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Two Rival Manufacturers Compete for Best Sports Car

The Audi versus BMW rivalry is nothing new. Whether it is the car manufacturers or car owners, there has always seemed to be a competition between the two. It’s no surprise then that BMW and Audi compete once again when it comes to the game of sports cars.

Finding a common ground

These two cars, while so different, do both have a lot to offer. Each car is available in a coupe or convertible option starting at over a mild $100,000. Both are exquisite examples of both the company’s luxury and performance quality and having striking appearances that are guaranteed to turn heads.

The 2020 BMW i8

BMW i8 Roadster displayed during a media preview in Jakarta, Indonesia on Wednesday, October 17, 2018. (Photo by Andrew Lotulung/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The BMW I8 is semi-electric, with one electric motor powering the front wheels and one 1.5L 3-cylinder gas-powered motor powering the rear wheels. Both motors combined put down a total torque of 420lb-feet and 369hp, meaning it is not BMW’s quickest or fastest car on the market. In fact, the I8 only runs a 0-60 time of 4.1 seconds, which is significantly slower than some of BMW’s other models.

The stunning design and overall drivability make up for what the car lacks in speed and you can find the new 2020 on the market for a starting pricing of $147,500. While the BMW I8 is a newer production car, the LED headlights, and distinguishable front end feature some keystone BMW characteristics that won’t leave you guessing what it is.

The 2020 Audi R8

The Audi R8, on the other hand, features a completely traditional internal combustion 5.2L V10 that offers 562 – 611hp and a comparable 413lb-ft of torque. The 2020 R8, which has been in production for significantly longer than the BMW I8, maintains the beautiful styling of previous generations while keeping up with aesthetic updates of the time. The LED headlights sit nestled in an aggressive front-end that is unmistakably Audi. The starting price for the new 2020 R8 is a mear $169,000 making it more expensive than the base model I8 by $20,000.

VIENNA, AUSTRIA – JANUARY 15: A Audi R8 V10 RWD is seen during the Vienna Car Show press preview at Messe Wien, as part of Vienna Holiday Fair, on January 15, 2020 in Vienna, Austria. The Vienna Autoshow will be held January 16-19. (Photo by Manfred Schmid/Getty Images)

I’m sure long before you read this comparison you already had it in your mind which car you prefer, after all, the Audi versus BMW rivalry is nothing new. Despite a $20,000 difference in price and 200hp, we know when it comes down to the choice, it’s all about whether you’re on team Audi or team BMW. Luckily for us, our candidates are still better than the two teams from the Twilight Saga.