Driving the 2015 Lexus RC F

Lexus RC F Hero Image

Two weeks ago, Lexus invited me to the Monticello Motor Club in Upstate New York, where I was able to test drive the all-new RC coupe in all its various forms. I posted a technical overview of the new model last week, and now it’s time for some personal impressions.

The Sound. The sound is everything.

There is nothing like the combined engine & exhaust note of the new Lexus RC F. It’s a pure massive monster sound that resonates through the cabin, that rumbles in the seats and in the core of your chest.

I fell in love at first rev, and that love colors my entire opinion of the new super-coupe.

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Autoblog Reviews the 2015 Lexus RC F

Lexus RC F Review Autoblog

Seth Miersama of Autoblog has written a through and even-handed review of the 2015 Lexus RC F:

Lexus made a big deal of the fact that performance from the RC F is truly accessible, and I think the automaker really nailed that. Unlike the rather barbaric IS F, the new coupe really will allow a driver to learn how to go fast, without much fear of being bitten by a sudden, overwhelming shot of power and loss of grip from the rear tires.

Where the IS F was not only happy to drift through hard corners, but prone to it, the RC offers a much more balanced setup. To me, that’s a huge win for the development team, even if it results in a car that’s slightly more mainstream, less idiosyncratic. Less of a glorious bastard and more of a grownup – I trust that a lot of you will understand why that makes me both happy and sad.

Read the full Autoblog Lexus RC F Review

Lexus Not Considering CT F or NX F High Performance Models

Lexus CT F & NX F

Lexus F chief engineer Yukihiko Yaguchi has dismissed the idea of a high-performance CT hatchback — from Motoring Australia:

“He is not interested in building with front-wheel drive configuration,” [Yaguchi-san's] interpreter told motoring.com.au.

Asked if F could develop an all-wheel drive version Yaguchi replied via his interpreter: “Basically they have to consider taking whatever is available in the production unit, or baseline unit. So if you are going to build something smaller then it is going to require having a brand-new architecture.”

So no F small car then? “No”.

There also doesn’t appear to be much hope of a high-performance SUV in the near future:

“To have an F badge, the car needs to have characteristics to be able to run on track and on race course,” he explained. “Therefore it doesn’t really suit to have an SUV as an F model. There may be an F Sports SUV (there are already – ED), but as far as F models go, no plans.”

With only so many resources to go around, there are models in the Lexus lineup that are better suited to F high-performance models — until a IS F, GS F, & LS F are in production, a CT F or NX F shouldn’t be considered.

(For starters, let’s see the 2.0L turbo engine in the CT first.)

[Source: Motoring Australia]

Lexus RC F Video Review from Autoguide

Lexus RC F Autoguide

Craig Cole’s Autoguide video review of the Lexus RC F is a hoot to watch:

His verdict:

Overall the 2015 Lexus RC F competes very favorably with its primary rivals, though it’s practically guaranteed to top all of them in at least one area: reliability. This is a Toyota after all. The car is a blast to drive but is that enough for Lexus to breakthrough in the tough luxury performance-coupe segment? We’ll have to see how customers react, though all of the necessary ingredients are there.

Read the full Autoguide review

Video: The Lexus NX Surround View Panoramic Monitor in Action

Lexus NX Surround View Camera

While unavailable in North America, the Lexus NX will have an available 360° panoramic view monitor in some markets around the world — here’s a quick demonstration of the system in action:

The camera system works with four high-definition cameras in each corner of the vehicle, giving a full overview of the surroundings — very cool technology.

(Thanks Norman!)