While the cheapest Lamborghini Gallardo supercars on Autotrader typically go for upwards of $80,000, it’s possible to get a version of the Gallardo’s V10 engine under a different car’s hood for a fraction of the cost. Which car, you might ask? The 2007-2011 Audi S6. Used examples currently sell for around $10,000.
The S6 is the mid-tier performance variant of the Audi A6. It’s not quite at the level of the BMW M5, but instead would compete with the most powerful non-M variant of the 5 Series, at least in the era of the V10 S6.
The S6 has been offered now over five generations as the mid-tier performance variant of the Audi A6. The S6 came fitted with a 10-cylinder engine during its third generation. While the engine shared elements with Lamborghini’s 5.0-liter V10, the Audi 5.2-liter V10 was, in fact, based on Audi’s own 4.2-liter V8. Output was 429 horsepower and 398 lb-ft of torque, sent to all four wheels via a 6-speed automatic transmission. 0-60 came in 4.4 seconds.
The third-generation S6 started at $75,000 when it was brand new back in the late 2000s but can now be purchased for as little as $9,500, as we see here. The cheapest Audi S6 currently for sale on Autotrader is this 2007 model with 96,428 miles on the odometer and an asking price $500 shy of $10k. According to the included vehicle history report, it’s on its fourth owner and has spent its life in the rust belt. On the bright side, there are no reported accidents.
If a European luxury car depreciates this much, it’s because it has become more and more expensive to maintain as it ages. So while a sub-$10,000 Audi performance sedan with a 10-cylinder engine may seem like a bargain, be aware that maintenance costs will be proportionate to that original MSRP of at least $75,000, meaning you could easily spend two or three times the cost of the vehicle just getting it into good running condition and keeping it that way.
Needless to say, the V10-powered Audi S6 is a unique car, and it’s easy to pick one up for the cost of a used Honda Civic. But whether or not you actually should depends on your willingness, not to mention ability, to pay eye-watering prices for maintenance and repairs down the road. See Audi S6 models for sale