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Audi R8 GT, Lamborghini Gallardo, Porsche 911 Turbo: Angels and demons

Audi R8 GT, Lamborghini Gallardo, Porsche 911 Turbo

Great comparison here of the Audi R8 GT, the Lamborghini Gallardo and the Porsche 911 Turbo. A must read!

It was only a question of time, really. Eventually the four rings from Ingolstadt and the bull from Sant’Agata would go head-to-head with one another. Because even if the Audi R8 has kept a respectful distance in the marketplace to the Lamborghini Gallardo from which it’s derived, humble pie is obviously no longer on the menu in the office canteen at Audi HQ.

At first the Audi R8 seemed entirely different, simply a stretched, German-size version of the Gallardo with a luxury kind of spin. After all, Audi is the world’s fastest-growing luxury brand right now, while Lamborghini is exclusive and extreme, catering to a very select audience that wouldn’t be caught dead in an Audi.

But when you see the 2011 Audi R8 GT in real life for the first time, you wonder what it is. Is it a celebration of Audi’s nine victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans? Or is it evidence of a new corporate seriousness about the sports car business, not only a head-to-head confrontation with an exotic as serious as the Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera but also a warning shot across the bows of the Porsche 911 Turbo?