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Chris Harris Reviews the 2015 Lexus RC F

Lexus RC F Chris Harris

The Lexus RC F gets a mixed review from automotive journalist Chris Harris:

Look, [the RC F is] just a very pleasant place to be. It ain’t no M4, but then it’ll be sold in tiny numbers, is arguably a much more appealing object, and for those who couldn’t care less about long powerslides, lap times and beating M235is at the lights, I think it might prove to be a great car. There’s also a suspicion that it would reveal further layers of character over time, in the way an M4 might not.

BMW can rest easy, and Lexus has probably arrived at a 2014 party in 2008 clothes, but the RC F still has something about it. And it’s not German, which for some people will be enough on its own.

Read the full Chris Harris Lexus RC F review

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    NMM
  • September 14, 2014
Papers stated that RCF is too heavy.:(
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    Ayo DocMkize
  • September 14, 2014
Its like an onion being pealed away over time until you get to the core.
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    Lexusforum
  • September 15, 2014
Who decided BMW is the standard? Oh wait, just another reviewer who studied at the BMW school......
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    Mohammed Taha
  • September 15, 2014
You know what. I'm reading a lot of those reviews and unfortunately they have not done anything to persuade me that the RC is the car Lexus should have made. I am a Lexus fan but I'm also a fan of innovation, character, build quality, performance, etc ... I look at all cars equally and study them for what they are, not who the manufacturer is. If you visit most of the auto sites out there and read their review of Lexus vehicles then patiently scroll through the comments, you notice something disturbing; the amount of Lexus haters. However, you will also notice the exact same thing when they review other vehicles. There are 3 types of people out there; the lovers, the neutral (can go either way, persuaded by the majority), the haters (passionately hate Japanese). Lexus has no problem with the lovers, Lexus cannot really persuade the haters (haters follow haters/neutral) but they need to work on the neutral. I have to say, Lexus is not changing the neutral mindset. They do something great and then mess it up with something like the RC. Yes the interior is nice, yes it has some cool and nifty features but stop following and stop it with the soft or over the top styles. Spindle grill needs to be smaller, it seriously does; disconnect the top from the bottom. The body looks soft, I'm not sure if it's the paint job or the style but it looks like a Styrofoam wall would break it apart. The power needs to be delivered instantaneously and I want to be thrown into the back seat. But most importantly, change your god damn navigation, entertainment GUI. OMG that thing is a decade old. It is hideous. Just compare it to what's out there. Screw it, drop the team and outsource it to a cell phone manufacturer. It's so ugly it's embarrassing when you realize you're in 2014. To some it all up, hate me all you want and down vote me but I really think Lexus needs to revise their design strategy. Hire someone (non-Japanese) to head Design. Bring in a new culture. We love your food, we love your people, we love your culture but the new Asian fusion vehicle designs are not and may never be for everyone. P.S I know everyone isn't who they are targeting but how many people out there have said, "God, that S class is just hideous!"
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      once bitten
    • September 15, 2014
    I completely agree with everything you have said. The RC is like the GS and the CT, they just miss the mark, which is strange considering the time and investment these three models had put into them. The designers seem to live in a different world, the cars are not attractive, not innovative and by no means class leading. And then the new style language. I understand they wanted an image that was unique and easily recognized, but it doesn't work if it turns off most of the population and I'm afraid that is whats happening. Compare RC to the new S Class Coupe or the F Type Jaguar, those cars look great and appeal most people, yet the styles are distinctive enough the be recognized. I think Lexus is missing the point on what they are doing at the moment. I personally have become more of a Mercedes fan these days, the quality and service is getting closer, and the products are mostly more stylish and Superior. As such a long time Lexus fan it is sad to say, I am losing interest in the brand.
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      Thomas
    • September 15, 2014
    The 3. gen. GS was a great car, though. It still looks good, New and fresh to this day. That was L-finesse at it's finest, but People- pimpled faced kids - like on this blog - whined for "bolder design" from Lexus, whatever "bold" means.
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      Axel Satrofinir
    • September 15, 2014
    Actually the E is not even close to the GS in handling, driving pleasure, refinements, building quality overall. And not even in style if we consider that when the current E Class has been released some yrs ago, got the nickname of "Frankenstein-Sedan" cause its design language full of too sharpe edge put there in a jumble, without any sense and at least it is not even bold! Even a dull Audi A6 looks better than the E. Aniway the most sexy and sporty sedan in that class to me are the 5 Series, the GS and the Jaguar XF.
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      Thomas
    • September 16, 2014
    Yes, the fastcack style body of the 3. gen. GS was great. They should have kept the bodystyle at least, because it made it somehow unique.
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      Axel Satrofinir
    • September 15, 2014
    The Mercedes S Class coupe has been higly criticized for being sorta of a huge Renault Laguna Coupe in the side view and very chinese in the front fascia/headlights so I wouldn't take Mercedes as referement.
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      Taimur Khan
    • September 15, 2014
    Lexus and Japanese cars on the whole suffer from a stronger Yen. If they use light weight materials more, the cost of the car goes so high no one would be able to afford them.Currently they are cost cutting where cost cutting is invisible but these things can't remain secret forever. Lexus are stuck in financial circle which is really difficult to get out of.
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      Mohammed Taha
    • September 16, 2014
    Interesting. Do you have some articles to support this?
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      Levi
    • September 16, 2014
    Please tell me more about, or where I can get more info. That is a very important point. Thanks.
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      Axel Satrofinir
    • September 16, 2014
    "they are cost cutting where cost cutting is invisible..." EVERYBODY DOES IT.
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    Keith9
  • September 15, 2014
Not a bad review in my opinion, shame it doesn't live up to the hype and that being mainly because of it's weight. Shed some weight and it's a class leader is what I'm reading.
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    Levi
  • September 15, 2014
Chris Harris is BMW biased, he is a huge BMW fan. All reviews started out with prejudice. Sure their reviews aren't glowing.
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      Mohammed Taha
    • September 15, 2014
    Every reviewer is biased. Krew, for example, is biased. What a new car entering an established market needs to do is steal existing customers and prospective buyers. Lexus did not shake up the market. They may, eventually, but right now, the answer is no. "And it’s not German, which for some people will be enough on its own." That sums it up; unfortunately.
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      leopard08
    • September 15, 2014
    lol this is what they said about the IS f-sport at first reviews. what happened when the ISf-sport was pitched against the BMW 3 series? even the LFA was critised on first reviews. Whach and observe this car will move the goal post against the M4 in terms of driver joy. It has already won and beaten the M4 on one review
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    Don Colione
  • September 15, 2014
When I read some of these reviews I try to keep in mind that car journalists have biases, and are like food critics, they find fault in everything; its their job... Is any car perfect? No, but we must weight long term considerations when truly judging them... The M4 seems great, buut IMHO... 1. I am tired of the same BMW styling year after year, no reviewers comment on this or hold BMW/Audi to task. 2. The turbo-charged engine, although torquey seems like it may be characterless after the initial kick at 1850 rpm; some reviewers have stated this. Also there may be turbo lag to deal with however slight, and I much prefer razor sharp throttle response if possible, long term. The sound is also flat, boring and anemic, the fake stereo sound is even worse on a long term basis. All deal breakers for me. 3. I like its low weight; on the street where I will be 100% of the time, does this matter? Not so much that it will be noticeable, especially with power. 4. It is available with manual, a huge plus. 5. Interior is nowhere as high-tech or stylish as the RC-F; this is where I will be spending 100% of my time so is very important long term. 6. IMHO, I don't think 0-60 times matter once you get past the 5 second range, you are probably going more than fast enough for the street so I am happy with that and dont need super car 3 second times which I will not probably use much in real life of crawling in traffic 70% of the time. The RC-F 1. I like the design, need to see it in real life to make sure. Some people dont like it but you cant please everybody. I always like housed headlight units like on the first gen SC400, but the disconnected ones look okay in real life. The L shaped neons need to go completely, they are tacky. At least make them one strip unbroken if you insist on using them, the dotted thing is dated and unappealing imho. Some are complaining about the new design language. Lexus needs to keep evolving it and try to go back to being sexy like with the original SC coupe. In your face does not always mean good or pleasing. Simplicity and curvy shapes beat straight lines, the LFA is a good model to keep following, but keep the models sexy, not polarizing or in your face. 2. I love the V-8 on the RC-F. The sound is great, dont understand the need for a synthesizer for this model however? For the street, and long term, I think it will be enough for me. Already going fast enough in my current car which is not as powerful. 3. Need to test drive, dont think the weight will be a problem long term on the street if it performed so well on all the track videos I have seen, good enough for me. 4. The RC-F needs a manual option; a huge negative, not a deal breaker for me. 5. From what I have seen the nav screen needs to be widened in the RC-F to fit the whole bay, other than that no complaints about the interior. 6. Need to test drive the RC-F to see if it feels fast enough, i suspect it will be for me. If you like the M4 better get the M4, like the RC-F? get it. Just see and test drive for yourself, and get what you like or suits your needs; dont rely on the opinions of biased journalists. They can be biased in your favor or against, were humans so thats just how it is. Also, were supposed to be car lovers so brands should matter less than the actual products. If something is good it will show over time, like the LFA. "Everybody" hated on it at the beginning, "its too expensive", "not fast enough", "not light enough". Now what are they saying about it? Top 5 of all time. Numbers and figures dont always add up to what makes something great; it is the sum of the parts.
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      Mohammed Taha
    • September 16, 2014
    Great thinking. :) However, I don't remember anyone hating the LFA. Top Gear's first video about it was Richard Hammond's over the top production to spend the budget, I think, and he loved the car. The stig said it was one of the best cars, if not the best car he ever drove and Jeremy loved it too. The only issue was the price which everyone got over instantly. lol
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      Don Colione
    • September 16, 2014
    Don't forget how they ran it around their power board on a wet lap, doing a disservice to the car's true ability. They could have waited for it to get dry so we could really see how it ranked on the board. I think they did not want it to set a top time eclipsing the top (more expensive) cars at the moment, proving its worth. Clarkson definitely hated on it at first; usually the show makes him review the top cars like Ferrari's etc.. because he is the "star', by them letting Hammond review it, it subtly implied it was not at that level. It was funny how he loved it when he gave it a chance lol.... I gained respect for him after that because he so openly praised it, contradicting his earlier stance.
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    Lexvvti
  • September 15, 2014
I started to care what these reviewers say about the RCF but honestly, $&@# it. Lexus will NEVER satisfy journalists. Even the LFA That only weighed 1400KG and did 0-60 in 3.7 sec and set one of the fastest production lap times on the 'Ring was still flawed in journalists eyes and they found every other reason not to like the car. Weight is not an issue with this car, it's heavy but still by no means is it slow. The issue is, its a Lexus. I guarantee It could weigh only 500KG and do 0-60 in 1.0 sec and they would still say its no good because of something else lol The almighty challenger hellcat is 1995KG... But who cares? Its a "challenger" ...5 yeas later with a supercharger and 150hp more to put down numbers Lexus accomplished- let's compare that lol bet they won't.
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    leopard08
  • September 15, 2014
I wonder how a jounalist writes off a car against another when hes never driven them back to back? one thing i have seen the M4 cant put the power down on exit of corner the way the lexus does. If the weight is such a big problem, where is the understeer? Guys until a back to back review. take a salt of grain reading these. This car is probably too easy to drive they think it slow.
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    leopard08
  • September 15, 2014
When the RC start to beat the M4 they will blame the race track they first tested the RC. Mark my words!
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    Axel Satrofinir
  • September 15, 2014
AGAIN WITH THIS ANNOYNG SPINDLE GRILLE COMPLAIN...WHEN AUDI DID THE SAME THING 10 YRS AGO PEOPLE HATED IT SO MUCH THAT AFTERMARKET KITS WERE AVAILABLE TO SPLIT THE GRILLE IN HALF LIKE THE OLD ONE. A DECADE LATER, NO ONE CARES.
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      Mohammed Taha
    • September 16, 2014
    Calm down ... there's no reason for all the CAPS. We're here to discuss not force opinions. Audi's grill does not take up 75% of the car's front that's why people are ok with it. However, assuming that people still hated it, there are so many other right things in their cars that they can persuade the buyer that the car is the right car for them. Most people can overlook the spindle grill if and only if there were features that they can overlook. For example, more horse power and torque, lighter car, inspiring designs and most importantly new features never used previously in any other vehicle. Look at the Skyline, look at the LFA, the best things that came out of East Asia in an extremely long time, then silence. It's like all their energy was spent on those cars that they decided that they just can't be bothered anymore.
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      Thomas
    • September 16, 2014
    I agree about Audi being the dullest Premium brand. I dont agree With all-caps.

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