So, you’ve got $32k and you’re ready for a new car. You want fun, but somewhat sensible. You like AWD and its many virtues. You’re inclined to enjoy the German flare for speed, class, and impeccable engineering. From these hints, I could point you to a brand-new VW R32. Fun car, all-season capability with AWD, German quirks and perfection abound.
Or you could go big. And I mean REAL big. 450-hp, earth-wrenching big. The Audi RS6 is one of the few RSs that we Staters have been blessed with, and man do I love it. It’s subtle, but the aggressive bits are there in the wheels, fenders, and front and rear fascias. It’s hiding a total monster of a twin-turbo 4.2L V8. And now, 7 years after their introduction, they’ve come down in price. Way down, like 50-60% down. There are 2 nearly identical examples on eBay, each in the 50k mile-range and in exceptional condition. One has a Buy-It-Now of $32k, one is under reserve at $16k.
Yes, yes, I know these will be more expensive to maintain than an R32 (but maybe not that much…), and that a used car is not equal to a new car. In my mind, getting a lot more car for your money is well worth it instead of going on the depreciation rollercoaster that is new-car buying. It’s a tough decision between these two, but something about the white interior seems a little more special, so I’d sit on that auction and try to get it at a good price. If it could come in under the $32k of the other one, all the better. But seriously, one of these beasts under $40k is still a ton of car per dollar.