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What does it really cost to run a sports car?

By raccars Published

Porche Cayman

Are sports cars really as wallet-emptying, licence-endangering and widow-making as they seem?

As far as your licence and your life go, that's down to you and your driving skills. However popular theory holds that once you can finally afford to buy your dream sports car, you'd better start saving again to be able to keep it on the road. They are thirsty, high maintenance and expensive to repair, a mobile money pit, if you like.

Let's try to separate fact from fiction and look at the real cost of sports car ownership, using a few popular examples and figures given by industry analyst CAP Automotive. The monthly running costs include insurance, depreciation and road tax, while fuel costs are calculated on an average mileage of 10,000 per annum. The costs are taken over a three year period of ownership from new at RRP.

Can you afford a sports car?

Audi S5 Sportback S Tronic

The powerful Audi costs £27,288.44 or just over £9,000 per year - ouch! That works out at £758.01 per month for three years. Of the total, £4,152.44 goes on fuel and £361.00 on servicing and maintenance, meaning about £23,000 lost to depreciation, insurance and road tax. A new S5 is on the way.

Porsche Cayman

The 2.7 litre Porsche Cayman has recently been discontinued and is now available as the Porsche 718 Cayman with four cylinders. However if you're looking at monthly running costs for a used 2.7 litre, they are a little lower than the S5 at £685.62, for a total of £24,682.33 over three years. Of that, a much higher amount is spent on servicing and maintenance at £1,724.00 over three years. With fuel costs only a little higher at £4,424.33, it seems that lower depreciation is probably responsible for the difference.

Audi RS3 Sportback

This premium hot hatch boasts an excellent five cylinder 2.5 litre engine that helps it to keep up with other cars on this list. Ownership over three years from new will cost you £23,302.53 or £647.29 a month. Like the Cayman, servicing and maintenance costs are relatively high at £1,253.00, and fuel is comparable at £4,259.53. A new RS3 Sportback would have cost about £40,000 without any extras.

Nissan 370Z Coupe

Nissan's sleek but thirsty little sports coupe costs from £27,680 to £38,050 brand new, and you will spend £619.02 per month or £22,284.63 over three years on it. Fuel is a rather hefty £5,588.63 of that and servicing and maintenance over three years comes to £1,216.00.

Ford Mustang 2.3 EcoBoost

Ford has ensured that its new Mustang, available for the first time in right hand drive, is more palatable to European sensibilities. This includes the option of the 2.3 litre EcoBoost engine as well as the more traditionally American V8. It's hard to imagine just how much you'd have to spend on the bigger, butcher model if fuel for the Eco version costs £4,211.6 over three years! Total ownership costs during that time are £19,105.26 or £530.70 per month, including £964 on servicing and maintenance. The price new starts at £30,995.

Audi TT 2.0 TDI Ultra Sport

It's not actually the sportiest TT but the 2.0 litre TDI engine offers a reasonable amount of economy to go with its sports car styling. Ownership comes in at £18,353.44 over three years, of which servicing and maintenance is pleasantly low at £315 and fuel is only £2,345.44. Monthly that comes to £514.87.

Subaru BRZ SE

The BRZ wasn't as successful as Subaru was hoping it would be but offers genuinely sporty, rear wheel drive entertainment. The SE is the entry level trim and will cost £18,136.56 - £503.79 per month over three years. Fuel comes to £4,106.56 of that and servicing and maintenance is a fairly hefty £1,115.00. However at £22,495 brand new, that's a pretty heavy hit on depreciation.

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