2015 Lexus RC F Long-Term Road Test - Performance

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2015 Lexus RC F: Throwing Shapes With the Fun Meter

July 7, 2015

2015 Lexus RC F

Many cars today come with gauges that encourage you to drive in a fuel-conscious manner. The dash on the Nissan Leaf grows trees, while our long-term BMW i3 gives you a letter grade. But our 2015 Lexus RC F has something different, something we're seeing in more new sports cars: A fun meter.

Or at least that's what I call it. "It" is a display that logs peak lateral and longitudinal g-forces. See that little yellow circle? When you accelerate, it moves back. When you brake, it goes forward. When you turn left and right, it does the same. The harder you do these things, the more that yellow circle moves.

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2015 Lexus RC F: The 40-Cent Solution

June 11, 2015

2015 Lexus RC F

I capped the vacuum line that controls the intake sound of the intake on our 2015 Lexus RC F, like I said I would. It took less than a minute and cost $0.40.

This change (I'm hesitant to call it a modification) falls under the "I can't believe it's not like this from the factory" variety because of its simplicity and its improvement. In fact, documenting the change took longer than the process itself.

But enough people asked about it online, so I wanted to give a longer explanation. With video!

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2015 Lexus RC F: Little Touches

June 9, 2015

2015 Lexus RC F

We needed to pick up a new long-term car at a dealership in San Diego, so I grabbed the keys to the 2015 Lexus RC F and headed south. My 89-year-old father came along for the ride and he was quite outspoken about the car's interior. Keep in mind that one of his first cars was a '34 Ford Coupe. I expected him to be overwhelmed by the gadgetry, but that wasn't the first thing he commented on.

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2015 Lexus RC F: Making It Louder With Office Supplies

June 4, 2015

2015 Lexus RC F

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.

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2015 Lexus RC F: Suspension Is Fine - It's the Tires That Are Too Stiff

May 22, 2015

2015 Lexus RC F

Don't worry, I don't intend to beat a dead horse regarding our 2015 Lexus RC F  In fact, I think it rides just fine. But as James said in his last post, the tires can sound pretty angry when you're on a concrete freeway. Sure enough, we have plenty of those here in Southern California. And when you're humming along at highway speeds, radio off to better hear the smooth hum of that big V8, the road noise from the tires nearly overpowers all 467 horses.

It's especially noticeable since there are sections of highway that I drive that switch between concrete and asphalt. It's like pushing a button that says "road noise" when you switch between them.

Of course, there's a reason why the tires are so loud.

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2015 Lexus RC F: Manual Shift Mode Falls Short of Competitors

May 12, 2015

2015 Lexus RC F

For everyday driving, the eight-speed automatic transmission in our 2015 Lexus RC F is just what I'd hope for in a modern auto. It upshifts smoothly as the RC F's speed increases and quickly drops down a couple of gears when you gently press on the gas for maneuvering through typical city traffic. The Sport S and Sport S+ drive modes further liven up the shift points and responsiveness.

You can also slot the gear lever to the left for manual shifting, pushing it forward for upshifts, pulling back for downshifts, or use the steering wheel-mounted shift paddles. The speed and smoothness of manual shifts also changes, depending on which drive mode you've selected.

But compared to other competitors with automated manual transmissions, the RC F doesn't quite measure up.

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2015 Lexus RC F: V8 Guts and Glory Along Parched California Hills

May 6, 2015

2015 Lexus RC F

Let's just say you've hypothetically stopped at an empty rural intersection in a 2015 Lexus RC F. There's no oncoming traffic in any direction. It's just you and emptiness. You've done your hypothetical pre-flight prep: "Sport S+" mode selected, traction/stability control safety nets loosened, gear shifter in manual mode. You let your foot off the brake and the RC F creeps out slowly.

Now you turn the wheel in and give the RC F the spurs. The 5.0-liter V8 spins up, the rear tires break loose, and there you are, rear end hanging out like an Alabama dirt track racer. You catch the slide with a bit of opposite steer and then tug on the right shift paddle for an upshift as the digital tach approaches the 7,100 rpm redline. The RC F's rear tires bark slightly as second gear catches and then you're off, hammering towards the horizon and distant ribbons of curving pavement.

This RC F is your typical Lexus about as much as Al Capone was just your typical beverage distributor.

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2015 Lexus RC F: Performance Tested

March 16, 2015

2015 Lexus RC F

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.

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2015 Lexus RC F: Powerful, but Too Heavy

February 26, 2015

2015 Lexus RC F

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.

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2015 Lexus RC F: Density

February 20, 2015

2015 Lexus RC F

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.

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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.

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2015 Lexus RC F: Hard to Find All the Power

January 29, 2015

2015 Lexus RC F

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.

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2015 Lexus RC F: Introduction

January 15, 2015

2015 Lexus RC F

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.

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