2015 Lexus RC | First Drive

Posted on Dec 14, 2014 by
2015 Lexus RC
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AEDAED 180,000 - 380,000
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  • Exterior
    Editor: 95%
  • Interior
    Editor: 80%
  • Quality
    Editor: 85%
  • Features
    Editor: 90%
  • Performance
    Editor: 80%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 75%

Review Summary:

From concept to reality, the 2015 RC has shaped up well. Yet, while the RC and RC F Sport make for compelling buys, the same cannot be said for the halo RC F model.

Pros

* Styling is its biggest advantage.
* Decent amount of tech present.

Cons

* The RC F is unfortunately more show than go, and not worthy of its price tag.
* An All Wheel Drive system is what the truly deserves.

Its name stands for Radical , it’s based on the fabulous IS F, and it’s been at the centre of many petrolheads’ midnight fantasies for a couple of years now. We are indeed referring to the 2015 Lexus RC and RC F, which after twenty hot laps of the Dubai Autodrome, proved that books shouldn’t be judged by their covers.

Exterior

It’s strange and it doesn’t happen very often, but the designers of the Lexus RC and Lexus RC F have not only retained, but enhanced the breathtaking character lines and swooping physique of the LF-LC concept that the two are inspired by. The 2015 Lexus RC F is not only lower, wider, and longer than the standard RC, but it also sports a unique grille, wider tires, and a ventilated hood.

2015 Lexus RC F front

With four exhaust tips slicing their way through the rear diffuser and an active rear wing that deploys at 80 km/h, the RC F is a feast to the eyes, but that’s not to say the RC is far behind. Wearing the widest and lowest application of the brand’s signature spindle grille, the RC opts for a more sophisticated appearance, getting rid of the gaping mesh grilles and sticking to sleeker headlamps.

Interior

On the inside, it’s a collection of Alcantara, carbon fiber, aluminium trim, and an abundance of leather. With the dashboard and centre console being pulled right out of the Lexus IS, it’s all quite familiar, apart from the Remote Touch Interface (RTI) which can be used to control the audio and navigation systems without having to look away while driving.

2015 Lexus RC F interior

If it’s the RC-F you find your derrière parked in, the high back and well bolstered seats will hold you firmly in place, be it when mashing the accelerator pedal down on a straight patch of tarmac, or attempting to kick the car’s tail out on the bends. The standard RC is fitted with bucket seats too, but just as its exterior is, the interior is toned down a notch as well.

Features

Fitted with one of the coolest instrument clusters on the market today, the 2015 Lexus RC F and standard RC welcome a plethora gauges which display a variety of information and have about as many hidden modes as a Casio digital watch. On the safety front, the sensual coupes come equipped with as many as eight airbags, including driver and passenger knee airbags, front seat side airbags, and full-length side curtain airbags.

2015 Lexus RC F front

Drive

Squeezing out 314 horsepower at 6,400 RPM and 378 Nm of torque from its 3.5 litre V6 engine, the 2015 Lexus RC sounds like it packs in enough grunt for a coupe that weighs less than 1.8 tonnes. Mated to an eight speed automatic transmission, which does a phenomenal job of holding gears in Sport+ mode, it’s offers a decent drive, up until you have the steering of the RC F in front of you.

2015 Lexus RC F rear

Being powered by Lexus’ most powerful V8 engine, the RC F is a tad intimidating at first, with figures such as a 5.0 litre engine, 471 horsepower, 527 Nm of torque, and a rev limit of 7,300 RPM! Fitted with a Torque Vectoring Differential (TVD) which uses multi-plate clutches rather than the vehicle’s brakes to vector torque, the TVD system allows the RC F to be set in three modes – Standard, Slalom, and Track.

But while the low slung body and potent powerhouse up front suggest that the 2015 Lexus RC F is an out and out sports car, it isn’t really the case. The independent coil-springs with monotube gas-filled shock absorbers and ball-jointed stabilizer bars do little to curtail body roll, while the TVD system is unable to aid with the significant amounts of understeer, and the steering is numb at best.

Not packing in a particularly sporty V8 growl either, the Lexus RC F is on the softer side of the sports car spectrum, and thus it makes sense that the boffins in Nagoya put effort into improving fuel efficiency. Utilizing an Atkinson cycle at cruising speed, inlet valves are held open longer to allow for a reverse flow of intake air to the manifold to decrease pumping loss and increase efficiency. We’d call it contradictory, but it actually makes sense in the Lexus RC F.

Verdict

The 2015 Lexus RC is a vehicle that will equally appeal to both, your cognition and emotion. For AED 180,000 the standard RC is sleek, powered by a strong V6 engine, and is fuel efficient too. If you’re slightly younger and want something that’s styled a little more aggressively, the RC F Sport makes equal amount of sense for AED 210,000 as well. And in this sort of price range, the Lexus RC really stands out, for its competitors fall short of offering something quite as compelling.

2015 Lexus RC F top

But of course, you’re probably wondering why we haven’t mentioned the halo Lexus RC F yet. Well, that’s because of its price point – it starts at AED 310,000 and rises all the way to AED 380,000 for the carbon fiber variant. That sort of price range is where proper sports cars such as the Mercedes AMG’s, BMW M’s, and Audi RS’ dominate and unfortunately, the 2015 Lexus RC F is far, far off.


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