The Ford GT is back. It had a great run in the 1960s at Le Mans, but is it really the omnipotent solution to life in the slow lane? We'll admit, it is one solid machine, but we believe your money is better invested in a 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT S. Granted, the price of the Ford GT will nearly quadruple the GT S, but that is only because the Ford GT will be limited to only 1000 production units total. This is obviously a big factor in this 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT S vs 2016 Ford GT comparison, but if you are like us, the driving experience is what really matters.
We must admit that on paper, the Ford GT wins just about every comparison. It has more horsepower, weighs a little bit less, and accelerates a little bit faster. That being said, is it too much? The 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT S was voted as Motor Trend's Best Driver's Car of 2015, setting the standard for this year. Granted, the Ford GT wasn't available when this vote took place, but there is a reason the Mercedes-AMG GT S went down in horsepower from the 2015 Mercedes-AMG SLS. Too much power can be a big problem, especially for the every day driver.
Here is the biggest distinction between the two: one is a race car and one is a passenger car. They are both street legal and they both can tear up any track you can throw at it, but the GT S is a lot more forgiving behind the wheel and a lot smarter on the highway. The Ford GT is faster, sure, but the AMG GT S is just as fast to the untrained driver and it provides a lot more comfort inside the car, complete with DYNAMIC SELECT driving modes. To conclude, the 2016 Ford GT is faster in every way, but it is almost irrelevant because the average driver will not be able to push the Ford GT, or the GT S for that matter, to its full potential, so why not save yourself $300,000? Of course, the Ford GT is an instant collectors item, but if you're going to be driving at all, test drive a GT S before you do anything else.