2020 Jaguar F-Type vs. 2019 Lexus RC F

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The F-Type offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The RC F doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

Both the F-Type and the RC F 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, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available blind spot warning systems, front parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

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 F’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 F.

Reliability

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 F’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

Engine

The F-Type R’s standard 5.0 supercharged V8 produces 83 more horsepower (550 vs. 467) and 113 lbs.-ft. more torque (502 vs. 389) than the RC F’s 5.0 DOHC V8. The F-Type SVR’s standard 5.0 supercharged V8 produces 108 more horsepower (575 vs. 467) and 127 lbs.-ft. more torque (516 vs. 389) than the RC F’s 5.0 DOHC V8.

As tested in Road and Track the F-Type R is faster than the Lexus RC F:

F-Type

RC F

Zero to 60 MPH

3.7 sec

4.3 sec

Quarter Mile

11.9 sec

12.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

122.7 MPH

113 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

MPG

F-Type

RWD

P300 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

23 city/30 hwy

P340 3.0 supercharged V6

20 city/28 hwy

P380 3.0 supercharged V6

19 city/27 hwy

AWD

P380 3.0 supercharged V6

18 city/26 hwy

RC F

RWD

5.0 DOHC V8

16 city/25 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 F doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The F-Type V6/V8’s standard fuel tank has 1.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the RC F (18.5 vs. 17.4 gallons).

Transmission and Drivetrain

All wheel drive, available in the F-Type, provides the best traction for acceleration in wet, dry, and icy conditions. In corners, all wheel drive allows both outside wheels to provide power, balancing the car. This allows for better handling. The Lexus RC F is not available with all wheel drive.

The F-Type’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 F 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:

F-Type R-Dynamic

F-Type R/SVR

F-Type opt.

RC F

Front Rotors

15 inches

15 inches

15.7 inches

14.9 inches

Rear Rotors

12.8 inches

14.8 inches

15 inches

13.5 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 F doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

The F-Type stops much shorter than the RC F:

F-Type

RC F

70 to 0 MPH

137 feet

154 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

101 feet

108 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the F-Type SVR’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the RC F (F:265/35R20 & R:305/30R20 vs. F:255/35R19 & R:275/35R19).

The F-Type’s optional 295/30R20 rear 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 35 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the F-Type offers optional 20-inch wheels. The RC F’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 F doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the F-Type is 1.4 inches wider in the front and 2.8 inches wider in the rear than the track on the RC F.

The F-Type R Coupe handles at 1.00 G’s, while the RC F pulls only .95 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The F-Type SVR Coupe executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the RC F (24 seconds @ .87 average G’s vs. 24.9 seconds @ .8 average G’s).

Chassis

The Jaguar F-Type may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 100 to 600 pounds less than the Lexus RC F.

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

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the F-Type R Coupe is quieter than the RC F (83 vs. 85 dB).

Cargo Capacity

The F-Type Coupe has a much larger trunk than the RC F (14.4 vs. 10.1 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 F doesn’t offer a power trunk.

Ergonomics

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 F.

The F-Type’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 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 F’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The F-Type R-Dynamic/R/SVR’s optional Park Assist can parallel park by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The RC F doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Model Availability

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

Recommendations

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

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