2015 Lexus RC F Coupe Snarls With 'More Than 450 HP'

Craig Cole
by Craig Cole

The folks at Lexus just officially unveiled this sultry-looking two-door at the North American International Auto Show. The 2015 RC F performance coupe is a V8-powered sports machine designed to rival products like the brand-new BMW M4 and Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG.

This car features a ton of interesting design details from that massive grille up front, to its heavily sculpted sides to the stacked quad tailpipes at the rear. And those outlets really help the car’s engine breathe freely.

And that is the biggest news about the RC F performance coupe. This thing is powered by a 5.0-liter V8. Yes, an honest to goodness V8, and this is at a time when it seems like everyone else running to downsized, turbocharged four-cylinder powerplants. Way to go, Lexus!

This beast of an engine should put out more than 450 hp and at least 383 lb-ft of torque. Those goods are routed exclusively to the RC F’s rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission. As for acceleration, the company claims it should blast from a standstill to 60 miles an hour faster than today’s IS F, which does the deed in a claimed 4.6 seconds. The RC F ought to be quicker because it’s got A LOT more power.

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Those output figures should stack up very favorably to the new M4, which of course features a turbocharged 3.0-liter straight six that cranks out 425 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque. The folks in Bavaria claim it should scamper from zero to 60 in 4.1 seconds. The RC F and M4 should be pretty close speed-wise, but BMW does have one key advantage: a manual transmission.

The RC F performance coupe’s body plays the part, but what about its interior? Well, the cabin looks pretty much like what you get in a new IS sedan and that’s not a bad thing. The design is a little busy, but the quality is obvious and the controls work well.

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However, a number of items do distinguish this cockpit from the one in its stable-mate. The steering wheel, pedal covers and seats are different from what you’d find in an IS, as is the instrument cluster. The driver-customizable gauges are similar, with a unique moving center section a la the LFA supercar, but they’ve been custom designed specifically for the RC F.

Lexus says this car will drive like a proper sports machine. To deliver on that promise it features an available torque vectoring differential that can shuffle power distribution from one rear wheel to the other to help the car rotate through corners. It’s got three driver-selectable modes: standard, slalom and track. But more important than this is mass. Engineers have targeted a curb weight under 4,000 pounds.

Now for some bad news. The 2015 Lexus RC F performance coupe probably won’t be available until around December, which is basically an entire year away. Understandably, pricing has not been announced at this time but you can bet it won’t come cheap. Fortunately for Lexus this car’s got the looks and performance numbers to justify a mighty big sticker price.

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Craig Cole
Craig Cole

Born and raised in metro Detroit, Craig was steeped in mechanics from childhood. He feels as much at home with a wrench or welding gun in his hand as he does behind the wheel or in front of a camera. Putting his Bachelor's Degree in Journalism to good use, he's always pumping out videos, reviews, and features for AutoGuide.com. When the workday is over, he can be found out driving his fully restored 1936 Ford V8 sedan. Craig has covered the automotive industry full time for more than 10 years and is a member of the Automotive Press Association (APA) and Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA).

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  • Auto Motive Auto Motive on Jan 16, 2014

    Nice looking vehicle but wheres the pricing? If its $50k or more its now hitting the corvettes territory. The vette brings in no back seat and 455 hp in a technological advanced frame to boot.