Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2017 Jaguar F-TYPE VS 2017 Ford Shelby Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2017 Jaguar F-TYPE

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2017 Ford Shelby

Safety Comparison

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The F-Type offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Shelby GT350 doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

The Jaguar F-Type has Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The Shelby GT350 doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.

The F-Type offers optional Parking Aid to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or in front of their vehicle. The Shelby GT350 doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

To help make backing safer, the F-Type’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Shelby GT350 doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the F-Type and the Shelby GT350 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 and available blind spot warning systems.

Warranty Comparison

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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 GT350’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 GT350’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 GT350.

Reliability Comparison

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The Shelby GT350’s redline is at 8250 RPM, which causes more engine wear, and a greater chance of a catastrophic engine failure. The F-Type has a 6600 to 6800 RPM redline.

The battery on the F-Type is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures which can degrade battery life. By keeping the F-Type’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The Shelby GT350’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

Engine Comparison

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The F-Type R’s standard 5.0 supercharged V8 produces 24 more horsepower (550 vs. 526) and 73 lbs.-ft. more torque (502 vs. 429) than the Shelby GT350’s 5.2 DOHC V8. The F-Type SVR’s standard 5.0 supercharged V8 produces 49 more horsepower (575 vs. 526) and 87 lbs.-ft. more torque (516 vs. 429) than the Shelby GT350’s 5.2 DOHC V8.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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

 

 

F-Type

Shelby GT350

 

RWD

Base/Manual

16 city/24 hwy

n/a

 

 

S/Manual

15 city/24 hwy

14 city/21 hwy

V8/Manual

 

Base/Auto

20 city/28 hwy

n/a

 

 

S/Auto

19 city/27 hwy

n/a

 

AWD

S/Auto

18 city/26 hwy

n/a

 

 

R/Auto

15 city/23 hwy

n/a

 

 

SVR/Auto

15 city/23 hwy

n/a

 

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 GT350 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The F-Type’s standard fuel tank has 2.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Shelby GT350 (18.5 vs. 16 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the F-Type’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Shelby GT350:

 

F-Type

Shelby GT350

Front Rotors

15.7 inches

15.5 inches

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 GT350 doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

The F-Type stops much shorter than the Shelby GT350:

 

F-Type

Shelby GT350

 

70 to 0 MPH

137 feet

171 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better ride, handling and brake cooling the F-Type offers optional 20-inch wheels. The Shelby GT350’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

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 GT350, it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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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 GT350 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better maneuverability, the F-Type’s turning circle is 5.4 feet tighter than the Shelby GT350’s (35 feet vs. 40.4 feet).

Chassis Comparison

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The Jaguar F-Type may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 200 pounds less than the Ford Shelby GT350.

The F-Type is 1 foot shorter than the Shelby GT350, 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 Coupe is quieter than the Shelby GT350 Coupe:

 

F-Type

Shelby GT350

At idle

47 dB

54 dB

Full-Throttle

83 dB

90 dB

70 MPH Cruising

72 dB

73 dB

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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With its convertible body style and remote trunk release lockout, the F-Type offers cargo security. The Shelby GT350’s non-lockable folding seat and non-lockable remote release defeat cargo security.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults or children, the F-Type Coupe offers an optional power trunk, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button. The Shelby GT350 doesn’t offer a power trunk.

Ergonomics Comparison

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The F-Type Auto has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Shelby GT350 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

When three different drivers share the F-Type, the optional memory system makes it convenient for all three. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver and front passenger’s seat positions, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle. The Shelby GT350 doesn’t offer a memory system.

The F-Type’s optional easy entry system raises the steering wheel when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Shelby GT350 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The F-Type has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Shelby GT350 doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

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 GT350’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 GT350 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 GT350 doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the F-Type offers optional cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Shelby GT350 doesn’t offer cornering lights. The F-Type also offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

The F-Type’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. The Shelby GT350 doesn’t offer heated side mirrors.

When the F-Type with available tilt-down mirrors 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 GT350’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

The F-Type offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Shelby GT350 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 GT350 doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

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