Looks are deceptive.
Although the R8 has an appearance that blends in some exotic appeal, it isn't so much a competitor to the likes of the Ferrari F430 and Lamborghini Gallardo.
Those cars take aim directly at a niche of affluent enthusiasts and collectors who have the patience for tight cabins, less appealing materials and long waiting lists.
The Maserati 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 and not particularly known for easy, trouble-free service.
The Aston Vantage is heavier, more exclusive, and more 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.
|2010 Audi R8Browse Used Listings||2011 Porsche 911Browse Used Listings||2011 Aston Martin VantageBrowse Used Listings||2011 Ferrari 458 ItaliaBrowse Used Listings||2011 Lamborghini GallardoBrowse Used Listings||2011 Maserati GranTurismoBrowse Used Listings|
|12 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy||14 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||12 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy||12 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy||12 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V8||Gas Flat 6-cyl||N/A||Gas V8||Gas V10||Gas V8|
|Compact||Mini-Compact||N/A||Compact||Two Seater||Subcompact Cars|
|2-Door Coupe Manual quattro 4.2L||2-Door Coupe Carrera||N/A||2-Door Coupe||2-Door Coupe LP560-4 Coupe||2-Door Coupe GranTurismo|
|All-Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||N/A||Rear wheel drive||Four Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|2 Door Coupe||Coupe||N/A||2-door coupe||Coupe||2 Door Coupe|
|Manual||Manual||N/A||Automatic w/manual shift||Manual||Automatic|