2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG® GT VS 2018 Audi R8
2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG® GT vs. 2018 Audi R8: Performance
The 2018 Audi R8 gets bad gas mileage. Fuel economy estimates run as high as 14 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway, down to 14/22 mpg city/highway. That’s one of the lowest ratings among luxury sports cars – but that’s the price you pay for unleashing the beast. Let’s get that out of the way first because that’s the only bad news. The V10 powertrain delivers breathtaking power and acceleration, and the R8 has the outstanding agility required for you to let that power loose. It also has sharp steering and strong brakes, and all-wheel drive comes standard. All R8 models feature a 5.2-liter V10 engine that puts out 540 horsepower in the standard Coupe. The Audi R8 handles like a dream. Sturdy brakes provide good stopping power, and Audi’s Quattro all-wheel-drive system – which comes standard – provides excellent road grip.
2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG® GT vs. 2018 Audi R8: Feature Comparison
Audis are known for having outstanding interiors, and the 2018 Audi R8 is no exception. The infotainment screen is part of Audi’s virtual cockpit, this configurable display acts as the sole infotainment screen for the car. It takes a while to get your bearings with the system (and the passenger is mostly left in the dark when it comes to seeing or adjusting infotainment settings). The R8 has more cargo space than some other supercars, however, it’s split between the front trunk and additional small spaces behind the seats. It’s hard to get to the space behind the seats, and the storage areas are awkwardly shaped. Standard features in the R8 include automatic climate control, a Bang & Olufsen audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio, Audi’s virtual cockpit, two USB ports, *Bluetooth®, a Wi-Fi hot spot, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, and the MMI infotainment system with navigation, handwriting recognition, and voice control. Buyers who want the latest and greatest active safety features should look elsewhere because the R8 doesn’t have many.
2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG® GT vs. 2018 Audi R8: Overall Comparison
The R8 is a great luxury sports car. Its standard V10 engine puts out a ludicrous amount of power. It’s pinpoint steering, strong brakes, and standard Quattro all-wheel drive prepare it to attack any stretch of road. Because this is an Audi, the interior is beautiful and the tech features are user-friendly. However, like many sports cars, the R8 is short on practicality. There are only two seats and not much cargo space, though it still has more room than some competitors do. Unsurprisingly, the R8 also gets poor gas mileage. Its predicted reliability score is below average. This Audi isn’t the most practical vehicle, but it excels in the areas you expect it to.
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