From brands that you didn't expect to see, to ones that aren't usually the ones you're looking for but are still luxury, join me as I reveal to you 15 best cheap luxury cars available!
15) 987 Porsche Boxster
Yeah, I bet you weren't expecting to see a Porsche on this list. But as you're going to see with a lot of these cars, it's not just about the model, it's about the years they were made, and what's come out since then.
The 987 Porsche Boxster is the second generation of the car, lasting from 2005 to 2012. It debuted with the new 911, and though they were never as expensive as a 911, they still went for around $60,000.
Powered by a 2.7-liter flat-six boxer engine, this 276-bhp sports car can now be found for a steal, as well as first-generation models. Now I'm sure that some of you will claim that because this is older it's not a "luxury" car anymore. But look at this thing and try and tell me it's not a luxury car.
Besides, if you were to get it for a good price, you could honestly tell your friends you have a Porsche and say it's a good model without having to tell them about the price.
14) Audi RS4 Quattro
Audi has always been known for its fast, luxury sports cars. The R8 costs over $150,000 new, for instance. The Audi RS4 Quattro is a high-performance variant of the A4, as the fastest sports-focused car on the A4’s “B” platform.
The “Quattro” four-wheel-drive system gave this 4.2-liter V8 car a top speed of 162.8 mph. Before, it started at $57,800, but now you can find a mid-2000s version for about $18,000.
13) Lexus IS F
Lexus is basically a V8, rear-wheel-drive Toyota, but with better reliability, materials, and higher maintenance costs. The IS F is a high-performance car that can reach 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds and has an electronically limited top speed of 170 mph.
On Top Gear, it raced against a BMW M3 and was comparative in speed (though it lost). This $50,000 high-performance sports is usually over $20,000 still, but you can find them for under $20,000 if you look hard enough. Plus, they really do scream luxury.
12) BMW M5
Both the BMW M5 E39 and E60 generations, which covers from 1998 all the way to 2010, are depreciating at a rapid pace, just like other BMW models. The M5 is an iconic vehicle in the sports sedan category and has become quite legendary among car lovers for a host of reasons.
According to Road & Track, it’s “arguably the greatest driver’s sedan on earth.” A bold statement, but others will back it up. What used to be more than $100,000 new, can now be yours for as little as $14,000 (and less).
11) Porsche 911 Carrera
Yes, you can have what has been considered the greatest sports car of all time for less than $20,000. The 996 generation of the Porsche 911 was the first to use the water-cooled engine. It was produced from 1998 to 2004 before the 997 came around.
Thanks to its polarizing look, it isn’t the most sought-after 911, but that means this $90,000 car can be bought on the cheap – as cheap as $18,000. Ka-ching.
10) BMW Alpina B7
The BMW Alpina B7, which is part of the 7-Series from BMW, once carried a price tag north of $84,000. But you can now find 2007 and 2008 models of the car in the high teens.
The only problem is that the wheels on the car cost several thousand dollars each to replace, so be sure to check them out before buying. One 2012 model, for instance, had 90,000 miles, but only cost a little over $16,000.
So if you get one with good tires and mileage, you'd be able to get it for a steal for under 20K.
9) Chevrolet Corvette (C6)
One of the awesome things about the Chevrolet Corvette is you get a lot of bang for your buck. It’s always been a comparatively inexpensive car, but with the performance level of many supercars that are five times as expensive. Which is why many people like to choose a Chevrolet over various other models.
Still, a sixth-generation, C6 Corvette (2005-2013) used to cost over $50,000 when new. This also goes on to prove just how valuable these cars can be when they do their own version of "luxury". Now, this 190-mph-top-speed demon can be had for a little over $16,000.
And if you can get a car that looks like that and is as fast and reliable as cars much more expensive than it? Then yeah, I say you got yourself a deal.
8) Bentley Turbo R
Wouldn’t you love to have a high-performance version of one of the most recognized brand cars on the planet? The Turbo R from Bentley was a whopping $200,000 car when it first debuted in 1985.
There are also only about 7,000 in existence. But the car from the 1980s can be had at more than a 90% discount these days, thanks to depreciation.
It’s more athletic than the Mulsanne Turbo with better handling and a powerful engine. Check out this one for about $18,000 with relatively low mileage (69,000).
7) Cadillac CTS-V
The Cadillac CTS-V has always looked awesome, and the first generation versions used to cost upwards of $80,000. But, nowadays, the same car, which comes with great handling and a 400-hp engine – plus a handful of modifications – will run you much less. This means that you can get a great value for a great car and still look awesome in it.
It might not be as powerful as a brand new CTS-V, but the 2003-2007 model still has a 5.3-liter V8 and can be yours for $13,000 to $18,000. So definitely be on the lookout for this if you're aiming to get a good luxury car at a cheap price.
6) Jaguar S-Type R
Jaguar is one of the companies that you have to be careful with: on one hand, they make amazing cars that depreciate quite quickly, which is great for our purposes here. On the other, maintenance can be overwhelming. Plus, as a commercial once noted, apparently only "bad guys" drive Jaguars, but I'll leave that up to you if that's true or not.
The S-Type R was built from 2002 to 2007 as a supercharged variant of the executive S-Type. It competed with the BMW M5 and Mercedes E55 AMG, with a hand-built 4.2-liter V8 engine and Eaton M112 supercharger that produced 400 hp.
This expensive car has gone down to less than $10,000 over the years. That's right, you can own a Jaguar for less than 10K! It just goes to show you how sometimes a car can just get cheaper as newer cars surpass it.
What's that? You'd like another option for a Jaguar? Ok, I can help with that!
5) Jaguar XKR
As we continue on our Jaguar streak, we find the XKR, the X150 generation in particular, which used to cost around $65,000. This sleek, beautiful car runs on a supercharged V8 engine and has plenty of power.
Even better, it’s cheap. Not as cheap as the last Jaguar, but I don't think you'll mind paying a few extra thousand for this very cool vehicle.
The car was launched in 1996, finishing production in 2015. The second-generation models are good for 174 mph from their 5.0-liter V8 engines. You can find one for about $16,000 if you're lucky.
Now again, Jaguars can be a bit tough to maintain, but for a cheap luxury car? You can definitely afford this.
4) Volkswagen Phaeton W12
Not what you were expecting on this list was it?
The Volkswagen Phaeton W12 is a rarity from Volkswagen, as they aren’t known for their V8 vehicles, so why would they skip right from V8 to W12? Well, because they wanted a fast car that could compete with other luxury Sportster.
Starting at $50,000, sales were initially slow for the vehicle, and depreciation hasn’t made it much better. The car itself, however, was an excellent example of engineering. Find a W12 for around $12,000 to $15,000. V8s are also available should you desire that.
3) Maserati Spyder
Oh yeah, we're getting to the top, and that means that these cars are some of the slickest of the bunch no doubt!
If you’re looking for a Maserati that’ll also let the wind flow through your hair, check out the Spyder. It’s not quite as beautiful as the current GranTurismo, but it’s also a lot cheaper. And you're still going to have fun in this one no doubt!
The 4.2-liter Ferrar-sourced V8 engine gives it a singing rumble, and you can find a few that’ll cost under $20,000 if you look hard enough. We found one that is only $15,000 for a 2005 model. So look hard, and get the luxury car you deserve!
2) Mercedes-Benz SL55
This convertible speedster used to cost $120,000 to start, but it can be yours for less than a sixth of that now if you’re okay with a 2003-2005 model car.
Its 510-hp V8 supercharged M113 engine really roars. This top-of-the-line AMG model can be found for anywhere between $10,000 to $20,000 and above.
1) Porsche Cayman S
We started off the list with a Porsche, why not end with one, right?
The Porsche Cayman S is the hardtop version of the Boxster, and while not as prestigious as the 911, its mid-engine design makes it an absolute wonder to drive. 911s, especially new ones, are priced very high right now, so you might want to settle with a Cayman S if you’re on a budget.
They look cool, run amazingly, and fit the bill for under $20,000. There are even some that run for $14,300. The car is not to be confused with the 718 Cayman, by the way.
So as you can see, there are many low-priced Porsche options for you. Just have to know what to look for.
So what do you think? What do you think of these luxury cars that you can get for an astonishingly cheap price? Is there any on this list that you think piques your interest? Or is there another out there that you know about that we should've mentioned?
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