2011 BMW
Z4 sDrive35is
vs. 2012 Audi
R8 GT

2011 BMW Z4 sDrive35is

9.8

starting from

$63,375
"The interior environment is typical BMW, a bit stark but crafted from quality soft-touch materials."
autos.msn.com | talking about the Z4's build-quality
"Handles like a dream"
autos.msn.com | talking about the Z4's handling

Reasons to buy the BMW Z4 sDrive35is

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Very inexpensive
$63,375
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Average highway fuel efficiency
24 mpg
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Entertainment system
Optional
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Average city fuel efficiency
17 mpg
2012 Audi R8 GT

8.6

Runner-up

Audi R8 GT

starting from

$198,050

Reasons to buy the Audi R8 GT

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Quite powerful
560 HP @ 8,000 RPM
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Better drivetrain traction
all-wheel drive
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Very sporty performance
6.0 lb/hp
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Power outlets
Standard
Cost 6.0 vs 10.0
2011 BMW Z4 sDrive35is Winner: Z4 sDrive35is
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  • The best price we've seen is $134,675 cheaper (3.1x less), $63,375 vs $198,050
  • Gets more than 30% more miles per gallon in the city, 17 mpg vs 13 mpg
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 9.6
2012 Audi R8 GT Winner: R8 GT
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  • Conveniently adjust your seat with the R8 GT's power seats; requires an optional upgrade on the Z4 sDrive35is
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Limited number of airbags
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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Road Tests - vs -
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Performance - vs 10.0
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  • Both come standard with paddle shifters
  • Both offer a semi-automatic transmission, a nice perk for this class
Practicality - vs 10.0
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  • Neither offers a folding rear seat
  • Very limited highway range
  • Few seats
Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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  • Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
  • Neither offers speed-sensitive volume
Overall 8.6 vs 9.8

Cost

Audi
R8 GT
2012 Audi R8 GT
2011 BMW Z4 sDrive35is BMW
Z4 sDrive35is
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MSRP $198,050 vs $63,375 The Z4 sDrive35is has a reasonable price, while the R8 GT is very expensive
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In-city gas mileage 13 mpg vs 17 mpg The Z4 sDrive35is has OK city mileage, while the R8 GT is very inefficient
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basic warranty miles 50,000 mile vs 50,000 mile Average basic warranty
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basic warranty years 4 year vs 4 year Average lasting basic warranty

Luxury Features

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R8 GT
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Z4 sDrive35is
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Optional Conveniently adjust your seat with the R8 GT's power seats; requires an optional upgrade on the Z4 sDrive35is
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Standard Both come standard with leather interiors

Safety Features

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R8 GT
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 4 vs 4 Limited number of airbags
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Not Available vs Not Available
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Roadside assistance system None vs BMW Assist

Crash Test Ratings

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R8 GT
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Rollover resistance Unknown vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Road Tests

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R8 GT
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Z4 sDrive35is
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0-60 mph 3.4 seconds vs 5.0 seconds The R8 GT has a good 0-60 time, but the Z4 sDrive35is is just average
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Braking distance at 60mph 100 ft vs Unknown
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1/4 mile 11.6 s @ 122 mph vs Unknown
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Lateral acceleration 1 g vs Unknown
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Top speed Unknown vs 155 mph

Performance

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R8 GT
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Z4 sDrive35is
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Horsepower 560 HP @ 8,000 RPM vs 335 HP @ 5,900 RPM The R8 GT is very powerful, while the Z4 sDrive35is is only of average power
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Number of gears 6 vs 7 The Z4 sDrive35is has more gears and the R8 GT is OK, too
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission Both offer a semi-automatic transmission, a nice perk for this class
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paddle shifters Standard vs Standard Both come standard with paddle shifters
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Air compressor None vs Twin turbocharger The Z4 sDrive35is's Twin turbocharger lets it maximize power output, quite rare for this class of vehicle
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Power-to-weight ratio 6.0 lb/hp vs 10.6 lb/hp The R8 GT is a very sporty car, while the Z4 sDrive35is is just average
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs rear-wheel drive The R8 GT's drivetrain is better for off-road and poor weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius Unknown vs 35.1 ft

Practicality

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R8 GT
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Z4 sDrive35is
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Passengers 2 vs 2 Few seats
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Highway driving range 376 miles vs 348 miles Very limited highway range
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Cargo space Unknown vs 8.0 ft3
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front seats Unknown vs 50.9 ft3
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folding rear seats Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a folding rear seat
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power outlets Standard vs Not Available The R8 GT's standard power outlets will keep your gadgets charged; not available on the Z4 sDrive35is
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Standard vs Optional The R8 GT's standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again; optional upgrade required on the Z4 sDrive35is
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Cupholders 2 vs 3 The Z4 sDrive35is has an OK number of cupholders while the R8 GT has very few
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

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R8 GT
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Number of speakers 7 vs Unknown
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs No Neither offers speed-sensitive volume
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Optional vs Optional Both can be upgraded to include satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer Yes vs No The R8 GT has a subwoofer to accurately produce deep bass frequencies in music
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entertainment system Not Available vs Optional It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the Z4 sDrive35is; but it's not available at all on the R8 GT

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2012 Audi R8 GT 2010 BMW M6 R8 GT vs M6
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