2020 Ford Shelby GT500 vs. 2020 Aston Martin Vantage

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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 Vantage doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The Shelby GT500 has standard 911 Assist, 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 Vantage 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 Shelby GT500 and the Vantage have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and available blind spot warning systems.

The Ford Shelby GT500 weighs 445 to 654 pounds more than the Aston Martin Vantage. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty

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Ford’s powertrain warranty covers the Shelby GT500 2 years longer than Aston Martin covers the Vantage. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the Vantage ends after only 3 years.

There are over 86 times as many Ford dealers as there are Aston Martin dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Shelby GT500’s warranty.

Engine

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The Shelby GT500’s 5.2 supercharged V8 produces 257 more horsepower (760 vs. 503) and 164 lbs.-ft. more torque (625 vs. 461) than the Vantage AMR’s standard 4.0 turbo V8. The Shelby GT500’s 5.2 supercharged V8 produces 257 more horsepower (760 vs. 503) and 120 lbs.-ft. more torque (625 vs. 505) than the Vantage’s standard 4.0 turbo V8.

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 Vantage 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 Vantage doesn’t offer an SMG.

To facilitate fast shifting and allow the driver to focus on the road, the Shelby GT500 has a standard up-shift light to indicate when the engine is approaching redline. The Vantage doesn’t offer an up-shift light.

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 Vantage 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 Vantage:

Shelby GT500

Vantage

Vantage opt.

Front Rotors

16.5 inches

15.7 inches

16.1 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 Vantage (F:305/30R20 & R:315/30R20 vs. F:255/40R20 & R:295/35R20).

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

Passenger Space

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

The Shelby GT500 has 35.6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Vantage (82.6 vs. 47).

The Shelby GT500 has 1.4 inches more front headroom, 2.2 inches more front legroom and 3.3 inches more front shoulder room than the Vantage.

Cargo Capacity

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The Shelby GT500 has a much larger trunk than the Vantage Coupe (13.5 vs. 12.2 cubic feet).

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the Shelby GT500. The Vantage doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

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 Vantage doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Shelby GT500’s front power windows open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Vantage’s power windows’ switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.

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 Vantage doesn’t offer extendable visors.

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

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