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Which Option and Why?

  • Supercharged V8 - Gated 6 Speed

    Votes: 4 13.3%
  • Supercharged V10 - Rtronic

    Votes: 5 16.7%
  • V10 - Gated 6 Speed

    Votes: 21 70.0%

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Trying to figure out which of the following is going to put the most smiles on my face for all around the same price. I'm anticipating owning the car for maybe 2 years and then selling to get into another fun car.

Assumptions:
- 10% depreciation on sale price in 2 years
- 4,000 miles a year
- 20-30K mile car
- 2010 - 2012 models
- Well maintained (tires/brakes/recalls/etc.) and clean title

Which option do you go with and why? Also, please adjust my pricing expectations if off.

Option 1: Supercharged V8 gated 6 speed - $90K?
Option 2: Supercharged V10 R-tronic - $85K?
Option 3: V10 gated 6 speed - $90K?
 

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Hah, people have voted but forgot to list the why they chose that option over the others.

Would appreciate to hear why and if my pricing estimates are accurate for said option.
 

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I may be biased but I chose V10 gated manual cause what other cars out there besides its sister Gallardo comes in gated manual V10?

Can't comment on prices as I'm in Canada but V10 gated will hold it's value for sure if that's something you want to take into consideration for reselling.
 

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Trying to figure out which of the following is going to put the most smiles on my face for all around the same price. I'm anticipating owning the car for maybe 2 years and then selling to get into another fun car.

Assumptions:
- 10% depreciation on sale price in 2 years
- 4,000 miles a year
- 20-30K mile car
- 2010 - 2012 models
- Well maintained (tires/brakes/recalls/etc.) and clean title

Which option do you go with and why? Also, please adjust my pricing expectations if off.

Option 1: Supercharged V8 gated 6 speed - $90K?
Option 2: Supercharged V10 R-tronic - $85K?
Option 3: V10 gated 6 speed - $90K?
Option 1: no Go, high chance the V8 supercharged don't survive the 2 years...ticking timebombs...
Option 2: most bang for the buck, if you wanna straight out power with flipping through the gears that takes a while (on paddles) thats the right car
Option 3: if you like to be really involved in driving and driving itself is what gives you a smile then the gated is the right one for you.

on Option 3: I see the 10% depreciation, if you are lucky less. Where can you get a gated V10 supercar nowadays....potential to be the best value R8
on Option 2: deprection likely more higher.

suggest to testdrive Option 2 and 3, thats the only way to find out. I am for sure Option 3 guy...
 

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From a depreciation standpoint I think option 3 is the best way to go. Still a fast car but the supercharged V10 is a rocket ship. The R-tronic with a tune is really not bad at all. Shifts pretty smooth when you want to be relaxed and its pretty quick in manual mode. Throttle Blip shifts are addicting but you can emulate that in a manual if you know how to heel toe
 

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I'm of the mind that driving pleasure isn't purely a function of speed. The "standard" V10 has more power than you arguably need on the street to have fun. After a certain point, there's diminishing return (at least for me). Likewise, while it can be done reliably, adding forced injection complicates matters - and those complications can be expensive if it wasn't done right.

On the flip side, one of the best things about the R8 V10 is that it's naturally aspirated - free-flowing, beautiful sounding, and linear in power delivery. I find it really tough to beat a really well designed naturally aspirated engine for driving pleasure. Add a gated 6-speed manual transmission to it, and to many, that's bliss. I'm not a hardcore manual guy (evidenced by the fact that I ordered my car as S-Tronic), but the value of a sublime manual isn't lost on me... nor many others. If you're planning on reselling, the manual will likely offer some of the best price protection.

Regarding the price assumptions, I think your estimates are on the low side... especially for a lower mileage, clean, well-maintained car.
 

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I own option 3 but voted option 2 - supercharged v10 R tronic.

Mostly cause you're only looking to keep 2 years before moving on. If this were a long term investment where you're hoping to eventually sell for more than you bought - then the v10 Manual. But if you're considering an auto get the car with more power, you likely aren't the type that would miss the action of rowing gears yourself. Everyone enjoys more speed. Plus you could remove the supercharger and sell separately from a stock car and likely get all your original investment back.
 

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my signature is also my vote : reasons - ezmaass made a very key notation : driving pleasure is not related to speed. I'm old enough that other factors keep me from being the fastest with any car, so pleasure depends on those sensory inputs and my own corresponding outputs and the next set of both. In that context and with that paradigm, the gated shifter is more pleasure to forge a great time than either the fastest shift or the quickest half-mile or even highest attained speed. Dexterity, my own rev-matching, feedback, sounds - all contribute SO much more ...
 

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My vote goes for a V8 manual spyder for the ultimate fun factor. The V10 is nice but I've not had the opportunity to step the pedal to the floor before reaching scary speeds. The V8 allows going to redline at almost every gear. A manual gearbox open top would be perfect with it. :cool:
 
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