2020 Ford Shelby GT500 vs. 2020 Dodge Challenger

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Safety

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Both the Shelby GT500 and the Challenger 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, available blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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The Shelby GT500’s 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Challenger runs out after 60,000 miles.

There are over 26 percent more Ford dealers than there are Dodge dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Shelby GT500’s warranty.

Reliability

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For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the Shelby GT500 has an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of some of the engines in the Challenger.

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 Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 7 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 8th.

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 Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 16th in reliability. With 32 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 28th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Dodge vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Ford 3 places higher in reliability than Dodge.

Engine

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The Shelby GT500’s 5.2 supercharged V8 produces 455 more horsepower (760 vs. 305) and 357 lbs.-ft. more torque (625 vs. 268) than the Challenger’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6. The Shelby GT500’s 5.2 supercharged V8 produces 388 more horsepower (760 vs. 372) and 225 lbs.-ft. more torque (625 vs. 400) than the Challenger R/T automatic’s standard 5.7 V8. The Shelby GT500’s 5.2 supercharged V8 produces 385 more horsepower (760 vs. 375) and 215 lbs.-ft. more torque (625 vs. 410) than the Challenger R/T manual’s standard 5.7 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 Challenger 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 Challenger doesn’t offer an SMG.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Shelby GT500

Challenger SXT

Challenger R/T

Challenger Scat Pack

Challenger Hellcat/Redeye

Front Rotors

16.5 inches

12.6 inches

13.6 inches

14.2 inches

15.4 inches

Rear Rotors

14.6 inches

12.6 inches

12.6 inches

13.8 inches

13.8 inches

The Shelby GT500’s brakes have 90% more swept area (the area covered by the brake pads) than the Challenger R/T/GT (973.8 vs. 513 square inches), so the Shelby GT500 has more braking power available. The Shelby GT500’s brakes have 32% more swept area (the area covered by the brake pads) than the Challenger Hellcat/Redeye (973.8 vs. 740 square inches).

The Shelby GT500’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs standard on the Challenger SXT are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Shelby GT500 has larger tires than the Challenger (F:305/30R20 & R:315/30R20 vs. 235/55R18).

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 Challenger SXT’s standard 55 series tires. The Shelby GT500’s tires are lower profile than the Challenger Widebody’s 35 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Shelby GT500 has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the Challenger SXT.

Chassis

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The Shelby GT500 is 7.3 inches shorter than the Challenger, making the Shelby GT500 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

For excellent aerodynamics, the Shelby GT500 has standard flush composite headlights. The Challenger has recessed headlights that spoil its aerodynamic shape and create extra drag.

Cargo Capacity

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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 Challenger’s liftover is 33.2 inches.

Ergonomics

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When three different drivers share the Shelby GT500, the optional memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for all three. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position and outside mirror angle. The Challenger doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Shelby GT500’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Challenger’s parking brake has to released manually.

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 Challenger’s power windows’ switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.

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