2018 Audi R8 vs. Its Competition

2018 Audi R8 V10 RWS
Andrew Ganz Andrew Ganz Senior Editor

Since it’s currently only offered with a V-10 engine, the Audi R8’s competitive set is something of a band of misfits—albeit misfits that any car enthusiast would happily park in their garage.

The Lamborghini Huracan is the closest thing to the R8, but even though both fall under the Volkswagen Group’s umbrella, they’re quite different.

The McLaren 650S delivers similar power and is surprisingly livable on a daily basis, but its price tag is far heftier than the R8’s.

If you’re looking to drive your R8 to more than just a race track, it’s worth cross-shopping the Porsche 911 Turbo and 911 GTS, as well as the Mercedes-AMG GT S.

Both are highly refined, yet offer a driving experience that suits their heritage.

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Quick Specs
8.2
As much a track star as it is a comfortable daily driver, the 2018 Audi R8 is one of the most balanced and flexible supercars ever made.
7.8
The 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT performs brilliantly on any kind of pavement, making it one of our favorite modern sports cars.
7.6
The 2018 Porsche 911 is a superlative sports car that has defied its age. It’s a classic, but performs better than nearly any newcomer to its arena.
MSRP From  
$138,700$112,400$91,100
Gas Mileage  
14 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy
Engine  
Premium Unleaded V-10Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-8Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded H-6
EPA Class  
Two-SeatersTwo-SeatersMinicompact Cars
Style Name  
V10 RWDAMG GT CoupeCarrera Coupe
Drivetrain  
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity  
224
Passenger Doors  
N/AN/AN/A
Body Style  
CoupeCoupeCoupe
Transmission  
Auto-Shift Manual w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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