2020 Audi R8 vs. 2019 Aston Martin Vantage

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 Vantage doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

Both the R8 and the Vantage have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and front and rear parking sensors.


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 Vantage’s 3-year basic warranty expires 1 year sooner.

The R8’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Vantage’s (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.


The R8 V10’s standard 5.2 DOHC V10 produces 59 more horsepower (562 vs. 503) than the Vantage’s 4.0 turbo V8. The R8 V10 Performance/Decennium’s standard 5.2 DOHC V10 produces 99 more horsepower (602 vs. 503) than the Vantage’s 4.0 turbo V8.

Fuel Economy and Range

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the R8’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Vantage doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The R8’s standard fuel tank has 2.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Vantage (21.9 vs. 19.3 gallons).

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 Vantage 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 Vantage 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 Vantage is not available with all wheel drive.

Tires and Wheels

The R8’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Vantage’s standard 40 series front tires. The R8’s optional tires have a lower 30 series profile than the Vantage’s 40 series front and 35 series rear tires.


The Audi R8 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 50 to 200 pounds less than the Aston Martin Vantage.

Passenger Space

The R8 has 3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Vantage (50 vs. 47).


The R8’s front power windows open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Vantage’s power windows’ switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the R8 detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Vantage doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

Model Availability

The Audi R8 comes in coupe and convertible bodystyles; the Aston Martin Vantage isn’t available as a convertible.

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