Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2017 Jaguar F-TYPE VS 2017 Lexus RC Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2017 Jaguar F-TYPE

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2017 Lexus RC

Safety Comparison

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Both the F-Type and the RC 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, daytime running lights, available blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty Comparison

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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’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 5 years and 60,000 miles. Jaguar will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Lexus only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the RC.

Reliability Comparison

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The camshafts in the F-Type’s engine are driven by a hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs. The RC Turbo’s camshafts are driven by a rubber belt that needs periodic replacement. If the RC’s cam drive belt breaks the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

The battery on the F-Type is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures which can degrade battery life. By keeping the F-Type’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The RC’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

Engine Comparison

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The F-Type has more powerful engines than the RC:

 

Horsepower

Torque

F-Type 3.0 supercharged V6

340 HP

332 lbs.-ft.

F-Type S 3.0 supercharged V6

380 HP

339 lbs.-ft.

F-Type R 5.0 supercharged V8

550 HP

502 lbs.-ft.

F-Type SVR 5.0 supercharged V8

575 HP

516 lbs.-ft.

RC Turbo 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

241 HP

258 lbs.-ft.

RC 300 AWD 3.5 DOHC V6

255 HP

236 lbs.-ft.

RC 350 3.5 DOHC V6

306 HP

277 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Car and Driver the F-Type R is faster than the RC 350 (automatics tested):

 

F-Type

RC

Zero to 30 MPH

1.3 sec

2.3 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

3.4 sec

6 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

8 sec

14.5 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

3.9 sec

6.1 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

2.2 sec

3.1 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

2.8 sec

4.1 sec

Quarter Mile

11.7 sec

14.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

122 MPH

100 MPH

Top Speed

186 MPH

146 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the F-Type RWD Auto gets better fuel mileage than the RC 350 RWD (20 city/28 hwy vs. 19 city/28 hwy).

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 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The F-Type’s standard fuel tank has 1.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the RC (18.5 vs. 17.4 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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

 

F-Type

F-Type

RC Turbo

RC 350/F Sport

Front Rotors

14 inches

15.7 inches

11.7 inches

13.1 inches

Rear Rotors

12.8 inches

15 inches

11.4 inches

12.2 inches

The F-Type offers optional 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 RC doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

The F-Type stops much shorter than the RC:

 

F-Type

RC

 

70 to 0 MPH

137 feet

178 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the F-Type has larger standard tires than the RC (F:245/45R18 & R:275/40R18 vs. 235/40R19). The F-Type’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the RC (275/40R19 vs. 235/40R19).

The F-Type’s standard 275/40R18 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the RC’s standard 45 series tires. The F-Type’s optional 255/35R20 front and 295/30R20 rear tires have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile than the RC’s optional 40 series front and 35 series rear tires.

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

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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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 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the F-Type is .4 inches wider in the front and 2.1 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the RC.

The F-Type R Coupe handles at 1.00 G’s, while the RC 350 pulls only .85 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis Comparison

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The Jaguar F-Type may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 50 to 300 pounds less than the Lexus RC.

The F-Type is 8.8 inches shorter than the RC, making the F-Type easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The F-Type Coupe has a larger trunk than the RC (11 vs. 10.4 cubic feet).

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults or children, the F-Type Coupe offers an optional power trunk, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button. The RC doesn’t offer a power trunk.

Ergonomics Comparison

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The F-Type Auto 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 RC doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

Unlike the driver-only memory system optional in the RC, the F-Type 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 F-Type’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The RC’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

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

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the F-Type offers optional cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The RC doesn’t offer cornering lights. The F-Type also offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

Recommendations Comparison

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The F-Type was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2014. The RC has never been an “All Star.”

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