2021 Jaguar F-Type vs. 2020 Audi R8

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Safety

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The F-Type has standard Autonomous Emergency Braking, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The R8 doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

The F-Type’s lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The R8 doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The F-Type’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The R8 doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the F-Type’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The R8 doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The F-Type’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The R8 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

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

Warranty

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The F-Type comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The R8’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.

Jaguar pays for scheduled maintenance on the F-Type for 5 years and 60,000 miles. Jaguar will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Audi only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the R8.

Reliability

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The R8’s redline is at 8700 RPM, which causes more engine wear, and a greater chance of a catastrophic engine failure. The F-Type has a 6500 to 6800 RPM redline.

Engine

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The F-Type R’s 5.0 supercharged V8 produces 103 lbs.-ft. more torque (516 vs. 413) than the R8 V10 Performance/Decennium’s optional 5.2 DOHC V10.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the F-Type gets better fuel mileage than the R8:

MPG

F-Type

RWD

P300 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

23 city/30 hwy

AWD

P380 3.0 supercharged V6

18 city/26 hwy

R 5.0 supercharged V8

16 city/24 hwy

R8

AWD

5.2 DOHC V10

13 city/20 hwy

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Jaguar F-Type higher (3 to 7 out of 10) than the Audi R8 (1). This means the F-Type produces up to 47 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the R8 every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

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An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Jaguar F-Type, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the R8.

The F-Type’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

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

F-Type R-Dynamic

F-Type R

F-Type opt.

F-Type

R8

R8 opt.

Front Rotors

15 inches

15 inches

15.7 inches

15.7 inches

14.4 inches

15 inches

Rear Rotors

12.8 inches

14.8 inches

15 inches

15 inches

14 inches

14 inches

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the F-Type R’s front tires are larger than the largest tires available on the R8 (F:265/35R20 & R:305/30R20 vs. F:245/30R20 & R:305/30R20).

The F-Type offers an optional space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the R8; it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

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The F-Type’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The R8 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the F-Type is 1.8 inches wider in the rear than the track on the R8.

For better maneuverability, the F-Type’s turning circle is 1.8 feet tighter than the R8’s (34.9 feet vs. 36.7 feet).

Passenger Space

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The F-Type has 2.1 inches more front legroom and 1.4 inches more front shoulder room than the R8.

Cargo Capacity

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The F-Type Coupe has a much larger trunk than the R8 Coupe (14.4 vs. 4 cubic feet).

The F-Type Convertible has a much larger trunk than the R8 Spyder (7.3 vs. 4 cubic feet).

With its convertible body style and remote trunk release lockout, the F-Type offers cargo security. The R8’s non-lockable remote release defeats cargo security.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the F-Type Coupe offers an optional power trunk, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button. The R8 doesn’t offer a power trunk.

Ergonomics

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The F-Type has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The R8 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

Unlike the driver-only memory system in the R8, the F-Type has standard driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The F-Type has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The R8 doesn’t offer headlight washers.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the F-Type R keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The R8 doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

On extremely cold winter days, the F-Type’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The R8 doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The F-Type’s optional Park Assist can parallel park by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The R8 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Model Availability

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The F-Type is available in both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations. The R8 doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

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The F-Type was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2014. The R8 has never been an “All Star.”

The Jaguar F-Type outsold the Audi R8 by almost four to one during 2019.

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