2020 Audi R8 vs. 2019 Ferrari 488

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 488 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 488 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 488 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights 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 488’s 3-year/100,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year sooner.

The R8’s corrosion warranty is 9 years and unlimited miles longer than the 488’s (12/unlimited vs. 3/100,000).

There are almost 8 times as many Audi dealers as there are Ferrari dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the R8’s warranty.

Fuel Economy and Range

The R8’s standard fuel tank has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the 488 (21.9 vs. 20.6 gallons).


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 Ferrari 488 is not available with all wheel drive.

Brakes and Stopping

In an emergency stopping situation, many drivers don’t press the brakes with enough force to stop the vehicle in the shortest distance. The R8 has a standard brake assist system to detect emergency braking situations (by how hard and how quickly the brake pedal is pressed) and then automatically apply maximum braking immediately in order to help prevent a collision. The 488 doesn’t offer a brake assist feature.

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 488’s 35 series front tires.


The R8 is 5.4 inches shorter than the 488, making the R8 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.


The R8’s entire steering wheel hub sounds the horn, facilitating hitting the horn in an emergency. The 488 has two small spoke buttons. These buttons can be hard to reach in an emergency.

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 488’s front passenger window doesn’t close automatically.

The R8’s standard power window controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The 488’s available power window controls are spread out on the center console where they can’t be seen without the driver completely removing his eyes from the road.

If the windows are left open on the R8 the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the 488 can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

Audi Advanced Key standard on the R8 allows you to unlock the driver’s door, trunk and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Ferrari 488’s Keyless Start doesn’t unlock the doors or the trunk.

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 488 doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

The R8 has standard heated front seats, which keep the driver and front passenger extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated seats aren’t available in the 488.

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