transmission. Though over a decade old, its numbers are still huge even today, with 611bhp and 516lb ft coming from its 3.6-litre twin-turbocharged flat-six, enough for a 3.5sec 0-62mph time and 205mph top speed (although our time with the car leads us to believe the former is rather conservative).
You'd pay just shy of ��165,000 for a new example, but thanks to the limited build number and its increasing desirability, most aren’t far from double that sum today. This GT Silver example comes with all of the factory exterior carbonfibre options, Clubsport package, striking Guards red seat belts and Sport Chrono plus. It has covered a not-insignificant 39,000 miles in its time, but a full service history should give you some peace of mind.
Abarth 695 Biposto Record (2017)
The time has finally come for Abarth to head into the electric age, with the firm’s very first EV set for launch at the end of the month. To mark the occasion, we’ve sourced one of its finest modern combustion-powered models, the limited-run 695 Biposto Record. Though based on the ordinary 595, its 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder is turned up 12bhp to 190bhp and 184lb ft of torque, enough for a 5.9sec 0-62mph time. Suspension tweaks, new bodywork, wheels and weight savings also help make it a more focussed machine.
Built as number 37 of just 133 examples worldwide, this Biposto Record has covered a very reasonable 19,587 miles in its five years on the road, and comes with a full Abarth service history – even so, it’s on the market at just £25,495.
Mercedes-AMG C63 (2015)
The new Mercedes-AMG C63 and its 670bhp power output have landed, but if you’d like to save some cash and go back-to-basics with a pure-combustion powertrain, look no further than this used W205. Despite swapping the W204's large displacement, naturally-aspirated 6.2-litre M156 V8 for a 4-litre twin-turbocharged M178, the newer car was much faster, despite its added weight and complexity. Affalterbach’s engineers also managed to retain the car’s distinct character and its trademark AMG sound, while extracting 469bhp and 479lb ft of torque in its most basic tune.
As we see with many high performance German cars, used prices can soon fall to dangerously tempting levels. The W205 C63 is no exception, with this 2015 Metallic Silver car on the market for just £24,490, almost a quarter of the saloon’s asking price. Granted, this particular car has covered a sky-high 120,000 miles, but if its full dealership history and unmodified appearance is anything to go by, it might just be a risk worth taking…
Aston Martin Vanquish (2003)
The design of the first-generation Aston Martin Vanquish has stood the test of time, but its incredible 5.9-litre naturally-aspirated V12 has arguably aged even more gracefully. Though 460bhp and 400lb ft of torque are nothing to shout about today, its smooth delivery and iconic sound are something we won’t see again.
This tasteful Grigio Titanio silver example comes with a tan leather interior, full service history, upgraded sound system, factory 19-inch wheels and a relatively low 28,900 miles on the clock. It’s even been fitted with the sharper transmission from the Vanquish S, and comes with front-end PPF too.
Lamborghini Aventador (2013)
The final Lamborghini Aventador has now officially left the factory, marking the end of the line for the supercar icon. With a large displacement naturally-aspirated V12, the Aventador was a true supercar in a traditional sense, and despite its apparent flaws, it’ll always be a desirable model in the years to come. In this original LP 700-4-form, its V12 sends 700bhp and 507lb ft of torque to all four wheels for a 2.9sec 0-62mph time and 217mph top speed.
High maintenance costs have kept used prices down, but if you’re brave enough this launch-spec Arancio Argos example could be yours for £175,990. Both the carbonfibre interior and exterior upgrade packages, a glass engine cover, branded seats, a full dealership history and more all come as part of the package.