Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2009 Audi R8 VS 2009 Aston Martin Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2009 Audi R8

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2009 Aston Martin

Safety Comparison

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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Audi R8 are height adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Aston Martin V8 Vantage doesn’t offer height adjustable seat belts.

The R8 has all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The V8 Vantage doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

Both the R8 and the V8 Vantage have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Warranty Comparison

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The R8 comes with a full 4 year/50,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car. The V8 Vantage’s 3 year basic warranty expires 1 year sooner.

The R8 comes with free roadside assistance for 4 years unlimited miles. Audi will send help if you run out of gas, need a jump start, lock your keys in or need any assistance on the road. Aston Martin doesn’t give free roadside assistance for the V8 Vantage.

The R8’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the V8 Vantage’s (12 vs. 10 years).

Audi pays for scheduled maintenance on the R8 for 1 year and 5000 miles. Audi will pay for oil changes, tire rotation, lubrication and any other scheduled maintenance. Aston Martin doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the V8 Vantage.

There are almost 22 times as many Audi dealers as there are Aston Martin dealers, which makes it much easier to get service under the R8’s warranty.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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The R8 has 2.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the V8 Vantage (23.8 vs. 21.1 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the R8’s brake rotors are larger than those on the V8 Vantage:

R8

V8 Vantage

Front Rotors

15 inches

14 inches

Rear Rotors

14 inches

13 inches

The R8 stops much shorter than the V8 Vantage:

R8

V8 Vantage

80 to 0 MPH

196 feet

212 feet

Road & Track

70 to 0 MPH

160 feet

165 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction and acceleration, the R8 has larger standard rear tires than the V8 Vantage (295/30R19 vs. 275/35R19). The R8’s optional rear tires are larger than the largest rear tires available on the V8 Vantage (305/30R19 vs. 275/35R19).

The R8’s 235/35R19 front and 295/30R19 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile (height to width ratio) which provides a stiffer sidewall than the V8 Vantage’s standard 40 series front and 35 series rear tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The R8 has a standard driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The V8 Vantage’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The R8 has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The V8 Vantage doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the R8’s wheelbase is 1.8 inches longer than on the V8 Vantage (104.3 inches vs. 102.5 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the R8 is 2.3 inches wider in the front and 1.3 inches wider in the rear than on the V8 Vantage.

The R8 handles at .98 G’s, while the V8 Vantage Coupe pulls only .91 G’s of cornering force in a Road & Track skidpad test.

The R8 goes through Road & Track’s slalom 2.5 MPH faster than the V8 Vantage Coupe (71.1 vs. 68.6 MPH).

Passenger Space Comparison

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The R8 has 1 inch more front headroom and 2.2 inches more front legroom than the V8 Vantage.

Ergonomics Comparison

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The R8’s outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. The V8 Vantage doesn’t offer heated side mirrors.

The R8 offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The V8 Vantage has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

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