When we’re comparing values of two cars, it’s always best to compare like for like. That’s why if you’re in the market for a new BMW M6, it’s my civic duty to present you with this twin turbocharged Audi R8, which is just better in every conceivable way.
This 2008 Audi R8 started life as being the kinda-sorta base model of the make, with its 4.2-liter V8 engine producing north of 400 horsepower through all four wheels via its gated manual transmission. The car, while supercar quick and beautiful at every angle was outshined by the V10-powered model almost immediately, so V8 owners were all but stuck as low man on the totem pole - until one intrepid company decided that it would be a great idea to stick two giant hairdryers on the end of the engine.
The result of this forced induction trickery is a mammoth 600 horsepower and more power under the curve than any 10 cylinder car in existence. The price for all of this go? Just under $80 grand, which is an entire Honda Accord less than what a BMW M6 costs.
While the mileage won’t be enough to satiate the savvy garage queen collector, less than 60 thousand miles on a car of this stature isn’t an astronimcal amount and it simply means that any issues that would have arisen during driving are likely remedied by this point. However, I’d still look over the car with a fine-toothed comb, as the description is remarkably sparse on any details at all, other than some nice pictures.
Although the R8 is one of the most reliable and livable supercars made today, I’d definitely have a Blackstone labs analysis of the oil and make sure that the car performs well in every scenario before pulling the trigger on this purchase. Throwing forced induction onto an otherwise stock engine block can have negative effects if it’s not done correctly, so I’d keep close watch initially. If everything checks out (and it should), this is one of the best supercar values you can get today, bar none.
Tavarish is the founder of APiDA Online and writes and makes videos aboutbuying and selling cool cars on the internet. He owns the world’s cheapestMercedes S-Class, a graffiti-bombed Lexus, and he’s the only Jalopnik author that has never driven a Miata. He also has a real name that he didn’t feel was journalist-y enough so he used a pen name and this was the best he could do.