A pair of speedsters is looking to get ahead of the pack in the sports cars category in 2016. One of them a sophomore and the other a seasoned veteran, they both have their highs and lows in comparison with the competition. Find out who crosses the finish line first as we square off the 2016 Lexus RC F and the 2016 Chevrolet Corvette.
What better way to begin a comparison of two powerful models than with what they have hiding under their respective hoods?
Sometimes new is better, but when it comes to power and these two cars, be sure that the old school Corvette still has the punch to leave most of the competition on its rearview mirror.
In its 2016 2-Door Z06 Convertible w/3LZ trim, the Chevrolet Corvette has a beast of a 6.2 Liter Gas V8 engine that can make a whopping 650 horsepower and 650 net torque.
On the other side of this challenge, the 2016 Lexus RC F has a 5.0 Liter Premium Unleaded V-8 engine, which can provide its driver with 467 horsepower and 389 net torque.
While it is a good way behind in the engine power department, the Lexus RC F has an advantage over the Corvette in fuel economy. The RC F’s fuel economy rating is estimated at 16 mpg driving in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. The Corvette, on the other hand, has an estimated fuel economy rating of 15 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway.
Lexus buyers will be happy with their fuel consumption, but there is a lack of trims available for the 2016 RC F that might bother some people as the Lexus coupe is available in only one trim.
Chevrolet, however, made sure to have a wide span of options available for individuals looking to buy a Corvette. The Chevrolet coupe has a total of 18 different trims available for customers to choose from. Divided in 1LT, 2LT, 3LT, 1LZ, 2LZ, and 3LZ options, the Corvette is available in the following trims: Stingray Coupe, Stingray Convertible, Stingray Coupe Z51, Stingray Convertible Z51, Coupe Z06, and Convertible Z06.
Now for the fun part, the features these cars are equipped with. First, neither of these cars would be a joke to play with on the track. The RC F has the power to clock 0 to 60 in 4.4 seconds and reach a top track speed of 168 mph, nothing to joke about. And yet, the Corvette still has the stats that make the RC F’s numbers seem very down to earth as the Stingray can make it from 0 to 60 in 3.7 seconds. Furthermore, the Corvette Z06’s numbers are even more impressive, clocking 0 to 60 in just 2.95 seconds.
To go along with its race-car-like specs, the Corvette also displays an array of other features for the driver’s comfort like the Chevrolet MyLink, which “keeps you connected and entertained with a retractable 8-inch diagonal high-definition MyLink† color touch-screen. Using steering wheel controls, hand gesture recognition, and voice recognition capabilities, you can talk, text and stream music without taking your hands off the wheel,” according to Chevrolet.com.
Lexus also added several features to enhance comfort and safety for its customers, as the innovative Siri Eyes Free, which “connects with your compatible iPhone®* enabling you to access e-mail, send text messages and more. The Siri feature can also search your portable music collection and use the results to create customized playlists.”
As you’d expect from the variety of available trims, the prices for the 2016 Chevrolet Corvette also cover a wide range. Starting with the Corvette 2-Door Stingray Coupe 1LT starting at $55,400 and going all the way up to the Corvette 2-Door Convertible Z06 3LZ starting at $83,400.
The 2016 Lexus RC F is available starting at $62,805.