• Jun 13, 2010
Fifth Gear compares the Audi R8 V10 against the Porsche 911 Turbo - Follow the jump to watch the video

The problem with physics is that it is largely immutable. Less mass plus more low-end torque and comparable power generally equates to better performance. Take, for example, the Porsche 911 Turbo convertible and the Audi R8 V10 Spyder. As much as we love the design of the R8, it is rather porky at 3,792 pounds. At 3,627 pounds, the Turbo convertible is probably the heaviest 911 ever, but it's still got a 165-pound advantage over the Audi.

The Audi's V10 produces 525 horsepower to the 500 hp of the 911, although Porsche's ratings are generally considered to be conservative. On the other hand, the V10 only produces 390 pound-feet of torque with a peak at 6,500 rpm. The turbocharged and direct injected flat-six of the 911 cranks out 480 lb-ft at just 1,950 rpm.

As the gang from Fifth Gear found out, this adds up to a measurable advantage in acceleration, braking and track times for the rear-engined machine, although the Porsche did seem to be a bit more challenging to drive fast. Check out the video after the jump for the full results.

[Source: YouTube]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      Why does that not surprise me? I love the R8 ive seen atleast 3 people in my neighborhood have one, but the Porsche is just automotive perfection, or atleast pretty damn close to it.
        Carlos
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Daniel

        LOL I was just going to say that. I'd rather have the R8, it sounds better and looks better.
        • 4 Years Ago
        hahah no you dont im surrounded by old people with more money than taste :(
        • 4 Years Ago
        i dunno if it's perfection, I think it's quicker, that's obvious, but personally i prefer the feeling of the R8 V10 when taking a corner to the rear engined 911 turbo. its certainly a ridiculously fast and potent forumula (the 911 t)
        • 4 Years Ago
        yeah i suppose its not complete perfection, but for a car where idk how much but im guess 70-80 percent of the weight is at the rear it looked amazingly composed around the corners, now im only 15 so i dont have any driving expirence but the car looked flat around the corners from the angles they showed, the R8 however definatly looked more fun to drive.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Pretty predictable results.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Still would take the R8 over the 911 just for the styling.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Both of those cars are awesome!
      • 4 Years Ago
      When he said, "...desirable cars, on the Planet"

      it sounded like a knock of version of Jeremy's, "In the world"
      • 4 Years Ago
      Seems a little senseless to be trying to compare these two from purely a performance point of view. Nobody with a brain would be considering a cabrio if they were only interested in performance. These cars are all about having fun, NOT burning up the tarmac. So, keeping that in mind, which one is the most comfortable, and fun to drive? Bottom line, I doubt a performance comparo between these cars would sway any potential buyers one way or another. I think people who buy these types of cars, are more interested in "subjective" things like brand loyalty, styling, creature-comfort and tech features, and overall ergonomics of the cabin.
        • 4 Years Ago
        This is why I like Top Gear more. They joke around more, but they still get to the facts, and when they compare two car's lap time they use, supposedly, the same driver.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Both those cars are unbelievably fast and look quite fun. I wouldn't mind owning either, or both for that matter. :)
      • 4 Years Ago
      O-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-oh! How quick is this?!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Fifth Gear never taught me anything I couldn't look up in seconds with Google. Top Gear, on the other hand, isn't trying to do that. The epic races and adventures from all around the world, there is no equal. Top Gear > *.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I want their job...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yes, I'm sure it had nothing to do with tires, suspension geometry, brakes, etc. I understand the goal of trying to find new ways to introduce the standard specs into an article, but trying to suggest that engine specs and weight are the only variables influencing a cars performance is ridiculous, especially when you try to include things like "braking and track times."
        • 4 Years Ago
        Cousin vs cousin here.

        So, bottom line, turbo=FTW. Audi needs a supercharged V8 in the R8.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @thisNthat: I don't think there is such difference between those two that would explain those 2s to it. (Plato is also racing driver, if I'm not mistaken.)
        • 4 Years Ago
        Suspention and tires are the most crutial parameters for such a car. You could go faster in an underpowered car if it had better suspention and tires than the competitor.

        IMO you cannot compare those two in this manner, however. The driver's skills are obviously way too far apart from one another... So this doesn't count

        I'm not a great fan of either of those two.. but the Porsche is a candy if you ask me.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Umm... for all those who think the LP 560 would crush the 911, are clearly delusional. Keep in mind that the 911 turbo in coupe form hits 60mph in 2.9 seconds.. and the cab isn't much behind it. The LP 560 Superleggera hits 60 in 3.4 seconds. I agree that the mighty V10 has some advantages, but the new 911 turbo is technical perfection.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Both cars are now made by the same auto empire.
        • 4 Years Ago
        So then, the logical question becomes,

        When do we see a mid-engined turbocharged flat 6 AWD car that looks like a fighter-jet?

        The best of the R8 chassis, and the Porsche's boxer power.

        It is amazing what Porsche can do with 6 horizontally opposed cylinders and a pair of variable geometry turbos... like compete with other engines that have 10 cylinders, and beat some of the best V12s from not too long ago.

        But the Audi R8 has a serious chassis, and looks to match, and is no slouch in the power department, either.
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