2012 Audi R8 vs. Its Competition

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Nelson Ireson Nelson Ireson Senior Editor

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.

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A marriage of the best of German handling and Italian power, the 2012 Audi R8 is a fantastic all-around supercar.
From fast to insanely fast, yet still practical and affordable, the 2012 Chevrolet Corvette is a great balance and a strong value.
The 2012 Porsche 911 is one of the best buys in the sports car market, and quite possibly the most practical, luxurious car at its performance level available.
The 2012 Maserati GranTurismo carves out a grand-touring niche for itself with Italian cachet, an earthy Ferrari rumble, and a serene blend of ride and handling.
MSRP From   
Gas Mileage   
11 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy
Gas V8Gas V8Gas Flat 6Gas V8
EPA Class   
CompactTwo SeaterMini-CompactSubcompact Cars
Style Name   
2-Door Coupe Manual quattro 4.2L2-Door Coupe w/1LT2-Door Coupe 997 Carrera2-Door Coupe GranTurismo S
All-Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
Coupe2 Door CoupeCoupeCoupe
ManualManualManualAutomatic w/Manual Shift
Detailed Spec Comparison
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