2018 Chevrolet Corvette vs. Audi R8
2018 Chevrolet Corvette
The American-made 2018 Chevrolet Corvette is an iconic sports car. This vehicular masterpiece cannot be beaten for its price. The price range is a very palatable $55,000 to upwards of $89,000 depending on features selected. Car enthusiasts looking for power without breaking the bank have access to this beautiful model in Oklahoma at Zeck Chevrolet.
The easily recognized and admired Corvette has stood the test of time by continually outperforming overseas competitors. There is a Corvette to meets almost anyone’s exact wants and needs. Consider, for example, the Grand Sport, which sacrifices some horsepower but provides added comfort for those looking for an in-town car. There is also the Stingray and Z51 that go full-tilt on power and performance. The supercharged Z06 has a whopping 650 horsepower that can bust out a lap time that European exotic cars, which cost four to five times more than the Corvette, will have trouble keeping up with. The Alpha performance car also has surprisingly comfortable normal, in-town, driving as well.
The 2018 Corvette has two bucket seats and convertible body type options. Although the seating options may be limited, there is ample cargo space for hauling whatever the driver may need to tote. This makes a cross-country trip possible and more than appealing.
The coupe has a removable roof panel that can be stored in the trunk while the convertible has an automatic conversion that stows the soft-top all on its own.
The seven-speed transmission has standard rev-matched downshifting with an eight-speed automatic as an option for those that want to pass up the stick shift, but who would want to give up the manual?
The 2018 Corvette can stop from 60 mph in only 95 feet – outperforming most exotic competitors. The brake pedal feels natural and comfortable. The steering is well weighted and very precise. A driver can place the car exactly where they want it intuitively. The Corvette sticks to the ground and gives the driver a sense of very precise control. Minor bumps and mid-turn corrections are handled with ease. The manual transmission is easy to shift with a linear throttle that gives smooth starts. With carbon-ceramic brakes, aggressively tuned suspension, larger and better gripping tires, and newer aerodynamic body pieces this is a gorgeous work of art with the power to match. The driving feels almost telepathic by having responsive acceleration and braking.
Although older models felt cramped to some people, the 2018 Corvette delivers by having a hugely spacious front seat area. Tech-wise, the newer Corvette allows for smartphone integration and even Wi-Fi hotspot technology. The Bose sound system allows connection of an integrated smartphone for a stunning music experience. The center console has two USB ports and a 12-volt outlet, with an extra hidden USB port in the compartment behind the infotainment screen. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are available with the Wi-Fi offering an optional 4G connection. There isn’t much more a tech enthusiast could ask for in a car.
Parking cameras in the back and front offer added safety. Voice controls are available with helpful tips on voice commands being displayed on the touchscreen. A driver can speak an address and the car will begin navigating to the destination. Taking a single test drive in the 2018 Corvette will have most people throwing civility to the wind and embracing the true nature of the Legendary American sports car.
2018 Audi R8
The German 2018 Audi R8 Convertible stands out as being a car with some power under the hood. With a V10 engine, comfortable interior, and flashy exterior it is easy to see why many car enthusiasts would be interested in this fine vehicle. The price, unfortunately, can range anywhere from $175,000 to upwards of $210,000 depending on the features selected.
The 2018 Audi R8 was completely redesigned from last year’s model to give it a feel that is more reminiscent of a Lamborghini Huracan, though it is decidedly less powerful than the legendary Lambo. The new model has tech features that most will find agreeable – keyless ignition and entry, a digital gauge cluster display, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and a 13-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system.
Some of the customization leaves something to be desired. The options are limited to additional interior trim and upholstery choices and different types of wheels. The V10 engine puts out an admirable 610 hp with 413 pounds per foot of torque and now features carbon ceramic brakes with laser headlights as a standard equipment feature. The suspension is now more stiffly tuned, and it has a slightly smaller gas tank to save on some of the weight, therefore, gaining some speed. A test drive revealed that the R8 delivered excellent acceleration and the handling was nice and responsive. One of the more surprising elements was that the R8 handled slow, in-town, drives quite nicely.
The R8 goes from zero to 60 in three seconds, which is admirable. Stopping from 60 mph takes 97 feet on average. The brake pedal stays nice and firm during panic braking. The steering stiffness is variable in that it is light, smooth at low speeds, and reassuringly stiff during high speeds. In addition, an indicator lets you know when you are pushing the limits of the front steering during high-speed driving.
The R8’s handling is precise and can be done with confidence. All-wheel drive gives some extra stability during high-speed turns. Dissimilar to other sports cars the R8 allows for a normal everyday driving mode called “Comfort” mode. This makes the transmission fully automatic and suddenly every-day errands are much more manageable. Cargo space is limited but there is enough room to stash supplies for a weekend getaway to the beach, but likely not longer than that.
Both cars are a dream to drive. The real question comes down to what the driver is looking for. The Corvette offers a comparable experience at a significantly lower price. If an expensive overseas car is sought after, then the Audi R8 can certainly deliver. However, when it comes to power, reliability, and affordability, the 2018 Chevrolet Corvette is the choice for a true American.