The R8 isn't so much a competitor to Italian exotics such as the Ferrari F430 and Lamborghini Gallardo, as both of those vehicles appeal to a niche group of affluent enthusiasts and collectors who don't expect as much practicality in a vehicle and will wait in line for years for delivery.
The Gran Turismo has a larger cabin and a backseat that's large enough for small adults, along with a distinctly Italian style, though it's heavier than the especially nimble R8.
The Aston is similarly heavier, exclusive, and luxurious, and it's a great grand-touring vehicle.
The Porsche 911 remains arguably the most practical choice in the group, with its more spacious front and rear cargo areas, and an enviable record for safety--that is, provided you don't think 911s are a dime a dozen.
|2008 Audi R8||2008 Ford Mustang||2008 Porsche 911||2008 Ferrari 430||2008 Lamborghini Gallardo|
|$109,000Browse Used Listings||$19,650Browse Used Listings||$73,500Browse Used Listings||$186,925Browse Used Listings||$186,900Browse Used Listings|
|13 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy||14 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||11 MPG City / 16 MPG Hwy||10 MPG City / 17 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V8||Gas V6||Gas Flat 6-cyl||Gas V8||Gas V10|
|Compact||Subcompact||Mini-Compact||Two seater||Two Seater|
|2-Door Coupe Manual quattro *Ltd Avail*||2-Door Coupe Deluxe||2-Door Coupe Carrera||2-Door Coupe||2-Door Coupe|
|All-Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Four Wheel Drive|
|2 Door Coupe||2 Door Coupe||2 Door Coupe||2dr Coupe||2 Door Coupe|