Road Tests Real world tests of 458 Italia vs Audi R8

0-60mph

Top speed

458 Italia
202 mph

0-100mph

Top Gear track time

458 Italia
1:19.10

1/4 mile

Nurburgring time

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Ferrari 458 Italia

Reasons to consider the
Ferrari 458 Italia

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Great lap time on the Top Gear track 1:19.10 vs 1:21.60 Around 5% great lap time on the Top Gear track
Faster in the quarter mile 11.1 s vs 11.5 s Around 5% faster at the drag strip
More expensive sticker price $225k vs $146k Around 55% more expensive harder to own
Faster top speed 202 mph vs 195 mph 7 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights
More powerful engine 570 HP @ 9,000 RPM vs 518 HP @ 8,000 RPM More than 10% stronger engine
Faster to 200kph 9.9 s vs 11.8 s More than 15% faster to 200kph
Higher redline 9,000 RPM vs 8,700 RPM Around 5% more revs
Default view of Audi R8

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Audi R8 5.2 FSI Quattro

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Very sticky cornering g 1.2 g vs 1.02 g Around 20% sticky cornering g
Bigger engine 5,200 cc vs 4,499 cc More than 15% bigger engine

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

458 Italia  vs
Audi R8 
Brand Ferrari Audi
Price 225,000 146,000
Type of car Production car Production car
Year 2010 2010
City mileage 9 MPG 11 MPG
Highway mileage 15 MPG 17 MPG

design

Body style 2-seat Berlinetta Coupe

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 6.03 lb/hp 6.88 lb/hp
Maximum hp 570 HP @ 9,000 RPM 518 HP @ 8,000 RPM
Maximum torque 398 ft-lb @ 6,000 RPM 392 ft-lb @ 6,500 RPM
Max RPM 9,000 RPM 8,700 RPM
Engine placement Mid Mid
Weight distribution 43%/57% 44%/56%
Steering system Rack and pinion Rack and pinion

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes 15.7 in Cross-drilled Disc Disc
Rear brakes 14.2 in Cross-drilled Disc Disc

physical dimensions

Curb weight 3,439 lb 3,564 lb
Width 76.3 in 76 in
Height 47.8 in 49.3 in
Length 178.2 in 174.6 in
Front track width 65.8 in 64.5 in
Wheelbase 104.3 in 65 in

road tests

458 Italia  vs
Audi R8 
Top speed 202 mph 195 mph
1/4 mile 11.1 s 11.5 s
0-60mph 3.3 s 3.4 s
0-100mph 6.5 s 7.6 s
0-200kph 9.9 s 11.8 s
Lateral acceleration 1.02 g 1.2 g
Top gear time 1:19.10 1:21.60
20.6km nurburgring time 7:38.0 7:44.0
Laguna seca lap time 1:36.22 1:40.20
Hockenheim short lap time 1:09.70 1:10.90

transmission

Drivetrain 2WD Permanent Quattro 4WD w/Electronic Diffential Lock (EDL)
Shift system Automatic Manual
Gearing Continuously-variable Traditional
# of gears N/A 6

engine

Displacement 4,499 cc 5,200 cc
Cylinders V8 V10
Air compressor None None
Fuels
Gas
Compression ratio 12.5:1 12.5:1
Bore/stroke 3.7 in / 3.19 in 3.33 in / 3.65 in
Valvetrain Dual overhead camshaft (DOHC) DOHC
Valves per cylinder 4 4
Ferrari 458 Italia
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Audi R8 5.2 FSI Quattro
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