2011 Audi R8 vs. Its Competition

2011 Audi R8 2-door Coupe 5.2L Man quattro Angular Front Exterior View
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

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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Quick Specs
9.2
Teutonic handling perfection meets its dream match in the 2011 Audi R8's lusty, Italian-engineered V-10 heart.
9.2
You'll be dazzled by the 2011 Porsche 911's unending driving joy, and maybe stunned by its passenger comfort and even its fuel economy.
8.6
8.2
MSRP From   
$114,200$77,800N/A$118,900
Gas Mileage   
11 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Gas V8Gas Flat 6-cylN/AGas V8
EPA Class   
CompactMini-CompactN/ASubcompact Cars
Style Name   
2-Door Coupe Manual quattro 4.2L2-Door Coupe CarreraN/A2-Door Coupe GranTurismo
Drivetrain   
All-Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveN/ARear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
24N/A4
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
2 Door CoupeCoupeN/A2 Door Coupe
Transmission   
ManualManualN/AAutomatic