2017 R8 Performance
Totally agree. I won’t buy an exotic unless it can be used as a daily driver. Cars are meant to be driven!!! I actually turned in my ‘19 Vantage for the ‘22 Performance Quattro Coupe because the “hand built” character of the Aston ultimately just meant it was in the shop far too often to be a DD. Final straw was determining that my recurring dash Xmas tree which resulted in all safety mgt. systems being disabled (ABS, traction, slip diff., etc.) was being caused by a wiring harness being pinched between engine and engine mount😵💫. I almost laughed when they told me that I was in luck b/c the AM wiring harnesses are a 10 piece unit vs. the single piece harness which ~99% of cars use. Therefore, they only had to deal with one part of it…after they release the v8 from its mounts. Hmmmm….if 99% of cars use a single piece wiring harness, I would guess this is to reduce failure points. Right? I loved the way my Vantage looked and its AMG GT drive train wasn’t bad either; albeit a little rough through the shifts. Unfortunately, all the AM hand build factor just ended up being a major point of quality control failure. Don’t even get me started on the 36 mos. of arguing about the squealing brakes…they ultimately ended up replacing the entire braking systems with a new MY’21 set up. I would love to go back to a DBS some day but for now, the R8 is everything I could want in an exotic DD.I drive mine every single day, 10-15k a year. My wife has a Tesla for things that require more space, but I don’t like having a 3rd car, as then the exotic doesn’t get used.
I’ve always put big miles on all my exotics, 30k/year on my F430, same on the Astons, GT4 and NSX. I find you only lose a little bit more on depreciation, and get a whole lot more enjoyment out of the car.
Someone told me many years ago “you wouldn’t save your wife for the next guy”, and I whole heartedly subscribe to this mentality. If I lose another $10k because I put 20-30k more miles on it, then so be it!
Not sure I see why this is the case. I have the R8 and an M5, and the M5 is the one that never gets driven. Only time the BMW sees the road is when the weather is shitty or I need more cargo space. I had to hook the M5 up to the trickle charger I got for the Audi...I don’t like having a 3rd car, as then the exotic doesn’t get used.