2015 Lexus RC F: Door Panel Materials
February 12, 2015
I had our long-term 2015 Lexus RC F over the weekend, but before I could even sit down, I noticed the extravagant door panel. "Whoa. That's a lot of colors," I thought. "Black, gray, silver, red, carbon fiber...That's five. Is carbon fiber a color?" I said aloud. Then I started counting materials and the numbers rose even higher.
Before you read on, count the number of materials you can spot on the door and see if it matches my tally. And yes, stitching counts.
To make it simple, I'll count from the top down. First there's the gray door handle-surround and the silver door handle, then the vinyl door pad at the top. The long silver panel below that feels like it's made out of the same stuff as the handle (and so does the bezel around the speaker) so I didn't count it twice. Next is the carbon fiber, the black stitching, the red leather panel behind it, the gray leather on the armrest, the alcantara, the red stitching that holds it in place and finally, the metal speaker cover at the bottom of the door.
That's ten different surfaces by my count. I polled a few other staffers in the office and their counts varied from seven on the low end, to sixteen when they counted multiple uses of the same materials.
Put all these materials in varying colors together and they look jumbled and mismatched, no matter how nice they are. The carbon fiber is part of the optional Premium package ($4,400) we opted for, but even if you build your RC F with the basic "Black NuLux with Silver Performance trim" the door panel still has multiple surfaces. In my opinion it looks way too busy.
Travis Langness, Associate Editor