The Audi R8 V10 Plus is widely considered the best ‘everyday’ supercar, a car that can blow you away with its performance but also be comfortable enough to commute in. It’s the supercar that can be driven all day, everyday without fatigue. However, at the moment, it faces some seriously stiff competition as McLaren has just debuted its excellent 570S and Ferrari is changing the game with its 488 GTB. So which of these cars is best when put together on a windy road?
Car Magazine set off to find out in this latest video.
Ferrari has always been the gold-standard when it comes to supercars. No other brand in history has more motorsport victories than Ferrari and its name alone elicits excitement. The Ferrari 458 Italia was largely considered to be the best supercar in the world at the time of its arrival. It was a spectacular car that had mind-blowing performance, the most incredible exhaust note and styling that made you bite the back of your hand. So when Ferrari replaced it with the 488 GTB, enthusiasts were worried that some of the magic would be lost with its new turbocharged engine. But it wasn’t.
The Ferrari 488 GTB’s 3.9 liter twin-turbocharged V8 develops a monstrous 661 hp and can get it from 0-60 mph in just 3.0 seconds flat. It’s simply a sensational engine. The steering is also incredible, with fast-twitch reflexes and tons of front-end grip. It manages to be even better than the transcendent 458 Italia and is going to be near impossible to beat.
We’ve spoken quite a bit about the McLaren 570S already, as it’s McLaren’s latest entry into the segment of usable supercars. In fact, McLaren calls it a sports car and claims that it isn’t ‘super’ enough to be considered a supercar, like the 650S and 675LT. However, it still makes 562 hp from its 3.8 liter twin-turbocharged V8 and can get from 0-60 mph in an astonishing 2.8 seconds (per Car and Driver). Thank its carbon fiber monocoque chassis and incredible grip for that impressive performance.
But it also handles really well too. McLaren calls it a sports car, but it feels like a supercar. It’s agile, sharp and dynamic like a supercar. But, thanks to McLaren’s brilliant chassis and suspension tuning, it rides like a luxury car down the road and isn’t stiff or uncomfortable like most supercars. The McLaren is another supercar that can be driven everyday, much like the Audi R8.
Speaking of our favorite Audi, the R8 V10 Plus is one of the best overall packages in the supercar world, if not the best package. It’s mighty 5.2 liter V10 develops 610 hp and delivers it in the best possible way — without turbochargers. Its naturally-aspirated engine means that it doesn’t have the low-down grunt of the other two cars, so it takes a 3.2 seconds to get from 0-60 mph (what a travesty, I know), but it’s actually the more enjoyable engine. It wails and screams with the most fantastic noises. It also has super-sharp throttle response, thanks to its lack of turbochargers waiting to boost. It’s a razor sharp engine with a sensational noise.
In terms of driving dynamics, the Audi R8 is a fantastic driving car. Although, it might not be as sharp as the other two. Its Quattro all-wheel drive gives it far more grip than the other two cars in the test, but it also makes it understeer just a bit more. Driven in isolation, no one would consider the Audi R8 to be an understeer-prone car, as it’s actually quite sharp and dynamic. However, when compared to these two rear-wheel drive monsters, it can seem to understeer just a bit at the limit. However, it’s steering is sharp and its chassis is beautifully balanced. It also has the nicest cabin and is very comfortable to drive everyday.
In the end, Car Magazine felt that the Ferrari 488 GTB was still the king and the best car in the test. It’s just to dynamic and exciting to lose out. However, the Audi R8 V10 Plus and McLaren 570S are right behind and some of the best supercars in the world.