What alternatives should I consider to a used Audi R8 coupe?
When it first appeared, this was one of very few sensible supercars, although there’s a case to be made for calling the Porsche 911 one of those as well, with its rear seating and reliability record. However, the latest two-seat, mid-engined models from Ferrari and Lamborghini are the R8's more natural rivals, and they have all upped their games of late, being not only stunningly fast and good to drive, but also usable day-to-day and more reliable than such cars were in days of old.
This generation of R8 competed against the Ferrari 458 for much of its life, and a good show it put up, too. The Ferrari has the edge on excitement, though, with its stunning looks and more showy interior and fittings. It offered 562bhp and a top speed in excess of 200mph. It was a car of scintillating performance, reasonable practicality and, because of its high-tech approach, it was a supremely interactive and rewarding car to drive. It was replaced by the brilliant 488, which just upped the game even further.
The Lamborghini Gallardo shared some of its underpinnings with the R8, and both had their own versions of the same V10 engine. It was four-wheel-drive too, and it had earth-shatteringly fast performance. It handled well, had a suitably stunning interior and felt special, but it wasn’t quite as sharp as the Ferrari or as advanced as its other main rival at the time, the McLaren MP4-12C. In time, it was replaced by the Lamborghini Huracán, which is even better to drive and even more stunning to look at.