Can’t Hold These Horses
Aug 20, 2014 10:08AM
● By Dia
The new aggressive styling of the Lexus line of performance sedans has already caught the attention of many a new car buyer, and the best is yet to come. Dealers and drivers are getting ready for the inva- sion of the carmaker’s latest offering this fall. Built for power and precision, the 2015 Lexus RC F pushes the boundaries of the already impressive IS sedan’s performance with a stronger engine and increased han- dling ability, all within a sleek two-door coupe frame.
Rebuilt from the ground up, this vehicle is powered by a brand-new 450-horsepower 5.0-liter, 32-valve V8 engine that will provide maximum performance at higher rpms than ever deemed possible. The strongest V8 from Lexus to date is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and paddle shifters that engage and empower the driver to best apply the 383 lb.-ft gut-wrenching torque. Although Lexus has yet to show performance or fuel economy figures, they do believe the RC F will beat the IS F sedan’s zero to 60 mph of 4.6 seconds and 23 mpg highway. With a new engine also comes enhanced performance through the vehicle’s first-ever Torque Vectoring Differential (TVD). The TVD has three dynamic operating modes; Standard— for agility and stability; Slalom— for nimble steering response and Track— for proper cornering with ample acceleration.
Like the engine, the RC F also features its own amped-up version of the Lexus signature spin- dle grille for a hyper-aggressive exterior design. With additional styling thanks to 19-inch wheels, cool- ing ducts and aerodynamic cues front to back, the RC F definitely stands apart from the competition. Mak- ing the most of its performance inspired mechanics, the RC F also utilizes a unique race-inspired interior.
The 2015 Lexus RC F will debut this fall, with a starting price at or near $70,000 for well-equipped models comparable to the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe, BMW M4 and the all-wheel-drive Audi RS 5.