2020 Ford Shelby GT500 vs. 2020 BMW M8

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Safety

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Both the Shelby GT500 and the M8 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 BMW covers the M8. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the M8 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 9 times as many Ford dealers as there are BMW 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 BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 19 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 20th, below the industry average.

Engine

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The Shelby GT500’s 5.2 supercharged V8 produces 160 more horsepower (760 vs. 600) and 72 lbs.-ft. more torque (625 vs. 553) than the M8’s standard 4.4 turbo V8. The Shelby GT500’s 5.2 supercharged V8 produces 143 more horsepower (760 vs. 617) and 72 lbs.-ft. more torque (625 vs. 553) than the M8 Competition’s standard 4.4 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 M8 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 M8 doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Shelby GT500’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the M8:

Shelby GT500

M8

M8 opt.

Front Rotors

16.5 inches

15.6 inches

15.7 inches

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Shelby GT500 has larger tires than the M8 (F:305/30R20 & R:315/30R20 vs. F:275/35R20 & R:285/35R20).

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 M8’s standard 35 series tires.

Passenger Space

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The Shelby GT500 has 2.4 inches more front legroom, 1.2 inches more rear headroom and 5 inches more rear shoulder room than the M8 Coupe.

Ergonomics

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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 M8 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

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