A reader wonders if the Audi R8 would make a good investment
The 2020 Audi R8 is available with a V10 engine, making it a rare model in the industry
It may not gain any value in the foreseeable future, but it’s still a great car
One reader in the US is interested in buying a performance car that could eventually increase in value, and he’s wondering if the 2020 Audi R8 could be that car.
I want to replace my 2017 Porsche 911 Turbo and I am considering either the new Turbo S or an Audi R8. I owned a 2012 R8 with the V10 and a six-speed, and I loved it. I am not really a fan of the new R8, but I’m wondering if the fact that this is probably the last generation with a V10 engine could make it a good investment?
What We Think
There are a lot of parts to this short question. Before going into the R8 as an investment, let’s talk about the car itself, and more importantly the other car you are considering.
If you’re considering a new 911 Turbo S, we can only guess that you liked your 2017 911 Turbo. If that’s the case, know that the new Turbo S, although we haven’t gotten our hands on it just yet, appears to be better in just about every way. Every review we’ve read on the new Turbo absolutely raves about the car.
Now, you say you’re not really a fan of the new R8. Why exactly? If it’s because it doesn’t come with a six-speed anymore? That shouldn’t stop you if that’s the case. Manuals are unfortunately a dying breed and believe us, 10 minutes in the 2020 R8 and you will forget all about the manual, like you forgot about it in the 911 Turbo. In other words, that shouldn’t stop you from making the move to the R8.
Now, if you drove the new R8 and didn’t like it because of how it handled, the ride, the performance, the sound or the practicality, or whatever other tangible reason, then it’s potential as an investment shouldn’t make you purchase a car you won’t enjoy.
We take it this will be a car you drive often. The R8 happens to be a very easy to drive, comfortable exotic performer. If we had to choose a daily driver in this segment, it would come down to the 911 or the R8, with the R8 being the more exciting option. It’s essentially an exotic car with an exotic engine, and it feels more exclusive than the 911. Even the Turbo.
As for its potential as an investment, obviously the V10 engine makes the R8 a potential collector’s car. Previous R8 models like your six-speed 2012 model have kept their value well, but the 911 also keeps its value. The 911 Turbo isn’t the best investment historically, but 911s are notorious for not depreciating.
But, again, your first criteria should be buying a car you will enjoy. You’re considering two vehicles that will at the very least keep their value better than most in the segment, and no one can know if one will actually increase in value in the future. Do we think the R8 will explode in value in the next 10 years? No. Do we think it’s a great car? Yes. But the new 911 Turbo appears to be better so if you can get your hands on one, we say buy a new 911 Turbo.
Ultimately, you can’t buy a car you won’t like driving.