Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2009 Audi R8 VS 2009 Bugatti Veyron Near Phoenix, AZ

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2009 Audi R8

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2009 Bugatti Veyron

Safety Comparison

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The R8 offers optional parking sensors to help warn drivers about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or in front of their vehicle. The R8 also offers an optional backup monitor to help drivers see any and all obstacles behind their vehicle. The Veyron 16.4 doesn’t offer any parking assist system.

Both the R8 and the Veyron 16.4 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, all-wheel drive, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Warranty Comparison

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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. Bugatti doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Veyron 16.4.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the R8 SMG gets better fuel mileage than the Veyron 16.4 (13 city/18 hwy vs. 8 city/14 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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The R8 stops shorter than the Veyron 16.4:

R8

Veyron 16.4

80 to 0 MPH

196 feet

199 feet

Road & Track

60 to 0 MPH

96 feet

104 feet

Motor Trend

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 Veyron 16.4’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The R8 handles at .98 G’s, while the Veyron 16.4 pulls only .94 G’s of cornering force in a Road & Track skidpad test.

The R8 goes through Road & Track’s slalom 3.1 MPH faster than the Veyron 16.4 (71.1 vs. 68 MPH).

For better maneuverability, the R8’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the Veyron 16.4’s (38.7 feet vs. 39.3 feet).

Chassis Comparison

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The Audi R8 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 850 to 900 pounds less than the Bugatti Veyron 16.4.

The design of the Audi R8 amounts to more than styling. The R8 has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .34 Cd. That is significantly lower than the Veyron 16.4 (.39). A more efficient exterior helps the R8 go faster and keeps the interior quieter. It also helps the R8 get better fuel mileage.

As tested by Road & Track, the interior of the R8 is quieter than the Veyron 16.4:

R8

Veyron 16.4

At idle

52 dB

61 dB

Full-Throttle

81 dB

84 dB

50 MPH Cruising

69 dB

77 dB

70 MPH Cruising

72 dB

78 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

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The R8 has 1.7 inches more front headroom and 1 inch more front legroom than the Veyron 16.4.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The R8 has a much larger trunk than the Veyron 16.4 (6.7 vs. 1.3 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

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To help each driver find a more comfortable driving position, the R8 has a telescoping steering wheel. Much better than just a tilt steering wheel or adjustable seat, this allows a short driver to sit further from the steering wheel while maintaining contact with the pedals. The Veyron 16.4 doesn’t offer a telescoping steering wheel.

To help keep the driver’s hands on the wheel, the R8 has standard steering wheel controls for the radio. The Veyron 16.4 doesn’t offer steering wheel audio controls.

To direct the driver from any location to a given street address, a GPS navigation system is available on the R8. The Veyron 16.4 doesn’t offer a navigation system.

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