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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|2009 Audi R8Browse Used Listings||2009 Ford MustangBrowse Used Listings||2009 Porsche 911Browse Used Listings||2009 Aston Martin DBSBrowse Used Listings||2009 Ferrari 430Browse Used Listings||2009 Lamborghini GallardoBrowse Used Listings|
|12 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy||14 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||11 MPG City / 17 MPG Hwy||11 MPG City / 16 MPG Hwy||12 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V8||Gas V6||Gas Flat 6-cyl||Gas V12||Gas V8||Gas V10|
|Compact||Subcompact||Mini-Compact||Subcompact||Two seater||Two Seater|
|2-Door Coupe 4.2L Manual quattro||2-Door Coupe||2-Door Coupe Carrera||2-Door Coupe||2-Door Coupe||2-Door Coupe LP560-4|
|All-Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive|
|2 Door Coupe||2 Door Coupe||2 Door Coupe||2 Door Coupe||2dr Coupe||2 Door Coupe|
|Manual||Manual||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual||NA|
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