With the sports coupe shrinking as the market favours more practical everyday yet sporty cars, the 2015 Lexus RC F coupe seems like it has a lot to put up with not only with the other automotive segments but also on its own segment as well as it is currently dominated by the Germans.
The 2015 Lexus RC F Has One Major Problem – It’s Weight
The busy exterior of the 2015 Lexus RC F is credited to three separate designers mashing up together three cars into one hot rod coupe that is the RC F. The front end up to the A pillars is that of the Lexus GS sedan, from there to the C pillars the parts are from the IS C convertible and the rear end is from the Lexus IS Sedan. The combination of three cars make the exterior look absolutely aggressive and that’s a good thing if you’re looking for a hot rod coupe. Under the hood is a modified 5.0liter V8 from the IS-F delivering 467hp with a redline of up to 7100rpm it can make some pretty sweet sounds thanks to a cabin sound enhancer hidden between the dash and the firewall. The V8 is mated to an 8 speed automatic with manual shift ability.
Sitting in the driver seat, you are hugged by the big bolstered bucket seats with a high center console. The bezel of the LCD gauge pod changes according to your chosen drive mode. The RC F is meant to be a 2+2 but that rear 2 passengers might as well be kids or adults with their head and legs cut off as there is no headroom, legroom, or any room at all for adults back there.
Driving the RC F gets weird as it looks and sounds very aggressive, the RC F is actually tamer than the IS F. This is due to the 2015 RC F being a heavy car breaching 2 ton mark when filled up. All that weight results in understeer and that understeer is designed by Lexus to be safe and progressive which actually makes the car approachable but weird because: you think, “this car is meant to be a hot rod it looks fast, aggressive, I need some challenge to keep the drive interesting, I want the car to bite back.“ No doubt the car is fast at 467hp even with the weight in tow, it’s just that handling lacks excitement and you want excitement from a hot rod; call it a “warm rod” perhaps? That doesn’t sound right.
Still, the 2015 Lexus RC F has comfy front seats, makes the sweetest of noises, and like to go fast. However, it’s back seats might as well be removed to reduce that 2 ton weight. All that weight keep the Lexus RC F from becoming exciting at the corners despite having carbon fiber, it seems like it needs more to shave more of that weight to fairly compete with the Germans.