2019 Ford GT vs. 2018 Audi R8

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The GT has standard SYNC®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The R8 doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the GT and the R8 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.

Warranty

The GT comes with a full 3-year/unlimited-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The R8’s 50,000-mile basic warranty expires sooner.

There are almost 10 times as many Ford dealers as there are Audi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the GT’s warranty.

Reliability

The R8’s redline is at 8700 RPM, which causes more engine wear, and a greater chance of a catastrophic engine failure. The GT has a 7000 RPM redline.

The GT has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The R8 doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the car’s engine.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fifth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 24 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 25th, below the industry average.

Engine

The GT’s 3.5 turbo V6 produces 107 more horsepower (647 vs. 540) and 152 lbs.-ft. more torque (550 vs. 398) than the R8 V10’s standard 5.2 DOHC V10. The GT’s 3.5 turbo V6 produces 37 more horsepower (647 vs. 610) and 137 lbs.-ft. more torque (550 vs. 413) than the R8 V10 Plus Coupe’s standard 5.2 DOHC V10.

As tested in Car and Driver the Ford GT is faster than the R8 V10:

 

GT

R8

Zero to 60 MPH

3 sec

3.2 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

4.4 sec

5 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

6.2 sec

7.4 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

3.6 sec

3.9 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

2.3 sec

2.5 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

2.3 sec

2.4 sec

Quarter Mile

10.8 sec

11.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

134 MPH

125 MPH

Transmission

The GT’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The R8 doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the GT’s brake rotors are larger than those on the R8:

 

GT

R8

R8

Front Rotors

15.5 inches

14.4 inches

15 inches

Rear Rotors

14.2 inches

14 inches

14 inches

The GT has standard air brakes, which adjust the rear spoiler automatically during high-speed braking in order to shorten stopping distances. The R8 doesn’t offer air brakes.

The GT stops much shorter than the R8:

 

GT

R8

 

70 to 0 MPH

145 feet

155 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

95 feet

102 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction and acceleration, the GT has larger rear tires than the R8 (325/30R20 vs. 295/35R19). The GT’s rear tires are larger than the largest rear tires available on the R8 (325/30R20 vs. 305/30R20).

The GT’s 325/30R20 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 30 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the R8’s standard 35 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the GT has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 19-inch wheels are standard on the R8.

Suspension and Handling

The GT has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The R8 doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the GT’s wheelbase is 2.4 inches longer than on the R8 (106.7 inches vs. 104.3 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the GT is 2.2 inches wider in the front and 2.4 inches wider in the rear than on the R8.

The GT handles at 1.11 G’s, while the R8 V10 Plus Coupe 4x4 pulls only .99 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The GT executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the R8 V10 Plus Coupe 4x4 (22.7 seconds @ .97 average G’s vs. 23.5 seconds @ .9 average G’s).

Chassis

The Ford GT may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 600 pounds less than the Audi R8.

The GT uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The R8 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Ergonomics

The GT’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The R8 does not have an oil pressure gauge.

Recommendations

The GT was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2018. The R8 has never been an “All Star.”

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