2019 Ford GT vs. 2019 Ferrari 488

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 488 doesn’t offer a GPS response system, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the GT and the 488 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and daytime running lights.

Warranty

The GT comes with a full 3-year/unlimited-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The 488’s 3-year/100,000-mile basic warranty expires sooner.

The GT’s corrosion warranty is 2 years and unlimited miles longer than the 488’s (5/unlimited vs. 3/100,000).

There are over 77 times as many Ford dealers as there are Ferrari dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the GT’s warranty.

Reliability

The 488’s redline is at 8000 RPM, which causes more engine wear, and a greater chance of a catastrophic engine failure. The GT has a 7000 RPM redline.

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 488 doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the car’s engine.

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 488 doesn’t offer air brakes.

In an emergency stopping situation, many drivers don’t press the brakes with enough force to stop the vehicle in the shortest distance. The GT has a standard brake assist system to detect emergency braking situations (by how hard and how quickly the brake pedal is pressed) and then automatically apply maximum braking immediately in order to help prevent a collision. The 488 doesn’t offer a brake assist feature.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction and acceleration, the GT has larger rear tires than the 488 (325/30R20 vs. 305/30R20).

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 488 doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the GT’s wheelbase is 2.4 inches longer than on the 488 (106.7 inches vs. 104.3 inches).

The GT handles at 1.11 G’s, while the 488 Coupe pulls only 1.02 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

Chassis

The GT uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The 488 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Ergonomics

The GT’s entire steering wheel hub sounds the horn, facilitating hitting the horn in an emergency. The 488 has two small spoke buttons. These buttons can be hard to reach in an emergency.

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 488’s front passenger window doesn’t close automatically.

The GT’s standard power window controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The 488’s available power window controls are spread out on the center console where they can’t be seen without the driver completely removing his eyes from the road.

On a hot day the GT’s driver can lower all the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the 488 can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

Intelligent Access standard on the GT allows you to unlock the driver’s door, trunk and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Ferrari 488’s Keyless Start doesn’t unlock the doors or the trunk.

To direct the driver from any location to a given street address, a GPS navigation system is standard on the GT. The GT’s navigation system also has a real-time traffic update feature that offers alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The 488 doesn’t offer a navigation system.

Recommendations

The GT was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2018. The 488 hasn’t been picked since 2016.

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