What It Is
An all-new luxury sports coupe to rival the likes of the BMW M4.
Great handling and a fun-to-drive personality.
Fuel economy could have been better, especially in Eco mode.
The 2015 Lexus RC F is a strong contender in the luxury sports coupe segment.
For the 2015 model year, Lexus is bringing an all-new entrant into the luxury sports coupe segment, and already it has set its sights on the BMW M4. However, those are some pretty big goals, as BMW has been in the performance game much longer, honing their M division into a finely-tuned performance powerhouse. But that's not to say that Lexus can't compete. Over the years, the Japanese automaker has been expanding its F-Sport lineup, and the RC F is just the latest offering. With power coming from a 5.0-liter V-8, the 2015 Lexus RC F commands respect while pumping out 467 horses at a top speed of 168 mph. Read on to learn what we thought about our time behind the wheel of the 2015 Lexus RC F.
What We DroveThe 2015 Lexus RC F comes with a starting price of $62,400 and loaded with standard features. However, our model came with a few additions like 19-inch split 10-spoke alloy wheels ($850), a leather trimmed interior ($800), the Mark Levinson infotainment package ($2,840), special paint ($595), a Premium package ($4,400), a pre-collision system with radar cruise control ($500), and a moonroof ($1,100). As it sat, our RC F came to a total of $74,410, after a $925 destination charge.
Standard features included keyless entry and ignition, "F" spec sport seats, Bluetooth, Siri Eyes Free, a rearview camera with gridlines, carpeted floor mats with "F" logo, and more. Safety features included a host of airbags, smart stop technology, LED headlamps and DRLs, Safety Connect with automatic collision notification, stolen vehicle location, emergency assist button, and enhanced roadside assistance, as well as a tire pressure monitoring system, first aid kid, and tool kit.
The CommuteWhen a sports car is your daily driver, commutes can become miserable, especially with the continuous stop and go. But the Lexus RC F makes that drive bearable. Although the suspension is as stiff as we'd expect for a sporty model, the luxurious interior touches like the comfortable and supportive leather seats with heating and ventilation, the latest technology, and different drive modes, the RC F becomes a suitable daily driver.
For the new model year, Lexus has also decided to update its infotainment system, replacing the mouse-like control with a touchpad. The new system is not only less of a distraction when trying to navigate through the different options when driving, it's also much easier to use and more accurate. While it still may not be our favorite system out there, it’s a step in the right direction for the Japanese automaker.
The Grocery RunWith only 10.1 cubic feet of cargo space in the trunk, we don’t recommend taking the 2015 Lexus RC F with you to pick up an exorbitant amount of groceries, but if you only need a few things, it gets the job done. However, if you have no choice, the added room in the second row should make the trip possible. Even with bags piled high into rear line of sight, the backup camera and sensors will help navigate you out of your parking spot safely. Thanks to the nimble handling and small proportions, the RC F is easy to park, even in tight spots.
The Weekend FunAs soon as the 2015 Lexus RC F hits the open road, it's clear that this car was meant for the track. Its performance can only be sampled when on the highway, and to an extent, on the streets. But we were able to find some roads to really let loose with the all-new luxury sports coupe. We started off in Normal mode, but we weren't completely satisfied. However, as soon as we hit 50 mph, a growl erupted from the engine that had a smile on our face for days.
Switching into Sport+ mode, we were able to see more of what this car had to offer. Using the paddle shifters, we were able to select the gears ourselves, keeping that engine note engaged for longer than when in Normal mode. While it ate up our fuel economy numbers, we didn't care too much. With our time behind the wheel of the 2015 Lexus RC F, we averaged around 15 mpg. However, this number can easily go up when switched into Eco mode, along with less aggressive driving.
SummaryWe thoroughly enjoyed our time behind the wheel of the 2015 Lexus RC F, and just like every car, it has its pros and cons. As far as luxury sports coupes go, it's up there on the list, but the performance could have been stronger. Compared to the likes of the BMW M4, it was a little lacking, but when you factor in the weight of both models, it's easy to see why. Added to that, we expected fuel economy to be much better, as the Japanese automaker offers some of the most fuel efficient models on the road today. Would we buy this car? Yes. Would we recommend it to anyone interested? Yes. If you're looking for a sports coupe with luxurious touches and strong performance, all the while being a strong daily driver, the 2015 Lexus RC F should definitely be near the top of that list.
Spec BoxPrice-as-tested: $74,410
EPA City: 16
EPA Highway: 25
EPA Combined: 19
Cargo Space: 10.1 cubic feet
Child Seat Fitment, Second Row: Fair
Estimated Combined Range: 330 miles
Intellichoice Cost of Ownership: N/A