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2015 Lexus RC F

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  • Lexus RC F
  • Year:
    2015
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  • Engine:
    V8
  • Transmission:
    Eight-speed Sports Direct Shift
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    467 @ 7100 (Est.)
  • Torque @ RPM:
    389 (Est.)
  • Displacement:
    5.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    4.5 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    168 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    63325
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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!

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10 Years of Lexus' F Series Culminates With Pair of Chicago Auto Show-bound Special Edition models

10 Years of Lexus’ F Series Culminates With Pair of Chicago Auto Show-bound Special Edition models

Give the marque a standing ovation!

10 years ago, Lexus shed its luxury skin and revealed a side of it that, until that point, very few of us knew existed. The birth of the Lexus F marque not only gave Lexus a chance to showcase its performance capabilities but more importantly, it opened the doors for a series of performance cars that have made their mark in the business. Without the Lexus F, we wouldn’t see the IS F, the RC F, the GC F, and most prominently, the LFA supercar. Imagine a world without the LFA. I certainly can’t.

The Japanese automaker is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, and it’s bringing not one, but two special edition models to the Chicago Auto Show. If you haven’t paid attention to the Lexus F yet, the arrival of the RC F and GC F 10th Anniversary models in Chicago is a good time to start giving the marque the credit it deserves.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Lexus Launches V-LCRO Technology

Lexus Launches V-LCRO Technology

Bringing hook-and-loop fasteners to the track

As performance cars are becoming quicker and more powerful, automakers are spending quite a lot of time and money developing driver seats that enhance the connection between man and machine. Have you noticed how seat bolstering grows slightly bigger with each new update on supercars or beefed-up sedans and coupes wearing the iconic "M" and "AMG" badges? Well, the next Lexus RC F might not need an upgrade in that department as the Japanese brand has launched a technology that promises to allow the driver to take turns more aggressively without relying on the latest race-spec.

The new performance feature is dubbed V-LCRO, which stands for Variable Load Coupling Rear Orientation, and employs a technology that’s over 75 years old. Specifically, these new seats are lined with Velcro, the fabric with hook-and-loop fasteners known for their use in the clothing industry. Velcro isn’t exactly new to automobile as it has already been used to bond headliners, floor mats, and speaker covers, but it’s the first time an automaker turns it into a performance-enhancing feature.

Lexus says that the V-LCRO system is designed to hold the driver in place at up to three Gs in any direction. There is a downside however. The driver needs to wear a specially designed suit with a complex pattern of hooks and loops. The technology has already been tested with great results by professional racing driver Scott Pruett: "The beauty of this technology is its simplicity. With V-LCRO, Lexus has created an unprecedented connection between driver and vehicle, and the impact on the track has been phenomenal."

The V-LCRO system was designed for both the RC F and GS F high-performance models and will become available as an option, together with a line of exclusive custom-tailored suits.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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2015 Lexus RC F - Driven

2015 Lexus RC F - Driven

Lexus isn’t an old automotive brand, but in its 26 years of existence, it’s become known as “reliable luxury” with a big emphasis on soft, cushy sedans. However, in the last few years, the young automaker has worked to reverse that stereotype, adding a sharp degree of sport and fun into its chassis designs. With the introduction of the RC coupe for 2015, the sporty fun bar got raised even higher. The only problem is whether the car appealed to the typical Lexus buyer or if the automaker had to steal customers from its European rivals.

The RC is an interesting car with a fascinating engineering background. It stands alone in the Lexus lineup as the only coupe – that is, if you don’t count the aging 2015 Lexus IS C hard-top convertible. Not that you would; the IS C leans far more towards a beach boulevard cruiser rather than back-road runner. Though the IS C is available in F Sport trim, it doesn’t fall in the same class as even the base trim RC powered by the V-6. The RC is a far better handler.

But more to the engineering point, the RC enjoys the front subframe section from the GS sedan and rear section of the new IS sedan. Its suspension shares similar tuning and its ride is more sport-oriented than the typical Lexus of yesteryear. The RC’s midsection, ironically enough, is pulled from the IS C. The hard-top convertible’s extra-ridged center section directly translates to a more sturdy structure for the coupe. What’s more, I’d bet a reasonable sum that Lexus will eventually drop the IS C and replace it with a hardtop convertible version of the RC. But that’s just an educated guess.

So what’s it like to live with the hopped-up, V-8 version of the RC, the RC F? I spent a week with a fully loaded example to find out, so keep reading for more.

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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.

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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.

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Lexus LFA And RC F Drifting At Fuji Speedway: Video

Lexus LFA And RC F Drifting At Fuji Speedway: Video

The art of the drift is a delicate, beautiful thing. On the surface, it may be all sound and fury, internal combustion and burning tires combined in a cacophony of destructive lateral motion, but really, it’s a well-orchestrated display of man and machine in perfect equilibrium, an exhibition of control over eleven-tenths grip, a tenuous mathematical equation, like a spinning top perched over uneven ground.

And when it’s done right, you know it. A proper drift is a sublime thing to behold – you might even say it looks easy. Which is why this video is such a joy to watch.

Late last month, Lexus posted the above short featuring five of its finest speed machines, draped in white, pouring smoke. Press play, and you’ll find two RC F street cars, two RC F GT racers, and a single example of the revered LFA. The canvas for this piece is Fuji Speedway, and the medium is premium choreographed opposite lock.

I don’t want to hype it up too much, but if you have three spare minutes and a love for fast cars, you owe it to yourself to check it out. Plug in the headphones and let the HD buffer. Trust me, it’s worth it.

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Lexus Will Offer New Halo Car For The Next Generation

Lexus Will Offer New Halo Car For The Next Generation

Akio Toyoda, president and CEO of Toyota Motor Corporation, believes that every 20 or 30 years, his company needs to produce a halo car so exceptional, so advanced, and so amazing that its brilliance shines down on the rest of the lineup for a whole generation. Currently, that car is the $375,000, 200-mph, 4.8-liter V-10 tour-de-force known as the Lexus LFA, which means we won’t see another vehicle like it from Toyota until at least 2030. In the meantime, however, the Japanese automaker says it has a few tricks up its sleeve to pique the interest of performance enthusiasts worldwide.

Most of the sporting goodness will spring from Lexus’ F brand, but will be informed by the advances made during development of the LFA. “Everything we learned from the LFA is trickling down into every other product in the lineup,” said Mark Templin, vice president for Lexus International, in an interview with MotorAuthority at the NYAS last week. “The F brand itself is one of the halos,” he added, saying, “We’ve started to expand it already, and you’ll see more coming… but there are some other surprises coming, too, later.”

While vague, this statement does offer some hope that Lexus will continue to develop sporty luxury cars like the GS F and RC F in the future. And as long as they draw inspiration from the venerable LFA, I don’t think you’ll be hearing too many complaints.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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Lexus Wants Your Help Naming the Orange Shade of the RC F Coupe

Lexus Wants Your Help Naming the Orange Shade of the RC F Coupe

For all the accomplishments Lexus has achieved since it broke into the luxury market scene in the mid 1980s, it still has trouble coming up with names for its paint colors. How else can you explain the company’s attempts to ask fans what to name the orange paint on the Lexus RC F Coupe?

Ok, we’re busting Lexus’ chops here a little because if it really wanted to, it could come up with a name for this orange shade pretty quickly. But to its credit, the company wants to get its fans involved, sort of like giving them a say on company decisions.

Up until now, the RC F sports coupe has only worn a striking blue paint, but Lexus is adding this orange color into the mix. The bright shade is still unnamed, so that’s where we all come into the picture.

A quick look at Lexus’ Facebook page reveals a large number of impressive recommendations already posted. We especially liked Tangering Flame, Sunset Rage, and Fireburst, among other entries. But as far as what our suggestion is, how about Orange Symphony?

It’s not the catchiest of names, but it does reflect the fiery balance of an aggressive sports car with an aggressive color to match.

If you want to make your own suggestions, hop on over to Lexus’ Facebook page. Don’t forget to tell us what your suggestion is by leaving a comment below.

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2015 Lexus RC F GT3 Concept

2015 Lexus RC F GT3 Concept

Just in time for the 2014 Geneva Motor Show is coming to the party with a new racing concept that’s based on the all-new Lexus RC F performance coupe.

The race car is called the RC F GT3 Concept and as its name suggests, Lexus built and developed it to meet Group GT3 international racing standards. All the preparations leading up to this point will actually come in full bloom next year when the concept is turned into a full-fledged racing car that will become available to racing teams beginning in the 2015 season.

So in the meantime, the RC F GT3 Concept will proudly wave to attendees of the Geneva Motor Show before undergoing a series of tests later this year to ensure that the car is fit and ready to tackle some of the best GT3 races in the world, including the 24 Hours of Nürburgring endurance race and the Super Taikyu Endurance and Super GT series in Japan.

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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.

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2014 Lexus RC F GT500

2014 Lexus RC F GT500

With Lexus officially unveiling the new RC F, its Racing division decided to develop a GT500 version for the upcoming Super GT series. The 2014 RC F GT500 made its world debut at the 2014 Tokyo Auto Salon and will begin intensive testing, before its racing debut on April 6th, 2014.

When compared to the base RC F, the new GT500 version features an aggressive body kit with a front lip spoiler, carbon-fiber canards and ventilated front fenders. On the rear, Lexus added a prominent wing and a massive rear diffuser. All these changes help improve the RC F’s stability at high speeds.

No details were offered on the interior, but we’re sure the interior will be updated with a full-racing cockpit, racing seats and a roll cage.

Under its hood, the RC F GT500 features the same engine as the road-going version: a 5.0-liter, 32-valve, V-8 engine that delivers a total of 450 horsepower and more than 383 pound-feet of torque.

Click past the jump to watch a video of the new Lexus RC F GT500 during a testing session.

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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.

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2015 Lexus RC F Leaked In Japanese Magazine Scans

2015 Lexus RC F Leaked In Japanese Magazine Scans

Until recently, Lexus has released a couple of teaser images of their upcoming RC F coupe. The company has been cleverly revealing just bits of the car as a lead up to the official reveal. Today, we bring you what could be the first leaked images of the actual car. These pictures have appeared in a Japanese magazine.

The January issue of the Japanese Best Car Magazine reveal the 2015 Lexus RC F coupe in all its glory. That said, we’re are still not sure if it is a well executed digital render or a studio image of the actual car.

The front three-quarter image clearly shows a hood scoop, special F mesh grille, air ducts in the front bumper and side vents next to the front wheel arches. The headlights on the model shown here are of the HID type with two in each housing.

This is a car Lexus wants to pit against the all-new BMW M4. The sports coupe does have a tough task at hand especially since keeping it company is the biggest name in the segment. Unlike the BMW M4, the Lexus RC F could use a 5.0-liter V-8 engine with over 400 horsepower on tap.

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Lexus F-Range to Spawn Hybrid Sports Cars

Autocar recently had the opportunity to chat with a lead engineer from Lexus and according to the ex-development lead of the Lexus LF-A project, there are a few new high-performance models lined up for the future. The interaction with Haruhiko Tanahashi also raised rumors about a V-8 powered RC F coupe that could be headed for the 2014 Detroit Auto Show.

So, although an LF-A replacement won’t happen in the near future, a couple of F models may provide some excitement. That is until a more reasonably priced LF-A enters the fray.

The new ’F products’ would form the Japanese car maker’s premium high-performance range, starting with the RC F, GS-F and IS F. Lexus is gearing-up to introduce the second-generation IS F sedan for a later date, while the RC Coupe could get a V-8 engine transplant soon.

On top of all of these in-the-works goodies, Lexus officials also hint of performance hybrids being a part of the F-product lineup. That is sure to get anybody amped up — gratuitous electricity pun very much intended.

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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.

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Lexus Teases a New Concept for the Frankfurt Auto Show

Lexus Teases a New Concept for the Frankfurt Auto Show

With the secondary shows out of the way, we are all set to start looking ahead to the main stretch of auto shows that kick off next month in Frankfurt. It looks as if Lexus is all set too, as it is in full tease mode on its media site and on Facebook. Today, it teased a rather sexy-looking headlight that is underscored by a lighted check.

All that Lexus had to say about the concept it that it will "stage the world premiere of a new concept vehicle at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA)." This leads us to wonder is maybe — just maybe — this could be the RC F Coupe (AKA IS F Coupe) that we have seen testing in the last few months.

The chances of this being the RC Coupe or RC F are slim, considering just how futuristic looking that headlight is. With all of the times that we have seen the RC F (IS F Coupe) out testing, we assume the design process is well beyond this too-advanced-for-production styling. But it could be a wildly designed concept to throw us off the scent a little.

We’ll just take a wait-and-see approach instead of wildly speculating, but we will admit that this image is rather intriguing.

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