Drop Top Showdown: Audi R8 Spyder vs. Porsche 911 Cabrio

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Two very expensive, German-built convertibles go head-to-head in a showdown that takes them through some twisty mountain roads.

Funnily enough, both Audi and Porsche are part of the Volkswagen Group, and yet each brand builds a very different type of high-performance convertible. The Audi R8 Spyder and the Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabrio are two of the finest convertibles money can buy today, and each is special in its own right. The 911 tested here is equipped with a seven-speed manual while its R8 competitor has a dual-clutch gearbox. Does that make a difference while traveling through the gorgeous American Southwest?

Possibly, but can the AWD R8 beat the 911's five decades worth of evolution? Check out this latest Motor Trend video with host Jonny Lieberman as he tackles the "daunting" task of picking a winner.

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