The 2000s were a great time for the world: great music was created, urbanization changed the landscape of many underdeveloped countries, and information technology connected the world. It was also a great time for the automotive industry, before governments and regulators crushed the sometimes ridiculous dreams of automotive engineers.
The 2000s saw the takeover of Lamborghini by Audi, resulting in the crazy Italian company we know today. The decade also saw some of the last big naturally aspirated engines show just what they can do, but it also ushered in the current era of over-the-top forced induction, resulting in what is arguably the most important car in the world. 2000s – the Bugatti Veyron. Thanks to this automobile juggernaut, the land speed records for production cars have been constantly beaten with ever more powerful cars.
Today, we look back to the 2000s and breathe a sigh of nostalgia over the internal combustion engine as the world moves ever closer to electrification and hybridization. Luckily, this means heavily depreciated prices for the used performance car market, especially for models dating back to the naughties.
the supercars on this list have lost tremendous value over the years, making them massive bargains for enthusiasts, and they’re worth every penny!
8 2008 Dodge Viper SRT-10
The Dodge Viper is a legendary American supercar known for its absolutely massive engine. The Viper first appeared in 1991 with the 8.0-liter V10 we all know and love today. Over the years, there have been five generations of Viper, with each new model being improved and more powerful.
The final Viper model featured a much-revised version of the V10 engine, bored out to 8.4 liters, and produced 640 hp and 600 lb-ft of torque while remaining naturally aspirated. The Viper was discontinued in 2017 due to the car’s inability to comply with occupant safety regulations. The Viper is certainly one of the most American cars ever sold – with the latest models being worthy contenders for European supercars.
7 2008 Porsche 911 Turbo (997)
The Porsche 911 Turbo has always been the understated German supercar. It didn’t look so different from the normal 911 – which was and still is the best sports car on the market. The 911 Turbo had all the hallmarks of a supercar, including quick starts, great handling and top speed to rival much more expensive cars.
The 911, being a Porsche product, is also better built than many other supercars, and thanks to the German’s reputation, it’s also more reliable and easier to drive. The 911 997 Turbo is a great car for anyone looking for supercar performance with the comfort of a GT car and the handling of a sports car. Many are even available for less than $80,000, making them a great package.
6 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 C6
The Chevrolet Corvette is another one of the real American cars that started out as sports cars, but thanks to their ridiculous horsepower figures scared off some supercars on a racetrack. The Corvette C6 ZR1 was one of them. It featured a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 producing 650 hp and 605 lb-ft of torque, more power than a similar model year Ferrari 599 GTB.
The C6 ZR1 was incredibly fast and powerful for its time, accentuated by its relatively cheap selling price considering its performance. Unfortunately, the build quality was not as good as its performance, with the car containing more plastic than a Coca-Cola factory. Today, the C6 Corvette ZR1 hasn’t depreciated as much as its rivals, so many of them cost only a few thousand dollars less than when new.
5 Lamborghini Gallardo 2008
The Lamborghini Gallardo is the most successful model in the history of the Italian company. It was the second model introduced after the brand was acquired by Audi and featured a 5.0 liter V10 engine. The Gallardo was in production from 2003 to 2013, spawning an almost countless amount of versions and special editions.
The Gallardo saw two facelifts during its production, updating styling, technology and replacing the 5.0-litre with a 5.2-litre. The Gallardo was the last Lamborghini available with a manual transmission, which made it quite a special car. Gallardos are increasing in value, with many early models hitting the $100,000 mark.
4 Audi R8 2009
The Audi R8 has always been unofficially described as “the thinking man’s supercar” or “everyday supercar” thanks to its ease of driving. Jeremy Clarkson even said “it drives like a Golf” when he had one to test. The R8 has been around since 2006 when it was launched with a 4.2-liter V8 and a manual transmission. Since then, it got a 5.2-litre V10 and a dual-clutch transmission.
The R8 has proven to be an excellent car and a great first entry into the world of supercar owners, thanks to its efficient engineering and ease of maintenance. The R8 is also a great GT car, thanks to the more comfortable suspension as opposed to its Italian cousin, the Lamborghini Gallardo. The best of all? Many R8s are available on the used car market for less than the price of a new Audi SQ7.
3 2006 Aston Martin V12 Vanquish S
In the mid-2000s, there was great competition to see which high-end automaker could create the best GT car with supercar performance. The winner was subjective, but Aston Martin did their best with the Vanquish S. It was the flagship of the Aston Martin range and featured a naturally aspirated 5.9-litre V12 producing 520 bhp.
The only downside to the Vanquish was the 6-speed automated manual transmission, which was extremely clunky when shifting into fully automatic mode. Today, a Vanquish S can be found on the used car market for around $100,000. Callum Design also offers a Special Edition 25 that fixes the gearbox issues – and customizes almost every part of the car – but sells for a rather hefty starting price of $460,000. Ouch!
2 2001 Lotus Esprit V8
The Lotus Esprit was the company’s flagship car from its introduction in 1976 until its discontinuation in 2004. During this period there were four generations ranging from S1 to S4 and most of them were equipped 4 cylinder engines. Lotus introduced a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V8 for the last generation S4 in 1996, which produced 350 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque.
That might not sound like a lot of power, even for the 1990s, but the Esprit S4 only weighed around 2,800 pounds, which translated into some pretty impressive performance, including a 0-60 mph sprint in only 4.3 seconds. Lotus Esprits are quite rare these days, especially in North America, and as such, they come in at around $70,000.
1 2002Ferrari 360
The Ferrari 360 was produced between 1999 and 2004 and was available in coupe and mid-engined spider versions. The car was equipped with Ferrari F131 Aspirated 3.6-liter V8, which produced 400 hp in Modena and Spider versions, and 425 hp in the Challenge Stradale version – a more track-oriented version of the car.
The 360 was available with a choice of either a 6-speed manual transmission or an electro-hydraulic F1-style automated 6-speed manual, which produced quick shifts when hammering around a track, but became sluggish and erratic when automatic gear changes. . Regardless of the harsh ride quality and jerky drivetrain, the Ferrari 360 is a great option when shopping for a 2000s supercar on a $100,000 budget.
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