‘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.