2019 Ford GT vs. 2019 McLaren 570S

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 570S 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 570S 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 almost 159 times as many Ford dealers as there are McLaren dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the GT’s warranty.

Reliability

The 570S’ redline is at 8500 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 570S 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 85 more horsepower (647 vs. 562) and 107 lbs.-ft. more torque (550 vs. 443) than the 570S’ 3.8 turbo V8.

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 570S doesn’t offer air brakes.

The GT stops shorter than the 570S:

 

GT

570S

 

70 to 0 MPH

145 feet

151 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

95 feet

100 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the GT has larger tires than the 570S (F:245/35R20 & R:325/30R20 vs. F:225/35R19 & R:285/35R20).

The GT’s 325/30R20 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 30 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the 570S’ standard 35 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the GT has standard 20-inch wheels. Only 19-inch front wheels are available on the 570S.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the GT’s wheelbase is 1.6 inches longer than on the 570S (106.7 inches vs. 105.1 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the GT is .8 inches wider in the front and 1.7 inches wider in the rear than on the 570S.

The GT handles at 1.11 G’s, while the 570GT pulls only 1.03 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The GT executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the 570GT (22.7 seconds @ .97 average G’s vs. 23.2 seconds @ .94 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the GT’s turning circle is 1 foot tighter than the 570S’ (40 feet vs. 41 feet).

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 570S 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 570S does not have an oil pressure gauge.

On a hot day the GT’s driver can lower all the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the 570S can’t use the remote to operate the windows.

To help keep the driver’s hands on the wheel, the GT has standard steering wheel controls for the radio. The 570S doesn’t offer steering wheel audio controls.

Recommendations

The GT was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2018. The 570S hasn’t been picked since 2016.

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