When it comes to sports cars for around six-figures, it’s the Porsche 911 that seems to be everyone’s go-to. Admittedly, for a squeak under $100,000 USD, you can get a Porsche 911 that will get to 60 mph in under four seconds and provide driving thrills like no other car at that price. However, if you expand your price range a bit, you’ll find that there are some genuinely incredible sports cars that can properly take it down, such as the Audi R8.
It’s not often you hear a claim like the Audi R8 taking down the Porsche 911, as it always seems to play second-fiddle to its VW Group-sibling. However, in this new comparison test from EVO Magazine, we get to see just that.
In this new jealousy-inducing comparison, we see the Audi R8 V10 take on the Porsche 911 Carrera S, a McLaren 570 GT, an Aston Martin Vantage V8 and a Lotus Evora GT410. They drove these five incredible cars through some stunning country roads to determine which was best.
This is a very interesting bunch of cars. Three of them are mid-engine; the Audi R8 V10, McLaren 570GT and Lotus GT410. However, they all have different engine configurations; the R8 has a 5.2 liter naturally-aspirated V10, the McLaren has a twin-turbo V8 and the Lotus a supercharged V6. Both the Audi and McLaren have dual-clutch transmissions while the Lotus has a six-speed manual.
The Porsche 911 and Aston Martin Vantage are oddballs in the group, with the 911 being powered by a rear-mounted, twin-turbocharged flat-six and the Vantage using a front-mounted, twin-turbo V8. Both have eight-speed transmissions but the Porsche’s is a dual-clutch while the Aston’s is a ZF-auto.
All the cars in the test are rear-wheel drive, with the exception of the Audi R8, which obviously has Quattro all-wheel drive.
But what you really want to know is which car is actually the best to drive. To be honest, EVO seemed to have had a hard time picking a winner and it’s not hard to see why. Each journalist had a different order in which they placed each car. Surprisingly, no one had the Porsche 911 as their number one car, which is odd for a 911. We won’t tell you the winner, as this is a fantastic read and you should go check it out, but it might surprise you.