A legendary track for these waiting-to-become legendary cars

This is a duel between the conspicuous and the subtle. The raw and the precise. The Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 and the Porsche 911. They’re both rear-wheel-driven automotive icons and they serve the same purpose, but with a totally different set of tools in their bags.

The new Porsche (992) 911 has got a 3.0-liter, twin-turbo flat-six powerplant while the Shelby GT350 packs a V-8. So, how do they fare against each other in a hot lap track battle? The answer comes courtesy of MotorTrend.

The question is, can the Shelby handle the 911 on a circuit?

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In all fairness, the 2019 Mustang Shelby GT350 is not the car you want to sneeze at. Ford learned a lot of past lessons and applied that knowledge while it developed the GT350, so it’s no surprise that what resulted is an out-and-out muscle car.

Don’t believe us? Maybe you’ll believe the 5.2-liter, flat-plane crank V-8 that produces no less than 526 horsepower and 429 pound-feet of torque on 93-octane fuel and helps the GT350 sprint from naught to 60 mph in four seconds. Oh, and it also redlines at 8,250 rpm, making it the highest-revving production V-8 to ever come out of a Ford factory.

Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 Battles Porsche 911 at Laguna Seca
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The Shelby also sits on Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 rubber, 19-inch carbon fiber wheels, and comes with a Tremec six-speed manual as well as Ford’s MagneRide dampers.

Don’t underestimate the German sports car, though.

The new 911 has a very heavy burden to carry if it wants to be recognized as a pure 911, and so far it has shown its worthiness.
Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 Battles Porsche 911 at Laguna Seca
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In Carrera S trim, the Neunelfer churns out 443 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque and yes, it’s 83 horsepower and 39 pound-feet of torque behind the Shelby GT350, but the fast-shifting PDK dual-clutch transmission is one serious ace up its sleeve. Just have a look at the 0-60 mph sprint time: it’s just 3 seconds flat, one click quicker than the Shelby. The lower weight is bound to help, too, so despite the opposite souls of these two cars, they should, in theory, offer similar levels of performance on the track.

Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 Battles Porsche 911 at Laguna Seca
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That said, do head below to check out the full video. Care to lay some bets, too, gentlemen, while you’re at it?

Tudor Rus
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Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read More
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