2020 Lexus RC

2020 Lexus RC Exterior
- image 798502

Revised exterior, same engines

Introduced in 2014 as a spiritual successor to the SC, the RC is Lexus’ modern take on German luxury coupes like the BMW 4 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe, and Audi A5. Four years old as of 2018, the RC was updated to mid-cycle specs for 2019 and showcased at the Paris Motor Show.

Somewhat surprisingly given what was revealed through spy shots, the facelifted RC boasts significant upgrades on the outside. Lexus also improved the interior with premium features and revised the chassis for a sportier ride. Overall, the Japanese used the bigger LC coupe as inspiration, but skipped the drivetrain department, leaving the old engines unchanged.

 

Latest Lexus RC news and reviews:

10 Sports Cars with the Best MPG

10 Sports Cars with the Best MPG

Fuel efficiency may not be the prime concern when looking to purchase a sports car, but these days the two don’t have to be mutually exclusive. Long gone are the days when you had to sacrifice pretty much everything in order to drive a fun car that put a smile on your face - these days you can have your sporty cake and also eat it, and these are the cars you can do it in. All models below blend twisty road enjoyment with some manner of fuel-sipping tech on top of their improved practicality and day-to-day usability compared to equivalent models of decades past.decades past.

Read more
How usable is the back seat of small luxury coupes?

How usable is the back seat of small luxury coupes?

Some can carry people in the back, others just pretend they do

All sub-$50,000 luxury grand touring coupes these days have a seating capacity of four, which means they can theoretically carry two additional people in the rear. The manufacturers usually show a smiling young couple blasting through the countryside in the press photos, and rarely, if ever, four people having a blast. In fact, you wouldn’t even know there were people in the back of most of the cars on the list below.

There are five names on it: the names of the five most important models in the segment and the purpose is to compare their ability to cosset rear occupants... or not, as the case may be. Spoiler alert, none of them are particularly apt at doing it, even though they do have actual full-sized back seats, but if you were to pick yours based on this alone, this is how they stack up - I’ve arranged them in order from least to most spacious.

Read more
10 fun coupes with enough space for your golf clubs

10 fun coupes with enough space for your golf clubs

Finding the right cart to help you tee up

Whether it’s a quick jaunt to the driving range, or an entire Sunday spent on the links with your friends, it’s important to have the right ride to get you and your gear to the golf course without a fuss. As such, the big luxury automakers out there offer a range of two-door coupes with enough space in the rear to transport your clubs, bag, and whatever else you need for a round or two, all without sacrificing comfort in the cabin. But which of these is the best?

To find out, we took a look at all the big names on the market from the perspective of a golfer. First and foremost, the coupe in question has to have enough trunk space to carry at least one golf bag, assuming an average golf bag size of 36 inches by 14 inches by 10 inches, or 3 cubic feet, give or take. What’s more, we’re also considering style and appearance, as well as luxury and equipment features inside the cabin.

So then - arranged in no particular order, here’s our picks for the top 10 luxury coupes to take golfing.

Read more
2019 Lexus RC Debuts in Paris with Hot, LC-inspired Looks

2019 Lexus RC Debuts in Paris with Hot, LC-inspired Looks

Significant changes on the outside, the same engines

After four years on the market, the first-generation Lexus RC went through a comprehensive restyling. Spotted many times on public roads in 2018, the Japanese coupe finally made its production debut at the 2018 Paris Motor Show.

Read more
2020 Lexus RC

2020 Lexus RC

Revised exterior, same engines

Introduced in 2014 as a spiritual successor to the SC, the RC is Lexus’ modern take on German luxury coupes like the BMW 4 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe, and Audi A5. Four years old as of 2018, the RC was updated to mid-cycle specs for 2019 and showcased at the Paris Motor Show.

Somewhat surprisingly given what was revealed through spy shots, the facelifted RC boasts significant upgrades on the outside. Lexus also improved the interior with premium features and revised the chassis for a sportier ride. Overall, the Japanese used the bigger LC coupe as inspiration, but skipped the drivetrain department, leaving the old engines unchanged.

Read more
2020 Lexus RC F GT

2020 Lexus RC F GT

The Japanese coupe is going hardcore!

Lexus is working on a hotter RC F! It’s a sentence we’ve been dying to hear ever since the RC F was introduced for the 2015 model. Three years later, and it’s finally happening. With the RC coupe set to receive a facelift soon, Lexus is also testing a more hardcore version of the F model. Although it’s not yet confirmed for production, it will probably wear the RC F GT name first showcased on a concept car in 2016.

Aimed at the BMW M4 GTS and other beefed-up compact coupes that may follow soon, the RC F GT borrows heavily from the concept car. It features similar aerodynamics, as well as carbon-fiber body panels that reduce curb weight. An engine upgrade will add the extra oomph the RC F needs to compete with its turbocharged rivals, but the interior should get a few unique features as well. The coupe could debut by the end of 2018, but until that happens, let’s have a closer look at what we already know about it.

Continue reading to learn more about the upcoming Lexus RC F GT.

Read more

Latest Videos:

2019 Lexus RC F Sport

2019 Lexus RC F Sport

Lexus’ BMW M4 fighter is getting ready for another round in the battlefield

The updated Lexus RC F was recently caught testing at the Nurburgring with the bottom half of its body wrapped in camouflage. The upper half was displayed for all of us to see, but Lexus still did a pretty good job to mask the changes it made to the performance sedan. We do get a good look at some of the changes, but for the most part, the updated RC F is hiding some of the good stuff away from us. That’s not going to stop us from putting our detective hats on, though, because this is one car that we’ve been waiting a long time to see.

Read more
2018 Lexus RC F Sport Black Line Edition

2018 Lexus RC F Sport Black Line Edition

Care for a splash of new colors and features on your Lexus RC F?

The Lexus RC is probably one of the most underrated performance sports coupés on the market today. It looks good, has the chops to compete against a car like the BMW M4, and carries a more reasonable price than most of its competitors. In an effort to keep the RC F fresh in our minds, Lexus is launching a special edition version of the coupé, called the RC F Sport Black Line Special Edition. Only 650 units of the special edition RC F will be made, and it’s available across the entire RC lineup.

Read more
2018 Lexus RC F 10th Anniversary Special Edition

2018 Lexus RC F 10th Anniversary Special Edition

The company’s performance F division turns 10 in 2018

Launched in 1989 as a luxury division of Japanese carmaker Toyota, the Lexus brand is getting ready to celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2019. But until that happens, Lexus has another event to celebrate. In 2008, the Japanese firm introduced its first F model, thus entering the performance-rated luxury market. A decade later and Lexus is throwing a party for the sub-brand with two anniversary models. One of them is the RC F 10th Anniversary Special Edition and made its debut at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show.

Much like most special-edition Lexus models, the RC F 10th Anniversary coupe isn’t radically different compared to the standard model. Updates include special paint and wheels on the outside, a unique trim for the leather interior, and a few extra standard features. It also comes in limited numbers, so this coupe won’t be around for a very long time. Let’s find out more about it below.

Continue reading to learn more about the Lexus RC F 10th Anniversary Special Edition.

Read more
2017 Lexus RC F Limited Edition

2017 Lexus RC F Limited Edition

Celebrating 10 years since the first F model was launched

Founded less than 30 years ago as of 2017, Lexus has come a long way in the luxury market, now offering quite a few models that can give production from BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi a run for their money. The Japanese company has been growing so fast it’s already celebrating a full decade since it launched its first performance-oriented vehicle wearing the now familiar "F" badge. To mark the anniversary, Lexus launched two limited-edition models at the2017 Tokyo Motor Show, one of which is the RC F Limited Edition.

While the name might not be very inspiring, this RC F has plenty of new features to brag about. From a wide array of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic body elements to an exclusive upholstery layout and upgraded suspension, the limited-edition coupe proves that the RC F has yet to reach its full potential. Unfortunately, this beefed-up two-door won’t make it to the United States, but you’ll have to keep on reading to learn more about that.

Read more about the Lexus RC F limited edition.

Read more
2017 Lexus RC F GT3

2017 Lexus RC F GT3

Lexus is about to unleash another RC F-based race car

Lexus debuted the RC F coupe, and it took no time at all for the brands racing division to come up with the RC F GT500, a car that’s been around since late 2014 and was actually quite successful last season. It dominated the Super GT series in Japan and earned Team SARD team and drivers’ championship titles in the GT500 category. Now, as the 2017 racing season kicks off, Lexus is at it again with another RC F-based racecar, this time called the RC F GT 3.

Slated to competing in the U.S. GTD class of the IMSA WeatherTech Championship, and the GT300 class of the Super GT Series in Japan. It’s powered by a 5.4-liter V-8 (0.4-liters larger than that of the road-going RC F) and is said to deliver 500+ horsepower through a six-speed sequential racing transmission. If the success of the GT500 is any indication, Lexus likely has another winner on its hands, but we’ll see more of that in the coming months.

For now, we know that 3GT Racing team here in the U.S. will put the GT3 to the test at the WeatherTech Championship while the LM Corsa team will be fielding two examples of the car in the Super GT Series. But, will the new GT3 car have what it takes to be dominating like the GT500 was last year? Well, let’s take a closer look at it and see what it brings to the table.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2017 Lexus RC F GT3.

Read more
2016 Lexus RC F GT Concept

2016 Lexus RC F GT Concept

Is Lexus working on its very own 911 GT3?

Unveiled in 2014, the Lexus RC has already spawned a hot RC F version and three different race cars in either production or concept form. That’s quite a lot for a vehicle that has been around for only a couple of years, but apparently it’s not enough for Lexus. The Japanese automaker has announced that a new racing version of the RC F will be showcased at the 42nd Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach IndyCar race on April 17.

Dubbed RC F GT Concept, it is a further development of the vehicle with the same name that Justin Bell drove to fifth place in the Time Attack class at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in June 2015. As the name suggests, it’s only a concept car and Lexus didn’t say whether it will evolve into a full-fledged race car or spawn a track-ready, road-legal version of the coupe. The company did mention that it is positioned between the street-legal RC F and the full-bore RC F GT3 race car that will soon compete in IMSA’s WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, but that doesn’t mean much really.

Be that as it may, the new concept has received extensive modifications since the Pikes Peak race. Not only lighter, it also uses an improved drivetrain, a more competitive suspension system, and updated software. The RC F GT Concept will be driven at Long Beach by Lexus pro racers Scott Pruett, the winningest active driver in North American sports car racing, and Roger Yasukawa.

Continue reading to learn more about the Lexus RC F GT Concept.

Read more

Latest Wallpapers:

2015 Lexus RC F By Gordon Ting/Beyond Marketing

2015 Lexus RC F By Gordon Ting/Beyond Marketing

The Lexus RC F takes most of its styling from the Lexus IS sedan, but it is much more aggressive and very sporty. The idea behind the RC F is to pay tribute to Lexus’ supercar – the LFA. Even though it was designed to complement the LFA, it wasn’t designed to be a Nissan GT-R fighter. Instead, Lexus designed the RC F to take on cars like the BMW M4 and Audi RS5.

Now that the RC F has been on the market, it is no surprise that modified versions of it are starting to pop up here and there. One such model is the RC F by Gordon Ting and Beyond Marketing. Things like the suspension and seats have been upgraded, and there is even a performance upgrade in there to talk about. The car has received a roll cage and new racing seats as well. Needless to say, Gordon Ting and Beyond Marketing took an already sporty RC F and made it that much better with a focus on aerodynamics and handling.

Now that we’ve talked a bit about the roots of the RC F and what Gordon Ting and Beyond Marketing has brought to the table, let’s take a deep look and see just what differentiates this RC-F from the rest.

Continue reading to learn more about the Lexus RC F By Gordon Ting/Beyond Marketing.

Read more
2016 Lexus RC F GT3 By F Performance Racing

2016 Lexus RC F GT3 By F Performance Racing

It’s been 18 months since Lexus introduced the RC F GT3 Concept at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, and the production model has been finally unveiled at the 2015 SEMA Show. Built to FIA GT3 specifications, the RC F race car is Lexus’ first such project since it shelved the GTE program for the LFA.

The RC F GT3 is part of the brand’s new global motorsports effort and will hit race tracks in the United States beginning in 2016. According to Lexus, Paul Gentilozzi and newly formed F Performance Racing will field the RC F GT3 in "a soon to be announced sports car series."

For the uninitiated, Gentilozzi has been involved in professional racing for more than 45 years. The team has five Trans-Am Series championships with three different brands to its name, as well as an overall and two class victories at Daytona 24 Hours. Additionally, it propelled Scott Pruett, Kalus Graf and Tomy Drissi to three driver championships and 10 manufacturer titles in IMSA and TransAm combined. As an engine builder, it took various teams to more than 50 wins and podium finishes.

Gentilozzi isn’t the only huge name involved in this project. The RC F GT3 will be driven by road racing legend Scott Pruett. The 55-year-old has won many Trans-Am, IMSA, and Daytona 24 Hours events and will be returning to the track in a Lexus in after an eight-year hiatus. The California native previously campaigned Lexus-powered prototypes between 2004-2007.

The RC F GT3 will run a limited calendar in 2016, but an actual schedule has yet to be announced. In its first year back on the track, Lexus’ primary focus will involve further vehicle development and gathering track experience.

Continue reading to learn more about the Lexus RC F GT3 By F Performance Racing.

Read more
2015 - 2016 Lexus RC

2015 - 2016 Lexus RC

The Lexus RC has been one of the most hotly anticipated reveals by the Japanese automaker in recent years. Launched at the 2013 Tokyo show in both gasoline and hybrid versions, the RC adopted a design language similar to what we have seen with the recently unveiled IS Sedan, but taken to a sportier level and sans the two rear doors.

The new RC is defined by aggressively contoured lines, the trademark Lexus spindle grille, the usual triangular headlamps and a cockpit specially designed for optimal driver and passenger enjoyment. Initially launched with two drivetrains, the RC has received two new engines for 2016. In addition to the rear-wheel-drive RC 350, Lexus added the RC 300 AWD, and a new entry-level trim, the RC 200t.

These new models transformed the RC lineup into a four-model family, in addition tot the high-performance RC F, which the Japanese introduced for the 2015 model year. Keep reading for the full rundown on the RC, as well as the updates that Lexus roll out for the 2016 model year.

Updated 10/02/2015: After being launched for the 2015 model year, the RC Coupe enters 2016 with a choice of three engines: a 241 horsepower turbocharged 4-Cylinder, a 255 horsepower V-6 and a 306 horsepower V-6.

Click past the jump to read more about the Lexus RC.

Read more
IMSA Lexus RC F GT3 Program Could Be Delayed Because Of Speed

IMSA Lexus RC F GT3 Program Could Be Delayed Because Of Speed

The IMSA Tudor United SportsCar Championship racing series will undergo a few changes for the 2016 season, but one of those changes won’t be the addition of a Lexus race team. The 2015 Lexus RC F GT3 racecar was supposed to make its North American racing debut at the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January, but it looks like that could be delayed. The problem? Speed.

According to Racer, the RC F GT3 hasn’t been that great on the track since its launch, running 11 seconds off the pace at the recent 24 Hours of Nürburgring, and has been off the pace in Japan’s Super GT series competition by as much as 2.5 seconds. The article doesn’t say exactly what changes are being planned, but the team obviously has some work to do with that kind of deficit.

IMSA is changing the rules of the GT Daytona class race cars to better align with global FIA GTS specifications. The goal is to make race car development easier, to attract new teams and new manufacturers, and that was the plan for Lexus, which had initially intended on running the full 2016 United SportsCar Championship campaign. When it is finally ready for racing in North America, the RC F GT3 will still have to go up against proven competition in the GTD class, such as the 2014 Porsche 911 GT America, 2013 Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 and 2015 Audi R8 LMS just to name a few.

Continue reading for the full story.

Read more
Lexus Unveils World's First Heartbeat Car

Lexus Unveils World’s First Heartbeat Car

Properly done, a modern sports car is the metal-and-motor equivalent of strong psychoactive substances. Simply sitting in one is enough to get the heart racing, and now, Lexus wants to put that effect on display with this unique, one-off, biometric-responsive 2015 Lexus RC F Coupe.

The concept took six months to develop as a collaborative effort between Lexus Australia and the creative agency M&C Saatchi. Several different technologies were utilized to monitor the driver’s heartbeat and convert the data into electric signals that light up the external bodywork. The exterior is covered in a special electro-luminescent paint from the U.S.-specialist Luminor, and acts like a giant EKG that glows with pulses mimicking the driver’s heart rate.

During the day, the car looks like a stock silver RC F. But as soon as the lights go out, the car shines in a bright teal hue that responds to the driver’s pulse in one of several preset patterns.

The concept is the latest Lexus marketing piece in a string of projects that have included outdoor billboards that respond to the car you’re driving and a Back to the Future-style hoverboard.

“The heartbeat car also links to another key part of Lexus – high performance vehicles – via our F marque models, and the emotional responses a machine like the RC F can inspire in a person,” said Sean Hanley, Lexus Australia Chief Executive, in a press release.

Continue reading for the full story.

Read more
2015 Lexus RC - Driven

2015 Lexus RC - Driven

The new 2015 Lexus RC 350 F Sport grabs attention like few cars at this price point do. Maybe it’s the fact that there aren’t a lot of them around, or maybe it’s the extravagant design that doesn’t mimic anything else, but my Molten Pearl orange tester was the subject of a lot of rubbernecking. The high point of the week came as I was cruising on the freeway when a brutally modified 2013 Ford Mustang SVT Shelby GT500 raced through traffic to come up on my right, hover there a moment, and rev his engine repeatedly, like a roaring gorilla. He was making eye contact, too. Without meaning to, the RC 350 F had challenged the silverback.

So is Lexus’ new sporty-aggressive coupe up to the challenge it poses to the sports and muscle cars of the world? I spent a week out in the wild with one to find out. Lexus has a mixed history with its coupes. The original SC, back in 1991, was a smooth boulevard cruiser, not quite spacious enough to be a grand tourer but a very nice car that’s aged well, if you can find one. It was followed in 2001 by the SC430, a bubble-shaped retractable hardtop that was never the challenger to the Mercedes SL that Lexus hoped it would be (though they did race the things). The RC is a jump in a different direction, with a stronger emphasis on performance. However, it’s still not a dedicated sport car. But there are worse fates than a car accidentally punching above its weight though, right? Hmm…maybe.

Continue reading for my full review.

Read more
Lexus To Race Beefed-Up RC F At Pikes Peak

Lexus To Race Beefed-Up RC F At Pikes Peak

The 2015 Lexus RC F is a gorgeous and menacing looking coupe. The only way Lexus could improve its appearance would be by giving it a a proper racing body kit. Fortunately, the Japanese already did that by creating GT3 and GT500 versions of the high-performance coupe. Now, Lexus has unveiled yet another motorsport version of the coupe, this time around specifically built for the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb.

Granted, it might not be as aerodynamic as the 2015 Lexus RC F GT3 and it doesn’t have the massive wing of the 2014 Lexus RC F GT500, but the GT Concept shown here is one hot RC F.

Lexus says the new race car builds upon the legacy of the 2012 Lexus IS F CCS-R that competed at Pikes Peak in 2012 and 2013. Hopefully, the RF C GT Concept will manage a better performance than the sedan did in 2013, when it climbed the hill in a disappointing 12-minute run. The same car ran a 10:30.850 time the previous year.

To be driven up the mountain by Justin Bell, son of racing legend Derek Bell and GT2 class Le Mans winner in 1998, the RC F GT Concept will allow Lexus engineers to experiment with "different tuning ideas, settings and software" for future production use.

"Competition efforts like Pikes Peak help nurture a performance engineering culture and ideology that will have the greatest influence of future F brand products," said Jeff Bracken, Vice President and General Manager of Lexus.

Continue reading for the full story.

Read more
Lexus Trademarks IS 300 and RC 300

Lexus Trademarks IS 300 and RC 300

Trademarks are often worth just about as much as the paper the company filed them on, but some stand out more than others. Two recent trademarks that stand out are the IS 300 and RC 300 by Lexus.

While it isn’t odd to see a “300” trailing the letters in a Lexus name, what is odd is the lack of an “h” after the “300.” This “h” is a signal that the model is a hybrid, and it follows the only other “300” model in Lexus’s lineup, the 2013 Lexys ES 300h. So what is Lexus doing here?

In all of Lexus’ non-hybrid models, the numbers in the name indicate the engine size; for example, the RC 350, ES 350, IS 350, and GS 350 all have a 3.5-liter V-6, while the GX 460 has a 4.6-liter V-8, and the LX 570 has a 5.7-liter V-8. Logic says that Lexus is working on a new 3.0-liter V-6 engine, right?

This may not be the case, as some reports are indicating that the IS 300 and RC 300 will use an updated version of the current 3.5-liter V-6. While I appreciate the report, I cannot find any logical reason for Lexus to completely mess up its naming scheme by installing a 3.5-liter V-6 engine in an IS 300 or RC 300. It simply doesn’t make sense.

I think the more obvious answer, and the correct one, is the initial thought that Lexus is working on a new 3.0-liter V-6 engine. This makes me wonder if a turbocharger or two may be in order too, helping the IS 300 and RC 300 better match up with the 340i and the 440i (if Bimmer releases one), which produce 320 horsepower and 330 pound-feet of torque. This is 14 horsepower and 53 pound-feet more torque than the RC 350 and IS 350. Adding in a potent V-6 with a turbocharger seems like the logical move in the near future.

Continue reading for the full story.

Read more
Jim Lentz Would Have Preferred Lexus Invested In a Three-Row Crossover

Jim Lentz Would Have Preferred Lexus Invested In a Three-Row Crossover

Which would you prefer: a large, cargo-gulping SUV, or a streamlined, two-door sports car? If you’re anything like yours truly, that isn’t even a question – who needs ground clearance when you’ve got handling on your side? Once upon a time, Lexus agreed with that conclusion, opting to introduce performance cred-boosting coupes in lieu of a Mercedes GL or Audi Q7 fighter. But surveying the current market landscape, Toyota Motor Corp.’s North American CEO Jim Lentz thinks a three-row crossover would have been the better choice.

"In hindsight, if I was making this decision 10 years ago, seeing what I see today, the three-row [crossover] probably would have been the better play to come out first," Lentz told Automotive News. "Strategically that’s a more important vehicle to have than necessarily a lower volume, higher priced image product."

Lentz’s clarified foresight is based on the low price of gasoline and Gen Y’s burgeoning demand for family transport.

Despite replacing a potentially lost opportunity, the Lexus RC coupe isn’t performing poorly by any means when it comes to sales, with 4,258 units moved through the first four months of 2015, more than the flagship LS. Additionally, Lexus sales through April are up 17 percent in the U.S. compared to last year, just behind the top luxury brands of Mercedes and BMW. However, Lentz feels no pressure to move units just to beat the Europeans: "In the luxury business, chasing volume is not a good strategy," he said. "Luxury cars cost a certain dollar amount for a reason. I don’t want to cheapen my cars just to offer a lease that’s $20 a month less."

Continue reading for the full story.

Read more
Lexus RC F GT3 To Race At 24 Hours of Nurburgring

Lexus RC F GT3 To Race At 24 Hours of Nurburgring

It’s not often that luxury automakers tackle motorsports with factory-built race cars, but it seems more and more brands are joining the fun. Lexus was the latest company to announce such intentions at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, where it unveiled the RC F GT3. As the name suggests, this RC F coupe was built to FIA GT3 specifications for privateers to use in various competitions such as the Blancpain Endurance and Sprint Series. The RC F GT3 is Lexus’ first such project since it shelved the GTE program for the discontinued LFA, and it seems the Japanese are ready to launch a full-scale attack in the VLN series in 2015.

According to Sportscar365, the RC F GT3 will make its European debut later this year, with Farnbacher Racing and Emil Frey Racing as development partners. Driven by Dominik and Mario Farnbacher, making it the first the Farnbacher brother race together in the same car, the first RC F GT3 will debut in the third round of the 2015 VLN season on June 20th, at the Nurburgring track. The second car, run by Emile Frey Racing, will see Lorenz Frey, Markus Oestreich, and Jordan Tresson taking turns behind the wheel.

"Lexus sees the Nurburgring as a perfect testing ground to make the car ready for 2016, which they see as their target year to sell to customers. We plan to do a lot of testing since the car is still under development,” Dominik Farnbacher told Sportscar365.

Continue reading to learn more about the Lexus RC F GT3.

Read more
Chris Harris Gives the RC-F a Flogging on the Road and Track: Video

Chris Harris Gives the RC-F a Flogging on the Road and Track: Video

When Lexus debuted the RC F, the new coupe filled the gap that has been sitting vacant for some time: a two-door F model from Lexus. However, with all the other luxury automakers going the turbocharged, small-displacement route to milk power from their performance models, can the naturally aspirated, 5.0-liter-powered RC F really keep pace with the segment?

One of my favorite video journalists, Chris Harris, spent some time with the 2015 RC F both on the track and on public roads to see just how good Lexus’ new performance coupe was. As usual, this video has plenty of sideways action and loads of tire smoke, but Harris came away with a bit of a split decision on the RC F.

On the track, Harris noted that the RC F is a little piggish, due do the extra heft it totes around. He also noticed that it’s not as eager to let the tail end slide, and instead pushes toward the outside of the corner. Finally, with the pedal on the mat, he felt like it lacked the bite that the 2015 M4 has.

On the road, however, things are completely different, as Chris loved the 467-horsepower coupe’s road manners and its ability to become a fierce, asphalt-devouring machine at the drop of the hammer. He noted that it felt about as dynamic as most buyers would want from a road car. Additionally, and this is a biggie, he said that the interior (not to mention the exterior) looks distinctly Japanese, giving buyers something different than the typical German style that blankets the luxury car segment.

Read more
Dubai Police Adds Lexus RC F To Its Fleet

Dubai Police Adds Lexus RC F To Its Fleet

In most parts of the world, the 2015 Lexus RC F might seem like an unusual pick for a police car, but in Dubai, it’s a relatively tame one. Over the last couple of years, the Dubai Police has been touting its ever-expanding fleet of exotic, high-performance cars wearing its signature green-and-white livery, and its latest addition is Lexus’ all-new, 467-horsepower coupe… not to mention a really cool two-door Toyota Land Cruiser.

These two vehicles join an extraordinary lineup of cop cars that include a Ferrari FF, Chevrolet Camaro SS, McLaren MP4-12C, Audi R8, Mercedes-Benz G-Class, Bentley Continental, a pair of Porsche Panamera sedans and even the Gibbs Quadski. These are just some of the vehicles that have been revealed on the police department’s social media feeds or in a promotional video, and that does not include the various helicopters and speed boats the department has at its disposal.

The RC F would actually make a pretty cool pursuit vehicle, but the sport bucket seats and small back seat might limit its usefulness for police officers. So rather than using them for crime prevention, the Dubai Police use these cars more for marketing purposes at demonstrations or as show vehicles. Still, knowing these cars are lurking somewhere in the city, it probably wouldn’t be a wise decision to attempt to flee the police if you’re ever visiting Dubai.

Click past the jump to read more about Lexus RC F.

Read more
Lexus RC350 VS. BMW 435i in the Eyes of Lexus: Video

Lexus RC350 VS. BMW 435i in the Eyes of Lexus: Video

Some say that mudslinging is as American as Mississippi mud, and in certain countries — the U.S. included — the legal system more than welcomes negative publicity. Normally, this type of dark PR is good for business, but there are times when the original intent backfires and this is pretty much what seems to happen in one of Lexus’ latest YouTube videos, where an RC350 is pitted against one of its arch enemies, the BMW 435i.

In short, a Lexus spokeswoman is trying to emphasize all the advantages that the newest Lexus coupe has against the top of the range version of the BMW 4 Series. She mentions differences like the six more horsepower developed by the naturally aspirated, 3.5-liter V-6 from the Lexus RC350, its "sports car" center console, the fresher exterior design of the model, and certain bits and pieces that come in standard on the Lexus and are optional extras on the BMW. In theory, this type of marketing would make the RC350 sound like the best-buying option in its segment, but if you take a look at the amount of negative comments that the footage received it becomes apparent that the result is a bit far from showing that.

Since both the RC350 and the 435i are shown using a rather complementing light, the comparison doesn’t actually seem to show a clear winner in the end, and some may even say that the BMW 4 Series probably earned more fans because of it. Not to mention that some of the "winning" features on the RC Coupe, such as the touchpad interface or its "innovative" exterior styling aren’t exactly universally loved. On top of that, the six horsepower "powertrain advantage" of the Lexus don’t sound as appetizing if you look at the much better 0-to-60-mph acceleration of the 435i (5.3 seconds for the BMW versus 5.8 seconds in the RC350) or at its higher mileage (19 mpg city and 28 mpg highway for the Lexus versus 21 mpg city and 32 mpg highway for the BMW).

Read more
Lexus RC F Configurator Goes Live

Lexus RC F Configurator Goes Live

Lexus’ brave offensive against the Germans continued in 2014 with the introduction of the 2015 RC F, a state-of-the-art, beefed-up coupe aimed at the BMW M4 and the Audi RS5. The high-performance two-door was unveiled with aggressive exterior styling, a sporty interior inspired by the LF-A supercar, and a brand-new V-8 powerplant behind the massive front grille. The 5.0-liter V-8 cranks out 467 horsepower and 389 pound-feet of torque, placing the RC F above its BMW- and Audi-badged rivals in terms of horsepower. Sure, the Japanese coupe is half a second slower than the M4 from 0 to 60 mph, but it comes with a superior top speed at 170 mph.

Whether you’re pondering on the idea of buying and RC F or you’re just anxious to find out what kind of goodies Lexus has in store for it, the sports coupe’s configurator is now online to keep our index fingers busy for a while. Read on to find more about the exterior colors, interior trims and options available for the RC F before you build your own coupe. And make sure you share it with us in the comments section.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Lexus RC F.

Read more
2015 Lexus RC F By VIP Auto Salon

2015 Lexus RC F By VIP Auto Salon

Lexus’ Bimmer/Audi fighter has a history dating back to the late 90s, with the IS sedan and wagon, also known as the Toyota Altezza in other markets. The aftermarket took to the IS quickly, with performance packages that enhanced the entry-level luxury car’s engine and suspension, not to mention a countless array of truly awful taillights that offered a knock off version of the Altezza rear end for just about every make and model ever created.

Nowadays, the Altezza’s big brother, the RC F, has matured a bit over its sibling. It’s more expensive, heavier, and more powerful than the IS, plus it comes with all kinds of cool gadgets and amenities, like 19-inch wheels, a speed-sensing rear spoiler, and a blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert. The top-range Carbon Model also features a torque-vectoring rear differential, carbon-fiber roof, and premium stereo system.

Even though the RC F is essentially an enhanced IS sporting some very nice equipment, the aftermarket can’t be stopped in its never-ending quest for an upgrade.

Enter VIP Auto Salon. Stationed out of southern California in the city of Orange, VIP was first established in 2006, and specializes in Toyota/Lexus performance and luxury. This past SEMA, VIP brought its modified RC F to the now-closed 2014 SEMA show as a showpiece for what happens when premium aftermarket parts meets crowd-sourced decision making.

The result is something unique, but not entirely out of line from what you’d get from the factory. Every aspect of the car has seen at least a little attention, and that’s good. I like the RC F as an alternative to the standard Bavarian sporting luxury, and I think there’s a good chance that anyone who picks one up might be inclined to invest some money back into it. The M4 and RS5 are both great cars, but anyone looking for something special should think about taking a trip to the Lexus dealership, followed by a quick jaunt over to VIP.

Click past the jump to read more about Lexus RC F By VIP Auto Salon.

Read more
Lexus LF-C2 Won't Make it to Production

Lexus LF-C2 Won’t Make it to Production

When Lexus pulled back the sheets on the new 2015 Lexus LF-C2, drop-top lovers the world over rejoiced. Since the new IS Convertible is dead, there is no open-roof car for the brand and there was lots of hope that Lexus would put this new concept into production. It seems that is not the case however, if this new report from Motor Trend is to be believed. It seems that the LF-C2 has been killed before it was even born.

The report claims that despite the warm auto show receptions, the Lexus dealer network has been up in arms over the fact that the there is going to be a new convertible, but there is no modern three-row crossover to take on the likes of the Audi Q7 and the Mercedes GL. MT claims that the current RX platform can’t be stretched, and the large and rather ancient GX is going the way of the dodo, so the new three-row will be constructed on the new LS platform.

As it will be based on a rear-wheel-drive platform, this new crossover will be a great competitor to the Germans as well as the Americans like the Escalade. Of course being a unibody crossover, it should be much more refined and a better drive than the big Americans. There is no word on what this new crossover might be called, but depending on the time of death for the GX, Lexus could continue to use that name.

In a final note, Motor Trend says you shouldn’t expect to see this new larger machine before 2018.

Click past the jump to read more about the Lexus LF-C2 concept.

Read more
Lexus' Future Models Will be Sportier and More Emotional

Lexus’ Future Models Will be Sportier and More Emotional

The Lexus RC and the NX crossover get top marks as the best-looking Lexus models in the automaker’s entire lineup. But don’t be surprised if Lexus decides to swing for the fences and use the aggressive designs of the RC and the NX as springboards for a sportier and “more emotional” lineup.

Lexus’ European vice president Alain Uyttenhoven told CAR Magazine the company is looking to adopt a passion-based design platform for its future lineup. According to Uyttenhoven, it’s not enough for Lexus to continue promoting what it’s already good at, namely hybrid technology and all-world class and refinement. If it wants to appeal to a European market that puts a premium on sporty DNA, it needs to up the ante and design bolder and more distinctive models.

It’s easier said than done, but Uyytenhoven is confident that the company can pull it off without compromising its own brand identity. The RC F, in particular, showed that Lexus has the tools to develop an aggressively styled sports car that could give the BMW M4 a serious run for its money.

Now the focus isn’t to just stop with the RC and the NX, but to use those two models as the proverbial pegs to develop a future line up of Lexus models that adhere to the same sporty and emotional design principles.

That’s just one aspect of what the Lexus braintrust is thinking about these days. More F models are also expected as the company steers toward emphasizing dynamic models that not only look good, but also have the performance chops to back it up.

Uyytenhoven also didn’t rule out the possibility of performance hybrid models in the future, a sentiment previously shared by Haruhiko Tanahashi, the brains behind the design of the Lexus LF-A.

Lexus is definitely cooking a lot of things in the kitchen these days. Now we wait and see if there’s anything that comes out of it.

Click past the jump to read more about the Lexus’ future design plans.

Read more
2015 Lexus RC Configurator Goes Live

2015 Lexus RC Configurator Goes Live

The 2015 Lexus RC has been on my wish list ever since the sports coupe made its debut at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show. But like most people in my tax bracket, my dream of owning the RC continues to be just that: a dream.

Fortunately, the online configurator for the Lexus RC has officially gone live. If I can’t buy an actual RC, at least I can live vicariously through the one I create on the configurator.

Since budget isn’t an issue with online configurators, I opted to get the RC 350 AWD, even though it’s $2,235 more than the RWD trim. My imaginary self would’ve appreciated that more.

Jumping into the exterior, I decided not to go with any of the flashy body colors Lexus was offering. So off the bat, the Molten Pearl, Ultrasonic Blue Mica, and Infrared colors were crossed off. I wanted my RC to retain a classy look that complemented its sporty appearance so I chose the Atomic Silver finish.

Once that was settled, I chose the Playa Linear Dark Mocha Wood Trim for my interior. It still reverberated that elegant look, but the striking shade of the leather creates a playful balance that I want my RC to have.

I was also given a choice on what package I wanted my RC to have. Since I’m a stickler for convenience, I opted for the Navigation Package, which I think is best suited for me. It may not have the F Sport package, but given a choice between dressing up my RC or equipping it with state-of-the-art navigation and safety technology, I opted for the latter.

Once everything was settled, the total cost of my Lexus RC hit $54,259. Not bad, right?

If you guys have some time to spare, try to build your own Lexus RC. Just head over to Lexus.com/configurator and you can get started immediately.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Lexus RC.

Read more
Video: Lexus RC F Gets its Fill on the Road and Track

Video: Lexus RC F Gets its Fill on the Road and Track

Taking on the venerable BMW M4 Coupe is a bold move for any carmaker. The Germans pretty much created the yardstick for sporting luxury, and while many have attempted to overthrow the ruling class, most have failed. Lexus, however, may have created the perfect usurper with the RC F.

The RC F was first unveiled in 2013 as the successor to the IS. This performance coupe takes many cues from its bigger brother, the LF-A, with body styling and interior design that mimics Lexus’ supercar. You’ll also find aerodynamic features that made the jump, such as a speed-sensing rear wing that deploys from the trunk lid when traveling over 50 mph.

The most interesting feature, however, lies under the hood, where a 5.0-liter V-8 revving over 7,000 rpm creates 467 horsepower and 389 pound-feet of torque. That’s a substantial wallop, even in a car as heavy as the RC F, and it’s enough to propel the coupe from a standstill to 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds. The quarter-mile blinks by in 12.5 seconds, and if you keep your foot planted, you’ll reach an electronically limited top speed of 170 mph.

The Lexus clearly has the power, but can it hang with the Bimmer in the corners? With nearly two tons of mass to haul around, that could be a rather tall order. There’s a trick Torque Vectoring Differential to help put down all that V-8 juice at the rear wheels, plus Lexus says it’s developed the RC F’s suspension in anticipation of track duty, but we still have our doubts. BMW is known for producing cars that offer sublime handling, and it’s engineers have pulled out all the squishy comfort bits to make the current generation M4 truly shine on the track.

To sort it all out, Autocar put the RC F to test on the road and on the track. Does Lexus have what it takes to beat out BMW? Press play to find out. You can also check out TopSpeed’s take on this match up here.

Read more
Lexus Wants to Enter V8 Supercar Racing

Lexus Wants to Enter V8 Supercar Racing

Australia’s Lexus boss Sean Hanley says the automaker is currently evaluating joining the V8 Supercar grid for 2017. This is thanks to potentially shifting rules in the race series that would allow two-door cars to race. Luckily, Lexus just happens to have such a car that qualifies: the 2015 RC F.

The automaker has already showcased a potential race variant of the RC F in GT3 form. Now with changing rules, things are looking up.

“I would have shut the door on motorsport a year ago, particularly V8 Supercar racing in terms of a promotion, marketing and brand exercise," Hanley says. "But I think the door is slightly open."

Unfortunately, we shouldn’t expect anything from Lexus on the V8 Supercar series in the next two years. However, Hanley countered himself saying. "But what is equally clear to me, is if there is eligibility that allowed a coupe, we have a coupe that could go into that race and do pretty well."

He confesses the company does have an interest in GT3 and a race like the Bathurst 12 Hour, but no firm plans have been made.

Lexus is technically ready to race in the Bathurst 12 Hour race this coming February, as those regulations would already allow the RC F GT3 to compete. Perhaps the automaker just isn’t ready to make that announcement yet.

Click past the jump to read more about Lexus’ future V-8 supercar.

Read more
2015 Lexus RC 350 F SPORT by Gordon Ting/Beyond Marketing

2015 Lexus RC 350 F SPORT by Gordon Ting/Beyond Marketing

The Lexus RC is a car that’s made for a show like SEMA. I’m pretty certain that I’m not the only with that opinion. I’ve been one of the biggest fans of the RC since it first made its debut at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show and I haven’t second guessed it since. Now, it’s headed to the SEMA Auto Show, thanks to the collaboration of noted aftermarket companies LexusTuned, GReddy, Toyo Tires, and Rocket Bunny.

You would think that I’d be a fan of this heavily modified Lexus RC. But actually, I’m not. I know, shocker...

To be clear, I understand why the RC was modified to look like this. It’s the objective of nearly every tuner at SEMA to show up with something intense, but there’s something to be said for going a little too far with it and robbing the car of its personality.

I think that’s what happened to this RC. A lot of the character lines I loved on the standard version have been replaced with a wide-body kit that makes the RC look about as appealing as a fading actress with too many facelifts. The rear section, specifically the spoiler and the custom diffuser, does add a more aggressive look to the sports coupe, but overall, the kit didn’t accentuate the RC’s sexiness.

Updated 11/04/2014: Lexus unveiled the official images of this very cool RC 350 F developed by Gordon Ting in cooperation with Beyond Marketing. Details after the jump.

Click past the jump to read more about the Lexus RC By LexusTuned, GReddy, Toyo Tires And Rocket Bunny.

Read more
Lexus Reportedly Considering a Hotter Version of the RC F

Lexus Reportedly Considering a Hotter Version of the RC F

The Lexus RC F Coupe is one of the hottest new models to hit the market and its popularity is continuing to grow. But now, Motoring Australia is reporting that an even hotter version of the RC F Coupe is on its way.

The auto news outlet recently had a conversation with Lexus chief engineer Yukihiro Yaguchi and the Japanese engineer divulged details on the possibility of an improved version of the RC F that will debut in 2015. Granted, he didn’t explicitly say that an improved RC F would translate to a more powerful RC F Coupe. That would be getting too ahead of ourselves. Instead, the model will likely be geared towards making it more “enjoyable to drive”.

That’s a nice way of putting it, but everyone knows that the RC F is a performance model first and foremost. It wouldn’t be enough to say that an improved new RC F would just be “more enjoyable” than the one that’s already on the market. Remember, the RC F already packs a 5.0-liter V-8 that pumps out 467 horsepower and 389 pound-feet of torque. That’s good enough to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds and up to 168 mph. If Lexus really wants to make a statement, a 500-horsepower RC F Coupe would be the way to do it.

Fortunately, Yaguchi didn’t close the door on that potentially happening, telling Motoring that more power could be extracted from the V-8 without necessarily going the route of forced induction. The question now is if Lexus is planning to do that.

Yaguchi says Lexus is already thinking about it. Hopefully, Lexus moves past the thinking stage into the doing stage sooner than later.

Click past the jump to read more about the Lexus RC F.

Read more
2015 Lexus RC - First Drive

2015 Lexus RC - First Drive

The crisp, cold air caught me off guard when I stepped from the hotel into the staging area where Lexus had filed a handful of its newest creations into two lines, prepped for a drive through the lush countryside that envelopes New York’s Hudson Valley. The brisk air might not have been what this Floridian was used to in mid-September, but once behind the wheel of the 2015 Lexus RC F, things became familiar.

Though I’d not sat in Lexus’ two-door, rear-drive sports coupe a day in my life, the interior was an immediately recognizable place, harking back to my time in the 2014 IS 350 F-Sport. The controls fell in the same position, the infotainment screen showed the same Enform system, even the overall design looked like I’d accidentally sat in the wrong Lexus.

And that’s not a bad thing.

While there’s plenty of IS flavor in the new RC, there’s even more that’s unfamiliar. The beautifully stitched sports seats, the reworked gauge cluster, and the center console arrangement are all new, not to mention the 2+2 seating configuration.

Slipping the eight-speed automatic into gear, the faintly audible rumble of the RC F’s 5.0-liter V-8 mumbled at a lower tone. Our entourage of journalists was off to conquer a two-hour drive before arriving at our destination, Monticello Motor Club.

Read more
2016 Lexus RC Convertible

2016 Lexus RC Convertible

My recent drive around the Monticello Motor Club in the 2015 Lexus RC still has me pondering all the possibilities Lexus could throw at its new two-door coupe. TopSpeed has already reported Lexus’ hints at a four-door version of the car, but then the idea struck about a drop-top version. It makes perfect sense, so just follow along.

See, the RC’s chassis is a mishmash of sorts. It’s front clip, engine cradle, and suspension supports are borrowed from the GS sedan. The rear section is from the new IS sedan. But the middle section is pulled off the aging IS C, Lexus’ 2+2 hardtop convertible. Now with that stiff center section acting as the RC’s foundation, plus the serious bracing Lexus put in the chassis’ middle section, it seems completely possible for the RC to get a convertible version.

The idea becomes even more plausible when considering Lexus could replace the old IS C convertible with the RC Convertible. Development and engineering costs would be minimal as the majority of the work should already be done. Lexus’ customer base then gets a new hardtop convertible that could come available with the F Sport and track-ready F packages. That puts Lexus in line to compete with the BMW M4 Convertible and Audi RS 5 Cabriolet.

The RC Convertible would span all trim and powertrain levels, so expect the base RC 350 to get the topless treatment too — just as our rendering shows. Expect the RC Convertible to debut for the 2016 model year if the project gets the go-ahead.

Click past the jump to read more about the future Lexus RC.

Read more
TopSpeed Podcast Episode 028 LIVE

TopSpeed Podcast Episode 028 LIVE

You can go ahead and mark another successful TopSpeed Podcast in the books. Thanks for everyone who hung out with us live. We really appreciate it. If you missed the live show, don’t worry. You can watch or listen to the entire show right here.

We start things off with Mark’s week spent with the Hyundai Sonata Turbo. I take some time to talk about how incredibly well-designed the new 2015.5 Volvo XC60 is, and Mark comes back to talk about the incredible fun that is the Lexus RC and RC F.

When we make it over to the news portion of the show we spend the start of the show discussing the departure of Ferrari’s chairman, Luca di Montezemolo and what it could mean for the brand going forward. After that we move on to some Viper talk with the announcement of the new price cut, and we look at our beautiful rendering of what a new Viper Roadster would look like.

We keep up the excitement of new car news with a discussion about how great the new Mercedes AMG GT and Jaguar XE look now that both have been officially announced.

In this week’s Viewer Questions we talk about the V-8 engines we think sound the best and we discuss what happens if we get a press car that we don’t like. Do we still drive it, or does it sit in the driveway while we enjoy our personal cars?

We finish things up with an Own, Drive, Burn segment that consists of three legendary cars from Nissan’s past.

As always, we appreciate everyone who watches or listens. Don’t forget to leave your comments below. We love any and all feedback; good or bad. We also love to get questions and Own, Drive, Burn suggestions for next week’s show.

Stay safe and have a wonderful weekend, everyone. We will be back to see you next Thursday!

Read more
2015 Lexus RC F

2015 Lexus RC F

The Lexus IS dates back to 1998, when it was introduced as an entry-level luxury car mainly in Japan and the United States. Initially launched as a four-door sedan and five-door wagon, the IS didn’t receive a two-door version until the second-generation model came in 2006. However, the Japanese only built a convertible, postponing the coupe for a few more years. The much-anticipated coupe has finally arrived for the 2015 model year, about 12 months after Lexus unveiled the third-generation IS. But unlike the latter, the coupe carries the RC F nameplate.

Although it borrows most of its styling from the IS sedan, the RC F features a more aggressive design, which is supposed to pay tribute to Lexus’ only supercar as of 2014, the LFA. The RC F, however, is not intended to compete with the likes of the Nissan GT-R, but rather take on the BMW M4, the upcoming Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe and the Audi RS5. Does it have what it takes to play with Germany’s main weapons for the sports coupe market? Read on to find out.

Updated 08/18/2015: Car Buyer took a spin in a U.K.-spec Lexus RC-F and the reviewer was pretty impressed with the model. Enjoy the video!

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Lexus RC F.

Read more
Lexus Prepares GS F and Four-Door RC F for 2016

Lexus Prepares GS F and Four-Door RC F for 2016

It seems Lexus is preparing a new GS F sedan for production in the 2016 model year. Reports confirm the performance sedan will be powered by an upgraded, 5.0-liter V-8 that powers the upcoming RC F coupe. The GS F will also get an eight-speed automatic from ZF, along with a Torsen rear differential as standard equipment.

We can expect the GS F’s V-8 to pump out roughly 506 horsepower and just under 400 pound-feet of torque. That should put the four-door sedan in the mid four-second range to 60 mph and at a top speed exceeding 170 mph.

Holding everything together will be a lengthened version of the RC’s chassis. A multi-link, electronic suspension with separate drive modes is also expected. The new GS F will borrow some of the RC F’s styling cues, including that massive Lexus Spindle Grille. Expect the GS F to cost around $130,000 when it hits the market.

What’s more, Lexus is apparently working on a four-door version of the RC F. If that’s the case, it will surely ride on the same lengthened platform as the GS F and share much of its underpinnings. It may be a case of slight size and styling differences being the only separators. AutoCar is reporting the four-door RC F is likely to bow "sometime in 2016" as well.

Click past the jump to read more about the Lexus GS F and RC F.

Read more
2014 Geneva Motor Show Preview

2014 Geneva Motor Show Preview

Time has grown short in our wait for the 2014 Geneva Auto Showto begin in the little Swiss city of Geneva. The main media festivities are set to take place March 4th and 5th with the show remaining in full swing throughout the week for the general public. There will be plenty of new cars debuting for the first time along with numerous cars with minor updates.

While the actual list is incredibly long, we’ve compiled a condensed version of the main vehicles on display that are either new or show a significant update over their outgoing counterpart. As the event rolls on, we’ll be bringing you the brand new information straight from the automakers regarding their latest models. Be sure to watch out for news on the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge’s powertrain, Subaru’s plans with the Viziv 2 Concept, and if Volkswagen will bring their Golf GTE to the United States.

Click past the jump for all the info on the 2014 Geneva Auto Show

Read more
2015 Lexus RC F Vs BMW M4 Coupe

2015 Lexus RC F Vs BMW M4 Coupe

Like Ron Burgundy, high-performance cars are kind of a big deal around here. Anytime something new comes out, it causes quite a stir. So you can imagine the excitement built up over the new offerings from BMW and Lexus. Both companies have been hard at work building track-ready beasts like the M3/M4 duo and RC F ready to take on the clock, the instrumented testing, and each other as they duke it out for a spot on your dream driveway.

While neither the M4 Coupe nor the RC F has been driven by anyone outside their respective manufactures, the comparisons have already begun. And that’s what we’re doing here. A detailed look into their numbers, estimated performance stats, and brand history to see which car is likely to find itself on top once the real-world comparison tests happen.

Until time narrows towards the cars’ launches this summer, guessing is all we can do. However, we can make educated guesses based on the criteria above. We will also take a close look at each car’s interior and exterior design, usability, and pricing. Follow along as we dive deep into the numbers to dissect which car will emerge as king.

Click past the jump for the comparison

Read more
2015 Lexus RC 350 F Sport

2015 Lexus RC 350 F Sport

Lexus has announced today the addition of an F SPORT model to its upcoming RC 350 coupe. The automaker released the teaser image above in an effort to drum up excitement for the car’s official debut on March 4th at the Geneva Motor Show.

The car is expected to get the standard battery of F SPORT-type upgrades that primarily concentrate on improved handling and braking. The 3.5-liter V-6 will likely remain unchanged, still making 314 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. A sportier appearance will also come with the package, including the F-style of Lexus’ spindle grille design and other interior upgrades.

The RC 350 F SPORT will slot above the standard RC 350 but below the awesome-looking RC F — the latter of which gets a meaty 5.0-liter V-8 kicking out 450 horsepower.

Also happening at the Geneva show is Lexus’ RC 350 F GT3 racing concept. The racer makes its appearance to mark Lexus’ intentions to enter the GT3 racing series.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Lexus RC.

Read more
2015 Lexus RC F Carbon Package

2015 Lexus RC F Carbon Package

In the upcoming months we will learn lots of new details on the recently launched Lexus RC F, like the official specifications, prices and other optional features. The first of the news started today when Lexus finally released the first images of the optional Carbon Fiber package.

The biggest change that comes with this package is the clear-coated carbon-fiber roof, hood and active rear spoiler, which raises and lowers depending on the coupe’s speed in order to improve the car’s driving dynamics and stability at high speeds. These new parts not only look cool, but they also help lower the curb weight and lower the center of gravity. This will easily translate into improved performance figures.

No other details were released just yet, but we expect this optional carbon fiber package to add some carbon-fiber goodness on the interior too.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Lexus RC F.

Read more
Lexus Teases New F Model for 2014 Detroit Auto Show

Lexus Teases New F Model for 2014 Detroit Auto Show

Lexus just dropped the first teaser image on a new F model that will be unveiled next month at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show. All the image shows in the front wheel, fender and part of the headlight, but most the model in question is likely the F variant of the recently launched 2015 Lexus RC.

While no concrete details were offered, Lexus did describe the new model as "engineered from scratch, one performance layer at a time, the newest F model promises a bold, gritty, experience synonymous with the famed Lexus F heritage."

The RC F was caught testing plenty of times, and it will be offered as a cheaper alternative to the likes of the BMW M4 Coupe and Audi RS5.

If the model shown here is indeed the RC F, then you should expect it to simply look like an RC updated with the usual F model elements, like the more aggressive body kit, the larger wheels, sports suspension, high-performance brakes and the obligatory more potent engine.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Lexus RC F.

Read more