The Porsche Cayman & The Best Second-Hand Motors For Under £25k

If you've got your heart set on a new GT86, it's time to re-evaluate, because on the used car market that money could go an awful long way...
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If you've got your heart set on a new GT86, it's time to re-evaluate, because on the used car market that money could go an awful long way...

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So you’ve found yourself in the enviable position of having £25k burning a sports car-shaped hole in your pocket and you’ve settled on Toyota’s much-anticipated GT86. Rear-wheel drive, two seats and light-weight: you, sir or madam, have made an excellent choice. Or have you?

There is something special about buying a new car – the smell of newness, the satisfaction of your bum print being the first in the drivers’ seat and the (yawn!) security of manufacturer warrantees and factory-fresh provenance assurance. But what could you get for the same money on the used market? Here are three cars worthy of your serious consideration.

BMW M3: 2007-present 

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Yes, you can now get BMW’s current super coupe at this price. The M3’s 4.4 litre V8 dominates this car and, if owning one of the finest engines ever to find its way onto the public highway is on your to do list, you can’t go far wrong here. The performance is incredible when you decide to put your foot down; as is the noise, but when the mood doesn’t take you; you’re in the lap of luxury. Your commute will never be the same again and, unlike the other three cars here, you’ll be able to take three mates for the ride.

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Lotus Exige S: 2005-2012

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Basically the opposite of the BMW in every way, the Exige is one of the best handling cars ever made. Worried by the prospect of owning and running a car with a huge V8? This one has a 1.8 from a Toyota, so it’s bullet proof and relatively cheap to run. Far cooler than the Beemer, this is the real ultimate driving machine. You’ll be amazed at how comfortable those seats are and it’s bloody quick too.

Porsche Cayman: 2005-present

Arguably the best handling car Porsche make, the Cayman is a nice middle ground between the Lotus and the BMW. It’s a proper two-seater, and a genuine ‘from-the-ground-up’ sports car, but comes with all the creature comforts Lotus threw out to ‘add lightness’. £25k will net you a very decent 3.4 litre model.

So…

Yes, the Porsche and the BMW will cost more to run, and the Lotus is slightly less practical than the GT86. But, the rate of depreciation will be less painful and they’re all much, much better in pretty much every way than the Toyota. Do yourself a favour: do something a bit silly.