2019 Porsche 911 vs. 2019 Ford GT

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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The 911 has standard front seat side-impact airbags and head airbags, which act as a forgiving barrier between the passengers and the door. Combined with high-strength steel door beams this system increases protection from broadside collisions. The GT doesn't offer side-impact airbags or side airbag protection for the head.

The 911 offers optional Porsche Active Safe, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The GT doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

The 911 has a standard automatic post-collision braking system, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The GT doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

The 911 offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The GT doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

Both the 911 and the GT 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, rearview cameras and available blind spot warning systems.


The 911 comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The GT’s 3-year basic warranty expires 1 year sooner.

The 911’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the GT’s (12 vs. 5 years).


J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Porsche vehicles are better in initial quality than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Porsche fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked fifth.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Porsche vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Porsche second in reliability, above the industry average. With 52 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 16th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Porsche vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Porsche 7 places higher in reliability than Ford.


The 911 GT2 RS’ standard 3.8 turbo 6 cyl. produces 53 more horsepower (700 vs. 647) and 3 lbs.-ft. more torque (553 vs. 550) than the GT’s 3.5 turbo V6.

As tested in Road and Track the 911 GTS 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. is faster than the Ford GT (automatics tested):




Zero to 30 MPH

1.2 sec

1.5 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

3.1 sec

3.2 sec

The flat cylinder configuration of the boxer engine in the 911 lowers its center of gravity, enhancing handling stability. The GT doesn’t offer a boxer engine configuration.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the 911 Coupe RWD Auto with its standard engine gets better fuel mileage than the GT Auto (22 city/30 hwy vs. 11 city/18 hwy).

Regenerative brakes improve the 911’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The GT doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the 911’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The GT doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The 911 RWD’s standard fuel tank has 1.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the GT (16.9 vs. 15.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The 911 GT2 RS’ optional fuel tank has 8.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the GT (23.7 vs. 15.2 gallons).


All-wheel drive, available in the 911, provides the best traction for acceleration in wet, dry, and icy conditions. In corners, all-wheel drive allows both outside wheels to provide power, balancing the car. This allows for better handling. The Ford GT is not available with all-wheel drive.

Brakes and Stopping

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




Front Rotors

16.1 inches

15.5 inches

Rear Rotors

15.4 inches

14.2 inches

The 911 stops much shorter than the GT:





80 to 0 MPH

184 feet

190 feet

Road and Track

70 to 0 MPH

139 feet

145 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

99 feet

113 feet

Road and Track

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the 911 GT2 RS/GT3 RS’ front tires are larger than the largest tires available on the GT (F:265/35R20 & R:325/30R21 vs. F:245/35R20 & R:325/30R20).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the 911 GT2 RS/GT3 RS has standard 21-inch rear wheels. The GT’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.

Suspension and Handling

The 911 offers active sway bars, which help keep it flat and controlled during cornering, but disconnect at lower speeds to smooth the ride and offer greater off-road suspension articulation. This helps keep the tires glued to the road on-road and off. The GT doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

The front and rear suspension of the 911 uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the GT, which uses torsion bars in the rear. Coil springs compress more progressively and offer more suspension travel for a smoother ride with less bottoming out.

The 911 has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The GT doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

The 911 GT2 RS handles at 1.17 G’s, while the GT pulls only 1.11 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The 911 GT2 RS executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the GT (21.9 seconds @ 1.03 average G’s vs. 22.7 seconds @ .97 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the 911 GT2 RS’ turning circle is 6.4 feet tighter than the GT’s (33.6 feet vs. 40 feet). The 911’s turning circle is 3.6 feet tighter than the GT’s (36.4 feet vs. 40 feet).


The Porsche 911 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 250 pounds less than the Ford GT.

The 911 is 10.4 inches shorter than the GT, making the 911 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The 911 is 5.9 inches narrower on average than the GT, making the 911 easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

The front grille of the 911 uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The GT doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the 911 Turbo S Coupe is quieter than the GT:




At idle

61 dB

63 dB


82 dB

100 dB

70 MPH Cruising

74 dB

85 dB

Passenger Space

The 911 has standard seating for 4 passengers; the GT can only carry 2.

The 911 Coupe has 27 cubic feet more passenger volume than the GT (70 vs. 43).

The 911 Coupe has 2.3 inches more front headroom, 2.8 inches more front legroom and 2.1 inches more front shoulder room than the GT.

Cargo Capacity

The 911 Coupe has a much larger trunk with its rear seat up than the GT (5.1 vs. .4 cubic feet).

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the 911. The GT doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Servicing Ease

The 911 uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The GT uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

A maintenance reminder system is standard on the 911 to save the owner time and money by calculating maintenance intervals for oil changes and vehicle inspection based on odometer mileage. This takes the guesswork out of keeping your vehicle in top condition and helps it last longer. Ford doesn’t offer a maintenance reminder on the GT.

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Porsche service is better than Ford. J.D. Power ranks Porsche second in service department satisfaction. With a 63% lower rating, Ford is ranked 24th.


When three different drivers share the 911, the optional memory system makes it convenient for all three. Each keyless remote activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, steering wheel position, outside mirror angle and climate settings. The GT doesn’t offer a memory system.

The 911’s optional easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The GT doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The 911’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The GT’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

The 911’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The GT’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the 911 offers an optional rear wiper. The GT doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The 911 offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The GT doesn’t offer headlight washers.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the 911 detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The GT doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the 911 offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The GT doesn’t offer cornering lights.

When the 911 is put in reverse, the passenger rearview mirror tilts from its original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirror into its original position. The GT’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

The 911’s optional rear and side view mirrors have an automatic dimming feature. These mirrors can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The GT doesn’t offer the luxury of automatic dimming mirrors.

The 911 offers optional heated front seats, which keep the driver and front passenger extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated seats aren’t available in the GT.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the 911 keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The GT doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

On extremely cold winter days, the 911’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The GT doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The 911’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The GT doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the 911 offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The GT doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Model Availability

The Porsche 911 comes in coupe and convertible bodystyles; the Ford GT isn’t available as a convertible.


Consumer Reports® recommends the Porsche 911, based on reliability, safety and performance.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the 911 first among midsize premium sporty cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The GT isn’t in the top three.

The Porsche 911 outsold the Ford GT by over 75 to one during 2018.

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