2020 Mercedes AMG C-Class Coupe vs. 2020 Lexus RC F

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Safety

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Using vehicle speed sensors, smart airbags in the AMG C-Class Coupe deploy with different levels of force or don’t deploy at all to help better protect passengers of all sizes in different collisions. The AMG C-Class Coupe’s side airbags will shut off if a child is leaning against the door. The RC F’s airbags don’t have smart features and will always deploy full force.

The AMG C 43 Coupe has all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The RC F doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

The AMG C-Class Coupe offers an optional Surround View System to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The RC F only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the AMG C-Class Coupe 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 and rear 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 lane departure warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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There are over 59 percent more Mercedes dealers than there are Lexus dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the AMG C-Class Coupe’s warranty.

Engine

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The AMG C 63 Coupe’s standard 4.0 turbo V8 produces 84 lbs.-ft. more torque (479 vs. 395) than the RC F’s 5.0 DOHC V8. The AMG C 63 S Coupe’s standard 4.0 turbo V8 produces 31 more horsepower (503 vs. 472) and 121 lbs.-ft. more torque (516 vs. 395) than the RC F’s 5.0 DOHC V8.

In a Car and Driver race course test, the Mercedes AMG C 63 S Coupe was clocked 5.5 seconds faster than the Lexus RC F Track Edition (177.1 sec. vs. 182.6 sec.).

Fuel Economy and Range

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In heavy traffic or at stoplights the AMG C-Class Coupe’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.

Transmission and Drivetrain

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A nine-speed automatic (SMG) is standard on the Mercedes AMG C-Class Coupe, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the RC F.

The AMG C-Class Coupe offers an available 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.

All-wheel drive, available in the AMG C-Class Coupe, 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.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the AMG C 63 S Coupe’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the RC F:

AMG C 63 S Coupe

RC F

Front Rotors

15.8 inches

14.9 inches

The AMG C-Class Coupe stops shorter than the RC F:

AMG C-Class Coupe

RC F

70 to 0 MPH

151 feet

154 feet

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Tires and Wheels

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The AMG C 63 S Coupe’s optional 285/30R20 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 AMG C 63 S Coupe offers optional 20-inch rear wheels. The RC F’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the AMG C-Class Coupe can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The RC F doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The AMG C-Class Coupe’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 a smoother ride and more stable handling, the AMG C-Class Coupe’s wheelbase is 4.3 inches longer than on the RC F (111.8 inches vs. 107.5 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the AMG C-Class Coupe is 2.5 inches wider in the front and .6 inches wider in the rear than the track on the RC F.

The AMG C 63 S Coupe handles at .98 G’s, while the RC F pulls only .95 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Passenger Space

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The AMG C-Class Coupe has 1 inch more front headroom, 4.1 inches more front shoulder room, .6 inches more rear headroom, 4.7 inches more rear legroom and 5.6 inches more rear shoulder room than the RC F.

Cargo Capacity

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The AMG C-Class Coupe has a larger trunk than the RC F (10.5 vs. 10.1 cubic feet).

The AMG C-Class Coupe’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.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the AMG C-Class Coupe’s power trunk can be opened or closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The RC F doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening trunk.

Ergonomics

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The AMG C-Class Coupe’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. An easy entry system costs extra on the RC F, and is not available on all models.

The AMG C-Class Coupe offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The RC F doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The AMG C-Class Coupe’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.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the AMG C-Class Coupe offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The RC F doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The AMG C-Class Coupe’s optional Active Parking Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, starting, stopping and changing direction automatically. The RC F doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Model Availability

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The Mercedes AMG C-Class comes in coupe, convertible and sedan bodystyles; the Lexus RC F isn’t available as a convertible or sedan.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Mercedes AMG C-Class Coupe, based on reliability, safety and performance.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the AMG C-Class Coupe first among compact premium cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The RC F isn’t in the top three.

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