2020 Audi R8 vs. 2020 Chevrolet Corvette

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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

The R8 has standard Parking System Plus to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or in front of their vehicle. The Corvette doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

Both the R8 and the Corvette 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 rearview cameras.

Warranty

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 Corvette’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

The R8’s corrosion warranty is 6 years and unlimited miles longer than the Corvette’s (12/unlimited vs. 6/100,000).

Reliability

For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the engines in the R8 have an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the engines in the Corvette.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Audi vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Audi 16 places higher in reliability than Chevrolet.

Engine

The R8 V10’s standard 5.2 DOHC V10 produces 72 more horsepower (562 vs. 490) than the Corvette’s standard 6.2 V8. The R8 V10’s 5.2 DOHC V10 produces 67 more horsepower (562 vs. 495) than the Corvette Z51’s standard 6.2 V8. The R8 V10 Performance/Decennium’s standard 5.2 DOHC V10 produces 107 more horsepower (602 vs. 495) than the Corvette Z51’s standard 6.2 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 Corvette doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The R8’s standard fuel tank has 3.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the Corvette (21.9 vs. 18.5 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 Corvette doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Drivetrain

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 Chevrolet Corvette is not available with all wheel drive.

Brakes and Stopping

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

R8

R8

Corvette

Corvette Z51

Front Rotors

14.4 inches

15 inches

12.6 inches

13.3 inches

Rear Rotors

14 inches

14 inches

13.6 inches

13.8 inches

The R8 offers optional heat-treated ceramic brake rotors, which last ten to twenty times as long as conventional cast iron rotors, don’t rust, don’t fade during repeated high speed braking, and their lighter weight contribute to better braking, handling and acceleration. The Corvette doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

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 Corvette’s 35 series front tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the R8 offers optional 20-inch wheels. The Corvette’s largest wheels are only 19-inches in the front and 20-inches in the rear.

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the R8’s turning circle is 1.4 feet tighter than the Corvette’s (36.7 feet vs. 38.1 feet).

Chassis

The R8 is 7.9 inches shorter than the Corvette, making the R8 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The R8 has .6 inches more front headroom and .7 inches more front shoulder room than the Corvette.

Servicing Ease

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Audi service is better than Chevrolet. J.D. Power ranks Audi 8th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 12% lower rating, Chevrolet is ranked 13th.

Ergonomics

The R8’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Corvette’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

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 Corvette doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

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