If one can find fault with a plurality of automotive comparison tests today, it’s that they often treat price as a non-issue. “If money is no object, then the car costing $80k more is the victor, hands down,” they frequently tend to say. The only problem is: money is an object. Comparing apples to oranges is useful for the reason that both are fruit, and some consumers simply want to know which fruit is best. But if the price for a pound of oranges were to skyrocket beyond what the average fruit consumer could afford, the comparison would hold no relevance for the bulk of the public.
It’s with that context that we must approach the result of Business Insider‘s recent comparison between the refreshed, 2018 Ford Mustang GT and the 2017 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS. The latter, with a base price of around $120,000, is reserved for only the most well-heeled consumers. The former, which starts at about $35,000, can’t really hope to compete on objective terms; it can only hope to be a far better value proposition.
And according to Business Insider, it is.
“For about $80,000 less, you get 460 horsepower, two doors, four seats, and the kind of driving pleasure that Porsche has always boasted about,” writes Matthew DeBord about the 2018 Ford Mustang GT. “I’ve come to adore that Mustang, ever since the 2015 car hit. The 2018 edition is basically my go-to performance machine at this juncture. And best of all, it’s crazy affordable.”
He concludes: “On paper, the GTS wins every time. On the road, and when peering into your wallet, the Mustang is a fighter.”
Having driven the 2018 Ford Mustang GT for ourselves, we have to agree. The refreshed pony car’s new, dual-injected Coyote V8 produces 10 more horsepower than the 911 GTS’s twin-turbo flat-six, emanates a breathtaking exhaust note, and doesn’t occupy a completely wrong position in the car. Plus, for the money, the car delivers one of the most engaging, pleasurable driving experiences you can get today.
Click here for Business Insider‘s full Mustang-v.-Porsche comparison.