August 17, 2015
We never quite came to a consensus on whether or not we liked our long-term 2015 Lexus RC F. We certainly liked its 5.0-liter V8. Despite its unapologetic sport-coupe profile, we liked that it offered decent cargo space. We also enjoyed the power and crisp definition of its very nice audio system.
June 4, 2015
One good thing about our long-term 2015 Lexus RC F? It gets loud.
Under heavy throttle load and around 3,600 rpm, the RC F's 5.0-liter V8 goes from its soft-spoken idle to a booming roar. This change is controlled by a vacuum-actuated flap on the passenger side of the airbox. Vacuum holds the flap shut until you cross that throttle load/engine speed threshold. When you do, the flap opens and broadcasts that wonderful intake sound all around the car. When the engine's off, you can move the flap with your fingers. This gave me an idea.
May 4, 2015
"Our RC F is a pre-production vehicle on loan from Lexus and has one option package that is not yet available on production models. It's called the Performance package, and it bundles the torque-vectoring differential ($1,750 a la carte), 20-spoke wheels ($1,500 a la carte), and a carbon-fiber roof and rear spoiler. We will post a future update when pricing is announced."
We wrote this in the introduction of our 2015 Lexus RC F when it was loaned to us. At the time, we didn't know the full MSRP. We estimated the price at $77,115. Lexus recently updated pricing info for the RC F so we can update our calculations. Read on for final pricing.
March 16, 2015
When we got our 2015 Lexus RC F, it was delivered to us fully broken in and ready to take to our test track. With a 467 horsepower V8 and starting price just north of $60K, the 2015 RC F has the unenviable task of bringing the fight to sports car behemoths like the BMW M4. With its torque-vectoring differential, carbon-fiber roof and carbon-fiber spoiler, the RC F certainly looks up for a fight. We have performance numbers for both coupes. So which one wins at a stoplight drag race? Read on to find out.
February 20, 2015
Our long-term 2015 Lexus RC F is positioned as a contender to the BMW M4 and Mercedes-AMG C63. In my estimation, the RC F plays it too safe to be a viable alternative.
February 19, 2015
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.
January 15, 2015
Lexus has traditionally been the sensible alternative to German luxury. At the expense of driving dynamics, a Lexus offered a top-notch interior, pillow-soft ride and outstanding reliability for less money. That has taken the company far in a very short time, but now it has decided to take on its competition head-on with sharp looks and wicked power.
We have six months with our RC F to find out if it has what it takes to break out from the pack. That should be enough time to put at least 10,000 miles on the sport coupe and see where it stands.