2019 Lexus RC F vs. 2019 Mercedes AMG GT

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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The RC F’s optional pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Mercedes AMG GT doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

To help make backing safer, the RC F’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Mercedes AMG GT doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

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

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the RC F its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2019, a rating granted to only 36 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Mercedes AMG GT has not been tested, yet.


Lexus’ powertrain warranty covers the RC F 2 years and 20,000 miles longer than Mercedes covers the AMG GT. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the Mercedes AMG GT ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

The RC F’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Mercedes AMG GT’s (6 vs. 5 years).


J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Lexus vehicles are better in initial quality than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lexus 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 8 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 14th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Lexus vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lexus first in reliability, above the industry average. With 48 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 15th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Lexus vehicles are more reliable than Mercedes vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Lexus first in reliability. Mercedes is ranked 17th.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the RC F gets better fuel mileage than the Mercedes AMG GT (16 city/25 hwy vs. 16 city/22 hwy). The RC F gets better fuel mileage than the Mercedes AMG GT R (16 city/25 hwy vs. 15 city/20 hwy).

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Lexus RC F higher (5 out of 10) than the Mercedes AMG GT (3). This means the RC F produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Mercedes AMG GT every 15,000 miles.


An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Lexus RC F, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the Mercedes AMG GT.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the RC F’s standard front brake rotors are larger than those on the Mercedes AMG GT:




Front Rotors

14.9 inches

14.2 inches

Tires and Wheels

The RC F has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the Mercedes AMG GT; it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the RC F’s wheelbase is 4 inches longer than on the Mercedes AMG GT (107.5 inches vs. 103.5 inches).

For better maneuverability, the RC F’s turning circle is 2.3 feet tighter than the Mercedes AMG GT’s (35.4 feet vs. 37.7 feet).


The RC F is 5.3 inches narrower on average than the Mercedes AMG GT, making the RC F easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

The design of the Lexus RC F amounts to more than styling. The RC F has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .33 Cd. That is lower than the Mercedes AMG GT (.35 to .36). A more efficient exterior helps the RC F go faster and keeps the interior quieter. It also helps the RC F get better fuel mileage.

The RC F uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Mercedes AMG GT doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the RC F is quieter than the Mercedes AMG GT C Coupe:




At idle

43 dB

58 dB


85 dB

93 dB

70 MPH Cruising

72 dB

76 dB

Passenger Space

The RC F has standard seating for 4 passengers; the Mercedes AMG GT can only carry 2.

Servicing Ease

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Lexus service is better than Mercedes. J.D. Power ranks Lexus third in service department satisfaction. With a 3% lower rating, Mercedes is ranked 6th.


The RC F’s standard power windows have a locking feature to keep children from operating them. Mercedes does not offer a locking feature on the Mercedes AMG GT’s standard power windows.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The RC F offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Mercedes AMG GT doesn’t offer headlight washers.

The RC F’s standard sun-visors swivel front-to-side to block glare from the side windows. Visors that swivel front-to-side cost extra on the Mercedes AMG GT.

On extremely cold winter days, the RC F’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Mercedes AMG GT doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.


The Lexus RC outsold the Mercedes AMG GT by over two to one during 2018.

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