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Hey there:cool:!

I am a new member and will be a future R8 owner. I am just curious, why did you guys choose the R8 over its competitors like the 911 or the V8 Vantage. I love the R8 but I am just wondering, what did the R8 have that the others lacked?
 

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I had never heard of an R8 before i saw one parked up. As soon as i saw it i had to take a look at what it was, once i did this i looked it up on the internet the same day. I fell in love with it seeing the pictures and reading reviews. I chose this over other cars because to me it is the best looking car available (others may not agree) and because i'll be a new driver the fact that EVERYBODY says how well the R8 handles and that it is safer to driver than most cars i decided i'll get it.
 

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Do exactly what I did - take the 911 , V8 Vantage and R8 for an extended test drive and then make your mind up.
I had a completely open mind ,save for tending to prefer the Aston styling ,but for me there was absolutely no category (performance ,handling , comfort ,build quality) in which for me the R8 didn't come out top:)

Correction - the Vantage does have the best exhaust note ;)
 

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Correction - the Vantage does have the best exhaust note ;)
Stasis exhaust will fix that. Only other car I looked at was the 911 turbo. Was not comfortable to drive with it's tiny seats. Plus you see 911's everywhere, Have yet to see another R8 on the road or any shows I go to
 

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Back in school I got attention by being the class clown...Now I get more than enough attention with the R8. People around me are used to me having wild rides. But the R 8 has put me in a much nicer league.Thank you Audi for helping me stay on my game. :)
 

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I test drove a friends Vanquish, a dealers V8 Vantage, I have a 911 Carrera 4, and an 2002 NSX.
I have driven the 911 turbo, and the new 2009 Carrera S.

Compared to the 911 the R8 rides better, "feels" like it offers more grip, has way way more room on the inside, (for the people not luggage) does not "roll" as much, just has better suspension. I have some Ohlins coming for my 911. I already have Ohlins on the NSX.

The R8 is faster then my Carrera 4, slower than the Turbo, much quieter then either. The R8 shifts better than the Porsche manual, my R8 is a manual.
The new 2009 Porsche with the double clutch paddles was excellent, if that trans was avaliable for the R8 I would have gotten it.

And I think the R8 looks better.

The Porsche is not as wide and is easier to park.
 

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Sound, looks, handling with usable power, awd, sequential manual transmission, service network and rarity were the main factors for me.

The 997tt didn't float my boat outside of 10/10ths driving but was the only other real competitor that I whittled it down.

Right now I'm thinking about what I'll change to down the line, but struggling to come up with anything. The v8 isn't lacking in power for the roads I drive on so the V10 is hard to justify as I prefer the sound of the v8. I generally prefer bmw's, but they've got nothing close to the r8.

I'm tempted to give the nissan gt-r a try to see if it's worth keeping that in the mix.

I'll also consider the maser gts and jag xkr to see if going with more of a gt is workable, but I'm thinking the r8 might have spoiled me for that.
 

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Hey there:cool:!

I am a new member and will be a future R8 owner. I am just curious, why did you guys choose the R8 over its competitors like the 911 or the V8 Vantage. I love the R8 but I am just wondering, what did the R8 have that the others lacked?
Because the R8 is car porn. My wife saw it once on the road and told me I had to buy one.
 

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I'm replacing my car in August. Was looking at Aston Vantage, Maserati GranTurismo and R8. 2 says ago I saw one opposite the bar I go to in the colour combo I want and it looked absolutely stunning. Decision made on the spot.
 

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I was looking to replace my XKR next year and wanted a great everyday car and also something I can take to the track. The 2010 XKR (5 liter, 500+ HP, much better brakes) seemed like a good candidate since I like my current car and I love the Aston Martin-like styling. The 2010 E63 AMG seemed interesting too since I loved the E55 I used to own and MB is giving the E class a refresh next year.

I also drove a friends '08 BMW M5 on the track and liked the car a lot but the sedan thing seemed to lean too much toward practicality and less fun on the track. I also drove two R8s before pulling the trigger - one 6 speed and the other had the R-tronic. In the end it had as much to do with "thrill factor" - the R8 gives you a grin walking up to it and only gets wider when you're behind the wheel.
 

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Because I want to be Ironman. ; D

Exterior design : The vantage is beautiful, the R8 is striking. The turbo is aggressive, the R8 is stunning. You might walk pass a turbo with a quick glance.YOu are most likely to take a second look at the Vantage as you walk by it. You will come to a complete stop when you see an R8.
 

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Exterior design : The vantage is beautiful, the R8 is striking. The turbo is aggressive, the R8 is stunning. You might walk pass a turbo with a quick glance.YOu are most likely to take a second look at the Vantage as you walk by it. You will come to a complete stop when you see an R8.
you are so right!
 

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Just completed about 150 miles in my new R8 after coming out of the 09 Vantage. The two cars should not really be competing against one another they are night and day, sports car vs GT. The Vantage has great low end torque and and sounds awesome, like a muscle car in a Tux. The R8 is more of a racer. Great 6 speed and handles on a rail. The suspension is even better than I expected in sport mode, its better than the AMV8 by far.
If you want the DRIVE, you choose the R8. If you want to cruise, its the AMV8.
 

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Just completed about 150 miles in my new R8 after coming out of the 09 Vantage. The two cars should not really be competing against one another they are night and day, sports car vs GT. The Vantage has great low end torque and and sounds awesome, like a muscle car in a Tux. The R8 is more of a racer. Great 6 speed and handles on a rail. The suspension is even better than I expected in sport mode, its better than the AMV8 by far.
If you want the DRIVE, you choose the R8. If you want to cruise, its the AMV8.
I was on the AMOC.org for a few yrs, I did not go with the vantage because of the in consistency in build quality that were being posted. I went to see the car(first gen.) a couple of times over the years, I did see some issues that I rather not have to deal with after paying that price for a car. How was your vantage build quality?
 

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I was on the AMOC.org for a few yrs, I did not go with the vantage because of the in consistency in build quality that were being posted. I went to see the car(first gen.) a couple of times over the years, I did see some issues that I rather not have to deal with after paying that price for a car. How was your vantage build quality?
I had an 08 and then the 09. Both models had a couple minor issues like slight lifted leather on the dash in extreme heat, and very soft paint that made for more than usual pitting on the nose. Other than that the build quality was excellent. Gaps, material, all mechanicals were great. If it wasn't for the need to change to a more low slung racer for awhile I would had been hard pressed to give it up. Its the best GT out there IMHO
 

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I saw my first R8 at the Audi Dealer in 2008 -a blue one and although sold they let me sit. In it and I immediately knew it was something special and a vehicle you wouldn't see everywhere. In 2009 I saw the exact R8 I wanted---in Dupont Registry and called the Audi Dealership and within 2weeks and 160 pics later it was delivered to me in an enclosed van.I have a 2009 4.2 V8 Red with Black interior with the Graphite Option. It had 9000 miles but I saved over 40,000 from buying a new one and the car was spotless with no scratches or dents.
I could have gotten a New 2010 Grand Sport Corvette Convertible with a 427 replacement engine from Redlne Motorsports in Albany, NY and all kinds of tuning and Cam work for the same money
and the Vette would have been a 1of a knd but I couldn't pass up the R8 and I plan to keep the R8 as long as I live and pass it down to the next generation with stipulation it not be sold ntil the car is at least 40 years old. I plan to keep it stock. So it retains it's colectible value.
 

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I have owned a Vantage V8 with a 6 speed and I now own a V12 Vantage 6 speed and an R8 V10.

The R8 is the actual GT when driven back to back with the V12. As much as I like the R8, it's a very, very capable ride, but a tame one. It lacks the drama you get in a V12 Aston, but it heel toe's better for me.

The Aston V12 has an element of danger. It wants you to be epic, even if it kills you. The R8 V10 wants you to be a hero, but its more like a super hero movie, there is never really much danger, but the implication Is there.

The view out of the Aston is low and almost cartoonish (i like that, feels great). It makes you feel like you are buried deep in the belly of a beast. The R8 is the opposite, it has a fantastic view of the road, very open, the front of the car is right there. The rear view is fantastic or a sports car.

There is NOOO way the V10 can be made to sound as sweet as the Aston at idle. The Aston makes torque lower and loves to rev to he 6700 rpm red line. The R8 wants to scream so you have to wring it out. The R8 sounds far better once you get it reving and at speed. Both are amazing motors, but the Aston sounds best.

Both cars are fun to drive, both cars have fantastic brakes, transmissions, suspensions etc. The R8 gate is especially fantastic. It is a lot of fun clacking through the gears. The Aston has the better steering. My V12 has ceramics and they are epic. My R8 has steels brakes and they are good. I don't have the same faith in them, but they work great.

The fit and finish of the R8 is not up to scratch at this price point. The interior has a lot of really shoddy bits. The console and nav surround are particularly cheap feeling compared to Aston. The leather is also not there. No embossing, no special stitching. That cheapness extends to the radiator grilles at the front rear and door sills.

The engineering of the R8 is second to none. The excitement is alway present. The engine behind you is a constant reminder of the potential mayhem. The car is a step towards the future (the MP4-12C is likely that future). It is a car that looks wicked but is mild unless provoked. The shape is unique and original (people still take photos). The car is easy to drive, fun to push and a gem to own. I love getting into it, I love the experience.

The Aston is more of a fine watch you drive. It is much more of a live wire to drive vyou can spin the tires through the first four gears. It looks like a tux, but its more like the rough and ready version of Bond. A sophisticated thug. Everything is just much more finished, more bespoke, more willing to annoy and alienate. That's why this car IS an exotic. The Aston is the last of it's kind. The technological end of the road for a KIND of car that will not be made for much longer. This is a car that is about the experience as much as the numbers.

Honestly, you can't go wrong with either. Both are BEST of BREED. Niether car really has a direct peer. Each a perfect execution of an ideal. There is no other car that does EXACTLY what either car can do. The Aston has no rival at any cost, and the R8 only competes with the Lambo's, and they don't have the same experience.

I have owned 7 Audis and two Astons. The build quality of the Astons is Awesome, don't listen to the odd soul that has an issue as i have have PLENTY of issues with my Audi's (a 2.0 litre A4, 2_3.2 litre TT's, 2_TTRS's, an S4, and an R8 V10). I would still rate Audi build quality high and dealer support low. Astons do not sell in large numbers, so one bad car equals a lot of complaining. Check the Aston guys on the forums and you will hear how they are ver stable cars.

Choose the one that stirs your soul.
 

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The vantage build quality is very poor which is why my vantage s is being picked up Tuesday when my r8 gets delivered. I will miss the exhaust note and leather factory that is the interior but will not miss the issues. The new 991 seats have bolsters that go right into my shoulder blades. The r8 was the perfect mix of driving dynamics and comfort. I opted for a 12 v8 manual after driving both v10 and v8. The v10 is amazing but a bit too powerful for me as a daily driver.
 

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Sorry, WHY?
Because it is an amazing, original, exciting, car.
It stands out.
It delivers performance unlike its peers.
It has that V10.
it's easy to own.

There is no substitute for this car anywhere near this price point. Next stop is Lambo, 458 or MP4-12C
 
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