2020 Lexus GS F vs. 2020 Audi S8

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Safety

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The GS F has standard Whiplash Injury Lessening Seats, which use a specially designed seat to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Whiplash Injury Lessening Seats system allows the backrest to travel backwards to cushion the occupants and the headrests move forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The S8 doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The GS F’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The S8 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the GS F and the S8 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front and rear side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems and rearview cameras.

Warranty

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Lexus’ powertrain warranty covers the GS F 2 years and 20,000 miles longer than Audi covers the S8. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the S8 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

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 Lexus vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lexus 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 16 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 22nd, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Lexus vehicles are more reliable than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lexus first in reliability, above the industry average. With 18 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 8th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Lexus vehicles are more reliable than Audi vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Lexus first in reliability. Audi is ranked 14th.

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Lexus GS F higher (5 out of 10) than the Audi S8 (3). This means the GS F produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the S8 every 15,000 miles.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction and acceleration, the GS F has larger rear tires than the S8 (275/35R19 vs. 265/40R20).

The GS F’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the S8’s standard 40 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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For better maneuverability, the GS F’s turning circle is 5.5 feet tighter than the S8’s (36.8 feet vs. 42.3 feet).

Chassis

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The Lexus GS F may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 1250 pounds less than the Audi S8.

The GS F is 1 foot, 3.5 inches shorter than the S8, making the GS F easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Cargo Capacity

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The GS F has a much larger trunk than the S8 (14 vs. 12.5 cubic feet).

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Lexus service is better than Audi. J.D. Power ranks Lexus second in service department satisfaction. With a 24% lower rating, Audi is ranked 8th.

Ergonomics

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The GS F has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The S8 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

Recommendations

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The Lexus GS Series outsold the Audi S8 by 14% during 2019.

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