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The Performance Car Depreciation Bonus

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The performance car market seems inexplicably to have emerged from the recession not only unscathed but healthier than ever. Nonetheless, this market sector is one of the worst hit by depreciation, so canny buyers will hang on to their cash for a couple of years, to save huge amounts of money on the car of their choice. Fleet News has studied the market and has pinpointed the following performance cars for the worst depreciation:

Abarth 695 Biposto

This is an extreme city car, stripped down to the bare bones for a racy feel and completely bonkers performance. However at £32,900 in its most basic form, the price is pretty racy too. But it depreciates even faster than it drives and is expected to cost a mere £7,484 after only three years/30,000 miles. That's a saving of £25,416...

Vauxhall Corsa VXR Clubsport

The halo model Corsa's rate of depreciation isn't quite as dramatic as the Abarth's, and nor is its performance. However, it is a serious hot hatch and its 98-octane fuel requirement makes it a niche purchase. But for the same reason, it is also forecast to lose £16,014 in value over its first three years of life, taking the price from £22,400 new, to £6,386 in only three years.

Renault Megane Renaultsport 275 Trophy-R

This is one of the most exciting drives in the very competitive hot hatch sector, but for some reason, prices fall off a cliff over three years. Costing £36,430 new, the Megane Trophy-R is expected to drop a staggering £29,016 in three years, to £7,414. Gulp.

Subaru WRX STI

A long time boy racer favourite, the WRX STI is the modern incarnation of the Impreza WRX and is much sought after for its brutal driving dynamic. In three years, however, you should be able to find this Japanese performance saloon for less than £12,000.

Mercedes-AMG C63

Forecasts for the C63 are strictly speculative because it's so new, but it has already been lumped into the bargain bin three years down the line. £59,795 new isn't cheap but you're getting a ridiculous power output, a growling V8 and seriously athletic performance for it - which makes £14,768 just three years later an incredible bargain.

Bargain hunters should also keep an eye on the BMW M6 Gran Coupe and the Nissan GT-R Nismo, both ballistic performers, which are expected to lose pounds faster than a soap star flogging a fitness DVD over the next three years...

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