Looks Meaner Than It Sounds - 2015 Lexus RC F Long-Term Road Test

2015 Lexus RC F Long-Term Road Test

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2015 Lexus RC F: Looks Meaner Than It Sounds

February 19, 2015

2015 Lexus RC F

Blame it on the 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe. The sounds which explode from its muffler system are so raw and delicious to the ear, it has me thinking all cars that look mean should sound mean.

They don't.

Case in point: Our new long-term 2015 Lexus RC F. It looks menacing and purposeful, from the bulging fenders, huge grille, fancy wheels and carbon-fiber bits to that odd, stacked quad exhaust system.

But unlike the Jag, which can make a racket at 5 mph should you so choose (press the Loud Exhaust Button), the RC F is, well, Lexus-quiet. It doesn't sound the least bit special, or make any kind of rumbly, enthusiast-ish noises, unless you're heavy into the throttle and the tach is climbing past 3,500 rpm. It means you need to be going pretty darn fast to get this thing to sound good.

For many folks that could be a positive, since the RC F doesn't attract attention at all times like the Jag. Drive it hard, though, and the Lexus will deliver a wonderfully deep, V8 soundtrack.

For me, I was hoping the car would more closely match its race car looks. Even when driving slowly I'd like it to sound at least a bit throaty, or maybe offer some decelerative burbling from the exhaust.

Others may very much appreciate the fact this car doesn't do that.

Mike Monticello, Senior Road Test Editor @ 5,150 miles


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