Who cares whether the exotic is new or used? Dollars and what you get for your dollars are all that matter. If you can only swing 150K, the smart money buys used anyway. Especially if you're bare boning the spec and getting a normal color.
If the R8 isn't an exotic, neither is a Huracan. You can find used R8 V10+ for 150K. 20K more and you get a 570S that isn't going to tank the second you drive it off the lot like a new .2 GTS will. New GTS is turbo, so might as well just get a used 991.1 Turbo S or a used GT3 that will hold value.
The used R8 V10 Plus for 150k and under are not really recommended, mostly 24h Experience cars with low mileage (under 2k km) but although registered in 2016, these cars are first production cars from 2015 and many potential customers don't have a clue about this because Audi dealers are not required to tell people the build date, just the MY and registration date. Audi has greatly improved the R8 after the first couple of months of production, I can only recommend getting cars built after March 2016 (mine is an April 2016 build). Of course if someone doesn't care about the 2016 improvements, the 2015 cars can be a cheap entrance into the supercar world. The often carry a 5-year warranty. In the US, things look different: Try to find cheap used 2nd gen R8 V10 Plus. You'd be surprised.
Of course the R8 and the Huracan are considered exotics, especially in Europe but I can see how other countries/regions may have their own categorizations.
If money doesn't matter, sure, go ahead an buy a new GTS if you specifically want that car for some reason. If money doesn't matter though, then why not just scrounge up another 10-20K and get a way better car?
Believe it or not but money matters, especially to Porsche customers. Some deals fall through because of 130 EUR registration cost, no kidding.
GTS is only good for diehard Porsche buyers who want a GTS. If you can afford a 150K 911, you can afford an R8, 540C, 570S, 580-2, and a bunch of other better things. When you actually factor in cost of ownership, the GTS isn't going to be much cheaper. WIll be worth at least 20K less after one year.
Wrong. Like I said before, people often want a 911 and prepare their whole life for getting one. It is an icon in Germany. Cost is very important to these people and also 911 lease offers are often better than McLaren or Lamborghini lease offers because the 911 keeps it's value and dealers can offer better mileage lease deals with higher residual values.
Will the GTS be great on the track? Maybe, but unless you're a professional, you can just as easily learn to drive faster in something. If you can't put down professional lap times to begin with, then there is little point in worrying about the pinnacle of performance you're incapable of reaching. Many other cars mentioned will have more than enough performance for you to improve with.
I agree, track performance isn't that important to many customers but what is important is reliability, resale value, ease of maintenance and repairs and so on. It is basically impossible to beat Porsche here, at least in Europe. Audi R8? What many don't know is the fact that outside Germany, there are only a few R8 specialists who can actually maintain and repair this car. During my stay in Italy, I was curious about a dealership which would be able to help in case of an emergency with the car and I ended up finding one in whole North Italy...in Milano. Bummer.
RC (Germany) - Rennteam Editor Porsche 991 Carrera 4 GTS Cabriolet (2015), Porsche Cayenne S Diesel (2017), Audi R8 V10 Plus (2016), Mini JCW (2015)