2020 Audi R8 vs. 2019 Aston Martin DBS

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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The R8 has all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The DBS doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

The R8 has standard Audi Connect CARE, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The DBS 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 R8 and the DBS have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.


The R8 comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The DBS’ 3-year basic warranty expires 1 year sooner.

The R8’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the DBS’ (12 vs. 10 years).

There are almost 9 times as many Audi dealers as there are Aston Martin dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the R8’s warranty.

Fuel Economy and Range

The R8 has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The DBS doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission and Drivetrain

The R8 offers a standard sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The DBS doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

All wheel drive, available in the R8, provides the best traction for acceleration in wet, dry, and icy conditions. In corners, all wheel drive allows both outside wheels to provide power, balancing the car. This allows for better handling. The Aston Martin DBS is not available with all wheel drive.

Tires and Wheels

The R8’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 30 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the DBS’ 35 series front tires.

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the R8’s turning circle is 4 feet tighter than the DBS’ (36.7 feet vs. 40.7 feet).


The Audi R8 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 450 to 700 pounds less than the Aston Martin DBS.

The R8 is 11.1 inches shorter than the DBS, making the R8 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The design of the Audi R8 amounts to more than styling. The R8 has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .35 Cd. That is lower than the DBS (.38). A more efficient exterior helps the R8 go faster and keeps the interior quieter. It also helps the R8 get better fuel mileage.

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