I'm not knocking a ttrs as I've never driven one , but check what you'll be paying by the time you add a couple of options , I went down this route with a boxster and it's eye watering ! It's one of the reasons I bought the slc 43 , the other reason is every time I let a mate drive it or I throw it down a road myself in sport plus we can't help laughing until it hurts , it's honestly great fun , plus it's a coupe and a convertible.
I had a very fast Audi s4 twin turbo with loads of mods , coilovers , 6 pot brakes , boosted to the point of explosion but it was just fast . Even around the many laps of the Nurburgring it did all anyone commented was " wow , it's very fast " . It kept a lot of 911s honest but ultimately it was a bit boring apart from the speed element .
Don't buy on test figures alone , and you'll never be able to put the tyres up in smoke in a tt
Everyone I know tells me the slc is the worst choice of the class until they drive it , then they question why you would buy anything else unless your a racing driver practising on your days off .
I agree. I wouldn't be trying to get a better lease deal if I didn't want a 43.
What I don't understand is why a £30,000 (after discount) 250d should be half the lease price of a £38,000 (after discount) 43. The 43 should have better residuals than a 250d so really the 43 should be cost-effective. Our 55 (that goes back in August) is only £450+VAT per month and my very high spec CDi250 is only £300 plus VAT per month so there is obviously some random factor at play that is determining the lease price.
According to my lease broker right now should be a really good time to get a lease on a convertible. The TTRS has only just been released and the residuals are rock solid which means that even though the base car is £51,000 without discounts the lease is £630+VAT for 10,000 miles per year 6+23 payment schedule and the SLC 43 is £615+VAT on the same terms but it's only £46,000 list and I know I can get one for £38,000 on the road with near immediate delivery in any colour I want. So the only thing I can think about why the lease costs are so similar is that Audi want/need to move TTRS's and Mercedes either don't or they're being greedy on the finance rate.
I've had several TTs and I'd still be in one if the current TDi wasn't so limp-wristed and Golf-like (184PS and FWD) whereas the CDi250 is 204PS and feels
special. With the way things are going with regard to diesels in the U.K. I'm happy for my next summer car to be a petrol but I will miss the way the diesel drives. The smaller petrols don't interest me as the low torque makes them feel gutless to drive. They're not slow by any stretch of the imagination but after the diesel they just feel
slow. Only the 43 has similar torque to the diesel so that's where I'm looking to get the drive feel
I did ask if it was possible to keep the 55 but it's not financially viable because Mercedes want a ludicrous residual value for a 2-year-old 12,000 mile basic car. £40,000-ish.
So, I'm looking for a good lease deal