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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What Car? team
01 September 2015

Our verdict

These cars exist to make the driver feel special, and it’s the R8 that really stands out. Its engine is a masterpiece of free-revving, raucous power that makes you constantly crave another road to rage down. Of course, the 911's heroic mid-range muscle and more playful high-speed handling are breathtaking, but the R8 thrills more at normal speeds and is hardly short of kicks when driven hard. Simply put, the R8 feels closer to being a supercar. It’s just a bit more special, and that’s what matters here.

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1st – Audi R8 5.2 FSI V10 quattro S tronic

Audi R8 vs Porsche 911 Turbo

For Addictive engine; fluid handling; cheaper than the 911

Against Not as efficient as the 911; could be more playful on the limit

Verdict Dramatic and thrilling, despite the everyday usability

Rated 5 out of 5

Read the full Audi R8 review

2nd – Porsche 911 Turbo PDK

Audi R8 vs Porsche 911 Turbo

For Brilliant ease of use; bruising pace; exciting high-speed handling

Against Pricier than R8; not as much fun at normal road speeds

Verdict Sublime by any standard, but the R8 is generally more thrilling

Rated 4 out of 5

Read the full Porsche 911 review

Specifications: Audi R8 5.2 FSI V10 quattro S tronic

Engine size 5.2-litre V10, petrol

List price £119,520

Target Price £115,400

Power 533bhp

Torque 398lb ft

0-62mph 3.2sec

Top speed 199mph

Official fuel economy 24.8mpg

CO2 emissions 272g/km

Specifications: Porsche 911 Turbo PDK

Engine size 3.8-litre flat-six, petrol, twin-turbo

List price £127,630

Target Price £127,630

Power 532bhp

Torque 487lb ft

0-62mph 3.5sec

Top speed 198mph

Official fuel economy 31.0mpg

CO2 emissions 212g/km