2020 Ford Shelby GT500 vs. 2020 Lexus RC F

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Safety

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Both the Shelby GT500 and the RC F 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, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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There are almost 13 times as many Ford dealers as there are Lexus dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Shelby GT500’s warranty.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Lexus vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 7 more problems per 100 vehicles, Lexus is ranked 8th.

Engine

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The Shelby GT500’s 5.2 supercharged V8 produces 288 more horsepower (760 vs. 472) and 230 lbs.-ft. more torque (625 vs. 395) than the RC F’s 5.0 DOHC V8.

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Shelby GT500 has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The RC F doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

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The Shelby GT500 offers a standard sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The RC F doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Shelby GT500’s brake rotors are larger than those on the RC F:

Shelby GT500

RC F

RC F Track Edition

Front Rotors

16.5 inches

14.9 inches

14.9 inches

Rear Rotors

14.6 inches

13.5 inches

14.9 inches

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Shelby GT500 has larger tires than the RC F (F:305/30R20 & R:315/30R20 vs. F:255/35R19 & R:275/35R19).

The Shelby GT500’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 30 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the RC F’s standard 35 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Shelby GT500 has standard 20-inch wheels. Only 19-inch wheels are available on the RC F.

Suspension and Handling

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For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Shelby GT500 is 2.1 inches wider in the front and 2.2 inches wider in the rear than on the RC F.

Passenger Space

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The Shelby GT500 has 3.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the RC F (82.6 vs. 79.4).

The Shelby GT500 has 1 inch more front hip room, 5.6 inches more front shoulder room, 1.7 inches more rear legroom and 5.8 inches more rear shoulder room than the RC F.

Cargo Capacity

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The Shelby GT500 has a much larger trunk than the RC F (13.5 vs. 10.1 cubic feet).

The Shelby GT500’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The RC F doesn’t offer folding rear seats, only a ski pass-through.

Ergonomics

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The Shelby GT500’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The RC F’s parking brake has to released manually.

The Shelby GT500’s power window, power lock, power mirror and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The RC F’s cruise control switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

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