2020 Ford Shelby GT500 vs. 2020 Acura NSX

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Safety

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To help make backing safer, the Shelby GT500’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The NSX doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Shelby GT500 and the NSX have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver 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 and available blind spot warning systems.

Warranty

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There are over 11 times as many Ford dealers as there are Acura 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 Acura vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 27 more problems per 100 vehicles, Acura is ranked 24th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Acura vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 16th in reliability. With 25 more problems per 100 vehicles, Acura is ranked 26th.

Engine

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The Shelby GT500’s 5.2 supercharged V8 produces 187 more horsepower (760 vs. 573) and 149 lbs.-ft. more torque (625 vs. 476) than the NSX’s 3.5 turbo V6 hybrid.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Shelby GT500

NSX

NSX opt.

Front Rotors

16.5 inches

14.5 inches

15 inches

Rear Rotors

14.6 inches

14.2 inches

14.2 inches

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Shelby GT500 has larger tires than the NSX (F:305/30R20 & R:315/30R20 vs. F:245/35R19 & R:305/30R20).

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 NSX’s standard 35 series front tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Shelby GT500 has standard 20-inch wheels. Only 19-inch front wheels are available on the NSX.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Shelby GT500’s wheelbase is 3.5 inches longer than on the NSX (107 inches vs. 103.5 inches).

Passenger Space

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The Shelby GT500 has standard seating for 4 passengers; the NSX can only carry 2.

The Shelby GT500 has 38.6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the NSX (82.6 vs. 44).

The Shelby GT500 has 1.7 inches more front legroom and .4 inches more front hip room than the NSX.

Cargo Capacity

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The Shelby GT500 has a much larger trunk than the NSX (13.5 vs. 3.9 cubic feet).

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the Shelby GT500 easier. The Shelby GT500’s trunk lift-over height is 30 inches, while the NSX’s liftover is 35.2 inches.

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 NSX doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

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 NSX’s power window switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Shelby GT500 has standard extendable sun visors. The NSX doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Shelby GT500’s sun-visors swivel front-to-side to block glare from the side windows. The NSX’s visors are fixed into the windshield header.

Standard air-conditioned seats in the Shelby GT500 keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The NSX doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

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