Porsche builds some fine automobiles, it’s no secret, but there’s a new kid on the block that just might give their hallowed 911 a run for its money.
We’re talking of course about the Shelby GT350, which features a screaming V8 engine with a flat-plane crankshaft. Can a high-winding engine make a simple Mustang compete with what is perhaps the world’s greatest sports car? You tell us!
The entry-level 911 Carrera features a turbocharged 3.0-liter boxer six that puts out 370 horsepower and 331 lb-ft of torque. It can be paired with either a seven-speed manual gearbox or a dual-clutch automatic, both of which have seven speeds.
Differing like chalk and cheese, the Ford in this comparison is hauled around by a naturally aspirated V8, one displacing a husky 5.2 liters, oh yeah, and it’s mounted up front, unlike the Porsche’s engine. Power output is incredible, measuring 526 hp with 429 lb-ft of peak torque. A Tremec TR-3160 six-speed manual is the sole transmission available in this car.
The Mustang has more power and torque but offers a less advanced transmission. Also, the Ford is significantly heavier, weighing some 3,760 pounds compared to the featherweight 911, which tips the scales at just 3,153 lb in base trim.
However, the Shelby does have one big advantage: pricing. The cheapest 911 Carrera starts around $90,000, which is A LOT of money. In comparison, the GT350 kicks off at about 56 grand, dealer price-gouging not included.
So, which of these sporting machines would YOU rather own? If you still need more information to make up your mind, you can compare them here, but if you’re good to go, please vote in our poll down below.