2020 Ford Shelby GT500 vs. 2020 Audi R8

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Safety

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The Shelby GT500’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The R8 doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

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 R8 doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Shelby GT500 and the R8 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 and rearview cameras.

The Ford Shelby GT500 weighs 511 to 655 pounds more than the Audi R8. 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 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Audi covers the R8. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the R8 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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The R8’s redline is at 8700 RPM, which causes more engine wear, and a greater chance of a catastrophic engine failure. The Shelby GT500 has a 7500 RPM redline.

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 198 more horsepower (760 vs. 562) and 219 lbs.-ft. more torque (625 vs. 406) than the R8 V10’s standard 5.2 DOHC V10. The Shelby GT500’s 5.2 supercharged V8 produces 158 more horsepower (760 vs. 602) and 212 lbs.-ft. more torque (625 vs. 413) than the R8 V10 Performance/Decennium’s standard 5.2 DOHC V10.

Transmission

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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 R8 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 R8:

Shelby GT500

R8

R8 opt.

Front Rotors

16.5 inches

14.4 inches

15 inches

Rear Rotors

14.6 inches

14 inches

14 inches

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Shelby GT500 has larger tires than the R8 (F:305/30R20 & R:315/30R20 vs. F:245/35R19 & R:295/35R19). The Shelby GT500’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the R8 (F:305/30R20 & R:315/30R20 vs. F:245/30R20 & 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 R8’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 R8.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Shelby GT500’s wheelbase is 2.7 inches longer than on the R8 (107 inches vs. 104.3 inches).

Passenger Space

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The Shelby GT500 has standard seating for 4 passengers; the R8 can only carry 2.

The Shelby GT500 has 32.6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the R8 (82.6 vs. 50).

The Shelby GT500 has 3.6 inches more front legroom and 1.2 inches more front shoulder room than the R8.

Cargo Capacity

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The Shelby GT500 has a much larger trunk than the R8 Coupe (13.5 vs. 4 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 R8 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

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 R8 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Shelby GT500’s sun-visors swivel front-to-side to block glare from the side windows. The R8’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 R8 doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

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