There is much debate as to which car is the perfect ‘everyday’ supercar. A car that has the to-die-for looks of an exotic performance car yet is comfortable and easy enough to drive that you could realistically use it every day. For many a Porsche 911 Turbo S used to be the only answer, breathtakingly quick, an engaging car to drive, comfortable, well built, reliable, and easy to use every day. For years there weren’t many other cars that could fulfil that criteria, always falling short in some area to the Porsche’s blend of usability, speed and reliability. Then a new kid on the block turned up to really shake things up in the form of the Audi R8.
Whilst many people dream of owning a Porsche, an increasing number already drive an Audi. Their road cars are renowned for their reliability, the quality and design of their interiors and the aggressive cutting edge looks, particularly for their RS models. Audi jumped into the supercar market armed with all these faculties and didn’t disappoint. Family ties meant they had the powerplant and chassis architecture already sorted thanks to sharing many parts with Lamborghini and their Huracan. The knowledge from their current line-up of RS models meant that Audi knew how to make a car that can be quiet, civilised and drama free for a trip to the shops, a comfortable place to be when you need it to be, but fire breathing raucous four-wheel driving excitement when you push the right buttons. In comfort setting the R8 is civilised, refined and relatively quiet, however in Dynamic or Race mode the excitement and noise of the naturally aspirated 5.2 litre V10 engine in the Audi R8 V10 Plus is a spectacle in itself, and feels like it is pulling at the leash to be let loose; the way a 600bhp supercar should feel.
The difference between the everyday usability of a Porsche 911 and the Audi R8 is marginal, the Porsche may be said to offer a more engaging drive but for daily use this might not be too much of an influence. Both are reliable, well-built, comfortable and offer everything a supercar should and more. Ultimately, the decision for the majority of people to choose one over the other may come down to the looks and price, but not in the ways you might expect.
To those who aren’t Porsche enthusiasts, unless a 911 is sprouting a large wing at the back they could be seen by some as looking a bit too similar. Porsche have their family identity design down to a tee and whilst it defines the marque and an iconic design to Porsche fans, to those not in the know a Boxster looks close to a Cayman which also looks much like a 911. With the Audi R8 it’s a whole different ball game. The R8 may share some angular styling touches with the TT, but they’d never be confused for one another. Many would argue the R8 looks the way a supercar should, aggressive, purposeful and expensive, a head turning design on the high street, the Porsche a bit more subtle and familiar. Which brings the argument to another point; price.
Excluding the newest variation, the 992, the Porsche 911 model line-up started with the Carrera at roughly £78,000 and their variation of the perfect everyday supercar, the Turbo S, is as near as makes no difference, £150,000. That’s almost double the price of the cheapest ones and to most motorists on the road, they’d struggle to name 10 things visually different between the two. Not that the base model Carrera is a bad car, it’s just for double the price you’d want people to notice you’d spent extra money for the privilege. The ‘base’ Audi R8 V10 is only £15,0000 less than the £137,000 V10 Plus meaning both are as exclusive as each other. It’s that exclusivity that for some makes the car feel that bit more special and you should feel special in a supercar, especially one that’s cost around £140,000.
So for many, the jury is still out as to which is the finest everyday supercar. For Porsche enthusiasts only the Turbo S will ever do, for those wanting something a bit more visually striking and laden with the latest technology it has to be the R8. One thing is for sure though, if you're looking to buy one, having alternatives to choose from that offer so much in every aspect can't be a bad thing at all.
In stock we have a pair of Audi R8 V10 plus twins, a 2016 model and a 2018 model. Both are available in stunning Ara Blue Crystal effect paint with black fine Nappa leather interiors.
The 2016 model (pictured) has done just 9,500 miles and comes with Sport Pack Plus; Audi Magnetic Ride, Sports exhaust system and dynamic steering, LED laser headlights, carbon exterior mirror covers, 19” gloss black alloy wheels and Kendo grey side blades.
The 2018 model car has done just 6,800 miles, features the same Sport Pack Plus, the Black Styling Pack, 20” gloss black alloy wheels, electric sports seats, reverse camera and is still under Audi warranty until March 2021.
See more details of our 2016 model here
See more details of our 2018 model here
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