Audi R8 V10 Plus vs Porsche 911 Turbo

Our colleagues from AutoGuide decided to compare a 2014 Audi R8 V10 Plus with the Porsche 911 Turbo, two different cars part of the Volkswagen Group automotive conglomerate. They describe both models as being “two of the world’s finest all-weather sports cars” but these don’t come cheap as the R8 V10 Plus kicks off at $172,190 (tested version was $187,590) while the 911 Turbo is a bit more affordable, kicking off at $148,300 (tested version was $163,225).

As far as hardware specifications are concerned, the Audi R8 V10 Plus is equipped with a 5.2-liter FSI naturally-aspirated gasoline engine outputting 550 PS (404 kW) and 540 Nm (398 lb-ft) which makes it 25 PS & 10 Nm more powerful than the regular R8 V10. Stuttgart’s 911 Turbo has a considerably smaller engine in the form of a 6-cylinder 3.8-liter direct-injection turbocharged gasoline motor with 520 PS (383 kW).

The Audi R8 V10 Plus sprints to 62 mph (100 km/h) from a standstill in 3.5 seconds before topping out at 197 mph (317 km/h) whereas the Porsche 911 Turbo with the Sport Chrono Package does the sprint 0.3 seconds quicker prior to climbing onto a top speed of 198 mph (318 km/h). So on paper, the 911 Turbo is cheaper and a tad quicker than the R8 V10 Plus but the latter provides an unmatched soundtrack thanks to its ten-cylinder motor.

Adrian Padeanu

Long-time fan of the fabled Four Rings.