Used car deals of the week

The global pandemic has done some odd things to all sorts of industries, but its effect on the used car market has been astonishing. The values ​​of many second hand performance cars previously at accessible price points have been firming and even rising against all odds.

Finding a pre-owned bargain has, as a result, become an even greater challenge. That’s why we’ve perused the classifieds to pick out some of our favorite buys on the market this week.

Below you’ll find everything from the BMW M5 Competition to the Lamborghini Aventador S…

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BMW M5 Competition (2019)

£67,995

The BMW M5 Competition remains one of the most potent performance saloons on the market, with its 4.4-litre twin-turbocharged S63 V8 sending 616bhp and 553lb ft of torque to all four wheels, making it capable of a 3.4sec 0-62mph time and 190mph top speed.

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As with most high performance German saloons, you’ll need in excess of £100,000 for a factory fresh example, but this 3735-mile car is available for a whole lot less. Painted in the same Fire Orange paint as the E92 M3 GTS, this car is available at over £36,000 less than it was new, and comes with rear seat entertainment, BMW Individual piano black trim, an uprated sound system and more.

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Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio (2017)

£41,990

The new BMW M3 Competition might still be hogging the limelight in the class since its launch last year, but even seven years after its launch, the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio still holds its own with unmatched dynamics and a fantastic powertrain. Its 90-degree twin-turbocharged 2.9-litre V6 produces an identical 503bhp, and is only subtly down on torque with 443lb ft on tap, but with less weight to motivate it’ll race from a standstill to 62mph in 3.9sec and go onto a 191mph top speed.

> 2022 Alfa Romeo Tonale revealed – crosshairs pointed at Audi Q3 and BMW X1

Though this sharp Competizione Red car has been on the road for five years, it’s covered a relatively low 30,000 miles in that time and comes with silver wheels and a full Alfa Romeo service history. Yours for £23,000 less than it was new.

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Porsche 911 GT3 (991, 2013)

£99,000

The Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS is just as thrilling as the specs suggest, but if you’d like 9000rpm flat-six thrills without the wait, look no further than a used 991 GT3. Powered by a 3.8-liter unit, as opposed to the more recent 4-litre, output sits at a respectable 468bhp and 325lb ft of torque, enough for a claimed 3.5sec 0-62mph time and 196mph top speed. Its chassis is still up there with the very best too, offering astonishing front-end grip and predictability.

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The new range-topping Cayman will set you back in excess of £130,000 should you tick enough boxes, but after 30,725 miles and 9 years on the road, this 991.1 GT3 could be in your garage for just £99,000 – it even comes equipped with the desirable Sport Chrono and Sound packages.

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Lamborghini Aventador S (2017)

£224,990

It might be a bit rough around the edges, but in a world of all-electric hypercars and ever-tightening noise regulations, the Lamborghini Aventador has cemented its place in the supercar halls of fame. In this 2017 S-form, 730bhp and 507lb ft of torque are produced from its 6.5-liter naturally-aspirated V12, helping it reach 62mph in 2.9sec and a blistering 217mph top speed.

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Finished in stealthy Nero Pegaso with striking contrasting silver center-lock wheels, this 11,000-mile example is on the market for £224,990, a healthy chunk under its original list price. A full Lamborghini service history, the Sensonum sound system, carbonfibre trim and Rosso Alala contrast stitching also come as part of the package.

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Audi RS6 Avant (C7, 2014)

£41,990

Audi’s new A6 Avant e-tron concept offers a first glimpse at what could be the basis for an all-electric RS6, but until then, we have an alternative. Though its 2022 counterpart boasts an increase in refinement and performance, the C7-generation car is still a very potent family-hauler, sending 552bhp and 516lb ft of torque to all four wheels from its 4-liter twin-turbocharged V8.

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Better still, you won’t need to fork out a six-figure sum for one, with this striking hatch Misano Red example on the market for not much more than the list price of a new hotback. A reasonable 56,596 miles on the odometer, 21-inch diamond cut wheels, a Bose sound system, carbonfibre interior trim and more come as part of the package.

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Subaru WRX STI (2016)

£24,000

The petrol Subaru WRX STI has officially been axed, with the Japanese firm turning to electrification for its future performance models. To mark the occasion we’ve found this 2016 example, producing a healthy 300bhp and 300lb ft of torque from its 2.5-liter turbocharged boxer four-cylinder for a 5.2sec 0-62mph time and 159mph top speed.

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After 31,749 miles and six years on the road, this white car is on the market for £24,000 – although this isn’t much of a saving over its list price it’s a whole lot of performance car from the money, especially considering the ludicrous price of some equally-capable performance cars on the market today.

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BMW M3 (E46, 2002)

£32,991

The E46 M3 is an automotive icon, thanks to its sharp design, strong focus on driving thrills and the use of the lineup’s final naturally-aspirated straight-six. In standard form its 3.2-litre unit sends 343bhp and 269lb ft of torque to the rear wheels for a strong 5.2sec 0-62mph time and 155mph top speed.

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Prices are already reflecting its icon status, but before they get completely out of reach, this incredible example might just be a worthy investment. £32,991 is on the high side for an E46 (for now), but finished in rare Laguna Seca blue with a matching interior, having just a single owner on its books, only 50,378 miles and the manual gearbox, it’s easy to see why.

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Renault Megane RS (2007)

£8940

Though it had a shaky start, the first-generation Renault Megane RS was swiftly tweaked with the likes of the Cup pack to make it one of the most entertaining hot hatches on the road. Powered by a 2-litre turbocharged four-cylinder, the 2007 Cup sends 225bhp and 221lb ft of torque to the front wheels through a six-speed manual transmission, good for a 6.5sec 0-62mph time and 155mph top speed.

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A low 60,000 miles since it left France, this tasteful silver example is on the market at just under £9000, a fraction of the cost of a new hot hatch in 2022…

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Tesla Model 3 Performance (2019)

£46,509

The Tesla Model 3 Performance certainly has its flaws, but with a huge straight line pace and surprisingly entertaining dynamics, it’s an all-electric performance saloon you shouldn’t discount on account of it lacking an internal combustion engine. While figures are hard to come by from Tesla itself, the 2019-specification Performance produces 449bhp and 713lb ft of torque come from its two motors, one mounted per axle, which is enough for a quoted 3.2sec 0-62mph time and 162mph top speed .

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This example has traveled 41,000 miles in just two years since it left the factory, and could be yours at a £14,000 discount from new, making it not much more than a new Hyundai Ioniq 5. This example has the black interior, with elements specific to the Performance including 20-inch wheels, uprated brakes and a carbonfibre lip spoiler. You’ll also have access to the Tesla Supercharger network, which by some considerable margin makes this the easiest electric car to run on longer journeys, saving you from the substandard fast-charging network all other EV drivers have to deal with.

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Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio (2018)

£44,950

Three years after the reveal of the concept, Alfa Romeo has unveiled its Tonale SUV in full. Though a plug-in hybrid model tops the range for now it hasn’t ruled out a full-fat Quadrifoglio model, but for now there’s always the brilliant Stelvio. Powered by the same 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged V6 as its Giulia sibling, 503bhp and 443lb ft of torque help it reach 62mph in a brisk 3.8sec and a 176mph top speed. Dynamics are also unlike any other SUV on the market, with handling characteristics more akin to a hot hatch.

> 2022 Alfa Romeo Tonale revealed – crosshairs pointed at Audi Q3 and BMW X1

If you’d like a factory-fresh example you’ll need to fork out over £71,000, but after 59,000 miles this single owner car is available for over £25,000 less. Finished in Monte Carlo Blue Metallic with contrasting silver 20-inch wheels, it has a full main dealership service history, the Harman Kardon sound system and more.

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Nissan Skyline GT-R Nismo 400R (R33, 1997)

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You’ll struggle to find a Skyline GT-R of any kind for a bargain these days, with all generations having accrued big values ​​over the past 20 or so years. It comes as no surprise, then, that an ultra-rare Le Mans-inspired Nismo 400R is changing hands for rather a lot of money – and with just 44 produced, they don’t come up for sale often.

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Inspired by the Skyline GT-R LM which raced at Le Mans in ’95 and ’96, Nismo swapped the R33’s standard engine for the race-proven twin-turbocharged RB-X GT2, featuring a comprehensive overhaul for a much higher 9000rpm redline and an output of 395bhp and 347lb ft of torque. Other various drivetrain and chassis components were swapped out for lightweight alternatives, and the trademark three piece LM-GT1 wheels and the Le Mans-inspired bodywork.

Having spent its last few years on UK soil, this 37,905-mile example is thought to be the final Deep Marine Blue V-Spec car produced, and was even chosen by Nissan to feature on their stand at the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed. Price is on application but with even the more common R34 Nür now selling in proximity to £500,000, there’s no doubt you’ll need seven figures to grab yourself a 400R.

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