Porsche and Ferrari are both names which are synonymous with luxury, prestige, and ultimate performance. This legacy continues with the 2018 Ferrari 488 GTB and the Porsche 911 Carrera 4, two vehicles which are evenly matched in many areas. But which one should you purchase?
Design & Style
Both cars have an exterior which is similar, yet different from their predecessors. The Porsche 911 Carrera is curvier than the Ferrari, which by comparison has edges which are sharper and more extended. Each vehicle is sleek and pays homage to its predecessors without borrowing from them too much, which is a sign of superb design.
Technology & Safety
Both vehicles are equal in fuel economy, but the Porsche 911 has superior infotainment. The driving experience of both has been described as being equally outstanding by those fortunate enough to test drive them, and each uses rack pinion steering. The Porsche 911 however is safer, as it offers more seat belts and airbags than the Ferrari and seats twice as many passengers. While seating capacity isn’t of great importance in vehicles of this class (they were designed for performance), those who opt for the Porsche will be able to transport more friends and family members.
This is where the Ferrari 488 GTB really shines. Its ratio of power to weight is higher than the Porsche 911, and while it takes the Porsche 4.5 seconds to go from zero to one hundred kilometers an hour, the Ferrari can do the same in 3 seconds, which is a huge difference. In terms of top speed, the Ferrari also outperforms the Porsche, at 205 miles per hour versus 181. The Ferrari does weigh a bit less however, at 3,252 pounds versus only 3,263 pounds for the Porsche 911 Carrera. Both vehicles offer stability as well as traction control, with the Porsche utilizing a Macpherson strut which is independent for its front suspension while the Ferrari uses a double wishbone independent suspension.
The Bottom Line
Although the 2018 Ferrari 488 GTB substantially outperforms the Porsche 911 Carrera 4, it comes with a much higher price tag, one that is almost three times the cost. While the Porsche can be purchased for about $110,000, the Ferrari costs a spectacular $300,000, over a quarter of a million dollars. Despite this, it did not win the Best Sports Car Award for over $100,000 in 2018 (that reward went to the Porsche 911), and this is because the Porsche offers the best mixture of performance, price and seating capacity. The Ferrari 488 is clearly designed with racing competition in mind, but how many will actually use it in that capacity? Therefore, the Porsche is the better, more affordable deal.
Ready to Schedule a Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Test Drive Today?
If you are interested in experiencing the luxury package that the 2018 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 offers, you can test drive this stellar car with us at Porsche of Princeton. We are located in Princeton New Jersey and proudly serve car buyers in the Tri-State area. Drop by our showroom today or simply call us in advance to book a Porsche 911 Carrera 4 test drive appointment.
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