2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 vs 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S (Motor Trend)
Which is the Better All-Around Sports Car?
For as long as there's been a Ford Mustang, there's been a Porsche 911. From nearly the moment the two sports cars were introduced — both in 1964 — enterprising car enthusiasts have been turning the Mustang and 911 into road racers and rally cars. Perhaps none was more famous than Carroll Shelby's Mustangs or Porsche's early rally-winning 911s.
Fifty-five years later, the successors to the first-generation Mustang and 911 are flying their performance flags strong. As of this summer, no versions better represent the iconic originals than the 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 and the 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S.
The Shelby GT350 and 911 Carrera S might seem like they appeal to wildly different buyers, but for those who truly love to drive, both have lots to offer.
The Mustang Shelby is the car we're more familiar with of the two. The latest iteration of the S550 Mustang, the updated-for-2019 Shelby GT350 sports grippier performance tires, stiffer springs and shocks to take advantage of the newfound grip, revised Brembo brakes, and improved aerodynamics employing lessons learned from the coming 760-hp 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500. The Shelby's tailor-made flat-plane-crank (read: high-revving) 5.2-liter V-8 is unchanged, thankfully; it still makes a healthy 526 hp and 429 lb-ft of torque and comes paired to a six-speed manual transmission.