2020 Ford Shelby GT500 vs. 2019 Audi RS 5

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Safety

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Both the Shelby GT500 and the RS 5 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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Ford’s powertrain warranty covers the Shelby GT500 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Audi covers the RS 5. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the RS 5 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 10 times as many Ford dealers as there are Audi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Shelby GT500’s warranty.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 23 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 22nd, below the industry average.

Engine

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The Shelby GT500’s 5.2 supercharged V8 produces 316 more horsepower (760 vs. 444) and 182 lbs.-ft. more torque (625 vs. 443) than the RS 5’s 2.9 turbo V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Shelby GT500 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 RS 5 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

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The Shelby GT500 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 RS 5 doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

The Shelby GT500’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The RS 5 doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Shelby GT500’s brake rotors are larger than those on the RS 5:

Shelby GT500

RS 5

RS 5 opt.

Front Rotors

16.5 inches

14.8 inches

15.7 inches

Rear Rotors

14.6 inches

13 inches

13 inches

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Shelby GT500 has larger tires than the RS 5 (F:305/30R20 & R:315/30R20 vs. 265/35R19). The Shelby GT500’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the RS 5 (F:305/30R20 & R:315/30R20 vs. 275/30R20).

The Shelby GT500’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 30 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the RS 5’s standard 35 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Shelby GT500 has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 19-inch wheels are standard on the RS 5.

Suspension and Handling

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For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Shelby GT500 is .4 inches wider in the front and 1.1 inches wider in the rear than on the RS 5.

Passenger Space

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The Shelby GT500 has 3.2 inches more front legroom and 1.2 inches more front shoulder room than the RS 5.

Cargo Capacity

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The Shelby GT500 has a much larger trunk than the RS 5 (13.5 vs. 11.6 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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The Shelby GT500 has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The RS 5 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

On a hot day the Shelby GT500’s driver can lower all the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the RS 5 can’t use the remote to operate the windows.

The Shelby GT500’s power window, power lock, power mirror and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The RS 5’s cruise control switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

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