2009 Audi R8 vs. Its Competition

2009 Audi R8
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

Looks are deceptive.

Although the R8 has an appearance that fits right in with Italian exotics, it isn't so much a competitor to the likes of 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; unless you’re with enthusiasts in the know, it probably won’t turn heads as much as the R8 either.

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

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Quick Specs
The 2009 Audi R8 looks and sounds like an exotic, but is more livable and drivable than its raging-bull cousin.
The 2009 Ford Mustang is a sport coupe that won’t appeal to everyone, but some will appreciate its retro style and power-over-poise attitude.
The 2009 Porsche 911 is in a class of its own, and if you have your heart set on one, there's very little else to compare it to.
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12 MPG City / 19 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 4.2L Manual quattro2-Door Coupe2-Door Coupe Carrera
All-Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
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2 Door Coupe2 Door Coupe2 Door Coupe
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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