What Is It?
Lexus RC F
What's New About This Model?
The new Lexus RC F is a V8-powered two-door sports car based off of the 2015 Lexus RC 350 (which has yet to go on sale). The RC F features Lexus' most powerful V8 engine, an active rear wing and aggressive styling.
When Does It Go on Sale?
The 2015 Lexus RC F will go on sale in the fall.
How Much Does It Cost?
No official pricing has been released, but the Lexus RC F should come to market very well equipped for about $70,000.
How Many Body Styles and Trim Levels Are There?
The RC F is available only in coupe form with a V8 engine. Like the other high-performance "F" models from Lexus, the RC F will most likely come in one level of trim only.
What Kind of Engines and Transmissions Does It Have?
· 5.0-liter V8 producing an estimated 450 horsepower
· Automatic transmission
· Rear-wheel drive
What Unique Features Does It Offer?
The most important feature of the RC F is the V8 engine that Lexus says is the most powerful one ever developed by Lexus. Beyond that, the RC F gets a unique interior with supportive, race-style seats and gauges inspired by the LFA supercar.
The RC F's exterior is also unique with flared wheel arches, real ducts that help cool the brakes and an active spoiler that deploys at speed to give the car more grip during hard driving.
What Models Will It Compete Against?
Audi RS 5 Coupe: Starting at $69,600, the Audi RS 5 coupe offers all the stand-out looks of the RC F, a powerful 450-horsepower V8 and all-wheel drive. Like the C63 below, this is one you can buy right now.
BMW M4: The 2014 BMW M4 Coupe is the closest natural competitor to the RC F. Though it has a smaller, 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine that only produces 424 horsepower, it will be lighter and more driver-focused than the Lexus. It will also have a manual-transmission option.
Mercedes C63 AMG Coupe: Like the RC F, this one's got a big V8 (6.3 liters) and blends comfort, performance and power. The Mercedes gets 451 horsepower and, unlike the RC F, is available today for $60,000.
Should You Wait for It?
The Lexus IS F, the four-door predecessor to the RC F, developed a cult following in part due to its wicked 5.0-liter V8, excellent grip and distinctly Japanese styling. The RC F builds on that and turns it all up to 11. It'll be a standout product even on streets flooded with AMGs and BMW M cars.
That said, the competitive set for the RC F is extremely good. The S5 and the C63 will quench your V8 thirst today. No waiting.