Commute, Toy or Destroy – Audi R8 vs. Mercedes SLS vs. Lamborghini Gallardo

Commute, Toy or Destroy – Audi R8 vs. Mercedes SLS vs. Lamborghini Gallardo

This week’s installment of AutoGuide’s interactive weekly feature ‘Commute, Toy or Destroy’ pits three true exotic machines head-to-head.

We are asking you to decide which one you would make your daily driver, which one would be taken out for weekend drives, and which one doesn’t deserve the hype and should just be forgotten.

Remember, the commuter car you must live with every day, all year round. The toy would be only available to you for occasional use, like an exotic car show, and the final car would be the one you’d rather not have as it’s missing that certain panache a supercar should have.

This week we select three exotics that only require you to be filthy rich, and not other-worldly rich. First, there is the Audi R8. With the choice of a V8 or V10 sitting mid-ship powering all four wheels, this exotic is as fast as it is sexy. Speaking of sexy, our next car is the Lamborghini Gallardo. This car also features all-wheel drive and a V10, but has a little higher clout (and price) than the Audi. Finally, there is the front engine, rear-wheel drive Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG. The gullwing doors and monstrous V8 soundtrack may be worth the price of admission alone.

Audi R8


The R8 could well be one of the best looking cars on the road today. With the available V10 Plus producing 550 hp, the R8 has the performance to back up its looks. The fact it has starred in a few Ironman movies hasn’t hurt the R8 either and made every 8-year old want one when they grow up.

Lamborghini Gallardo


Lamborghinis are cars that need no introduction; there is no mistaking a Lambo for anything else on the road. Although some may consider the Gallardo a ‘down-market’ Lamborghini (if there is such a thing), it is still features exotic looks and supercar performance; the Superleggera makes over 560 hp.

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG


The SLS may not have the same performance credentials of the other two vehicles here. It isn’t mid-engine and doesn’t have all-wheel drive. But it makes up for it in style. The car looks stunning, has the classic gullwing doors and an elegant interior. The 6.2 L V8 can make upwards of 622 hp and sounds absolutely awesome.



  • CA_Refugee

    WOW! This is probably one of the hardest lists yet.

    Commute = SLS

    Toy = R8 (V8 version, and I would probably have it supercharged and tuned for the track as well.)

    Destroy = Gallardo (I can’t believe I typed that but, it isn’t the Aventador. And the Gallardo is getting a bit “old”.)

  • Bolo

    Commute: SLS AMG

    Toy: Gallardo

    Destroy: R8

  • smartacus

    gallardo commuter
    SLS weekender
    donate R8

  • ColumWood

    This IS hard.

    Toy: The R8. It’s probably the best commuter of the bunch (or tied with the Mercedes) but it’s likely the best track package of the trio.

    Commute: The Gallardo. It’s easily the worst commuter of the bunch…. but would also draw the most stares. Driving it regularly would probably bankrupt me and a hard core Superleggera model would be a pain in the ass. But they are SO COOL!

    Destroy: The Mercedes. To be fair, it’s the only one I haven’t driven… so I shouldn’t judge it so harshly. But it just doesn’t blow me away. I welcome the opportunity to drive it and change my decision!

  • Linderloo

    SLS- Commuter
    Gallardo- Toy
    Destroy- R8

  • Stephen Elmer

    In this battle of Germany VS. Italy, I’ll take the Germans.

    Commute the SLS, strictly for the unique style.

    Toy the R8, because Audi brings it when it comes to the track.

    Destroy the Gallardo, because the style is just too blunt for me.

  • Tom

    I have the sls and the trunk hold a tour size golf bag and the warranty it 7 years bumper to bumper … it is my daily driver … therefore, commute.

« Back
SWEEPSTAKES – OFFICIAL RULES, TERMS AND CONDITIONS’s Monthly Overlay Newsletter Signup – By subscribing to our email newsletter, Entrants are eligible to win one (1) Gift Card (value of $100.00 USD). One (1) winner will be chosen every month at random and contacted by VerticalScope Inc.’s staff. * is not a sponsor of this promotion. Except as required by law, Gift Cards ("GCs") cannot be transferred for value or redeemed for cash. GCs may be used only for purchases of eligible goods at or certain of its affiliated websites. For complete terms and conditions, see GCs are issued by ACI Gift Cards, Inc., a Washington corporation. All Amazon ®, ™ & © are IP of, Inc. or its affiliates. No expiration date or service fees.


2. PRIZE: One (1) Winner will be randomly selected every month to each receive: one (1) $100.00 Gift Card (the “Prize Supplier”). Total approximate retail value of all prizes is approximately $100.00 USD. Prizes are not transferable and no cash or prize substitution is allowed. Prize package is awarded "as is" with no warranty or guarantee, either express or implied.

3. ELIGIBILITY: From the time of entry through the final date of prize fulfillment, each contest entrant and selected entrant must be a permanent lawful citizen and resident residing in the 50 United States or the District of Columbia or in Canada, and be twenty one (21) years of age or older. VOID IN PUERTO RICO, THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS, IN ALL FOREIGN COUNTRIES OUTSIDE OF THE UNITED STATES, AND ALL OTHER U.S. TERRITORIES OR CANADA AND POSSESSIONS AND WHERE PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED BY LAW. Employees, officers, directors, agents and representatives, of the Sponsor and the Prize Supplier and each of their respective parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies, promotion partners and any entity involved in the development, production, implementation, administration or fulfillment of this Sweepstakes, and the immediate family members (e.g., spouse, mother, father, sister, brother, uncle, aunt, nephew, niece, grandparent, in-law, daughter and son, regardless of where they live) and persons living in the same household (whether or not related) of such individuals are not eligible to participate or win. Only one selected entrant per household. All decisions of the Sponsor with respect to this sweepstakes are final. The Sponsor shall have the right at any time to require proof of identity and failure to provide such proof may result in disqualification from the Sweepstakes.

4. ENTER BY INTERNET: You may enter this sweepstakes via the Internet by logging onto and subscribing to our email newsletter via the pop-up overlay.

5. SELECTION OF WINNER: One (1) Entrant will be selected by random selection who have subscribed to our email newsletter. The winner may be announced publicly on and will be contacted by VerticalScope Inc.’s staff. The winner will be required to provide a mailing address (that is not a P.O. box) to receive the prize which will be shipped free of charge.

6. ODDS OF WINNING: Odds of winning a prize are determined by the total number of eligible entries received.

7. RESTRICTIONS: The prize package consists of one (1) Gift Card with an approximate value of $100.00 USD. If prize cannot be awarded due to circumstances beyond the control of the Sponsor or Prize Supplier, no substitute prize will be awarded due to the unique nature of the prize. Sponsor and Prize Supplier shall not be liable to the winner or any person claiming through winner for failure to supply the prize or any part thereof, by reason of any acts of God, any action(s), regulation(s), order(s) or request(s) by any governmental or quasi-governmental entity (whether or not the action(s), regulations(s), order(s) or request(s) prove(s) to be invalid), equipment failure, utility failure, internet failure, terrorist acts, threatened terrorist acts, air raid, blackout, act of public enemy, earthquake, war (declared or undeclared), fire, flood, epidemic, explosion, unusually severe weather, hurricane, embargo, labor dispute or strike (whether legal or illegal) labor or material shortage, transportation interruption of any kind, work slow-down, civil disturbance, insurrection, riot, or any other cause beyond Sponsor's or Prize Supplier's control (collectively, "Force Majeure Event"). Sponsor shall not be responsible for any cancellations, delays, diversions or substitutions or any act or omissions whatsoever by the performers/events, other transportation companies or any other persons providing any of these services and accommodations to passengers including any results thereof such as changes in services or accommodations necessitated by same.

8. CONDITIONS: By entering the Sweepstakes, entrants agree to be bound by the Official Rules, Terms and Conditions and that Sponsor has the irrevocable right to use in perpetuity entrants' names, user names, likenesses, photographs, voices, home mailing address, biographical and prize information, and entry materials, without notice to entrants and without compensation or obligation, in any and all media now or hereafter known throughout the world, in any manner whatsoever, to advertise and promote Sponsor, its products and services, the Sweepstakes, and for any other purpose except where prohibited by law. Entrant waives the right to assert as a cost of winning a prize any and all costs of verification and redemption or travel to redeem said prize and any liability which might arise from redeeming or seeking to redeem said prize. Sponsor is not responsible for fraudulent calls or emails made to entrants not by the Sponsor. If the Sweepstakes is not capable of running as planned by reason of damage by computer viruses, worms or bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical limitations or failures, any Force Majeure Event or any other cause which, in the sole opinion of Sponsor, could corrupt, compromise, undermine or otherwise affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, viability or proper conduct of the Sweepstakes, Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole and absolute discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend all or any part of the Sweepstakes, and to select a winner from among all eligible entries received by Sponsor up until the time of such cancellation, termination, modification or suspension, as applicable. Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual that (i) tampers or attempts to tamper with the entry process or the operations of this Sweepstakes in any manner, (ii) violates the Official Rules, Terms and Conditions or (iii) acts in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY AN ENTRANT OR ANY OTHER INDIVIDUAL TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THIS SWEEPSTAKES IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS. SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK CIVIL AND/OR CRIMINAL PROSECUTION AND/OR DAMAGES FROM ANY SUCH PERSON TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW. Any expenses and receipt and use of the prize and federal, state and local taxes and fees applicable in connection with the prize awarded are the sole responsibility of the winner. An IRS Form 1099 will be issued in the name of the winner for the actual value of the prize received. This Sweepstakes is subject to all federal, state and local laws of the United States. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. Sponsor, Prize Supplier, and their respective officers, directors, parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries and advertising and promotion agencies, employees, representatives and agents are not responsible for and shall not be liable for (i) any injuries, losses or damages of any kind caused by a prize resulting from acceptance, possession or usage of the prize, or (ii) printing, distribution or production errors. Sponsor or its affiliates may rescind any promotion found to contain such errors without liability at its or their sole discretion.

9. SPONSOR: The Sponsor of this contest is VerticalScope Inc. (the owner and operator of, 111 Peter Street, Suite 700, Toronto, Ontario, M5V 2H1.

Subscribe to our email newsletter and automatically be entered to win.
*Restrictions apply. See offer for details

Get Breaking Automotive News, Reviews and Video in your Facebook Feed!

Already Liked