Photo Comparison: 2015 Audi R8 vs. BMW i8

BMW i | February 26th, 2015 by 10
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In a few days, the new 2015 Audi R8 will debut at the Geneva Motor Show and first photos are already available on the Internet. …

In a few days, the new 2015 Audi R8 will debut at the Geneva Motor Show and first photos are already available on the Internet. We take this opportunity to create a direct photo comparison with the BMW i8, two models fundamentally different at their core but often compared to each other.

Like its predecessor, the new Audi R8 supercar uses a high-revving V10 engine with 540 or even 610 hp. The two variants use an advanced standard quattro all-wheel drive, while an electric Audi R8 e-tron is also built with a rear-wheel drive. Thanks to a dramatically improved lithium-ion battery, the Ingolstadt-based automaker promises for the new Audi R8 e-tron a pure electric range of 450 kilometers (280 miles). One can charge the battery, with a capacity of 92 kWh, in less than two hours.

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The 610-hp Audi R8 V10 offers significantly better performance than its predecessor: only 3.2 seconds for the super athlete to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h, up to 330 km / h.

Sitting between the V10 R8 and the e-tron is the BMW i8 with its plug-in hybrid drive. The 231-hp three-cylinder gasoline engine is mated with an electric motor at the front axle for a combined 362 hp and a fuel consumption of 2.1 liters per 100 kilometers.

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If the current rumors turn true, BMW could offer a more worth competitor to the R8 in 2016. The BMW i8S is rumored to not only look more supercar, but also to produce more horsepower.

Take a look at the photo gallery below and let us know which car you like best.

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[Photos: Bimmertoday]

10 responses to “Photo Comparison: 2015 Audi R8 vs. BMW i8”

  1. Mateo says:

    Audi like any other, i8 like no other BMW. Or car actually.
    Nothing wrong with Audi at all but it really looks out of date.

  2. CDspeed says:

    The new R8 looks fantastic, I’d go for the R8 e-Tron over the i8, although since the R8 e-Tron has no announced price as of yet the i8 could still be a better value.

  3. Rokie888 says:

    It’s humiliation to audi to put the R8 side by side to the i8.

  4. Lawrence says:

    You cannot really compare the two, although they are in the same price bracket. I will go for teh i8 not only because I am a BMW fan, but because:
    1. The i8 is far far more technologically advanced
    2. The i8 probably has a better resale value (assuming it won’t give battery problems – which is something I worry about – by the way, anyone know how long these batteries will last and how much they cost to be replaced?? BMW has standard 8 years warranty – but what happens after that?)
    3. The interior of the i8 is just a master piece whereas Audi’s interior look cheap and dated in comparison
    4. The exterior design of the i8 is much better
    5. i8 is green

    This is like comparing an office printer to a 3D printer – just a no brainer to get an i8! But then again, there will be the fools who opt for the old stuff – like those who buy shares when the bull run is almost over.

    • orojeklo says:

      Audi interior looks cheap? What have you been drinking today? Almost everything you wrote is nonsensical. I’m no Audi fan, but writing as you do is idiotic.

  5. allegedthemovie says:

    I really enjoyed this photo comparison — extremely helpful! And nicely executed, too. I have an i8 arriving in March and my older brother is very tempted but is thinking about an Acura NSX. It would be nice to see that comparison.

  6. BMW! says:

    I’m really a BIG BMW fan, but I definitely also liked the previous Audi R8. This new R8 really just looks like every other Audi: BORING!!! The i8 on the contrary, really is one of the Most Beautiful Cars of the moment! Really how a BMW should be. :)

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