2021 Jaguar F-Type vs. 2020 Lexus RC F

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Safety

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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 and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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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 4 years and 50,000 miles longer than Lexus pays for maintenance for the RC F (5/60,000 vs. 1/10,000).

Reliability

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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

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The F-Type R’s standard 5.0 supercharged V8 produces 103 more horsepower (575 vs. 472) and 121 lbs.-ft. more torque (516 vs. 395) than the RC F’s 5.0 DOHC V8.

As tested in Road and Track the F-Type P380 is faster than the Lexus RC F:

F-Type

RC F

Zero to 60 MPH

4.2 sec

4.3 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

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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).

Drivetrain

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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.

Brakes and Stopping

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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

F-Type opt.

RC F

RC F opt.

Front Rotors

15 inches

15 inches

15.7 inches

14.9 inches

14.9 inches

Rear Rotors

12.8 inches

14.8 inches

15 inches

13.5 inches

14.9 inches

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

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For better traction, the F-Type R’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

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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 1.6 inches wider in the front and 3.4 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 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

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The Jaguar F-Type may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 450 pounds less than the Lexus RC F.

The F-Type is 9.4 inches shorter than the RC F, making the F-Type easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Cargo Capacity

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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

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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, and is not available on all models.

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 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

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

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the F-Type owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the F-Type will cost $1765 less than the RC F over a five-year period.

Recommendations

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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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