2008 Audi R8 vs. Its Competition

2008 Audi R8
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The R8 isn't so much a competitor to Italian exotics such as 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.

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

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Quick Specs
The 2008 Audi R8 looks and sounds like an exotic, but it has the day-to-day livability and comfort of a grand-touring coupe.
The 2008 Ford Mustang is retro cool but modern and completely practical.
The 2008 Porsche 911 has few peers in performance or in endurance.
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13 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy
Gas V8Gas V6Gas Flat 6-cyl
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2-Door Coupe Manual quattro *Ltd Avail*2-Door Coupe Deluxe2-Door Coupe Carrera
All-Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
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Passenger Doors  
Body Style  
2 Door Coupe2 Door Coupe2 Door Coupe
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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