2014 Audi R8 vs. Its Competition

2014 Audi R8 first drive
Nelson Ireson Nelson Ireson Senior Editor

Though it's not as name-famed or as expensive as the Italian alternatives, Audi's R8 nonethelss competes on performance, and exceeds in luxury and refinement.

For those with a taste for the driving exhiliration of the R8, but perhaps in search of something even more practical, the Porsche 911 is hard to beat, especially in newly-redesigned 991 form.

Chevrolet's Corvette ZR1 is even less expensive than the R8, though also quite a bit less luxurious, but with a greater performance envelope--if you'll ever push it that hard.

For a turn of style, the Maserati GranTurismo is a solid alternative, with a certain rarity to its brand cachet in the U.S., plenty of performance, and more cabin space than the R8--though you will have to come to terms with Maserati's rather poor reputation for reliability.

Finally, the brand-new 2013 SRT Viper is a choice for the V-10 lover, with far greater performance in nearly every respect, and most importantly, in terms of lap times, though you'll give up most of the creature comforts in the process.

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German precision and handling combines with Italian power to create a superb supercar that's also fit for daily use.
Balanced, comfortable, and very fast (or very, very fast), the 2013 Chevrolet Corvette promises to ring out the C6 generation with grace and aptitude as well as attitude.
The 2013 Dodge SRT Viper is undeniably a supercar, fearsome in its aspect and performance, but it still has some rough edges--and might not command the respect an Italian or German marque would.
Still a tremendous value, the 2013 Porsche 911 range offers a great balance between dedicated sports car handling and daily practicality.
Earthy exhaust tones and serene handling carve out a distinctive niche for the fabulous Maserati GranTurismo.
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11 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy
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2-Door Coupe Manual quattro V82-Door Coupe w/4LT2-Door Coupe2-Door Coupe Carrera2-Door Coupe GranTurismo Sport
All Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
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quattro CoupeCoupeCoupeCoupeCoupe
Manual w/ODManualManualManualAutomatic w/Manual Shift
Detailed Spec Comparison
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