2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG® GT VS 2018 Audi R8

There’s a class of luxury sports cars that caters to the demands of a loyal fan base and the models of both Mercedes-Benz and Audi deliver. We’re honing our razor sharp focus on the 2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG® GT vs 2018 Audi R8, to task ourselves with the impossible chore of picking a winner between the two. Sure it’s a tough job but someone’s got to do it and we’re up for the challenge. Enjoy this comparison of the Mercedes-Benz AMG® GT vs Audi R8. We’ll get started by approaching the performance of the Mercedes-Benz and the Audi side-by-side.

2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG® GT vs. 2018 Audi R8: Performance

The 2018 Mercedes AMG® GT delivers the thrilling performance you want from a high-end luxury coupe. It has powerful engines, a smooth-shifting transmission, and buttoned-down handling. Whether you’re jetting down the highway or carving up canyon roads, the GT feels like it always has an extra gear available. It comes standard with a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine that puts out 469 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque, delivering blazing speed. The GT’s engine produces a respectable growl, and it gets better with the optional performance exhaust. Each successive trim has a few more performance-related features than the one below it, including things like a limited-slip differential, a race mode drive selector, and more. The GT feels planted around turns, and its sharp steering and strong brakes give you the confidence to attack corners with aplomb.

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

The 2018 Mercedes AMG® GT has a sleek, attractive cabin that uses plenty of top-quality materials. The confines are a bit snug, as this is a two-seater, but the seats are reasonably spacious. It comes standard with leatherette upholstery, power-adjustable seats, and heated seats. Standard features in the GT include dual-zone automatic climate control, Mercedes-Benzmbrace® Connect (which lets you control certain vehicle functions from your smartphone), a four-speaker audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio, two USB ports, *Bluetooth®, the COMMAND® infotainment system with an 8.4-inch display screen, navigation, and Mercedes-Benz touchpad controller. Standard driver assistance features include a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, driver drowsiness monitoring, and automatic emergency braking. Though it’s primarily designed to go fast, the GT still comes with plenty of tech features. The infotainment system uses Mercedes-Benz touchpad controller, which is a mouselike device. There are also plenty of buttons and knobs, which are clearly marked and easy to see.

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.

*Bluetooth® is a registered mark Bluetooth® SIG, Inc.

2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG® GT vs. 2018 Audi R8: Overall Comparison

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG® GT brings a lot to the table. It has loads of horsepower and outstanding handling, along with an upscale interior. Consequently, it enjoys a very high spot in the luxury sports car rankings. The GT features potent V8 engines and handling that you’d expect to see in a high-speed car chase scene in an action movie. Inside, the seats have a decent amount of space and the kind of high-end styling and top-notch materials that Mercedes-Benz is known for. The GT has a usable trunk and a generous list of standard features, which you can’t say about many cars in this class. This Mercedes-Benz is one of the most impressive cars out there, all things considered.

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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