This cars look very similar, the both are sports German convertables, but let’s see how diferent they are. The 2014 Audi R8 Spyder is a mid-engine all-wheel drive powered by a 4.2L DOHC V8 engine delivering 430 HP and a 317 lb-ft of torque. It can get to 60 mph in 4.0 seconds thanks to its quattro all-wheel drive system, and it runs thru a quarter mile in 12.5 seconds at a speed of 110.6 mph. Notable thing about the Audi is the transmission. With the new 7-speed dual-clutch S tronic transmission, the shifts are seamless, there are so quick, especially when you are in sport mode. You have total control of the gears. The Audi braking distance from 60-0 mph is 101 ft.
The 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet is a rear engine, rear wheel drive powered by a 3.8L DOHC F6 Engine, delivering 400 HP and a 325 lb-ft of torque with a manual transmission. It takes 4.2 seconds to get to 60 mph, and that is little slower than the Audi. However, it runs identical quarter mile in 12.5 seconds at a higher speed of 114.1 mph. The Porsche braking distance from 60-0 mph is 93 ft.
Compared to the 911, the Audi feels a little old, it is just a refresh of an old platform. The S tronic transmission is a new thing, and the car looks a little different at the front and at the rear, but the interior is old, it is the same interior as the Audi R3.
The Porsche have a rear seats and a bigger front, but the Audi is 500 pounds heavier. You can feel that weight difference everywhere. Because of that, the Porsche is more satisfying to drive. The steering is so much better, and it feels much more fun to go in the corners, and it feels better to get on the gas. One weak spot compared to the Audi is the 7-speed manual transmission, but overall the 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet is a better car than the 2014 Audi R8 Spyder.