Best Resale Value Sports Cars

Last week, Road & Track published a special feature that lists the top sports cars in terms of resale value. Some sports cars go from being the car of your dreams to your worst nightmare over time due to their enormous depreciation. Others, like the Porsche 911 Carrera, Chevy Corvette Grand Sport and Jaguar XK however, have a proven track record of maintaining their resale value.

Road & Track also included what it calls “sports cars that are simply the hottest must-have machines of the moment” in its list. They include the Tesla Roadster and Nissan GT-R. Although these newer models have not proven track record for retaining their value, the publication obviously believes they will.

Topping the list is the 2010 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport. Although the original Corvette, introduced in 1953, was not much of a sports car, the nameplate has evolved over the decades. Chevrolet has continually boosted the Corvette’s sports car credentials with features like independent rear suspension and the addition of a V-8 under the hood.

The publication says the entire Corvette line “remains one of the best performance bargains on the market” and says that’s especially true of the 2010 Corvette Grand Sport trim. With a starting price of $55,720, the Grand Sport is priced about $6,000 higher than a base model, but Road & Track says the added and upgraded features make it worth the premium price. Among those features are a powerful hand-built 430-bhp V-8 engine and the same tires and brakes found on the much more expensive Z06. In short, the publication says, “the Grand Sport is the best deal in the value-packed Corvette lineup.”

Next on the list is the 2010 Audi S5 Coupe, which Road & Track calls “understated and effortlessly cool.” The S5 features a 354-bhp V-8 engine teamed with a 6-speed manual or optional 6-speed automatic gearbox, all-wheel-drive and a top speed of 155 mph.

The 2010 Nissan GT-R also made the list for its solid design and impressive spec sheet which includes a monster 485-bhp twin-turbo V-6 engine, 6-speed semi-automatic transmission, all-wheel-drive, and Nissan’s exclusive Vehicle Dynamics Control. Road & Track says it’s “no wonder this asphalt-chewing Nissan sports car has earned the ‘Godzilla’ moniker” in its home country. As for resale value, Road & Track says, “Buy a GT-R and you’ve made an investment for life.”

No list of top sports cars would be complete without Jaguar, and the 2010 Jaguar XK is a good representative for the brand. The standard XK features a 5.0-liter 385-bhp V-8 while the supercharged XKR delivers 510 bhp. The XK is available as a coupe or convertible. The only drawback according to Road & Track is the XK’s tiny back seat.

Next up on the list is the 2010 Porsche 911 Carrera; the German automaker’s priciest model. The 911 Carrera made its debut in 1963 and, since then, has undergone numerous upgrades. For 2010, Porsche has given the 911 Carrera a 345-bhp horizontally opposed 6-cylinder engine teamed with a 6-speed manual transmission. Road & Track says the 911 Carrera has “timeless good looks and can humble supercars costing twice the price.”

Finally, Road & Track included the 2010 Tesla Roadster in its lineup. The Roadster is a zero emissions, 2-passenger, all-electric-vehicle with a base price of more than $110,000. The magazine credits the Roadster with dispelling the myth that electric cars are little more than “oversized golf carts.” The Roadster can go from a dead stop to 60 mph in a mere four seconds.  Tesla says the Roadster has a range of 244 miles before needing to be recharged.

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