Slung a rung below the likes of the Italian supercars--though only in price and discomfort--the Audi R8 has looks, performance, and luxury that only a few less-exotic cars can match.
The Maserati Gran Turismo is even rarer in the U.S., and offers distinctive Italian style, ample performance, and a larger cabin, but sports a less-than-stellar track record for reliability.
Chevrolet's Corvette ZR1 falls well short in style, luxury, and comfort, but offers incredible performance among the top handful of production cars in the world.
Porsche--a sister company to Audi within the VW Group--has just released its newest 911, and though the upper end of the 911 range isn't out yet, even the base Carrera and slightly more powerful Carrera S make a strong case for an R8 alternative at slightly lower prices, with outstanding handling, acceleration, comfort, and quality.
|2012 Audi R8||2012 Chevrolet Corvette||2012 Porsche 911||2012 Maserati GranTurismo|
|$114,200Browse Used Listings||$49,600Browse Used Listings||$79,000Browse Used Listings||$123,000Browse Used Listings|
|11 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||14 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||13 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V8||Gas V8||Gas Flat 6||Gas V8|
|Compact||Two Seater||Mini-Compact||Subcompact Cars|
|2-Door Coupe Manual quattro 4.2L||2-Door Coupe w/2LT||2-Door Coupe Carrera (997)||2-Door Coupe GranTurismo S|
|All-Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Coupe||2 Door Coupe||Coupe||Coupe|
|Manual||Manual||Manual||Automatic w/Manual Shift|