Can You Really Compare Audi’s R8 RWS With Porsche’s 911 GT3?

When Audi revealed the R8 RWS, they claimed that the limited rear-drive version of their mid-engine sports car is clearly the purebred version of the range. Enter the Porsche 911 GT3.

Because when you talk about cars that are made for purists, eventually the discussion will always end up at the king of the 500hp-hardcore-sportscar segment; you know, that rear-engine bug-eyed car with the GT3 badge slapped on its bottom.

It’s pretty clear from the get-go of this comparison that if the two cars were compared on a track, the Porsche would add another win on its long list of victories but Autocar decided to base their verdict after driving both the GT3 and the R8 RWS on the road.

And that’s fine because the Porsche 911 GT3 remains a superb performer outside a circuit and the Audi R8 RWS will get to reveal its natural talent more easily.

Both of them are powered by a high-revving naturally aspirated engine, both of them drive their rear wheels via dual-clutch transmissions but it’s somewhere there where their similarities end and the real digging begins.

On one hand, you have a proven mid-engine chassis with genuine talent and one of the most musical exhaust notes on the planet and on the other hand you have the universal weapon of choice that can cut you if you don’t bring your absolute A-game. Which one would you choose for a drive on the road?



  • SteersUright

    Im a hardcore GT3 fan but when hearing these two side by side, I think that Audi (Lambo) V10 has to be one of the best sounding engines in the world at the moment (reigning king Ferrari V12 aside).

    • Andrewthecarguy

      Yeah, BMW does NOT get it which is sad.
      Engine sound is extremely important, and some get it while others don.t
      I drove a ZL1 recently and it sounds amazing, though it does not make you work for the sound.
      To my ears that Porsche is better.

      • SteersUright

        Yes, exactly! The latest American V8’s sound glorious, even better than any modern turbo V8 AMG motor and most others. The ZL1, Z06, and upcoming ZR1 sound stupendously good. However, to me there is nothing like a multi-cylinder (5 or more) high revving engine building up an angry crescendo that shrieks and give you goose bumps right before it shifts and does it all over again!

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