2019 Ford GT vs. 2019 Porsche 911

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the GT and the 911 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

The GT comes with a full 3-year/unlimited-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The 911’s 50,000-mile basic warranty expires sooner.

There are almost 16 times as many Ford dealers as there are Porsche 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 911 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 277 more horsepower (647 vs. 370) and 219 lbs.-ft. more torque (550 vs. 331) than the 911’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. The GT’s 3.5 turbo V6 produces 227 more horsepower (647 vs. 420) and 182 lbs.-ft. more torque (550 vs. 368) than the 911 S’ standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. The GT’s 3.5 turbo V6 produces 197 more horsepower (647 vs. 450) and 145 lbs.-ft. more torque (550 vs. 405) than the 911 GTS’ standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

As tested in Car and Driver the Ford GT is faster than the 911 S (automatics tested):

 

GT

911

Zero to 60 MPH

3 sec

3.2 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

4.4 sec

5.2 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

6.2 sec

7.8 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

3.6 sec

4.3 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

2.3 sec

2.5 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

2.3 sec

2.6 sec

Quarter Mile

10.8 sec

11.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

134 MPH

121 MPH

In a Car and Driver race course test, the Ford GT was clocked 1.5 seconds faster than the Porsche 911 GT3 (165.5 sec. vs. 167 sec.).

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 911 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Ford GT higher (3 out of 10) than the Porsche 911 (1). This means the GT produces up to 22.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the 911 every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

The Ford GT comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the 911.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the GT’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the 911:

 

GT

911

Front Rotors

15.5 inches

13 inches

Rear Rotors

14.2 inches

13 inches

The GT has standard air brakes, which adjust the rear spoiler automatically during high-speed braking in order to shorten stopping distances. The 911 doesn’t offer air brakes.

The GT stops much shorter than the 911:

 

GT

911

 

80 to 0 MPH

190 feet

197 feet

Road and Track

70 to 0 MPH

145 feet

147 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

95 feet

98 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the GT has larger tires than the 911 (F:245/35R20 & R:325/30R20 vs. F:235/40R19 & R:295/35R19).

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 911’s standard 40 series front and 35 series rear tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the GT has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 19-inch wheels are standard on the 911.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the GT’s wheelbase is 10.2 inches longer than on the 911 (106.7 inches vs. 96.5 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the GT is 5.6 inches wider in the front and 4.2 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the 911.

The GT handles at 1.11 G’s, while the 911 Coupe pulls only 1.00 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The GT executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the 911 Coupe (22.7 seconds @ .97 average G’s vs. 23.5 seconds @ .86 average G’s).

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 911 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the GT is quieter than the 911 GT2 RS (63 vs. 68 dB).

Ergonomics

On a hot day the GT’s driver can lower all the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the 911 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 Porsche 911’s available Porsche Entry and Drive doesn’t unlock the trunk.

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