By   February 26, 2018

2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS and 2019 Ferrari 488 Pista

2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS and 2019 Ferrari 488 Pista

Just last week Ferrari revealed the Ferrari 488 Pista and Porsche unveiled the new Porsche 911 GT3 RS. These track oriented machines boast extremely good performance figures that rival each other.

For these two machines the Italian sports car maker gains the advantage. The 488 Pista can spring from 0-60 mph in 2.85 seconds for the Ferrari, where the 911 GT3 RS takes 3.0 seconds to reach the same mark. Top speed also goes to the Italian as the German car can only hit 193 mph, but the Italian can go all the way up to 211 mph.

Porsche and Ferrari may be two very different companies, but each have made some of the fastest cars you can buy. Let’s take a look at some of the cars that were the fastest available for each marquee.

Ferrari 488 Pista versus Porsche 911 GT2 RS

The Ferrari 488 Pista May be faster than the Porsche 911 GT3 RS, but perhaps that is not a fair comparison. Pricing for the Pista has not yet been released, but since the standard 488 GTB starts at $245,000, the 488 Pista will likely start at around $300,000. As the naturally aspirated 911 GT3 RS starts at a comparatively low $187,500, it is geared toward a slightly different market.

The Pista uses a twin-turbocharged 3.9-liter V8 pumping out 710 horsepower, so a turbocharged 911 is a better comparison. With a starting price of $293,200, the track focused Porsche 911 GT2 RS costs about the same as the Pista is likely to cost. The GT2 RS gets a twin-turbocharged flat-six engine that produces 700 horsepower. The 911 GT2 RS can launch from 0-60 mph in just 2.7 seconds, which is better than the Ferrari. Top speed is identical based on what we know at this time. On paper the Porsche has a slight advantage, but they would be extremely close on the track.

Advantage: Porsche 911 GT2 RS

Ferrari Enzo versus Porsche Carrera GT

In the early 2000’s the Porsche Carrera GT and Ferrari Enzo where two of the most extreme supercars money could buy. The Enzo started at $650,000 (which sounds like a bargain when you see prices today) versus the comparatively low priced Carrera GT that starts at $440,000. From 0-60 mph in testing they are equal with multiple publications managing 3.5 seconds times for both cars. However flat out (and with enough runway) the Ferrari can hit 218 mph versus 208 mph for the Porsche giving it a slight edge (although you can debate if a slightly higher top speed is worth 200,000).

Advantage: Ferrari Enzo

Ferrari F40 versus Porsche 959

At one time the Porsche 959 was the fastest car in the world. This forced Ferrari to answer with the F40. In the late 80’s the Ferrari F40 could rocket from 0-60 mph in just 3.8 seconds. The 959 was capable of a slightly better time of 3.7 seconds. So, the Porsche 959 was capable of a slightly better 0-60 mph time. The 959 flat out could hit 197 mph, to which Ferrari said, “we can do a bit better than that”. The F40 was able to hit a top speed of 201 mph. With Porsche getting the advantage from 0-60 mph, but Ferrari getting the best to reach the top speed it is a toss up.

Advantage: Tie

Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Dayton vs Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7

Back in 1973 the Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona and the Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 where two of the best cars available. The Daytona offered a V12 pumping out 220 horsepower. The 911 Carrera RS 2.7 managed 210 horses from its 2.7-liter flat-six. Because the weight of the 911 is so much less than the Ferrari, it can launch from 0-60 mph in just 5.6 seconds versus 7.2 seconds for the 365 GTB/4 Daytona. While the Porsche kills the Ferrari from 0-60 mph, the Daytona will end up passing the 911 (eventually) with its top speed of 174 mph, versus 152 mph for the Carrera RS 2.7.

Advantage: Tie

Ferrari 121 LM Spider versus Porsche 550 Spyder

Back in 1955 the Ferrari 121 LM Spider and Porsche 550 Spyder were two of the best competition machines in the world. From 0-60 mph the 121 LM Spider takes just 4.8 seconds. The 550 Spyder pumped out just 110 horsepower, but it only weighs about as much as a postage stamp. The 550’s 0-60 mph time comes in 7 seconds flat. Flat out the small Porsche can hit a top speed of 140 mph versus 170 mph for the 121. Both are incredible machines, but the Ferrari as much faster. Having said that, the Porsche is much more dependable.

Advantage: Ferrari 121 LM Spider

Who is Faster, Ferrari or Porsche

Overall both Porsche and Ferrari offer cars that are competitive in high speed. Ferrari has a slight advantage in the top speed area, but many times Porsche is quicker to 60 mph. Historically, the German car tends to be more dependable and cost less to maintain than the Italian car. Having said this, the Ferrari is a more exclusive brand, with Porsche having a history of creating somewhat affordable cars.

Which marquee you purchase is partly about how much cash you have and how big a status symbol you want. In general a Ferrari shows you made it more than a Porsche, but the wiser purchase for someone looking to drive their car on a regular basis is a Porsche and not a Ferrari.

Which would you prefer to have in your garage? Scroll down to the comments and let us know.


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