2015 Lexus RC F Review and Unveiling at NAIAS
Last week at the North American International Auto Show Lexus unveiled it's low riding, sleek styling 2015 RC F and it was love at first sight. Thank-you Lexus for finally giving us a realistically affordable super sports car to pine over than the LFA. Chief engineer Yukihiko Yaguchi boasts that the metalic automotive masterpeice we saw before us would give the M4, Mercedes C63 AMG and Cadillac CTS-V a run for their money on both performance and price. Not only that, this baby is electric, literally. A switch to electric phasing on all four cams brigns greater precision to the engine taking advantage of the Atkinson cycle.
The what?!? Atkinson cycle. No, it's not a fad diet... it's an internal combustion engine invented by James Atkinson designed to improve efficiency at the expense of power density at cruising speeds. The cycle captures and compresses air that expands throughout the entire power cycle, resulting in an almost atmospheric cylinder pressure that extracts every bit of energy out of the fuel. The end result? You get 12:3:1 compression and 5.0 liters of power at over 450 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque from this baby. But don't worry... put the pedal to the metal, and the gas guzzling Otto cycle kicks in to an impressive performance level. We're pretty sure the "F" in this Radical Coupe stands for Fast.
Transforming this automobile from an RC to the F incorporated vented hood and front fenders, advanced oil coller inlets, a jaw dropping, mini F carved spindle grille, rocker panels, and lightening the load with a carbon fiber roof. To keep you pinned to the road, the RC F has a decklid incorporating a wing (or active spoiler), that takes charge at 50+ mph to reduce lift and increase the downward force as you accelerate and drive at high speeds. Nothing like a little high tech racing car action to help keep her under control.
Gorgeously detailed bucket leather seatting, sport and touring dashboard gauging and carbon-fiber trim highlights the interior of the Lexus RC F. On the hi-techy side, Lexus has installed it's new infotainment controller which allows swipe controls.
RC F vs BMW M4 - Everybody's Talking
With it's naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V-8, the RC F is a pretty BIG deal. But does size matter? Maybe... with a capital M. M4 that is... critics have been tossing and turning all night over the comparison of the new 2015 Lexus RC F to the 2015 BMW M4 who actually downsized their engine while boosting it's power, going with a new 3.0-liter twin-turbo I-6. They're also up in the air over the prefrence of thier "stick". The RC F is automatic, while the M4 goes both ways with a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual clutch automatic. Price may also be a factor. While the M4 is rumored at around 64k, the RC F will break the bank at a little over $100k. Take a second mortgage on the house... it's worth every penny!
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