2020 Mercedes AMG GT vs. 2020 Lexus RC F

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Safety

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Both the Mercedes AMG GT 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, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available lane departure warning systems and blind spot warning systems.

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 GT’s warranty.

Engine

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The Mercedes AMG GT’s standard 4.0 turbo V8 produces 70 lbs.-ft. more torque (465 vs. 395) than the RC F’s 5.0 DOHC V8. The Mercedes AMG GT C’s standard 4.0 turbo V8 produces 78 more horsepower (550 vs. 472) and 107 lbs.-ft. more torque (502 vs. 395) than the RC F’s 5.0 DOHC V8. The Mercedes AMG GT R’s standard 4.0 turbo V8 produces 105 more horsepower (577 vs. 472) and 121 lbs.-ft. more torque (516 vs. 395) than the RC F’s 5.0 DOHC V8.

As tested in Car and Driver the Mercedes AMG GT C is faster than the Lexus RC F:

AMG GT

RC F

Zero to 30 MPH

1.5 sec

1.8 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

3.4 sec

4.3 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

7.2 sec

9.9 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

3.9 sec

4.7 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

2.5 sec

3.5 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

2.7 sec

3.2 sec

Quarter Mile

11.4 sec

12.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

128 MPH

114 MPH

Top Speed

196 MPH

171 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Mercedes AMG GT’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 Mercedes AMG GT has 2.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the RC F (19.8 vs. 17.4 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

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The Mercedes AMG GT 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 Mercedes AMG GT C/R’s brake rotors are larger than those on the RC F:

Mercedes AMG GT C/R

RC F

Front Rotors

15.8 inches

14.9 inches

The Mercedes AMG GT stops much shorter than the RC F:

Mercedes AMG GT

RC F

70 to 0 MPH

141 feet

154 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

95 feet

108 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Mercedes AMG GT R Coupe’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the RC F (F:275/35R19 & R:325/30R20 vs. F:255/35R19 & R:275/35R19).

The Mercedes AMG GT’s 295/30R19 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 standard 35 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Mercedes AMG GT offers optional 20-inch rear wheels. The RC F’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

Suspension and Handling

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For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Mercedes AMG GT is 5.1 inches wider in the front and 4.4 inches wider in the rear than the track on the RC F.

The Mercedes AMG GT’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (47% to 53%) than the RC F’s (55% to 45%). This gives the Mercedes AMG GT more stable handling and braking.

The Mercedes AMG GT R Coupe handles at 1.12 G’s, while the RC F pulls only .92 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Mercedes AMG GT R Coupe executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.1 seconds quicker than the RC F (22.8 seconds @ .96 average G’s vs. 24.9 seconds @ .8 average G’s).

Chassis

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The Mercedes AMG GT may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 150 to 250 pounds less than the Lexus RC F.

The Mercedes AMG GT is 6 inches shorter than the RC F, making the Mercedes AMG GT easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the Mercedes AMG GT has an electronically controlled liquid-filled main engine mount. A computer-controlled electric current in the liquid changes its viscosity, allowing the mount to dampen the engine completely at all RPMs. The RC F uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

Passenger Space

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The Mercedes AMG GT has 1.7 inches more front headroom, 9.3 inches more front hip room and 7.7 inches more front shoulder room than the RC F.

Cargo Capacity

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To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Mercedes AMG GT’s available trunk can be opened just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The RC F doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its trunk, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics

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The Mercedes AMG GT’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, and is not available on all models.

The Mercedes AMG GT’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 Mercedes AMG GT’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.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the Mercedes AMG GT has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The RC F doesn’t offer cornering lights.

Model Availability

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The Mercedes AMG GT comes in coupe and convertible bodystyles; the Lexus RC F isn’t available as a convertible.

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Motor Trend performed a comparison test in its November 2015 issue and they ranked the Mercedes AMG GT Coupe first. They ranked the Lexus RC F eighth.

The Mercedes AMG GT was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2018. The RC F has never been an “All Star.”

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