Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2011 Audi R8 VS 2011 Chevrolet Corvette Near Phoenix, AZ

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2011 Audi R8

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2011 Chevrolet Corvette

Safety Comparison

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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 Corvette 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 Corvette doesn’t offer all wheel drive.

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 Corvette doesn’t offer any parking assist system.

Both the R8 and the Corvette have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, 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 and includes 24 hour roadside assistance. The Corvette’s 3 year/36,000 mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

The R8’s corrosion warranty is 6 years and unlimited miles longer than the Corvette’s (12/unlimited vs. 6/100,000).

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. Chevrolet doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Corvette.

Reliability Comparison

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For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the engines in the R8 have an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the engines in the Corvette.

Engine Comparison

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As tested in Motor Trend the R8 4.2 FSI is faster than the Corvette 2 mode exhaust (manual transmissions tested):

R8

Corvette

Zero to 30 MPH

1.4 sec

1.7 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

3.9 sec

4.1 sec

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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The R8 has 5.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the Corvette (23.8 vs. 18 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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

R8

Corvette

Front Rotors

14.4 inches

12.8 inches

Rear Rotors

14 inches

12 inches

In an emergency stopping situation, many drivers don’t press the brakes with enough force to stop the vehicle in the shortest distance. The R8 has a standard brake assist system to detect emergency braking situations (by how hard and how quickly the brake pedal is pressed) and then automatically apply maximum braking immediately in order to help prevent a collision. The Corvette doesn’t offer a brake assist feature.

The R8 stops much shorter than the Corvette:

R8

Corvette

80 to 0 MPH

196 feet

212 feet

Road & Track

70 to 0 MPH

153 feet

171 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

96 feet

113 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction and acceleration, the R8 has larger standard rear tires than the Corvette (295/30R19 vs. 285/35R19).

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 Corvette’s standard 40 series front and 35 series rear tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the R8 has standard 19 inch wheels. Smaller 18 inch front wheels are standard on the Corvette.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The front and rear suspension of the R8 uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the Corvette, which uses transverse leafs springs. Coil springs compress more progressively and offer more suspension travel for a smoother ride with less bottoming out.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the R8 is 1.7 inches wider in the front and 1.2 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Corvette.

The R8 4.2 FSI handles at 1.02 G’s, while the Corvette Coupe pulls only .95 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The R8 5.2 FSI goes through Road & Track’s slalom 6.2 MPH faster than the Corvette Coupe (73.2 vs. 67 MPH).

Chassis Comparison

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As tested by Road & Track, the interior of the R8 4.2 FSI is quieter than the Corvette Z06:

R8

Corvette

At idle

52 dB

58 dB

Full-Throttle

81 dB

87 dB

50 MPH Cruising

69 dB

76 dB

70 MPH Cruising

72 dB

79 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

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The R8 has .4 inches more front headroom and 1.9 inches more front legroom than the Corvette.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the R8 easier. The R8’s trunk lift-over height is 31.1 inches, while the Corvette’s liftover is 37.7 inches.

Ergonomics Comparison

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The R8’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Corvette’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The R8’s standard separate stalk mounted cruise control is close at hand. The Corvette’s standard cruise control is on an over-crowded turn signal stalk.

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 Corvette’s available navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

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