Last week we saw the Lamborghini Aventador SV take the Ferrari F12tdf’s lunch money in a battle of Italian, V12-powered exotics . This week we’ll shift our focus to Germany and two high-performance, all-wheel-drive siblings.

The latest 911 Turbo is fastest, most capable car in lineage that stretches back to 1975, and Turbo S adds a bit of extra go to the well established formula. The R8 V10 plus on the other hand is a relative newcomer and boasts a big, normally-aspirated engine in a segment that’s increasingly embracing smaller-displacement, turbocharged lumps.

The lines in the sand have been drawn. Let’s get started.


LOOKS: The wind-sculpted lines of the first R8 have given way to flatter surfaces and creases. Reception has been polarizing, but we absolutely love its unabashed supercar looks.



LOOKS: A few wild bird species have probably evolved quicker than the Porsche 911’s styling since it was first seen over 50 years ago. That’s not to say it’s bad or boring, but only those in the know will know you’re rolling in something that cost nearly twice that of a base 911.



LOOKS: Both cars are special, but only the R8 looks the part.


Audi R8 V10 plus: 1


Porsche 911 Turbo S: 0





ENGINE: The Audi’s big 5.2-liter V10 puts down 610-hp between 8,250 and 8,700 rpm and 413 ft-lb of torque at 6,500 rpm. It’s the most powerful Audi ever.



ENGINE: Technically, all 911s are turbos now (except the GT3 and GT3 RS), but the one that wears the namesake gets a 3.8-liter, twin-turbo flat six that makes 580-hp at 6,750 rpm and a monstrous 553 lb-ft of torque.



ENGINE: The 911 Turbo was one of the first cars to bring turbocharging to consumers, but we need to enjoy big, powerful, normally-aspirated engines while we still can.


Audi R8 V10 plus: 2


Porsche 911 Turbo S: 0





PERFORMANCE: Audi claims the R8 V10 plus will do 0-60 in just 3.2 seconds and will go on to a top speed of 205 mph. It being an Audi, its quattro all-wheel-drive system also makes it a true all-seasons sportscar.



PERFORMANCE: The Audi is quick to 60 mph, but with a time of 2.8 seconds, the 911 rivals most seven-figure supercars. It gets of the line ridiculously fast, thanks in part to the engine being mounted aft of the rear wheels. It also matches the R8’s top speed.



PERFORMANCE: Both are ridiculously quick, but the 911 Turbo S will dominate just about any traffic-light grand prix. It also might give you neck problems.


Audi R8 V10 plus: 2


Porsche 911 Turbo S: 1





PRESENCE: Audi also builds $30,000 sedans, but that doesn’t detract from the fact that the R8 is an event wherever it goes. It looks, sounds and feels like a supercar - mainly, because it is.



PRESENCE: The Turbo S is a supercar too, but it doesn’t exude the same swagger. It looks more or less like a normal 911, which to some might not necessarily be a bad thing. Also, it's available as a droptop.



PRESENCE: If you’re going to plunk down nearly $200,000 for car, you want people to know it.


Audi R8 V10 plus: 3


Porsche 911 Turbo S: 1






The upstart Audi R8 V10 plus takes the victory over the Porsche 911 Turbo S veteran. Let us know on our Facebook page and our poll which you would rather take home.