2020 Lexus RC F vs. 2018 Maserati GranTurismo

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Safety

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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 GranTurismo doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

The RC F has standard Pre-Collision System, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The GranTurismo doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

The RC F’s lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The GranTurismo doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The RC F’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The GranTurismo doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

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 GranTurismo doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The RC 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 GranTurismo doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

The RC F has standard Safety Connect®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The GranTurismo doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the RC F and the GranTurismo have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and available rear parking sensors.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the RC F the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 157 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The GranTurismo has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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

The RC F’s corrosion warranty is 2 years and unlimited miles longer than the GranTurismo’s (6/unlimited vs. 4/50,000).

There are over 2 times as many Lexus dealers as there are Maserati dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the RC F’s warranty.

Engine

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The RC F’s 5.0 DOHC V8 produces 18 more horsepower (472 vs. 454) and 11 lbs.-ft. more torque (395 vs. 384) than the GranTurismo’s 4.7 DOHC V8.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the RC F gets better fuel mileage than the GranTurismo Auto (16 city/24 hwy vs. 13 city/21 hwy).

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Lexus RC F higher (5 out of 10) than the Maserati GranTurismo (1). This means the RC F produces up to 39 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the GranTurismo every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

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

The RC F’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 GranTurismo doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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

RC F

GranTurismo

Front Rotors

14.9 inches

14.2 inches

Rear Rotors

13.5 inches

13 inches

Opt Rear Rotors

14.9 inches

The RC F Track Edition has standard 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 GranTurismo doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the RC F has larger front tires than the GranTurismo (255/35R19 vs. 245/35R20).

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 GranTurismo; it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Chassis

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The Lexus RC F may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 350 pounds less than the Maserati GranTurismo.

The RC F is 7.9 inches shorter than the GranTurismo, making the RC F easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

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 GranTurismo doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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The RC F has 3.7 inches more front legroom and .7 inches more rear headroom than the GranTurismo.

Cargo Capacity

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The RC F has a much larger trunk than the GranTurismo (10.1 vs. 6.1 cubic feet).

With its coupe body style, valet key and remote trunk release lockout, the RC F offers cargo security. The GranTurismo’s non-lockable remote release defeats cargo security.

Ergonomics

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The RC 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 GranTurismo doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

Unlike the driver-only memory system in the GranTurismo, the RC F (except Track Edition) offers an optional 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 RC F’s front power windows open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The GranTurismo’s front passenger window doesn’t close automatically.

If the front windows are left open on the RC F the driver can close them at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. (This window function must be activated by your Lexus service department.) The driver of the GranTurismo can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

Smart Access standard on the RC F allows you to unlock the driver’s door, trunk and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Maserati GranTurismo doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the RC F detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The GranTurismo doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the RC F has standard extendable sun visors. The GranTurismo doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the RC F (except Track Edition) keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The GranTurismo doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

On extremely cold winter days, the RC F’s optional (except Track Edition) heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The GranTurismo doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the RC F has a standard Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The GranTurismo doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

The RC F’s standard separate stalk mounted cruise control is close at hand. The GranTurismo’s standard cruise control is on an over-crowded turn signal stalk.

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