The modern McLaren and Ferrari options are financially out of reach. Where to turn?
The answer is staring you in the face in the form of those formerly unique LED running lamps: Gen 1/2008-2012 Audi R8.
For whatever reasons, Gen 1 Audi R8 values have taken a nosedive in the last year or two. Why is that the case? Who cares... the reasons have nothing to do with performance or reliability. Audi's original supercar is as sweet now as it was at launch. The release of newer variants doesn't spoil the experience of the previous, and at ~30-40% depreciation with limited miles and excellent condition, you can forego the updated tech found in the newest releases. (Bring your Apple Watch along for the ride. There, problem solved.)
Particularly awesome is the throwback gated shifter. We'd skip the automatic R-Tronic transmission. Some claim it's a suitable precursor to dual clutch; we disagree, but that argument is moot because just look at this shifter.
Either. V10 would be the popular choice for obvious reasons, but that V8 is lust-worthy too. If the R8 V8 doesn't do anything for you driven at 9 /10ths on a back road or road course, then you are a jaded man indeed.
Need a refresher on R8 magnificence? Here's what Tiff had to say many years ago.