2019 Ford GT vs. 2019 Aston Martin DB11

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The GT has standard SYNC®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The DB11 doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the GT and the DB11 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.

Warranty

There are over 86 times as many Ford dealers as there are Aston Martin dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the GT’s warranty.

Reliability

The GT has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The DB11 doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the car’s engine.

Engine

The GT’s 3.5 turbo V6 produces 144 more horsepower (647 vs. 503) and 37 lbs.-ft. more torque (550 vs. 513) than the DB11 V8’s standard 4.0 turbo V8. The GT’s 3.5 turbo V6 produces 17 more horsepower (647 vs. 630) and 34 lbs.-ft. more torque (550 vs. 516) than the DB11 AMR’s standard 5.2 turbo V12.

Fuel Economy and Range

The GT has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The DB11 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

The GT offers a standard sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The DB11 doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

Brakes and Stopping

The GT has standard heat-treated ceramic brake rotors, which last ten to twenty times as long as conventional cast iron rotors, don’t rust, don’t fade during repeated high speed braking, and their lighter weight contribute to better braking, handling and acceleration. The DB11 doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

The GT has standard air brakes, which adjust the rear spoiler automatically during high-speed braking in order to shorten stopping distances. The DB11 doesn’t offer air brakes.

The GT stops much shorter than the DB11:

 

GT

DB11

 

70 to 0 MPH

145 feet

158 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

95 feet

105 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction and acceleration, the GT has larger rear tires than the DB11 (325/30R20 vs. 295/35R20).

The GT’s 245/35R20 front and 325/30R20 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the DB11’s standard 40 series front and 35 series rear tires.

Suspension and Handling

The GT has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The DB11 doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the GT is 1.1 inches wider in the front and .6 inches wider in the rear than on the DB11.

The GT handles at 1.11 G’s, while the DB11 pulls only .94 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The GT executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.2 seconds quicker than the DB11 (22.7 seconds @ .97 average G’s vs. 23.9 seconds @ .84 average G’s).

Chassis

The Ford GT may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 550 to 800 pounds less than the Aston Martin DB11.

The GT is 7.1 inches shorter in height than the DB11, making the GT much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

The GT uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The DB11 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Ergonomics

The GT’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The DB11 does not have an oil pressure gauge.

Recommendations

The GT was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2018. The DB11 has never been an “All Star.”

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