THE VERDICT

Top Gear (Philippines) - - Shakedown -

‘Any­one hav­ing to choose be­tween the two is in an en­vi­able po­si­tion’

The Audi R8 and the McLaren 570S are both fan­tas­tic cars, and any­one hav­ing to choose be­tween the two is in an ut­terly en­vi­able po­si­tion.

Both ful­fill their briefs as per­for­mance cars and daily driv­ers (that guar­an­tee the best park­ing spot out­side the club) in­cred­i­bly well. The dif­fer­ence, how­ever, is in their em­phases. The 570S is made by racing en­gi­neers that have thought long and hard about how to make a racing car us­able ev­ery day, while the R8 is made by peo­ple who make ev­ery­day cars as their bread and but­ter, but still know a thing or two about in­ject­ing some motorsports DNA into their range top­per.

The ra­tio­nal, more sen­si­ble choice, of course, is the Audi. It is Betty to the McLaren’s Veron­ica—the pretty, well­rounded girl whom you take home to meet the fam­ily, yet who still knows how to let her hair down and party. But one doesn’t re­ally buy a ridicu­lously ex­pen­sive su­per­car to be sen­si­ble and prac­ti­cal. And the re­al­ity in the Philip­pines is, you’re not go­ing to take your 600hp toy on the daily com­mute to work, even if you could. You buy such a car to feel alive: on track, or on a fa­vorite stretch of empty road early on a week­end morn­ing.

For that hot night out on the town, it’s Veron­ica you want. She may throw the oc­ca­sional tantrum and that miniskirt is sure to raise your mother’s eye­brow, but boy, those Satur­day nights are go­ing to be mem­o­rable. It’s a tough choice to make, no doubt.

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