In 2007, Lexus launched its performance F brand with the IS F sedan, a car that went head-to-head with the likes of the BMW M3 sedan and the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG sedan. With its 416 horsepower V8 engine, the Lexus IS F sedan became the go to performance Japanese sedan.
The Lexus IS-F sedan remained the only performance model for the brand that was heavily focused on offering a hybrid variant (and even dedicated hybrid models) of every model in its lineup. However, that all changed when Lexus unveiled a supercar called the LFA in 2010. The LFA showed that Lexus was extremely serious about performance, however, the brand still refrained from offering additional F models in its lineup. Well, all that has just changed with the addition of the Lexus RC F, a brand new performance coupe that is taking the sports coupe segment by storm. With its aggressive styling and a powerful 467 horsepower V8 under the hood, Lexus has once again grabbed the attentions of luxury sports car enthusiasts.
With all the buzz surrounding the Lexus RC F (and the base RC350 models) we decided to take a look at Top 10 Things You Should Know About The 2015 Lexus RCF.
1. Based on the Lexus IS, the RC is basically a coupe version of the popular sedan. While the Lexus RC is longer overall, it does sit on a shorter wheelbase than the IS. The wheelbase on the RC F measures 107.5 inches while the overall length sits at 185.2 inches. Width comes in at 72.6 inches and the height comes in at 54.7 inches.
2. The design of the Lexus RC F isn’t only visually appealing – it is also very functional in terms of performance. Lexus designers aimed for the most ideal aerodynamics for the RC F. All the intake and outlet ducts are functional, helping to cool the brakes and the engine compartment. The air outlets on the hood and fenders not only exhaust hot air from the engine bay but also help smoothen out the airflow toward the rear of the vehicle.
3. Let’s get to the fun part. The Lexus RC F is powered by a 5.0 liter V8 engine making 467 horsepower and 389 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to an 8-Speed Sport Direct Shift automatic transmission that helps send power to the rear wheels that also feature a TORSEN limited-slip differential.
4. What is this talk of Torque Vectoring Differential? The Lexus RC F is available with an optional Torque Vectoring Differential system that uses precisely controlled multi-plate clutches to optimally distribute torque to each rear wheel whether or not the accelerator is pressed. In easy English, that means that the Lexus RC F handles like a beast!
5. Performance figures? The Lexus RC F is capable of running from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds with a top speed of 168 mph. It has a 0.33 aerodynamic drag coefficient as well.
6. Want to hear that V8 even on the inside of the car? The Lexus RC F comes with Active Sound Control (ASC), which lets the driver control enhanced exhaust, intake and mechanical sounds within the cabin. So you can enjoy every bit of the engine revving to the max 7,100 rpm!.
7. The Lexus RC F comes with four selectable driving modes including NORMAL, SPORT S, SPORT S+ and Manual. The Manual mode allows the SPDS to allow full torque-converter lock-up from second to eighth gears for “clutchless” manual shifting. That makes the upshifts much quicker since the transmission’s throttle blipping control matches the engine speed to the gear.
8. Lexus engineers took to Germany’s Nurburgring Nordschleife track to tune the suspension on the RC F. Now, you may think a lot of sports cars are developed at the Nurburgring and that’s no big feat but how many actually have prototypes in Nurburgring VLN Endurance Cup events. Extreme levels of tuning were performed by the engineers that learned from IS F drivers and IS F CCS-R track cars in Japan.
9. Fuel-economy? The Lexus RC F is capable of hitting an EPA-rated fuel-economy of 16/25 mpg (city/highway) – which is not bad considering this is a 467 horsepower beast!
10. Prices for the Lexus RC F start at $62,400 (before options and other fees).