2015 Lexus RC F: Great Audio, Terrible Interface
May 19, 2015
Say what you will about the Lexus RC F, but it's hard to argue that it doesn't make great noises. No, I'm not talking about the big V8's burble and howl. This time I'm referring to the 17-speaker Mark Levinson premium audio upgrade which, bundled with navigation, adds $2,840 to the price.
The audio system has power and clarity, two things that matter most to me. The hit from the bass is crisp and the highs don't fall apart when the volume knob goes all Nigel Tufnel on you. I threw everything I had at the system: Pink Floyd's Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Verdi's Rigoletto (La Donna e Mobile), Duke Ellington's Jeep's Blues, and even the stylings of Li'l John. All sounded amazing through the speakers.
Combined with a well-insulated cabin that filters out most of the outside world's ruckus, wind and road noise, the audio quality reminded me of our Audi A8 long-termer, one of the more memorable systems in our fleet.
There are some rather fatal flaws, however. The Remote Touch Interface has been well-documented by Brent and James, so I won't belabor the point further. I also encountered the same iPod errors that James did, forcing me to occasionally unplug, then reconnect my device. What a colossal disappointment to an otherwise praiseworthy surround sound system.
Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor @ 9,000 Miles