Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2015 Audi R8 VS 2015 Aston Martin Near Phoenix, AZ

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2015 Audi R8

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2015 Aston Martin

Safety Comparison

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The R8 has standard tall side airbags, which 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.

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 and includes 24 hour roadside assistance. The DB9’s 3 year basic warranty expires 1 year sooner.

The R8’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the DB9’s (12 vs. 10 years).

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

Engine Comparison

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The R8 V10’s standard 5.2 DOHC V10 produces 15 more horsepower (525 vs. 510) than the DB9’s 5.9 DOHC V12. The R8 V10 Plus Coupe’s standard 5.2 DOHC V10 produces 40 more horsepower (550 vs. 510) than the DB9’s 5.9 DOHC V12.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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The R8 Coupe’s standard fuel tank has 3.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the DB9 (23.8 vs. 20.6 gallons).

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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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 V10 Plus Coupe handles at .96 G’s, while the DB9 Coupe pulls only .90 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis Comparison

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The Audi R8 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 350 pounds less than the Aston Martin DB9.

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

R8

DB9

Coupe

174.6 inches

185.8 inches

Convertible

174.4 inches

185.8 inches

Ergonomics Comparison

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The R8 has standard 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.

With standard voice command, the R8 offers the driver hands free control of the radio, cell phone and the navigation computer by simply speaking. The DB9 doesn’t offer a voice control system.

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