2017 Audi R8 vs. Its Competition

2017 Audi R8, Asheville to Daytona part III
Kirk Bell Kirk Bell Senior Editor

By dropping the base V-8 models, Audi moves the R8 upmarket, at least at the start of the model year.

That leaves it in competition with some high-end cars.

Among that group, the McLaren 650S makes similar power and has been touted for its livable road manners, though the price is considerably higher.

The Porsche 911 Turbo is another car that offers power and everyday drivability.

The Mercedes-Benz AMG GT doesn't make quite as much power, but offers similar road manners as well.

The Corvette Z06 meets or beats the R8's power and track prowess, but isn't as refined, especially on the inside.

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Quick Specs
8.4
The 2017 Audi R8 balances thrilling power and handling with everyday livability.
8.5
The 2017 Mercedes-AMG GT adds a few goodies this year before adding two new models to the lineup next year.
7.8
The 2017 Porsche 911 is a toe into the waters of modernity with a base turbo engine that gets good fuel economy. Don't be fooled; it's every bit the super car it always has been.
9.2
MSRP From   
$162,900$111,200$89,400$265,500
Gas Mileage   
14 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Premium Unleaded V-10Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-8Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded H-6Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-8
EPA Class   
Two-SeatersTwo-SeatersMinicompact CarsTwo-Seaters
Style Name   
V10 quattro AWDAMG GT CoupeCarrera Coupe2-Door Coupe
Drivetrain   
All WheelRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
2242
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
quattro SpyderCoupeCoupeCoupe
Transmission   
Auto-Shift Manual w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODManual w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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