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Used car deals of the week

In this week's used car deals, we've sourced everything from a BMW M4 CS to a Bentley Continental GT

While we seem to be out from under the worst of the pandemic, its lingering effect on the global supply chain and wider automotive manufacturing means bargain second hand performance cars aren’t what they used to be. 

This is something that’s been exacerbated by the world’s transition to electric cars, stoking demand for petrol-powered performance cars both in the new and used markets, leaving many short of either cash or supply.

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What hasn’t changed, though, is the satisfaction of perusing the classifieds for all the most interesting used high performance cars on sale right now. This week we’ve dug up everything from a BMW M4 CS to a Bentley Continental GT.

> Browse our used buying guides here

BMW M4 CS (F82, 2018)

£42,990

The G82 M4 has been given the CS treatment for 2024, gaining chassis focus, more power and design tweaks inside and out. If you’d like to skip the wait for customer cars to hit the road and save a whole lot of cash in the process, its F82 predecessor isn’t a bad alternative. Powered by the earlier S55 3-litre twin-turbocharged straight-six, 454bhp and 443lb ft make for a 3.9sec 0-62mph time and 174mph quoted top speed, but it’s the CS-specific weight reduction and chassis tweaks that make it so special.

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> New BMW M4 CS: faster, sharper coupe has the Porsche 911 in its sights

Standard for the CS is the carbonfibre bonnet from the GTS, a set of forged 19 and 20-inch 763M wheels, a lightweight titanium exhaust system and even new door cards complete with race-style fabric door pulls. This particular example is completely standard and finished in San Marino blue, comes with a handful of optional extras and has just 27,919 miles on the clock. Yours for under half the price of the new car.

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Lamborghini Huracán (LP 610-4, 2015)

£126,995

While news of its 10,000rpm hybrid V8 replacement has certainly raised some eyebrows, we will always miss Lamborghini’s naturally aspirated V10. Thankfully the used market has a near endless supply of cars fitted with that engine, with earlier Huracán examples now available for much less than they were when new. In original LP610-4-form, the marque’s 5.2-litre V10 sends 602bhp and 413lb ft to both axles for a brisk 3.2sec 0-62mph dash and a 202mph top speed. The likes of the Performante, Evo and more recent STO variants offer greater engagement, but the original Huracán is a fine supercar nonetheless.

> The Lamborghini Huracán replacement will get a 10,000rpm flat-plane crank V8 

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After a reasonable 21,400 miles and nine years on the road, this Bianco Icarus example is now on the market for only £126,995. It seems it’s far from a bad example too, coming with the standard 20-inch wheels in silver, the desirable front axle lift option and only two owners on its books.

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Aston Martin Vantage (2018)

£69,900

The new Aston Martin Vantage has proven that Gaydon has what it takes to compete with its talented European rivals, but with prices starting from £165,000, it doesn’t come cheap. For almost £100,000 less you can now get your hands on a previous-generation Vantage, powered by the same AMG-derived 4-litre twin-turbocharged V8 in an earlier and (considerably) less powerful form. While the new car is in another league in terms of output, 503bhp and 505lb ft mean its predecessor is no slouch, with 0-62mph done and dusted in a still-respectable 3.6sec. 

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> Aston Martin Vantage 2024 review – the best Aston in years

Six years and 36,849 miles since this particular car rolled off the forecourt, it’s now on the market for just £69,900. Given it’s equipped with £30,000 worth of options, including the Sport Plus Pack, Lime Essence paint, uprated sound system and 20-inch forged wheels, that’s a rather attractive figure indeed…

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Bentley Continental GT (2019)

£94,999

The iconic Bentley W12 is being replaced next month by a new hybrid V8, so to mark the occasion, we’ve found a great example of one of the last W12-equipped Bentleys. In standard 2019 Continental GT-form, the unit sends 626bhp and 664lb ft of torque to all four wheels for a 3.6sec 0-62mph time and an impressive 207mph top speed. Straight-line performance isn’t its focus though, with incredible refinement, build quality and GT credentials making it one of the finest cars in its segment.

> A new, 771bhp Bentley Continental GT hybrid is coming next month

As you’d expect, there is a price to pay for such a well-executed luxury GT, with the current W12 Mulliner equivalent costing an eye-watering £270,000. Thanks to the magic of depreciation though, this 2019 example is on the market at under £100,000, and comes with classy Hallmark Grey paintwork, polished 21-inch wheels (courtesy of the Mulliner package), and 52,539 miles on the clock.

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Ferrari 458 Italia (2010)

£117,950

The 458 Italia is one of the greats, leading the way for the modern supercar and launched as the final naturally-aspirated V8 Ferrari. The Speciale is the iteration that receives most of the praise today, but the Italia also features a fantastic high-revving, 4.5-litre V8 and an exploitable chassis that make it a fantastic driver’s car 15 years on.

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> Ferrari SF90 XX Spider 2024 review – on the road with Ferrari’s open-top track car

Despite its increasing desirability, the 458 is far more affordable than equivalent modern supercars in 2024. This early 2010 example could be in your garage for less than £120,000, and comes finished in Rosso Corsa with silver 20-inch multi-spoke wheels, a full carbonfibre driving zone, suspension lift system and more. It has covered 35,521 miles in its lifetime, but a recent Ferrari main dealer service should offer some peace of mind. 

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Aston Martin DBX (2020)

£87,500

The DBX is no longer available in entry-level form, with the new DBX707 now the only variant on sale. While the 707’s improved chassis and fettled powertrain make it a truly engaging SUV, the original remains an impressive offering with excellent build quality, refinement and long-distance comfort. Powered by AMG’s 4-litre twin-turbocharged V8, power stands at 542bhp and 516lb ft of torque for a 4.3sec 0-62mph time and 181mph top speed.

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> A new Aston Martin Vanquish is coming, and it’ll have an 824bhp V12

You’d pay from around £160,000 for a new DBX when it was on sale, but this 2020 car is now on the market for just £87,500. Being one of the first 500 examples to be built, it comes in limited-run 1913 Edition-spec, and has been optioned with a panoramic sunroof, reversing camera and 22-inch wheels. A 59,500-mile odometer reading is on the high side, but with a full service history and just a single owner on its books, it might just be worth a punt. 

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Audi RS4 Avant (B7, 2006)

£25,990

Exceptional handling, a purposeful design and one of the world’s greatest naturally-aspirated V8s have made the B7 RS4 an icon. It remains a stunning practical performance car in both saloon and estate forms nearly two-decades since it launched. A 415bhp output is no match for today’s supersaloons, but the sound, response and power delivery of its 4.2-litre unit makes it a truly great driver’s car.

> Audi RS4 (B7, 2006 - 2008): a V8 supersaloon benchmark

Despite a 92,925-mile odometer reading, this Sprint Blue RS4 Avant is one of the best on the market, in excellent condition and with the desirable Recaro wingback seats, full service history and commonly-fitted Bilstein coilovers. Its engine was even replaced at 29,256 miles by an Audi main dealer, making it fresher than the mileage would suggest – it’s also had the all-important engine decoke within the last few years.

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Audi R8 (2008)

£34,989

A sleek, timeless design, that tactile manual gearbox and performance exploitable on virtually any road make the Audi R8 V8 an evo favourite. Powered by the same 4.2-litre naturally aspirated V8 found at the heart of the RS4 of the time, it produces 414bhp and 317lb ft of torque, enough for a 4.6sec 0-62mph time and 187mph top speed. While these figures are in line with those of a hot hatch in 2024, the original R8 takes some beating in terms of outright engagement. 

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> Audi R8 4.2 FSI V8 quattro (2007 - 2015): review, history and specs of an icon

Prices seem to have picked up a little over the last year or so, but they still haven’t risen too far – this unmodified, two-owner car is currently on the market for just £34,989. While it has covered 67,000 miles in its lifetime, that low owner count and a full Audi service history should give you some peace of mind. 

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BMW M5 (E39, 2000)

£23,995

The E39 M5 is the benchmark performance saloon, its modern successors are undoubtedly more powerful and faster but the old stager’s analogue charm is hard to match. With 400bhp and 369lb ft of torque produced by its 4.9-litre naturally-aspirated V8 might be hot hatch outputs by today’s standards, but it's expertly honed chassis and controls make it a driver’s car through and through. 

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> BMW M5 (E39, 1998 - 2003): review, history and buying guide

There are very few E39 M5s on the market with what you’d consider low miles, and while that might be a deterrent for some, it’s a great sign that they stand the test of time – this particular example has covered 91,800 miles, putting in the middle of the road in terms of E39 mileage. Painted in stunning Silverstone Metallic paint, it comes with a full main dealership and specialist service history, the Memory Package and a panoramic sliding sunroof. Yours for £23,995.

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Renault Sport Clio 172 (Phase I, 2001)

£5450

Small dimensions, a playful chassis, low weight and a gutsy naturally aspirated engine make Renault Sport’s Clio 172 one of the finest hot hatches to hit our roads. While it was launched over two decades ago, its 2-litre F4R four-cylinder still produces a very respectable 172bhp, pushing it from standstill to 62mph in only 7.2sec and onto a 137mph quoted top speed. 

> Why the Renault Clio 172 is one of the most significant cars of the last 25 years

Given their desirability, both Phase I and Phase II 172s have seen some appreciation in recent years, but even this restored 2001 example is on the market for under £6000. Having recently received a full respray, new arches and a complete suspension overhaul, this car looks to be one of the best you’ll find, despite its 102,133-mile odometer reading. It’s even been owned by the seller for the last 17 years, and is equipped with some very tasteful (and subtle) modifications.

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