2010 Audi R8 vs. Its Competition

2010 Audi R8 V-10
Martin Padgett Martin 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 F430 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
The 2010 Audi R8 brings the expected Germanic, technical appeal to the supercar arena-but it's the imported Italian V-10 that reveals some true lust in its heart.
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.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
12 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy11 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy
Gas V8Gas Flat 6-cylGas V8Gas V8Gas V10Gas V8
EPA Class     
CompactMini-CompactMinicompactCompactTwo SeaterSubcompact Cars
Style Name     
2-Door Coupe Manual quattro 4.2L2-Door Coupe Carrera2-Door Coupe Manual2-Door Coupe2-Door Coupe LP560-4 Coupe2-Door Coupe GranTurismo
All-Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear wheel driveFour Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
2 Door CoupeCoupeCoupe2-door coupeCoupe2 Door Coupe
ManualManualManualAutomatic w/manual shiftManualAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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