2015 Lexus RC F: Hard to Find All the Power
January 29, 2015
Our 2015 Lexus RC F has more than enough power. Its 5.0-liter is rated to produce 467 horses and even with nearly two tons to haul around that's enough motivation to get going in a hurry.
Trouble is, that power isn't always on tap when you want it. In fact, it takes a serious stomp of your right foot to get full thrust, and even then it takes longer than it should. Dialing up the "Sport" mode does speed things up a little, but even then the V8s most potent punch takes too long to arrive.
It seems like a transmission issue at first. There are eight cogs to sift through after all. But I used the manual shift mode as well and even then the big V8 doesn't feel quite as lively as it should.
On the plus side, the transmission delivers some seriously sturdy gear changes when you're on the gas in Sport mode. Feels like a Turbo 400 with a shift kit. Didn't expect that in a Lexus.
Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 4,344 miles