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Motor Trend Reviews the 2015 Lexus RC F

Lexus RC F Motor Trend

Jonny Lieberman’s Motor Trend review of the Lexus RC F is driven by the super coupe’s weight:

We weighed the RC F and it clocks in at a lardy 4040 pounds. For some comparison, the similarly sized and totally targeted BMW M4 weighs 3604 pounds, a 436-pound difference. Before you mount an angry letter-writing campaign against Lexus, know that the AWD Audi RS 5 is just 13 pounds lighter than the RC F, 4027 pounds.

Frankly, the more than 400-pound weight difference between the RC F and the M4 is enough to tip things in favor of the BMW. But the RC F, at the very least, is a compelling alternative. Exactly how compelling we’ll have to find out at a later date when we compare them directly. Until then, I want you to understand that I enjoyed the new Lexus Frankencoupe much more than the numbers would lead you to believe. You probably will, too.

(There are a ton of spec comparisons between the RC F, BMW M4, Audi RS 5, and Mercedes C63 AMG 507 Coupe — if that’s your thing, this is the review to read.)

Read the full Motor Trend Lexus RC F review

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    leopard08
  • September 9, 2014
@krew did you read the review at autoblog of the RCF. Lexus created a masterpiece, it all im going to say
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    leopard08
  • September 9, 2014
Guys here is a RCF review worth reading. http://www.autoblog.com/2014/09/05/2015-lexus-rc-f-first-drive-review/
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      Alex
    • September 9, 2014
    Yes I completely agree. Great article. Thanks!
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    RAL
  • September 9, 2014
T J Keon of Autobytel reviews the RC F. He loves it! At one point (you have to see this 3:42) his mouth drops open out of sheer amazement at how the car is performing. At 5:35 he says: "And one thing I thought I'd never be saying: 'Oh my God, this Lexus is fun!'" Enjoy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9PdFPKD6GM&list=UUjXhevg8Suyzl7GQrZAvzuA
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    codenamejanrei
  • September 9, 2014
Motor Trend always hates the beautiful spindle grille of Lexus.
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    Thomas Cahoon
  • September 9, 2014
motortrend's was probably the least flattering, but I don't think Lexus intended this car to match every statistic of the competition. they wanted to create an emotionally connected drivers car, and I believe they had. if anything the sacrifice for added curb weight probably benefited the car's touring appeal
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    whateverdude
  • September 9, 2014
Lieberman sucks at performance tests, Lago is WAY better and would probably get better times. Kind of disappointed that the RC F is 3960 lbs, but a head to head comparison is needed to see how it stacks up against the champ, M4.
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    lafars
  • September 9, 2014
i've watched autocars review and i agree with suticliff, the weight and brakes need to be improved people on autocar has also commented on how much of a hypocrite suticliff is in the written review by slating the N/A engine but some months before slating the M4 for going turbo car and driver did place it ahead of the RS5 and so did top gear
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      Don Colione
    • September 9, 2014
    I had to watch his comparison video btw the M4 and C63 to see what he said about a similar car to the RC-F and his "demeanor" was much more forgiving concerning the C63, his body language and tone made it seem that he did not want to give the RC-F a chance in his review of it IMHO, everytime he said something good about it he automatically dismissed it, showing bias? Who knows.... He did like the sound on the RC-F though... Not even going to address Lexus hating lieberman, his stupid article titles, major emphasis on flaws and contrived words used to make Lexus look bad, speak enough volumes throughout his 'work'... Compare how he speaks about BMW, Mercedes, and Audi little to no negatives or stupid comments used. Lol I was not surprised when I went to read the Motor Trend article last fri and saw his name on the top, its like his life's mission to make Lexus look bad lol, and i hate his nasally voice and reviews; much preferring Carlos Lagos' more objective and truthful approach, he is a real car guy and I respect his opinions. That being said... We knew they would not judge this car by its own merits and that every attempt would be made to misalign it by the generally Lexus hating/ BMW/Mercedes loving US and British car blogs by comparing it to others based on numbers. This car is more than that, because even so, they still hesitate to say it is worse than the M4 outright. I have seen an read a good 7-10 reviews at least. The RC-F's numbers appear lesser but the appeal stronger. Lexus gave them ammo this time by making the car heavy, otherwise it is a brilliant piece of machinery. At this point this is their only hating point, other than the looks which people generally like. It so funny when BMW, Benz, and Audi cars are overweight how so little attention gets paid to that. I hope Lexus is paying attention, and continuing to blaze their own path, but pay the utmost attention to vehicle dynamics, especially weight from here on out; they have pretty much got everything else covered..... Also if you are serious about "fun", and not just a marketing ploy, at least give us a manual option on the big boy cars like this one. Good work on the RC-F so far, like you said you can, make it better!
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      Alex
    • September 9, 2014
    I completely agree great post. I'm so sick of all the turbo charged and stuff I'm glad Lexus gave it a V-8 it sounds so much better than a turbo V-6.
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      lafars
    • September 10, 2014
    "Not even going to address Lexus hating lieberman, his stupid article titles, major emphasis on flaws and contrived words used to make Lexus look bad, speak enough volumes throughout his 'work'... Compare how he speaks about BMW, Mercedes, and Audi little to no negatives or stupid comments used." true, but it was surprisingly positive coming from him, maybe it was because carlos lago was there too? "It so funny when BMW, Benz, and Audi cars are overweight how so little attention gets paid to that." the M4 has a good weight, the RS5 and the E63 on the other hand are heavy and yes, there are room for improvement
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      lafars
    • September 10, 2014
    the review is relativly good but the comment section is nothing but flaming and bias i feel like they only read the negatives
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      lafars
    • September 10, 2014
    sorry for many replies i read the whole thing and lieberman shows his effort trying to make the RC look bad when they were going to test the 4-wheel steering of the RC 350 F-sport: "The rear-wheel steering helps point the nose and rotate the chassis pretty well. Understeer is minimized, a cool trick in an UNDER-TIRED, NOSE-HEAVY STREET CAR" "The second time I was trying to see if I could duplicate the error. Tee hee."
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      leopard08
    • September 10, 2014
    Lexus have their own way of overcoming the weight. this car weighs this much because lexus wanted it to be so. LFA and the ISf-sport are actually not light weight in their comparative classes but they destroy every thing on their parth in terms of fun. lexus is using weight to inject feel and emotion in these cars
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    BlackDynamiteOnline
  • September 10, 2014
Jonny is not my favorite reviewer, but his points are valid. 2 tons makes your more of a M6 GT car than a M4 sports car. That much weight is not appreciated in this class, unless you are bringing over 500 HP. BD
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    Michael Persiano
  • September 11, 2014
Guys, here's the news. At Monticello, Lexus detuned the prototype cars to prevent stand still burnouts...I know...incredible. They also DID NOT have the latest engine management software, and the newest is expected to shave tenths off of the numbers. Why on earth they gave the media these restricted cars is beyond me.

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