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Supercars On The Cheap

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OK, cheap is pushing it a bit, but go for a slightly used supercar and you can save a fortune on the list price of the same model brand new. For example, 20,000 miles on the clock can mean depreciation of £60,000 once you reach the upper echelons of the auto market. Remember though, as you're eagerly snapping up a supercar bargain, that these kinds of cars cost a fortune to run as well as buy...

McLaren 12C

Costing almost £170,000 new, the 592bhp 12C can be bought for just over £100,000 for a 2012 model with 13,000 miles under its belt. The British firm's first mass produced car gave Ferrari execs a few sleepless nights on release in 2011, thanks to an array of Formula One derived technology and a 3.3 second time to 62mph.

Lamborghini Gallardo

The £117,000 entry level Lambo is a relative bargain at about £66,000 for a 2004 model displaying 32,000 miles. Expect the wild performance for which Lamborghini is famous. The V10 is mounted in the middle and howls like a banshee for a seriously thrilling ride. Get into a Gallardo now as it's gaining a reputation as a future classic, pushing prices up.

Ferrari 458

Every supercar fan is desperate to own a Ferrari, and for about £116,000, they can. That will get you a 2010 458 which has covered 11,000 miles and cost almost £179,000 new. It offers all the requisite supercar attributes and most will have been fitted with numerous optional extras when new at eye watering cost, making a slightly used version a relative bargain.

Bentley Continental GT

The British company has always been famous for its large, luxurious saloons, so a sporty Continental GT coupe was something of a departure for the brand. A new one costs £141,300, but let 27,000 miles and a few years slip by and you could be the proud owner of one for a far more reasonable £57,000. For this, you will receive sophisticated comfort and blistering performance from a 602bhp twin turbo, six litre W12 - and fuel economy to make you weep.

Porsche 911 Turbo

For a great all rounder supercar it's hard to beat the 911 Turbo, and a used model for £63,000 offers a significant saving on the brand new price of £99,678. Expect a 2009 plate and about 40,000 miles on the clock for that, plus a 0-62mph time of 3.3 seconds. It may be an obvious choice but the 911 has been honed over decades to a point of excellence that few others can match.

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