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 458 Italia 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.
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|2011 Audi R8Browse Used Listings||2011 Porsche 911Browse Used Listings||2011 Aston Martin VantageBrowse Used Listings||2011 Maserati GranTurismoBrowse Used Listings|
|11 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy||14 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||12 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V8||Gas Flat 6-cyl||N/A||Gas V8|
|2-Door Coupe Manual quattro 4.2L||2-Door Coupe Carrera||N/A||2-Door Coupe GranTurismo|
|All-Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||N/A||Rear Wheel Drive|
|2 Door Coupe||Coupe||N/A||2 Door Coupe|