It is certain that the tireless John Farnham wasn’t musing about second-tier sports sedans when he belted out the timeless Pressure Down. But should you want to set the wheels in motion with a sports sedan purchase then taking the boost pressure down (ahem) is wise.
Sure, ditching the ‘R’ part of the badge trades some of the aggression, but a 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine with 331kW and 550Nm can do plenty of talking and walking. Or, more accurately, sprinting from standstill to 100km/h in 4.4 seconds (seven-tenths slower than big brother).
And what of a three-year-old S6 sedan that cost $170,427 plus on-road costs brand new? With just 34,000km on the clock, try $83,500 before bargaining. Yep, it has certainly taken more than just the pressure down.
The Audi doesn’t win the ultimate second-tier sports sedan depreciation award, however. That (dis)honour goes to the Jaguar XF S, the current generation of which has plummeted like a British teabag into boiling water.
A current-generation 30d S with a 221kW/700Nm 3.0-litre turbo-diesel V6 engine asked $116,950 plus on-road costs brand new, but we found a one-year-old, 2017 example with 8200km on the clock priced at $69,900 plus on-roads.
That’s a $47,000 drop, or depreciation of $3920 per month and a loss of $5.73 for every single kilometre driven. Okay, the 6.2sec 0-100km/h is borderline lukewarm sedan territory, but with the demise of Holden’s VF Series II Commodore, nothing feels more like a ride and handling replacement than a current-gen rear-wheel drive XF.
And if diesel won’t do, the 30t S packs a 280kW/480Nm 3.0-litre supercharged V6 engine in the large sedan for a 5.3sec 0-100km/h. It started at $124,450 plus on-road costs, but we found a two-year-old example with 7200km on the clock for $79,900 plus on-roads.
Volvo is a depreciation demon as well, and even if its new S90 T6 R-Design isn’t a sports sedan in the true sense of the word, its 5.9sec 0-100km/h isn’t bad from a 235kW/400Nm 2.0-litre turbocharged and supercharged four-cylinder driving all four wheels.
What is bad (for the original owner) is that it cost $100,612 plus on-road costs brand new – and a year later with 5300km on the clock, it has fallen to $74,000 plus on-roads according to our find.
For that exact pricetag, you could also get a three-year-old Mercedes-Benz E400 with a 245kW/480Nm 3.0-litre turbo V6 petrol and 5.3sec 0-100km/h, but with 59,000km showing. That means the tri-star second-tier product has lost less than half its $129,040 plus on-road costs original ask over three calendars, easing some of that original-owner pressure…