Poll: Porsche 911 Carrera or Ford Mustang Shelby GT350?

Poll: Porsche 911 Carrera or Ford Mustang Shelby GT350?

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.

  • F M

    Since every single Porsche and Mustang GT350 will be sold by their respective manufacturers, I’m not sure what this is supposed to prove.

  • smartacus

    one is top of the line, the other is entry level but higher than most others’ top of the line

  • Kerem

    I think the real question should be how these cars will rate 5 years down the line… Which one will hold its value? Which one will be more reliable in due course. Which one will turn heads in 5 years… And mıst importantly, which car is more often in dreams of people. I say 911 all the way forever, eventhough I love Mustangs to death

  • James Ostmann

    I’ll take the Mustang. Too bad Steve McQueen is not around to drive it!

  • Steve Evans

    Shelby Badged Mustangs hold incredibly high resale values. And we should be talking about the R Version of the Shelby versus the most basic stripped down Porsche to get a true idea of the value equation here. Not even close when you line them up that way. But I do still love a Porsche!

  • bloggin

    These are two different cars. Owning a Porsche is not only about how much power it has, but the pleasure of driving a Porsche. The Porsche 911 is a premium sports car, inside and out. Mustang is beautiful, powerful, fast with great driving dynamics, but it is not the premium sports car that the Porsche is.

    I think next gen Mustang with new platform will get it closer, but the fact that it also has to reach the $25k consumer…..Mustang can only reach so far.

    However, a next gen platform premium/luxury Lincoln coupe and convertible with the driving dynamics and power of the Mustang should have Porsche and Audi concerned.

  • nauticalone

    Agree completely!

  • Christine Burd

    I’ll take a Porsche. It says money.

  • Chris Daigle

    These cars are natural enemies. They are close competition on the Continental Tire Sport Car Challenge IMSA race series. The GT350R-C is probably more closely matched with the 997 Carrera S, since those are the cars racing in the IMSA series.

  • Rochester

    One is a classy driver’s car, the other is a Mustang.

    How is this even a reasonable question?

  • Nick H

    I own both the GT350 and the 911 – both epic – you probably drive a Miata, stop commenting.

  • Nick H

    Both fantastic cars, if you’re in the market do yourself a favor and purchase both of them.

  • Nick H

    The 997 Carrera S is no match for the new Shelby GT350. You would need a 2017 Carrera S or a 991 GT3 to really keep up.

  • Nick H

    Unless it says GT3 on the back the 911 tanks in value (mainly due to the high price of options) but the good thing about the 911 is they generally don’t ever fall much below 25.000 USD and most obviously sell for much more (even the bastard step child 996). The Shelby GT350 on the other hand is selling for well over MSRP both new and used. That market is so strong I don’t see value falling much at all ever – especially if 2017 is the last production year as rumored.

  • Adrian Galambosi

    I traded my 07 997 for a grabber blue gt 350. I’m from Europe and in my entire life I was a 911 fan. I cannot believe I’m saying it, but after I have owned the mustang for over only a week I have to say it is a more capable in every way!! Brakes, handling, power, dynamics…. and I’m a Porsche guy… if you told me 5 year ago I will ever trade a 911 for a mustang I would say there is no way I’ll do that. Times are changing fast in the auto industry…

  • mikecuz

    are you the guy that just wrote it off racing a porsche over the ouse bridge ?