2015 Lexus RC F: Powerful, but Too Heavy
February 26, 2015
After 100 miles of dashing through the twisty bits of my local mountain roads, I should've had a wide smile on my face given that I had our long-term 2015 Lexus RC F for the weekend. This 467-horsepower luxury sport coupe is comfortable, and there's plenty of power on tap. As Jay Kavanagh previously mentioned though, it's just too heavy, especially for this kind of Sunday fun.
At 4,040 pounds, our long-term RC F is about 170 pounds heavier than the standard RC 350 F Sport that we tested a few months ago. That's not a huge difference, but the RC F is about 500 pounds heavier than most of its top rivals.
For comparison, here's now the RC F stacks up against some other luxury coupes we've tested.
|Power||Torque||Weight||0-60 mph||1/4 Mile||60-0|
|'15 RC F||467 hp||389 lb ft||4,040 lbs||4.6 sec||12.8 @ 110.7||110 ft|
|'15 BMW M4||425 hp||406 lb ft||3,508 lbs||4.4 sec||12.4 @ 116.0||106 ft|
|'14 M235i||320 hp||330 lb ft||3,507 lbs||4.5 sec||12.9 @ 105.9||106 ft|
|'13 RS 5||450 hp||317 lb ft||4,037 lbs||4.3 sec||12.5 @ 110.8||105 ft|
|'12 C63 AMG||451 hp||443 lb ft||3,990 lbs||4.2 sec||12.3 @ 116.3||112 ft|
Clearly, the Lexus is the heaviest of the bunch. The Audi RS 5 isn't far behind, but much of that weight can be credited to the Audi's all-wheel-drive system. The C63 is the next-heaviest and the quickest of the bunch, but it also takes the longest distance to stop from 60 mph.
While the M235i may seem a bit out of place, it would be my choice for a pumped-up, four-seater luxury coupe. I haven't had a chance to drive the M4 yet, but the M235i is so close performance-wise that it would be nearly impossible for me to justify the extra $30K for the flagship. I have driven the M235i on the same local canyon roads, where it felt nimble, agile.
The RC F feels a bit more labored, even bothered, with the task of darting back and forth between corners. If you're on a long cruise, the Lexus might be the better car for soaking up bumps, but that's only slightly and that small difference isn't enough to sway me in the Lexus' favor.
Travis Langness, Associate Editor @ 5,800 miles