2020 Ford Shelby GT500 vs. 2020 Jaguar F-Type

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Safety

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Both the Shelby GT500 and the F-Type 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, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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There are over 18 times as many Ford dealers as there are Jaguar 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 Jaguar vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 40 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jaguar is ranked 31st, 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 Jaguar vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 16th in reliability. With 22 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jaguar is ranked 25th.

Engine

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The Shelby GT500’s 5.2 supercharged V8 produces 464 more horsepower (760 vs. 296) and 330 lbs.-ft. more torque (625 vs. 295) than the F-Type P300’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder. The Shelby GT500’s 5.2 supercharged V8 produces 420 more horsepower (760 vs. 340) and 293 lbs.-ft. more torque (625 vs. 332) than the F-Type P340’s standard 3.0 supercharged V6. The Shelby GT500’s 5.2 supercharged V8 produces 380 more horsepower (760 vs. 380) and 286 lbs.-ft. more torque (625 vs. 339) than the F-Type P380’s standard 3.0 supercharged V6. The Shelby GT500’s 5.2 supercharged V8 produces 185 more horsepower (760 vs. 575) and 109 lbs.-ft. more torque (625 vs. 516) than the F-Type SVR’s standard 5.0 supercharged 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 F-Type 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 F-Type 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 brake rotors are larger than those on the F-Type:

Shelby GT500

F-Type

F-Type R-Dynamic

F-Type R/SVR

F-Type opt.

Front Rotors

16.5 inches

14 inches

15 inches

15 inches

15.7 inches

Rear Rotors

14.6 inches

12.8 inches

12.8 inches

14.8 inches

15 inches

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Shelby GT500 has larger tires than the F-Type (F:305/30R20 & R:315/30R20 vs. F:245/45R18 & R:275/40R18). The Shelby GT500’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the F-Type (F:305/30R20 & R:315/30R20 vs. F:265/35R20 & 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 F-Type’s standard 45 series front and 40 series rear tires. The Shelby GT500’s tires are lower profile than the F-Type’s optional 35 series front tires.

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

Suspension and Handling

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The Shelby GT500 has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The F-Type’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Shelby GT500’s wheelbase is 3.8 inches longer than on the F-Type (107 inches vs. 103.2 inches).

Passenger Space

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

The Shelby GT500 has .6 inches more front headroom and 1.5 inches more front legroom than the F-Type.

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 F-Type’s liftover is 33.3 inches.

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 F-Type doesn’t offer extendable visors.

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

The Shelby GT500 has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning costs extra on the F-Type.

With standard voice command, the Shelby GT500 offers the driver hands free control of the radio, climate controls and the navigation computer by simply speaking. The F-Type doesn’t offer a voice control system.

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