2015 Lexus RC F Coupe is cheaper than the BMW M4 Coupe, but slower

Article by Christian A., on September 11, 2014

Lexus officially announced that its RC F Coupe will be priced from $62,400 in the United States, excluding the $925 destination charge. This means that the new vehicle will actually be less expensive than the BMW M4 Coupe, which starts at $64,200 excluding $950 destination charge.

Still, the vehicle will not be as quick as its German rival, because Lexus says that the RC F Coupe accelerates from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 4.4 seconds, runs the quarter mile in 12.5 seconds, while top speed is 170 mph or 273 km/h. For those who don’t know, the Lexus RC F Coupe is powered by a 5.0-liter V8 engine that delivers 467 hp (348 kW) and 526 Nm (389 lb-ft) of torque.

The engine is bolted to an 8-speed automatic transmission and power is delivered to the rear wheels. Meanwhile, the BMW M4 Coupe uses a 3.0-liter high-revving six-cylinder in-line petrol engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology that produces a maximum output of 431 hp and 550 Nm (406 lb-ft) of torque.

Mated to a seven-speed dual clutch gearbox, the engine pushes the M4 Coupe from 0 to 60 mph (62 mph) in 3.9 seconds, while top speed is electronically limited at 155 mph or 250 km/h. BMW offers the optional M Driver’s Package which increases the top speed to 280 km/h or 174 mph.

The Lexus RC F comes as standard with 19-inch wheels with a split five-spoke design, made from forged aluminum, but as an option the Japanese manufacturer offers new ones featuring a polished 20-spoke design hand-finished by craftsmen.

The new Lexus RC F measures 4,705 mm in length, 1,845 mm in width and 1,390 mm in height. This means that it is longer (plus 10 mm), wider (plus 5 mm) and lower (minus 5 mm) than the Lexus RC, thanks to its packaging of rear aerodynamic devices as well as to its flared and laser-brazed wheel arches. Both the RC F and the RC share the same wheelbase at 2,730 mm.

Lexus ensured that every styling design element on the new RC F offers an aerodynamic advantage. The car sports the Lexus signature spindle grille – with a graduated mesh pattern -- flowing to a distinct aerodynamic treatment across the bonnet. Meanwhile, oil coolers flanks on the cooling ducts within the grille are sandwiched by oil coolers. Meanwhile, a large L-shaped cooling outlet is located at the rear of the front wing, helping express the RC F’s dynamism while contributing to its cooling and aerodynamic needs.

The new Lexus RC F comes with raised hood design to accommodate its powerful V8 engine while a centrally positioned meshed scoop delivers further aerodynamics and cooling benefits. Meanwhile, a continuous flow from the RC F’s hood and front wing to the belt line also contributes to the airflow help while highlighting the design’s crouching nature of the design.

Meanwhile, a number of aerodynamic aids spanning the whole length of the RC F also help give the car a lower and wide stance. Lexus designed the corners on the rear bumper corners to deliver optimized airflow, helping the F four-link active rear wing do its job. Furthermore, fins located at the rear bumper’s bottom edge help guide airflow from under the RC F.

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