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 potent 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 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. It clocked a 0-60 time of 4.4 seconds.
The third-generation S6 started at $75,000 when it was brand new in the late 2000s but can now be purchased for as little as $10,500, as we see here. The cheapest Audi S6 currently for sale on Autotrader is this 2011 Prestige model with 139,443 miles on the odometer and an asking price of just $500 north of $10,000. According to the included vehicle information, it has a Georgia rebuilt title, which means it was once given a salvage title (cost of repairs exceeded value) but has since been restored by a licensed rebuilder and inspected and approved by the state. On the plus side, it doesn’t appear to have any accident reports and is said to have been well-maintained and in good working order.
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 $10,000 Audi performance sedan with a 10-cylinder engine may seem like a bargain, maintenance costs will be proportionate to that original MSRP of at least $75,000. You could easily spend two or three times the purchase price of the used vehicle just getting it into good running condition and keeping it that way.
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.
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