Audi R8 vs Porsche 911 Turbo

Audi's all-new V10-engined R8 roars in to take on the sports car king, the latest Porsche 911 Turbo

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Audi R8 vs Porsche 911 Turbo

What are they like inside?

Tall drivers will fit fine in either car, and finding a comfortable driving position is easy in both, too, thanks to supportive, fully electric seats. The truly lanky will appreciate the 911's more generous head and leg room, but its seats are also a bit narrow around the shoulders, so they are less likely to suit those with a broader body.

Both cars have beautifully finished interiors, with swathes of leather and metal and well damped buttons and switches that speak of expensive parts and attention to detail. Some sports cars in this price bracket feel surprisingly low-rent inside, but these two most definitely aren’t among them.

The R8's infotainment functions are displayed on a Virtual Cockpit, which is effectively a big LCD screen that sits behind the steering wheel where you’d normally find the instrument dials. The screen can be set to focus more on the speedo, sat-nav map or stereo system. Everything can be controlled either by using an intuitive rotary dial that’s positioned between the front seats or buttons on the steering wheel.

It takes a bit of practice, but once you’ve got used to having all this information right in front of you, and being able to control it without taking your hands off the wheel, you do really appreciate it. Other plus points are that the R8’s air-con is simple to use and its dashboard is logically designed.

The 911 is more conventional inside, with its 7.0in colour touchscreen positioned in the centre of the dashboard. The screen responds quickly to presses, although the menus are harder to fathom and some of the smaller icons are tricky to hit precisely, especially when you’re driving.

The 911 wins convincingly for practicality, though. Its two small rear seats are best used as luggage space, but they will accommodate small children for short trips, and they are better than the tiny shelf you get in the R8. Both cars have small but deep front-mounted luggage areas that’ll take a couple of soft weekend bags, but not much else.

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