2021 Jaguar F-Type vs. 2020 Ford Shelby GT500

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The F-Type has standard Autonomous Emergency Braking, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Shelby GT500 doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

The F-Type offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Shelby GT500 doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

The F-Type’s lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The Shelby GT500 doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The F-Type’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Shelby GT500 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the F-Type and the Shelby GT500 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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The F-Type comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Shelby GT500’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

The F-Type’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Shelby GT500’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Jaguar pays for scheduled maintenance on the F-Type for 5 years and 60,000 miles. Jaguar will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Ford doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Shelby GT500.

Engine

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As tested in Motor Trend the F-Type R is faster than the Ford Shelby GT500:

F-Type

Shelby GT500

Zero to 60 MPH

3.3 sec

3.7 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the F-Type gets better fuel mileage than the GT350:

MPG

F-Type

RWD

P300 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

23 city/30 hwy

AWD

P380 3.0 supercharged V6

18 city/26 hwy

R 5.0 supercharged V8

16 city/24 hwy

Shelby GT350

RWD

5.2 DOHC V8

14 city/21 hwy

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the F-Type’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Shelby GT500 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The F-Type V6/V8’s standard fuel tank has 2.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Shelby GT500 (18.5 vs. 16 gallons).

Transmission and Drivetrain

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An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Jaguar F-Type, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the Shelby GT500.

All wheel drive, available in the F-Type, provides the best traction for acceleration in wet, dry, and icy conditions. In corners, all wheel drive allows both outside wheels to provide power, balancing the car. This allows for better handling. The Ford Shelby GT500 is not available with all wheel drive.

Brakes and Stopping

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The F-Type offers optional heat-treated ceramic brake rotors, which last ten to twenty times as long as conventional cast iron rotors, don’t rust, don’t fade during repeated high speed braking, and their lighter weight contribute to better braking, handling and acceleration. The Shelby GT500 doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

The F-Type stops shorter than the Shelby GT500:

F-Type

Shelby GT500

70 to 0 MPH

137 feet

142 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

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The F-Type offers an optional space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the Shelby GT500; it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

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The F-Type’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Shelby GT500 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the F-Type is 1.2 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Shelby GT500.

The F-Type’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (54.5% to 45.5%) than the Shelby GT500’s (56.6% to 43.4%). This gives the F-Type more stable handling and braking.

For better maneuverability, the F-Type’s turning circle is 8.9 feet tighter than the Shelby GT500’s (34.9 feet vs. 43.8 feet). The F-Type AWD’s turning circle is 7.1 feet tighter than the Shelby GT500 Track Package’s (37 feet vs. 44.1 feet).

Chassis

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The Jaguar F-Type may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 to 700 pounds less than the Ford Shelby GT500.

The F-Type is 1 foot, 2.2 inches shorter than the Shelby GT500, making the F-Type easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the F-Type R-Dynamic Coupe is quieter than the Shelby GT500:

F-Type

Shelby GT500

At idle

45 dB

61 dB

Full-Throttle

85 dB

94 dB

70 MPH Cruising

74 dB

74 dB

Cargo Capacity

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The F-Type Coupe has a larger trunk than the Shelby GT500 (14.4 vs. 13.5 cubic feet).

With its convertible body style and remote trunk release lockout, the F-Type offers cargo security. The Shelby GT500’s non-lockable folding seat and non-lockable remote release defeat cargo security.

Ergonomics

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Unlike the driver-only memory seat and mirrors optional at extra cost in the Shelby GT500, the F-Type has standard driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The F-Type’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Shelby GT500 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The F-Type’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Shelby GT500’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The F-Type has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Shelby GT500 doesn’t offer headlight washers.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the F-Type detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Shelby GT500 doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

The F-Type’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Ford charges extra for heated mirrors on the Shelby GT500.

When the F-Type is put in reverse, the passenger rearview mirror tilts from its original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirror into its original position. The Shelby GT500’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

The F-Type’s standard rear and side view mirrors have an automatic dimming feature. These mirrors can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Shelby GT500 has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

On extremely cold winter days, the F-Type’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Shelby GT500 doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The F-Type’s optional Park Assist can parallel park by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Shelby GT500 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Model Availability

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The Jaguar F-Type comes in coupe and convertible bodystyles; the Ford Shelby GT500 isn’t available as a convertible.

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The F-Type was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2014. The Shelby GT500 has never been an “All Star.”

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