|Trim||Engine||Drive Type||Trans.||0-60||1/4 Mile||Mpg EPA C/H/Observed||Source|
2015 Lexus RC F
|Coupe||5.0L V8||RWD||8A||4.3 sec||12.8 sec @ 114 mph||16/25/15 mpg||Car and Driver|
|Coupe||5.0L V8||RWD||8A||4.3 sec||12.7 sec @ 112.2 mph||16/25/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
|Coupe||5.0L V8||RWD||8A||4.5 sec||12.9 sec @ 110.3 mph||16/25/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
|Coupe||5.0L V8||RWD||8A||4.4 sec||12.8 sec @ 114 mph||16/25/---- mpg||Motor Week|
About Lexus RC F
When you think of Lexus, you may immediately think of luxurious hybrid cars. However, the luxury car division of Toyota has shown that it can also design high performance cars like the LFA Supercar, IS F, and now, the RC F coupe. This two-door coupe is the answer of Lexus to cars like the Audi RS5 and BMW M4.
The RC F coupe is very new, having been introduced to the public just last year at the North American International Auto Show. It essentially replaces the IS F. According to Lexus, this is the most powerful V8 performance car that they have developed. Let’s take a closer look at this vehicle.
- Engine: 5 liter V8 engine that produces 467 horsepower and 389 pound-feet of torque
- Transmission: Eight speed sports direct shift
- Total passengers: Four
- 0 to 60: 4.3 to 4.5 seconds
- Top speed: 168 mph
In terms of performance, the RC F delivers. Once you start the engine, you’ll be in awe of the power of the RC F. It can accelerate to 60 miles per hour in 4.3 to 4.5 seconds, with a top speed of nearly 170 miles per hour. Plus, fuel economy is pretty solid at 16 mpg in the city and 25 on the highway.
The engine of the RC F is about 51 horsepower better than the IS F, as well as an increase by about 18 pound-feet in torque. Peak torque happens at around 4,800 rpm which is 400 rpm earlier than the 5,200 rpm of the IS F.
The eight-speed automatic transmission provides crisp upshifts, although it can be quite jerky when it goes down the gears. The G-Force meter of the sports car prevents the tranny from upshifting during a mid-turn and affecting the balance of the vehicle.
The RCF features three driving modes—standard, track, and slalom with its Torque Vectoring Differential. This is on top of the four basic drive modes in the RC F—manual, eco, sport, and sport plus. With just a simple push of a button, you can change the torque that is delivered to each wheel.
For instance, when you activate the slalom mode, the steering tightens to enable the car to slide and drift like you would want a sportscar to do. The track setting, on the other hand, allows the driver to enjoy more control of the steering although the car automatically goes back to electronic nannying whenever it senses that the vehicle is about to go into a spin.
When traveling on a straight line, the RC F is a pleasure to drive thanks to its eight-speed gearbox. And the sound produced by the engine should make any sports car aficionado thrilled.
It’s also poised and balanced, especially when maneuvering corners. Although it is quite heavy at 1,765 kilograms, the sports car can turn well. It also has superior body control, and drivers will love the responsive steering.
The RC F has very aggressive looks, one that you would expect from a sports car. There is a gaping grille up front, and vents behind the exhausts and front wheels. The forged alloy wheels are large at 19 inches.
The sportscar theme is evident inside with a couple of high backed seats and a solid three-spoke steering wheel. The infotainment system is quite impressive with a Lexus App Suite that you can turn to in streaming music and even purchasing movie tickets. There is also the standard 10-speaker audio system, SiriusXM satellite radio, Bluetooth streaming/integration, USB and iPod connectivity, and GPS radio.
There’s also a high-tech, seven-inch in-dash display. The RC F is even equipped with the Enform remote smartphone app with features such as remote starting and door locking/unlocking. Plus, there is the Guest Driving Monitoring feature that alerts owners whenever the car exceeds a mileage speed should they loan their cars to another driver.
Simply put, these features can make the daily commuting much more bearable.
In terms of braking, the RC F can stop from a pace of 60 miles per hour in 108 feet. To compare it with its competitors, the M4 with its carbon-ceramic brakes can do that in 98 feet while the Audi RS 5 can do so in 104 feet.
The standard safety features are present in the RC F. These include antilock brakes, traction and stability control, airbags, and the Lexus Enform Safety Connect that incorporates features like roadside assistance and collision notification.
Many motoring experts have called the RC F as the best vehicle from the Lexus brand, citing its powerful engine, exquisite interiors, high-tech infotainment system, and exaggerated design features. Lexus is banking on this model to improve its sluggish sales, and from the looks of it, the RC F coupe may just be the new standout of the Japanese firm.
To learn more about Lexus RC F, visit the official Lexus website.
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