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In the past, when it comes to vehicles with high hedge ratio, people first think of off-road vehicles such as Land Patrol and Prado, or Japanese brand family cars such as Toyota and Honda. But no matter which of the above models, they are actually relatively ordinary "road cars", which is inevitably a bit tacky. In fact, there is no conflict between preserving value and niche. Let's take a look at 11 unpopular but very valuable models in China auto market!

When it comes to niche popularity, station wagon is definitely one of the most influential categories. The high-performance imported station wagon represented by Audi RS 4 and RS 6 can be called an unpopular one. Audi RS series station wagons used to give people a very low-key impression of dressing up as pigs and eating tigers. However, the shape design of this generation of models currently on sale is actually not low-key, especially the RS 6, which is surrounded by exaggeration and full of fighting rims. At first glance, it is a nuisance. In terms of performance, the RS 4 is equipped with a 450-horsepower 2.9T V6 engine and a quattro full-time four-wheel drive system, which can achieve an acceleration of 4.1 seconds. The RS 6 is powered by a 600 HP 4.0T V8 engine, and the 0-100km/h acceleration takes only 3.6 seconds!

Excellent acceleration performance, coupled with the unique temperament of the station wagon, has made the Audi RS series gain a large number of fans. In the last two years, due to the global epidemic, the market of RS series has risen, and the rate of preservation has reached its peak.

Among them, if the RS 4 is the version of the country 5 before the change in 2020, the price of the new car was 890,000 at that time, and the current second-hand market is generally at the level of 700 million. And if it is a quasi-new car in 2021, the price of used cars is not even much cheaper than the guide price of new cars! Of course, if you want to buy RS 4 and don't want to go through a long cycle of car booking and waiting, the national 5 emission RS 4 in 2019 is a more recommended choice, because the national 5 version has no GPF particle trap, and the sound is more exciting than the national 6b version currently on sale. At the same time, the GPF disassembly link can be omitted in the later modification.

As for the RS 6 with higher positioning, two generations of models have actually been introduced in China. Among them, the previous generation products in 2020 and before, when the tax price of new cars was about 1.5 million, the current second-hand market is generally around 1 million; The new generation RS 6, which went on the market in 2021, has to wait for more than half a year to book a car at present, so the market is scary. The quasi-new RS 6 with a one-year car age can still be sold to nearly 2 million, which is much more expensive than the guide price of 1.55 million new cars.

If in the United States, pickup trucks are definitely the most mainstream models, but if it is changed to China market, due to the policy of positioning this model as a "truck", it is necessary to implement policies such as compulsory scrapping, restrictions and speed limits for 15 years. Therefore, apart from some low-end pure tool pickup trucks, not many ordinary family users in China will buy pickup trucks. However, in this environment, there is still a high-end pickup truck that has been sought after by Chinese people, and it even needs to increase the price to pick up the car. It is the Ford F-150 Raptor.

Of course, what we are going to talk about today is not the brand-new F-150 Raptor, which has just been pre-sold in China recently, but the previous model. This generation of cars was released by Ford in the United States in 2015, and was officially imported by Ford to China for sale in 2016. The whole car was equipped with a 3.5T V6 engine and a 10AT gearbox, and the price in that year was 621,800-681,800 yuan. Compared with the old 6.2-liter V8 engine of the previous generation, the 3.5T engine carried by the previous generation Raptor not only reduces the fuel consumption per 100 kilometers from about 18L of V8 to 14L, but also becomes more powerful, especially in plateau areas, and the advantages of turbocharger are very obvious. In addition, the quality of the previous generation of raptors has also improved significantly, and the owners will no longer be casually left on the road in go on road trip.

The all-round improvement of power and quality, coupled with the consistently domineering shape and excellent off-road capability of the Raptor, the previous generation model has been in a state of hard to find a car since it was listed in China in 2016. Take the 2019 model before the suspension as an example. At that time, the guide price of the new car was about 530,000-620,000, but in fact, if you want to pick up the car, you must at least increase the price to nearly 700,000.

Because of this, with the F-150 stopped selling in China, the price of used cars rose directly. Now, a 3.5T Raptor still costs more than 600,000 yuan, which is not much cheaper than the guide price of new cars. For a pickup truck that has been scrapped for 15 years and restricted in many cities, such a rate of preservation can be described as outrageous.

In the European market, small steel cannon is a very mainstream model, while in the China market, China consumers, who are so beautiful, don't approve of spending money on a luxury car to buy a hatchback car. Therefore, small steel cannons such as Golf GTI and Fox Standard English have always existed in China. In the field of small steel guns, the strongest model that can be bought in China at present is naturally AMG A45 S.

As the strongest steel gun on the surface at present, the main competitiveness of AMG A45 S is that it is equipped with a 2.0T engine with code M139. This machine, which comes from the hands of AlliedMilitaryGovernment engineers (occupied by allied forces in World War II), can burst into violent power of 421 horsepower and 500 Newton meters. With the exclusive 8-speed wet dual-clutch gearbox of A45 series and a four-wheel drive system supporting drift, it can achieve 3. More importantly, the A45 S is not only a linear machine, but also has excellent track performance. The lap time of Newnorth is 7:48.80, even four seconds faster than the previous generation BMW F82 M4 equipped with a 3.0T twin-turbo engine!

Thanks to its superior performance and the strong appeal of the AlliedMilitaryGovernment (occupied by the allied forces in the Second World War), A45 S has been in a state of hard to find a car since it was listed in July 2020. Under the influence of the global epidemic, Mercedes-Benz's production capacity has also been greatly affected, which has aggravated the shortage of A45 S, which directly led to the fact that a new AMG A45 S can only be bought in the terminal market at present at a price of 700,000 yuan. The price of new cars remains high, and second-hand cars are naturally very valuable. Nowadays, a second-hand A45 S can still be sold for more than 600,000 yuan. If it is a quasi-new car, it can approach the 700,000 mark! In fact, such a second-hand price is not much cheaper than a new car, but there are still many people who choose to buy it because the second-hand car does not need to go through the waiting period of half a year.

Speaking of BMW, their cars 3-series, 5-series and 7-series, as well as X5 in sport utility vehicles, must be the most widely known models. In the relatively entry-level market, there are also two cars, the predecessor series and X1, as the choice to lower the threshold. Therefore, for most ordinary users, it is not surprising that they don't know about the existence of the rear-drive 2 Series. After all, this rear-drive two-door two-seat four-wheeled sedan is a niche in itself. You know, the last generation rear-drive 2 Series was built by BMW in 2013 based on the F30 generation 3 Series platform, mainly to please fans. In 2014, Series 2 was listed in China at a price of RMB 320,000-517,000. In terms of power, the entry-level model is 220i with 184 HP 2.0T engine, while the 517,000 version is M235i with 320 HP 3.0T N55 straight six engine. In that era when the second money supply has not been released, M235i was the king of BMW's performance in the steel gun market.

In 2016, BMW replaced the 2 Series with a brand-new B Series engine, in which M235i was upgraded to M240i, and the power system was changed from N55 to B58. The maximum power was slightly increased by 20 horsepower, and the acceleration of 340 cars at 0-100 km/h was also increased from 4.8 seconds to 4.6 seconds. And after a slight performance upgrade, the price of M240i has dropped to 498,000 yuan, which is nearly 150,000 yuan cheaper than the price of 640,500 yuan in the same period! For this reason, M235i and M240i have become the most worthwhile versions of the rear-drive 2 series, because they are the same platform models as the second money supply, and they all have BMW's classic straight six engines, but there is nothing more than a gap in ultimate performance. And when it comes to daily driving, M235i/M240i will be much easier to drive because they are not as manic as the second character of money supply. Nevertheless, the price of 500,000 yuan and the positioning of the small-sized two-door four-wheeled sedan carriage make the six-cylinder two-series extremely rare, even lower than the two-thirds of the money supply.

In the second-hand car market, the rear-drive six-cylinder 2 Series has a very good rate of preservation. At present, a M235i in 2016 can still be sold for more than 250,000 yuan. If it is a M240i model with a B58 engine, the price is more than 300,000 yuan, and the residual value can be maintained for more than 50% in five years, which is very good for an extremely small imported coupe!

In recent years, Lexus can be said to have unlimited scenery in China, and its popularity has been greatly improved by the hot sales of ES, NX, RX and other models. But when it comes to Lexus GS, I'm afraid users other than fans have hardly heard of it, because compared with ES, the Lexus General Schedule is a rear-drive sports car, and its competitors are BMW 5 Series with standard axis. More importantly, GS is a perfect vehicle with both sportiness and comfort. Its precise steering and excellent suspension support are enough to meet the user's control needs. The solid and heavy chassis texture, as well as the crisp and neat shock-absorbing ability, make it have the comfort comparable to that of executive-class cars.

Unfortunately, because the General Schedule is a purely imported model, and it has not been lengthened for the China market, the rear space is very cramped. In addition, the high price of 400,000-700,000 makes it not sell well, and even few people know its name. However, it is such an extremely unpopular luxury rear-drive car, but it still inherits Lexus' consistently strong hedge ratio.

At present, in the second-hand car market, the General Schedule with the highest possession includes the 2.0T GS200t model, the 2.5L V6 GS250 model and the 2.5L four-cylinder hybrid GS300h model. However, no matter which version, the number of used cars in the past five years is still more than 300,000, and if it is the version before the mid-2015 change, it must be at least 200 million. To tell the truth, spending more than 300,000 yuan to buy a second-hand GS is definitely a tasteful and stylish choice, although the price/performance ratio is not high. Driving in the street is bound to win the attention of fans.

As a car fan, I believe that no one will refuse a Porsche 911. The classic shape design that has been passed down for nearly 60 years and the benchmark track performance of previous models have made it the darling of the sports car market. Although for Porsche, 911 is the flag symbolizing the whole brand, in fact, 911 is not high in sales volume. Last year, the global sales volume only ranked fourth among Porsche brands, lower than Macan, Cayenne and Taikang. For the China market, 911 is even more unpopular.

In addition to being unpopular, the biggest feature of Porsche 911 is its rich optional features, which also makes it impossible for 911 to be bought at the "official guide price". The model with a price of 1.5 million has to be selected at least for about 200,000. However, after the vehicle is ordered, it has to go through several months of production scheduling, transportation and import procedures, which makes many users eager to drive a new car hungry and turn their attention to the second-hand quasi-new car of 911. Therefore, this also directly leads to the fact that the price of the second-hand quasi-new car 911 is usually more expensive than the guide price of the new car. After all, this includes the optional configuration and time cost.

For example, the quasi-new 992-generation Turbo S has a new car price of 2,543,300 yuan, but the second-hand price has reached 3 million yuan! The GT3 RS and GT2 RS models, which are positioned more towards the track, are even more expensive. For example, in January 2019, the 991 generation GT2 RS, the tax included in the new car was about 4.23 million, and now three years later, it can actually sell for 5 million, which is more expensive than the new car of that year!

In the off-road vehicle market, Lu Xun, Prado and herdsman must be the most widely known, but for some users who pursue individuality and feelings, Land Rover Defender is the more sought after one. Of course, the Land Rover Defender is famous not because its cross-country ability can kill herdsman, or because it is a reliable land patrol, but because both the first-generation Defender born in 1990 and the second-generation Defender born in 2020 can give people a very unique style in design, which makes them unforgettable and unforgettable.

In particular, the cash guards born in 2020 have a sci-fi design, are more fashionable than herdsman, and are younger and avant-garde than Lu Xun. They can not only travel around the world, but also shuttle through the reinforced concrete of the city without any sense of disobedience. In addition, Guardian also provides two body specifications, short axle version 90 and long axle version 110, which further meets the personalized needs of the rich.

In terms of price, the latest Defender offers three power specifications, namely, 2.0T, 3.0T and 5.0T, and the price range is 69.80-1.618 million yuan. However, due to the lack of production capacity caused by the global epidemic, Land Rover Defender has been in short supply since it was listed in China in July 2020, so it is basically necessary to increase the price by about 100,000 yuan to pick up the car. This phenomenon has not eased until recent months.

The hot sale of new cars will naturally make used cars rise. Because the new guard has only been listed in China for less than two years, most of them are quasi-new cars, so the current market is very exaggerated. It is difficult to find a used car that is cheaper than the new car guide price at that time, which is enough to prove its popularity.

As for the old guard of the previous generation ... this price can only say that feelings are greater than everything!

For most users, the sports car itself is a very unpopular niche category, while manual transmission and ultra-lightweight trot can be called niche products in sports cars. When it comes to lightweight hardcore trot, Lotus Elise is definitely one of the most representative products. Elise is a small sports car released by Lotus in 1996. It adopts an integrated aluminum alloy chassis and a fiberglass body. The wheelbase is only 2300mm, and the length of the car is about 3800mm, even 20cm shorter than the Fit.

More importantly, in order to improve the lightweight driving experience of the vehicle, Elise removed all configurations unrelated to driving. For example, the interior of the vehicle is not covered with leather, and the aluminum alloy body is directly exposed; In order to lose weight, the basic version of Elise doesn't even have air conditioning, and the configuration of electric seats and large central control screens is even more impossible. For this reason, the basic version of Elise weighs only about 860kg, even if it is a convertible high-profile model, the weight of the car is only 920kg, which is more than 100 kg lighter than the familiar manual fit GK5! Although the sparrow is small and complete, Elise, as a sports car, is still very pure in hardware specifications. For example, the suspension uses a front and rear double wishbone structure, and the steering system is purely mechanical, without any help, and the road feeling is really amazing.

In terms of power, the early Elise is equipped with Rover's 1.8L self-priming engine, with a maximum power of 122 HP and a maximum torque of 168N·m, with a 5MT gearbox. Later, in 2007, Elise changed into a 1.8L self-priming and 1.8T supercharged engine from Toyota, in which the self-priming version has 192 horsepower and 180N·m, and the supercharged version covers the range of 220-253 horsepower according to different performance specifications. Although the parameters don't look very bright, don't forget that Elise's car is very light, so the horsepower-to-weight ratio of the vehicle is very high. For example, the Elise 260 version with 253 horsepower weighs only 862kg, which is equivalent to a thrust-to-weight ratio of 293 horses/ton, which has even surpassed AMG A45S and Porsche 718 Cayman S.

Unfortunately, such a pure, hard-core small sports car, because its positioning is too small, has not achieved very good sales since its listing in 1996. It was officially discontinued last year, and its global cumulative sales in 25 years were only 35,124. As for the price, Elise introduced domestic sales in 2011. At that time, the price of the new car was 700,000-870,000 yuan. Even if the price of the 2015 model was reduced to about 500,000 yuan, it was still very expensive. Therefore, there are very few Elise cars in the second-hand market today, and the price is very firm, even more expensive than the new car of that year. From a rational point of view, only a few people can appreciate the goodness of Elise, but if you really buy such a car, it will definitely have a supreme position in the hearts of fans around you.

If you want to choose the most unisex car in the world, the mini must be the most recognized answer. Because no girl can refuse the round shape of the mini car; For male users, the mini has a long history of more than 60 years, as well as the excellent driving experience of previous models, which can also enable them to be the wind-chasing teenager who loves driving karts anytime and anywhere. However, after all, the mini-car is a pure imported car, and even the lowest model costs about 200,000 yuan. The positioning of two small-sized cars is completely opposite to the domestic car-buying orientation of great beauty and pragmatism, so although the mini-car is well-known, it is not a mainstream car in China.

Although mini-cars include three-door hatch, five-door club members, cross-border SUV country people and other versions, for fans, the most classic is of course the three-door hatch model. After all, "small" is the essence of mini-cars. At present, this generation of mini-cars on sale is a model launched by BMW in 2013 based on the platform of the Ministry of Efficiency. The three-door version is code-named F56, and a major change was made in 2018 and 2021 respectively. In terms of power, the entry-level model provides 1.2T three-cylinder and 1.5T three-cylinder engines, while the high-performance Cooper S uses a 192 HP 2.0T engine, and the latest domestic price starts at 269,800. The more hardcore JCW version uses a 231-horsepower 2.0T engine, and the price is 341,800.

Because the mini-car is a niche imported car, coupled with unlimited production, the quality reputation in the early years is not very good, so the overall preservation rate of the mini-car system is not high. However, for F56 Cooper S and JCW equipped with 2.0T engines, the preservation rate is almost the same as that of Toyota Highlander, and the seven-year-old model can still have a residual value of more than 50%. However, if it is a newer version with a 2-3-year-old model, the current price is more than 250,000 yuan.

As for the JCW version with higher positioning, because the output is less than that of the ordinary Cooper S, the hedging rate is also higher. Used cars with a car age of 6-7 years generally have a residual value of more than 60%, and if they are quasi-new cars with a car age of one year, the price is almost the same as that of new cars.

Last generation R56 market

Maybe some friends will be curious, what is the second-hand price of the previous generation R56 MINI? At present, if the previous generation R56 model is a non-convertible version, the price of used cars is generally less than 100,000. However, since the year has been over 10 years, and the quality of the previous model is not very reliable, we do not recommend that you buy this kind of old imported car. Although the price is cheap, it is not only laborious but also expensive to clean up after you get it.

Although we always say that aesthetics is a matter of different opinions, what is really beautiful can usually be recognized by most people. The Mercedes-Benz CLS Hunting Car Edition is recognized by most fans and even often praised as the most beautiful hunting car in history. It can even be said that the CLS hunting version is enough for consumers to spend hundreds of thousands or even millions to pay for it.

Since its birth in 2004, CLS has launched three generations of models, all of which have been introduced into domestic sales. Among them, only the second-generation CLS from 2011 to 2018 provides Shootingbrake hunting edition. In China, hunting cars are available in 2013, 2016 and 2017. In terms of power, in 2013, CLS Hunting Pack only provided CLS 350 model, equipped with a 306 HP 3.5L V6 engine and matched with 7AT gearbox, and the price in that year was 918,000-968,000 yuan. The 2016 and 2017 models are the versions after the mid-term change. The entry-level model is CLS 260, equipped with a 211-horsepower 2.0T engine and a 7AT gearbox, with a price of 718,000 yuan; And the high-profile CLS 400 model, equipped with 333 horsepower 3.0T V6 twin-turbo engine, matched with 7AT gearbox, priced at 988,000 yuan.

Because the price of new CLS cars was very high in those years, and the hunting car itself was very small, most of them were early CLS 350 models in 2013. At present, the price is about 360,000-440,000 depending on the condition, mileage and age of the car. The 2016 2.0T CLS 260 model, although only four-cylinder power, is a modified model after all, using the star dot matrix mesh that was very popular in Mercedes-Benz at that time, and the car age is relatively short, so it costs more than 330,000.

It should be noted that when Mercedes-Benz released the third-generation CLS currently on sale in 2018, it did not offer the hunting version, which also made the hunting version of the second-generation CLS a swan song, which led to the rising price of used cars. However, it must be said that the fierce front face design of the current CLS is really not suitable for the sleek and elegant hunting car shape. I am afraid that the designers of Mercedes-Benz are also aware of this, so they did not launch the hunting version.

When it comes to Nissan's sports cars, the first thing that people think of must be the "Japanese God of War" GT-R, but the GT-R worth more than one million is obviously not affordable for most people. In fact, Nissan also has a small sports car that is relatively close to the people. It is the 370Z. However, compared with the world-famous GT-R, the popularity of Nissan Z series sports cars is limited to fans.

The biggest highlight of Nissan 370Z is that it is equipped with a Nissan-generation VQ37VHR and a 3.7L V6 high-speed naturally aspirated engine. The standard version of 370Z has 328 horsepower and 363N·m, and the high-performance Nismo version provides 344 horsepower and 371N·m power output. With Nissan's 7AT gearbox and a car weight of only 1.5 tons, the 370Z can perform with ease whether it is off the track or drifting.

In fact, friends who know the code name of Nissan engine should be able to get a lot of information from "VQ37VHR", in which VQ refers to V-type 6-cylinder engine, 37 stands for displacement of 3.7 liters, V stands for continuously variable valve lift, and the last HR stands for high speed and high response. Therefore, the biggest feature of VQ37 engine is not only its strong power, but its continuous high-speed power output and excellent response speed, which is an experience that today's small-displacement turbines can't match no matter how optimized.

As for the price part, 370Z has provided 2013 and 2015 models in China, and the price in that year was about 52.50-668,000 yuan. However, nowadays, because the sources of second-hand 370Z cars are very scarce, the prices of used cars are above 400,000. That is to say, if you originally bought 525,000 2015 370Z Coupe models, you can still sell them at a price of more than 400,000 after seven years of driving. Such an amazing rate of preservation is even more exaggerated than that of Toyota Land Patrol! In fact, we are not surprised that the 370Z can have such an exaggerated second-hand price. After all, JDM performance cars with similar positioning usually face the situation that no one buys new cars and used cars are particularly expensive.

New Nissan z

As car fans, in fact, we are looking forward to the introduction of a new generation of Nissan Z from overseas. The shape design of the new generation of cars is very retro, even a little bit of Cyberpunk. Moreover, in the power part, the new Z is equipped with a 3.0T V6 twin-turbo engine, with a maximum power of 405 HP and a maximum torque of 475N·m, and offers 6-speed manual and 9AT gearbox options, which are no worse than Toyota Supra in terms of performance and purity. After all, today's 3.0T Supra has been fired to 700,000 to 800,000. If the new generation Nissan Z can still maintain the previous pricing of about 600,000 for the 370Z, I believe there will still be a certain market.

For many people, buying a car is a sensible thing. Everything should be practical and let the family travel comfortably. For a small number of people, buying a car is an emotional thing. A design, a history, an engine and a feeling are enough to become the driving force for paying the bill by swiping the card. The price is set by others, but the value comes from your own heart. Today, these 11 unpopular cars may seem a little expensive to ordinary people, but for those who really understand and love them, their inner value has long been immeasurable.

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