Porsche 911 GTS vs Audi R8 Spyder
So we know the R8 is good. But can Audi's cheapest Spyder top Porsche's finest 911 cabriolet? TG finds out...
Posted: 01 Jun 2011
The GTS is, remember, a last hurrah for the 997 Carrera range before an all-new 911 arrives this autumn. Its naturally aspirated, 3.8-litre flat six now puts out 402bhp through the rear wheels, meaning the GTS gives away just 22bhp to the V8-engined R8. Out on the road, the two cabrios are devilishly closely matched for pace. Both will crack 62mph in 4.8 seconds, both will get within a sneeze of 190mph. In a straight-line test, you'll run out of road and licence-points before you can squeeze a Rizla between them. But on a bendy B-road, most of us will go quicker in the R8. It's an astonishingly easy car to drive fast right from the off: simply point the nose at the apex, trust the supernatural balance and grip, and fling out the other end on a wave of surprise at your newfound talent. Sheesh, this car is good.