Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2010 Audi R8 VS 2010 Aston Martin Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2010 Audi R8

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2010 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 DB9 doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The R8 has standard tall side airbags that act as a forgiving barrier between the driver and outboard passenger's upper bodies and the window and pillars. Combined with high-strength steel door beams and lower side airbags this system increases head protection in broadside collisions. The DB9 doesn't offer side airbag protection for the head.

The R8 has a standard Audi Backguard System, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Audi Backguard System moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The DB9 doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The R8 has all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The DB9 doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

The Audi R8 has Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The DB9 doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.

Both the R8 and the DB9 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 DB9’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 DB9.

The R8’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the DB9’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 DB9.

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.

Engine Comparison

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The R8 5.2 FSI’s standard 5.2 DOHC V10 produces 55 more horsepower (525 vs. 470) than the DB9’s 5.9 DOHC V12.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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The R8 has 2.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the DB9 (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 DB9:

R8

DB9

Front Rotors

14.4 inches

14 inches

Rear Rotors

14 inches

13 inches

The R8 stops much shorter than the DB9:

R8

DB9

80 to 0 MPH

196 feet

231 feet

Road & Track

70 to 0 MPH

153 feet

170 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

133 feet

Road & Track

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction and acceleration, the R8 has larger standard rear tires than the DB9 (295/30R19 vs. 275/35R19). The R8’s optional rear tires are larger than the largest rear tires available on the DB9 (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) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the DB9’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 DB9’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the R8 is 2.5 inches wider in the front and 1.3 inches wider in the rear than on the DB9.

The R8 4.2 FSI handles at .97 G’s, while the DB9 Coupe pulls only .90 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The R8 4.2 FSI goes through Road & Track’s slalom 5.6 MPH faster than the DB9 Coupe (71.1 vs. 65.5 MPH).

For better maneuverability, the R8’s turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the DB9’s (38.7 feet vs. 39.4 feet).

Chassis Comparison

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The Audi R8 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 300 pounds less than the Aston Martin DB9.

The R8 is 10.9 inches shorter than the DB9, making the R8 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Road & Track while at idle, the interior of the R8 4.2 FSI is quieter than the DB9 Coupe (52 vs. 54 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

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The R8 has 1.4 inches more front headroom and 2.2 inches more front legroom than the DB9.

Ergonomics Comparison

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The R8 has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. When the ignition turns off, the headlights turn off after a delay timed to allow you to securely get to your front door. The DB9 doesn’t offer automatic headlights.

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 DB9 has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The R8’s available GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that offers alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service available in a limited number of metro areas.) The DB9’s navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

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