Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2013 Maserati GranTurismo VS 2014 Audi R8 Near Phoenix, AZ

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2013 Maserati GranTurismo

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2014 Audi R8

Safety Comparison

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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Maserati GranTurismo 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 Audi R8 doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The GranTurismo has standard parking sensors to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or in front of their vehicle. The R8 doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

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

Reliability Comparison

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The R8’s redline is at 8250 to 8700 RPM, which causes more engine wear, and a greater chance of a catastrophic engine failure. The GranTurismo has a 7200 RPM redline.

Engine Comparison

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The GranTurismo has more powerful engines than the R8:

Horsepower

Torque

GranTurismo MC 4.7 DOHC V8

444 HP

376 lbs.-ft.

GranTurismo Sport 4.7 DOHC V8

454 HP

384 lbs.-ft.

R8 V8 4.2 DOHC V8

430 HP

317 lbs.-ft.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the GranTurismo has larger front tires than the R8 (F:255/35R20 & R:295/35R20 vs. F:235/35R19 & R:295/30R19).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the GranTurismo has standard 20-inch wheels. Only 19-inch wheels are available on the R8.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the GranTurismo’s wheelbase is 11.5 inches longer than on the R8 (115.8 inches vs. 104.3 inches).

For better maneuverability, the GranTurismo’s turning circle is 3.6 feet tighter than the R8’s (35.1 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

Passenger Space Comparison

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The GranTurismo has standard seating for 4 passengers; the R8 can only carry 2.

The GranTurismo has 1.3 inches more front headroom and .7 inches more front legroom than the R8 Coupe.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The GranTurismo has a much larger trunk than the R8 Coupe (9.2 vs. 3.5 cubic feet).

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