2019 Ford GT vs. 2019 Aston Martin DBS

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 DBS 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 DBS have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, 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 DBS doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the car’s engine.

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 DBS 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 DBS doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Tires and Wheels

For better traction and acceleration, the GT has larger rear tires than the DBS (325/30R20 vs. 305/30R21).

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 DBS 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 DBS.

For better maneuverability, the GT’s turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the DBS’ (40 feet vs. 40.7 feet).

Chassis

The Ford GT may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 600 to 700 pounds less than the Aston Martin DBS.

The design of the Ford GT amounts to more than styling. The GT has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .35 Cd. That is lower than the DBS (.38). A more efficient exterior helps the GT go faster and keeps the interior quieter. It also helps the GT get better fuel mileage.

The GT uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The DBS 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 DBS does not have an oil pressure gauge.

Recommendations

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

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