Used car deals of the week
In this week's used car deals, we've sourced everything from a GR Yaris to a Ferrari 488 GTB
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 GR Yaris to a Ferrari 488 GTB.
Nissan GT-R (R35, 2016)
If Nissan’s latest Hyper Force concept is anything to go by, it looks as if the GT-R’s future is electric. There’s still some time before the R36 surfaces though, and while the excellent R35 is now off sale in the UK, there are plenty in the classifieds for us to enjoy. Powered by the potent VR38DETT 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V6, 542bhp and 466lb ft of torque are sent to both axles for a very impressive 2.8sec 0-62mph time and 196mph top speed. While many perceive the R35 as a characterless, digital machine, it’s one of the most mechanical, engaging supercars of modern times.
Nissan’s decision to axe the GT-R in the UK could soon inflate used prices, but for now, they’re still available for reasonable cash. Having covered 17,659 miles this metallic grey example is on the market for £67,000, and comes in standard factory spec, with 20-inch Rays wheels, a contrasting red and black leather interior and carbonfibre trim inside.
Ferrari 488 GTB (2016)
The scalpel-sharp Ferrari 488 Pista may overshadow the standard GTB, but the original 488 is a magnificent car in its own right. Pairing a fantastic 661bhp 3.9-litre twin-turbocharged V8 with an equally great chassis, it’s a driver’s car through and through. While it has been around for quite some time in supercar terms, it still manages a very respectable 3sec 0-62mph time and 205mph top speed – plenty enough to keep up with many newer supercars.
As a series production model, the 488 GTB has seen its fair share of depreciation over the years – this 2016 car has 17,000 miles on the clock, and is on the market for almost £50,000 less than it was when new. Painted in a tasteful deep metallic grey with a black leather interior, this example comes with the desirable suspension lift system, full PPF, a carbonfibre driving zone, full main dealer service history and Ferrari warranty cover until 2025.
Audi RS4 Avant (B7, 2007)
The B7 is arguably the finest of the Audi RS4 lineage – its 4.2-litre naturally-aspirated V8 is a gem of a power plant, especially when paired with a satisfying manual gearbox. Output figures of 415bhp and 317lb ft of torque won’t break any records in 2023, and neither will its 4.3sec 0-62mph time, but if you’re looking for a practical estate that can entertain, you needn’t look any further.
You’ll find some B7 RS4s for ludicrously low money, but this particular car might just be worth the extra cash, with just a single owner on its books. It has a full service history too, and comes with the highly sought after Recaro wingback seats, a Bose sound system and tasteful original 19-inch wheels in silver.
Toyota GR Yaris (2021)
The GR Yaris attracted plenty of hype from the get-go, with Toyota having to halt UK orders numerous times due to enormous demand. This should come as no surprise, with it being one of the only true modern homologation specials, and an affordable one at that. Powered by a peppy 1.6-litre turbocharged three-cylinder, 257bhp and 266lb ft of torque are sent to all four wheels for a 5.5sec 0-62mph time and 103mph top speed, with a completely fool-proof chassis to boot.
Having left the dealership in 2021, this white Circuit Pack car has covered 29,757 miles since, and despite high demand, it’s now on the market for less than its list price. You’ll pay from £33,495 for a factory-fresh Circuit Pack (if and when order books re-open), but this could be yours for £4500 less.
Porsche 911 GT3 RS (991.1, 2016)
The 992-gen Porsche 911 GT3 RS has proven just how capable a road-legal car can be, and while it’s one of the finest track-biased models we’ve seen to date, its predecessor more than holds up well. Designed without the complex active aerodynamics and on-the-fly adjustable elements of the new car, the 991-gen RS is a more basic machine, pairing an 8800rpm, 492bhp 4-litre naturally aspirated flat-six with a chassis as finely honed as the all-time greats and a healthy dose of (fixed) aero.
Unlike some manufacturers, Porsche has never limited production of its most extreme track-focused models, and so the 991-generation RS was produced in greater numbers than its reputation might suggest. As a result, this 32,531-mile Ultra Violet car is available for a very reasonable £137,900. Not only does it come with the desirable 918 bucket seats, Sports Chrono Package Plus and front axle lift factory options, its previous owner also gave it a full track overhaul, applying three-way adjustable suspension, braided lines and track alignment from Manthey Racing. Surface Transform ceramic discs, JCR Houndstooth seat inserts and an uprated JCR exhaust system with track silencers are also fitted, making it an irresistible offering for those keen on a track day.
Mercedes-AMG E63 (2017)
While not quite as sharp as its M5 rival, the 4-litre E63 is a very fine performance saloon, blending accessible performance with those trademark AMG thrills. In standard form, Affalterbach’s 4-litre twin-turbocharged V8 sends 563bhp and 553lb ft of torque to all four wheels for a 3.5sec 0-62mph time and a top speed limited to 155mph, making it one of the quickest cars of its kind.
Almost as impressive as its performance is the E63’s tendency to shed value, with this tasteful Cavansite Blue car on the market for just £47,895 after 27,500 miles on the road. It’s not light on options, either, coming with 20-inch diamond cut wheels, the Premium Ambient Lighting Package, AMG Interior and Exterior Package, AMG Performance exhaust system and a whole lot more.
Abarth 695 Biposto (2016)
While entertaining and a curious first look into the future of the electric hot hatch, Abarth’s 500e simply costs too much to be competitive. For over £10,000 less, though, you could have this nearly-new 695 Biposto, the marque’s most focused model to date. While it’s powered by the same 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder as other petrol Abarths, power is lifted to 190bhp and 184lb ft of torque, with a reduction in weight helping it reach 62mph from standstill in a brisk 5.9sec.
A stealthy alternative to the Modena Yellow Biposto Record, this particular example was optioned in matte grey, has a full Abarth service history, attractive 18-inch OZ wheels and has been stored indoors since it left the dealership in 2016.
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.