By now, you’ve most likely heard the information — the Audi R8 is on its means out. Till the fats girl lastly sings for the R8, although, it should stay one of many very best on a regular basis supercars. Nevertheless, an increasing number of of them are popping out and catching as much as the mid-engine Audi. The most recent to daybreak is the brand-new McLaren GT and it may render the Audi R8 irrelevant.
Because the title suggests, the McLaren GT is designed to be the grand touring mannequin of the McLaren lineup. So relatively than act as yet one more hyper-fast road-missile, the GT slows issues down only a bit (barely in any respect, to be sincere) so as to add some further consolation and continent-crossing skill.
Whereas the Audi R8 isn’t precisely marketed as a mid-engine grand touring automotive just like the McLaren, that’s what it’s in actuality. The R8, whereas extraordinarily quick and supremely succesful, is definitely fairly comfy and straightforward to reside with. In truth, its essential grievance is that it’s too simple, too protected to drive rapidly. So in apply, the 2 vehicles are very comparable.
They’re not too dissimilar in spec, both. Each are mid-engine supercars that make over 600 hp. In ‘Efficiency’ guise, the brand new Audi R8 V10 makes 602 hp from its 5.2 liter naturally-aspirated V10. Whereas the McLaren GT makes 620 hp from its four.Zero liter twin-turbocharged V8. Each even have seven-speed dual-clutch gearboxes and each hit Zero-60 mph in a claimed three.1 seconds. Although, the Audi R8 will get Quattro all-wheel drive whereas the McLaren GT powers solely its rear-wheels.
Whereas they each declare to nail 60 mph in three.1 seconds, we’re nearly sure each will likely be a lot quicker than that, simply breaking into the two.7-2.eight second vary. Off the road, the R8’s tenacious Quattro all-wheel drive may assist it’s a tick faster to 60 mph however the McLaren’s further energy and lighter weight will give it the sting over an extended race. As evidenced by its blistering 9.Zero second Zero-124 mph time.
The McLaren can be the extra unique automotive. It sports activities a carbon fiber monocoque chassis, whereas the Audi R8 makes use of a extra conventional, albeit superior aluminum-intensive, chassis. It’s additionally a McLaren, which has extra supercar pedigree.
Now, that is normally the half the place I say that the Audi R8 is the cheaper of the 2, making it higher worth. That’s sometimes the way it goes with the R8 when in comparison with different supercars. Nevertheless, that may’t actually be stated right here. The R8 Efficiency begins at $195,000 within the US, whereas the McLaren GT will begin at $210,000. Certain, that’s a $15,000 premium for the Brit however, at that value level, $15ok is kind of inconsequential.
I really like the Audi R8 and assume it’s a sensational automotive, particularly that sensible free-breathing V10. Nevertheless, if it have been my cash and I may get a McLaren for basically the identical cash, I wouldn’t hesitate in choosing the one from Woking, England.
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