In a matchup between Europe’s finest and America’s sports car, we put the new generation of the Audi R8 against the 2016 Chevrolet Corvette.
Let’s start talking about models. In terms of variety, the American brand takes the edge over the Audi R8. The Chevrolet Corvette is available in five different models: the Convertible Z06, the Coupe Z06, the Stingray Convertible, the Stingray Convertible Z51, the Stingray Coupe, and the Stingray Coupe Z51. All of these models also have alternatives among 1LT, 2LT, and 3LT.
The R8 is also available in five different variants: the 4.2 FSI Quattro, the 5.2 FSI Quattro, the 5.2 V10 Plus Quattro, the Spyder 4.2 FSI Quattro, and the Spyder 5.2 FSI Quattro.
Keeping pace with the fame that immortalized the two brands for their powerful engines and performance, the 2016 R8 and 2016 Corvette do not fall too far from the tree.
The Corvette Stingray can pull off some astounding numbers when it comes to speed and acceleration. With its 455 horsepower V-8 engine, the Stingray can go from 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds with the eight-speed automatic model. And, as amazing as that sounds, the Z06 model can still blow those numbers off the road, clocking from 0 to 60 in just 3.3 seconds in the manual transmission.
The R8 models can hold their own in terms of acceleration against the Corvette, with the V10 Plus R8 clocking better times than the Z06. In the regular V10 models, the R8 can go from 0 to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds, while the V10 Plus model, which packs 610 horsepower, can make 0 to 60 in just 3.1 seconds.
The R8 also has the edge in a quarter mile race, clocking at 11.2 seconds. The Corvette Z06 Convertible finished a quarter mile in 11.3 seconds.
The Corvette is also an excellent choice for speed fans looking to save on some gas mileage while having fun. In the 1LT Stingray variant, the Corvette shows an exceptional fuel economy ratio for a sports car, consuming an average of 17 mpg in the city, and 29 mpg while driving on the highway.
Audi’s regular V10 model doesn’t compare to the Stingray but also has an excellent fuel economy ratio for a sports car. It consumes 16.7 liters per 100km (14 mpg) city driving, and 8.4 liters per 100km (28 mpg) on the highway.
Nevertheless, the German brand has the edge over the American powerhouse when comparing the fuel economy between the two most powerful Corvette and R8 models.
Audi’s most powerful car, the V10 Plus, consumes around 17.5 liters per 100 kilometers (roughly 13.5 mpg) driving in the city, and 9.3 liters per 100 kilometers (approximately 25 mpg).
Chevrolet’s most powerful, the Corvette Z06 Convertible has an average consumption of 15 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway.
A customer favorite in the Audi R8 is certainly the Audi Virtual Cockpit, which will please even the most traditionalist drivers.
Chevrolet preferred a more traditional and luxurious theme designing the new Corvette, which says speed even when it is parked in a garage.