Originally Posted by HRoi
get an R8
Cannot afford probably, price looks high here. Also, don't really want an Audi. Had an A4, just wasn't really impressed with the idea of owning an Audi. I really liked the BMWs I had though. Porsche design is overrated, but I like the 911 form factor. Barring a couple MB's that I can't afford and one that I can, I don't want a MB.
Keep in mind that if I dump it after the lease, I have to buy another car of the same make to avoid penalty and lot of associated registration/recycle fees... it's free to jump ship, if you're jumping to another of their ships... so it's gotta be a car made by a marque I want to drive for the foreseeable future, maybe 10 or 15 years. And last but not least, the R8 is 'old' now and likely to be changed soon (but probably not that
soon) - having a car that doesn't change generations during the entire ownership and then dumping it before it does would help me buoy the resale. An old-gen car right after a new one comes out in Asia becomes worthless overnight, cars like these are status symbols as they are anywhere in the world.
My neighbors have a small kid, the housewife drives around in the R8 5.2, and they have the S8 5.2 as well.
Nice two-car garage.