2019 Jaguar F-Type vs. 2019 Lexus RC

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the F-Type and the RC have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, blind spot warning systems, front parking sensors, rear cross-path warning and driver alert monitors.

Warranty

The F-Type comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The RC’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.

Jaguar pays for scheduled maintenance on the F-Type for 5 years and 60,000 miles. Jaguar will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Lexus only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the RC.

Reliability

A hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs, drives the camshafts in the F-Type’s engine. A rubber cam drive belt that needs periodic replacement drives the RC’s camshafts. If the RC’s belt breaks, the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

The battery on the F-Type is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the F-Type’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The RC’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

Engine

The F-Type has more powerful engines than the RC:

 

Horsepower

Torque

F-Type P300 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

296 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

F-Type P340 3.0 supercharged V6

340 HP

332 lbs.-ft.

F-Type P380 3.0 supercharged V6

380 HP

339 lbs.-ft.

F-Type R 5.0 supercharged V8

550 HP

502 lbs.-ft.

F-Type SVR 5.0 supercharged V8

575 HP

516 lbs.-ft.

RC 300 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

241 HP

258 lbs.-ft.

RC 300 AWD 3.5 DOHC V6

260 HP

236 lbs.-ft.

RC 350 3.5 DOHC V6

311 HP

280 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Car and Driver the F-Type R is faster than the RC 350 (automatics tested):

 

F-Type

RC

Zero to 30 MPH

1.3 sec

2.3 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

3.4 sec

6 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

8 sec

14.5 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

3.9 sec

6.1 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

2.2 sec

3.1 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

2.8 sec

4.1 sec

Quarter Mile

11.7 sec

14.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

122 MPH

100 MPH

Top Speed

186 MPH

146 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the F-Type gets better fuel mileage than the RC:

 

 

 

MPG

F-Type

RWD

Auto

P300 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

23 city/30 hwy

 

 

P340 3.0 supercharged V6

20 city/28 hwy

AWD

 

P380 3.0 supercharged V6

18 city/26 hwy

RC

RWD

Auto

300 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

21 city/30 hwy

 

 

350 3.5 DOHC V6

20 city/28 hwy

AWD

Auto

300 3.5 DOHC V6

18 city/24 hwy

 

 

350 3.5 DOHC V6

18 city/24 hwy

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the F-Type’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The RC doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The F-Type has 1.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the RC (18.5 vs. 17.4 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

The F-Type offers a manual transmission for better acceleration, control and fuel economy. The RC doesn’t offer a manual transmission.

The F-Type Auto’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The RC doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the F-Type’s brake rotors are larger than those on the RC:

 

F-Type

F-Type

RC

RC F Sport

Front Rotors

14 inches

15.7 inches

13.2 inches

14 inches

Rear Rotors

12.8 inches

15 inches

12.2 inches

12.2 inches

The F-Type offers optional heat-treated ceramic brake rotors, which last ten to twenty times as long as conventional cast iron rotors, don’t rust, don’t fade during repeated high speed braking, and their lighter weight contribute to better braking, handling and acceleration. The RC doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

The F-Type stops much shorter than the RC:

 

F-Type

RC

 

70 to 0 MPH

137 feet

178 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the F-Type has larger standard tires than the RC (F:245/45R18 & R:275/40R18 vs. 235/40R19). The F-Type’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the RC (275/40R19 vs. 235/40R19).

The F-Type’s standard 275/40R18 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the RC’s standard 45 series tires. The F-Type’s optional 255/35R20 front and 295/30R20 rear tires have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile than the RC’s optional 40 series front and 35 series rear tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the F-Type offers optional 20-inch wheels. The RC’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

Suspension and Handling

The F-Type’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The RC doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the F-Type is .4 inches wider in the front and 1.8 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the RC.

The F-Type R Coupe handles at 1.00 G’s, while the RC 350 pulls only .85 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis

The Jaguar F-Type may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 50 to 400 pounds less than the Lexus RC.

The F-Type is 9 inches shorter than the RC, making the F-Type easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Cargo Capacity

The F-Type Coupe has a much larger trunk than the RC (14.4 vs. 10.4 cubic feet).

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the F-Type Coupe offers an optional power trunk, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button. The RC doesn’t offer a power trunk.

Ergonomics

Unlike the driver-only memory system optional at extra cost in the RC, the F-Type has standard driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The F-Type’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. An easy entry system costs extra on the RC.

The F-Type’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The RC’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The F-Type’s optional Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The RC doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Model Availability

The Jaguar F-Type comes in coupe and convertible bodystyles; the Lexus RC isn’t available as a convertible.

Recommendations

J.D. Power and Associates rated the F-Type third among midsize premium sporty cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The RC isn’t in the top three in its category.

The F-Type was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2014. The RC has never been an “All Star.”

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