Poll: Porsche 911 Carrera or Ford Mustang Shelby GT350?

Craig Cole
by Craig Cole

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.

Craig Cole
Craig Cole

Born and raised in metro Detroit, Craig was steeped in mechanics from childhood. He feels as much at home with a wrench or welding gun in his hand as he does behind the wheel or in front of a camera. Putting his Bachelor's Degree in Journalism to good use, he's always pumping out videos, reviews, and features for AutoGuide.com. When the workday is over, he can be found out driving his fully restored 1936 Ford V8 sedan. Craig has covered the automotive industry full time for more than 10 years and is a member of the Automotive Press Association (APA) and Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA).

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  • Adrian Galambosi Adrian Galambosi on Apr 13, 2017

    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 Mikecuz on Apr 30, 2017

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