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2009 Audi R8 vs. Its Competition

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Looks are deceptive.

Although the R8 has an appearance that fits right in with Italian exotics, it isn't so much a competitor to the likes of 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; unless you’re with enthusiasts in the know, it probably won’t turn heads as much as the R8 either.

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--provided you don't think 911s are a dime a dozen.

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The 2009 Audi R8 looks and sounds like an exotic, but is more livable and drivable than its raging-bull cousin.
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The 2009 Ford Mustang is a sport coupe that won’t appeal to everyone, but some will appreciate its retro style and power-over-poise attitude.
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The 2009 Porsche 911 is in a class of its own, and if you have your heart set on one, there's very little else to compare it to.
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The 2009 Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 is an edgy supercar with a better grip on the world.
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Gas Mileage     
12 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy11 MPG City / 17 MPG Hwy11 MPG City / 16 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy
Gas V8Gas V6Gas Flat 6-cylGas V12Gas V8Gas V10
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CompactSubcompactMini-CompactSubcompactTwo seaterTwo Seater
Style Name     
2-Door Coupe 4.2L Manual quattro2-Door Coupe2-Door Coupe Carrera2-Door Coupe2-Door Coupe2-Door Coupe LP560-4
All-Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
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Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
2 Door Coupe2 Door Coupe2 Door Coupe2 Door Coupe2dr Coupe2 Door Coupe
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