2019 Ford GT vs. 2019 Aston Martin Vantage

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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

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 Vantage 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 45 lbs.-ft. more torque (550 vs. 505) than the Vantage’s 4.0 turbo V8.

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford GT is faster than the Aston Martin Vantage:

 

GT

Vantage

Zero to 60 MPH

3 sec

3.8 sec

Quarter Mile

10.8 sec

12.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

130.5 MPH

116.3 MPH

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 Vantage 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 Vantage 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 Vantage doesn’t offer air brakes.

The GT stops shorter than the Vantage:

 

GT

Vantage

 

70 to 0 MPH

145 feet

148 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

95 feet

100 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction and acceleration, the GT has larger rear tires than the Vantage (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 Vantage’s standard 40 series front and 35 series rear tires.

Suspension and Handling

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 Vantage.

The GT handles at 1.11 G’s, while the Vantage Coupe pulls only .99 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The GT executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.3 seconds quicker than the Vantage Coupe (22.7 seconds @ .97 average G’s vs. 24 seconds @ .83 average G’s).

Chassis

The Ford GT may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 350 pounds less than the Aston Martin Vantage.

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

Ergonomics

The GT’s front power windows open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Vantage’s power windows’ switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.

Recommendations

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

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