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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 will they cost?

In spite of their hugely expensive list prices, the R8 is more than Β£12,000 cheaper than the 911 after you’ve haggled a few thousand pounds off its already lower list price (you won’t get anything off the 911). The 911 is also marginally more expensive to buy on finance. Put down Β£20,000 on a three-year, 30,000-mile PCP contract, and it’ll cost Β£1672 per month compared with the Β£1659 Audi will charge.

Servicing is also cheaper on the R8, with our experts estimating that tyres and maintenance over three years will cost almost Β£1000 less than the 911. If insurance or fuel costs are likely to be a concern, you may want to rethink the sort of car you’re shopping for.

Electrically adjustable, heated leather seats, auto lights and wipers, LED headlights, sat-nav, a DAB radio, Bluetooth, climate control and rear parking sensors are all included on both. You even get a choice of metallic paint colours thrown in for free.

Most buyers will want to add the Β£650 Driver Assistance Pack to the R8, which brings cruise control and a reversing camera (both included on the 911), and that Β£1800 sports exhaust is a must. Neither of these cars has been crash tested by Euro NCAP, but six airbags and an alarm and immobiliser are fitted to both. You also get driving tuition on track included with both models.

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