• Jul 14, 2008
The LS3 Corvette and the Audi R8 are have a similar purpose, but go about their jobs in completely different ways. The 'Vette is all about a big engine, with big power and pushing the rear wheels. The R8 utilizes a high-revving 4.2L V8 and AWD to keep the rubber firmly planted on the pavement. Both vehicles have over 400 hp, weigh in at under 3,500 lbs and have similar 0-60 times, but for the price of one R8 you could by a LS3 and Z06 Corvette.

The car nuts over at Web Rides TV put the two vehicles through a "Super Lap" consisting of a slalom, a straightaway, and two sharp turns to see which vehicle would come out on top. The result produced an entertaining video, some great sounds and a very clear winner. Hit the jump to see it for yourself.



[Source: Web Rides TV]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      Just to add to the chorus, this is a pathetic, meaningless and rigged test for all of the reasons already mentioned. Please stop linking to stupid crap.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Take the Vette, a race craft Stang and have 30k left over for beer and hookers...

      R8 is a great car, the side burn sucks along with the price.
      • 6 Years Ago
      If I could afford an R8, why would I want a Corvette LS3 and Z06. If i have Audi R8 money, I'm probably not making those kind of calculations in my head...
        • 6 Years Ago
        If I could afford an R8, why would I want a Corvette LS3 and Z06. If i have Audi R8 money, I'm probably not making those kind of calculations in my head...
        you would if you were deciding on a car to take to the track as well as a daily driver. I'd take the ZO6 with a nice set of wheels, lowered, and a few engine tweaks then keep the of the cash have a ton of fun on the track. I'll even hedge a bet that the Zo6 is even better as far as fuel economy is concerned. The rich didn't become rich by wasting money.....at least the ones who work for it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Nice job losing all your speed going into the slalom in the Vette. Very obvious in the replay. Needs more experience driving RWD cars on a test track if he wants to keep up with an AWD car that just about anyone can handle.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The talk over the aggressive pricing of corvette definitely reflects the fans commenting here, you'd probably be driving a Malibu or an old 944. If I am planning to invest more than 100K for a car, I wont mind if it is 175K, the impeccable performance is all that would matter, and I would never ever go near an American muscle, brainless straightliners...
      • 6 Years Ago
      "The 'Vette is all about a big engine, with big power and pushing the rear wheels. The R8 utilizes a high-revving 4.2L V8 and AWD to keep the rubber firmly planted on the pavement."

      Actually, I doubt the ls3 is much if any larger than the Audi 4.2 V8. I don't get what the author means with this comment.
        • 6 Years Ago
        It's unlikely the Audi 4.2L is physically as small as the pushrod 6.2L LS3. I checked it once, and the Audi motor only won the battle on length, not height, width or mass.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yes kookyr, I know the R8's v8 is complicated for the sake of complicated, but you didn't answer my question.

        Nobody even mentioned engine mass or actual dimensions, yet it is assumed that the 4.2 DOHC is smaller than the 6.2 OHV. Why is that?
        • 6 Years Ago
        The LS3 is a 6.2L. But you also have to think about that it is still just a pushrod V8 where as the R8 has a more sophisticated powertrain. I was still hoping the corvette would come through even with the r8.
        • 6 Years Ago
        +1 Justin. That's because many people confuse displacement with engine size. i.e. GM's aftermarket LSX block can displace as little as 350 cu.in. or be punched out to as much as 454 cu. in. all in the same size block. If you put an LS1 side by side with all of the other LS series motors, LS2, LS4, LS3, LS7, they'd all look identical, same size, way different displacements.

        "It's still a pushrod?" What does that even mean? It is historically and currently a very successful, powerful, reliable set up for GM. It is very sophisticated in it's own right, and extremely smooth pulling. Audi has a nice set up there no doubt, but I don't see the big engineering feat implied.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'll buy into this test when the Stig is behind the wheel.
      Nancy boy spent more time yapping at the camera than driving the Vette.
      • 6 Years Ago
      As I sit here drinking a refreshing Pilsner Urquell I am shocked no one has yet to notice the great failing of this video. They refer to the R8 as a great German Pilsner... only Pils is a Czech beer, not a German one.

      If you don't know your beers, how can you know your cars?
      • 6 Years Ago
      For exclusivity and pure exotic styling the R8 hands down.
      For the best bang for the buck the Corvette the winner.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think I'd opt for an M3 convertible and spend the rest of the money on my girlfriends...nudge nudge.

      Both are great cars. If you've got the $, it's hard to go wrong with either of them.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'll take the two 'Vettes, or a ZR1!! (Even the top Corvette is cheaper than the R8... O.o) And The narrator sucks in this show.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The R8 is only really amazing because its performance is accessible and drama-less. That, its looks, and its german-ness are its strong points. -- Definitely not worth it for performance alone.

      Personally, the R8, I love it. Its definitely my favorite supercar produced.
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