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Guide to 6 of the best supercars money can buy
For pure driving thrills, you can’t beat a good old-fashioned supercar. With some of the most exciting automobiles from the last 10 years now creeping under the £100,000 mark, it’s a great time to pick up that special something you always promised yourself. Matthew Hayward from Evo magazine recommends 6 of the best. 

Lamborghini Murcielago (2001–2010)
Lamborghini Murcielago (2001–2010)
eBay loves: Lamborghini character, that wonderful V12 engine
Watch out for: Clutch wear, excessive stone chips

As with most Lamborghinis, the Murcielago is named after a famous fighting bull, said to reflect the wild nature of the supercar. It was the first all-new Lamborghini to be launched under the watchful eye of Audi, and the Murcielago is a surprisingly reliable and hardwearing machine because of it.

Don’t let that fool you into thinking that it’s any less exciting than a classic Lambo though — a good Murcielago is one of the most frantic and exciting cars, full stop. Early models start from around £70,000 rising to £100,000 for fresher examples. The 6.2-litre model produces a magnificent 564bhp and if you’re really lucky, you’ll find one of the rarer six-speed manual models. Later more powerful and limited edition versions will cost considerably more, though.
Ferrari 599 (2006–2012)
Ferrari 599 (2006–2012)
eBay loves: Another great-sounding engine, surprisingly reliable
Watch out for: Running costs
If it’s attention that you desire, then the Lamborghini Murcielago wins hands down. The Ferrari 599 is still a spectacularly good car though,, and is probably the easier to live with. The V12 engine is derived from the exotic Ferrari Enzo and produces a healthy 611bhp. Thanks to the excellent powertrain, it can fly from 0 to 62mph in just 3.5 seconds, which is impressive even when stacked up against the newest supercars.
Handling wise, the front-engined Ferrari is alert and capable rather than outright fun, although the optional HGTE package does add a bit more engagement. You can pick up a Ferrari 599 for considerably less than £100,000, too, although the much more extreme GTO models command closer to £300,000.
Aston Martin V12 Vantage (2009–2013)
Aston Martin V12 Vantage (2009–2013)
eBay loves: Stunning looks, surprisingly compact size
Watch out for: Carbon brakes expensive to replace

Aston Martin gave the motoring world something to smile about when it fitted its largest V12 engine into its smallest body to create the fantastic V12 Vantage. It’s hard not to love the muscular looks, although those distinctive bonnet vents have been known to split opinion.

From around £70,000, there’s a good selection of second-hand V12 Vantages on the market. Models go from 0 to 62mph in 4.4 seconds and have a top speed of 190mph — proof that this little Aston has the performance to take on the big boys. There was also a very limited run of convertible Volante examples, too. 
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Audi R8 V10 (2008–current)
eBay loves: Every day usability, super sharp chassis
Watch out for: Earlier R-Tronic gearbox not the best

Audi’s build quality and reliability has certainly rubbed off on Lamborghini, but some of the Italian company’s passion also infected Audi in the intervening years. The original mid-engined V8 model took the fight to Porsche’s 911, but it was the addition of the Lamborghini Gallardo’s V10 engine in 2008 that pushed the Audi R8 into genuine supercar territory. As with everything else in this list, it’s the scream of the 518bhp motor that really completes the package. Go for the Spider version with a manual gearbox to really enjoy that wonderful sound.
Porsche 911 Turbo (2006-2012)
Porsche 911 Turbo (2006-2012)
eBay loves: Savage acceleration, all-weather performance
Watch out for: Subdued styling

There’s always a lot of debate surrounding the Porsche 911 Turbo’s supercar credentials. With later versions getting 493bhp (or even 523bhp in ultra-fast Turbo S form), it certainly has the power. Hitting 62mph in 3.3secs, the high-tech Porsche is also the quickest car in this list, unofficially hitting more than 200mph.

A direct injection twin-turbocharged flat-six engine provides the power and, like all Porsches, it’s an incredibly capable performer. The only real thing it lacks is that final ‘wow’ factor that stops passers by in their tracks. However, if you like the idea of a more discreet package, the Turbo is second to none. Early cars start close to £40,000, with the last of the line models generally topping out a close to £100,000. 
Mercedes SLS AMG (2010–2014)
Mercedes SLS AMG (2010–2014)
eBay loves: Thunderous exhaust note, gullwing doors
Watch out for: Supercar running costs

Doors are an important aspect for most supercars and the Mercedes SLS AMG is no exception. Mercedes pioneered gullwing doors with the original 300SL and they made a welcome return to the company in 2010 with the SLS AMG. Rather than moving to the smaller turbocharged engine like other AMGs, the SLS stuck with the larger 6.2-litre V8 engine.

Lightly used coupe examples will cost around £95,000, but expect to pay more for the convertible and special edition versions like the Black Series. F1 fans will like the SLS, too, as it is used as the official safety car.
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