2015 Lexus RC F: Beauty or beast?
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2015 Lexus RC F: Beauty or beast?

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[MUSIC] You step on the pedal, and things just happen. Just a lot of engine giving you a lot of power. [MUSIC] Now depending on who you're asking, the 2015 Lexus RC Coupe is either the best looking car that Lexus has ever built, or proof that the automaker has finally gone off of its rocker with this crazy spindle grill design thing. But the looks are only part of the story here, so let's pop the hood of this 2015 Lexus RCS Coup and I'll show you exactly what I mean. Now the RCS technically replaces the ISF Sport Sedan and you'll notice that not a lot has changed in the under hood configuration. We still got Lexus's five liter V8 engine that uses a combination of four and direct injections still putting power through a eight speed automatic transmission that's their only option that goes to the rear wheels by a torsion limited. Slip differential. But inside these have been massaged ever so slightly. There's less mass on the moving parts, there's less friction in the red line. So, we're looking at 467 horsepower and 389 pound feet of torque. That's good to rocket this coupe to 60, and about 4.4 seconds before going on to a top-trek speed of 168 miles per hour. You'll notice, also, that even the engine bay of the RCS is dramatic. We've got this small engine cover that has a cut-out so you can see this blue intake manifold and a giant S logo. It's just as cool looking on the inside as it is on the outside. [MUSIC] Now this is Lexus's drivers car, so let's start with the bits that concern driving. In front of me, I've got Lexus's hybrid digital instrument cluster, customizable to show you different information corresponding to the different drive modes that the RC can operate in. We've got four drive modes. We've got the normal mode which looks- Kinda like this. We can pop over to the eco mode. That's gonna show less information about the performance, but it's gonna give you a nice gage that shows you how greenly you're driving. And then if we pop over into two sport modes, sport or sport plus, they're gonna get progressively. More, hardcore looking and they're gonna give you even more information about the various performance metrics of your driving. Now, Lexus' been making a lot of strides in the cabin tech department with really nice displays and really nice tech, some kind of a way this vehicle got. That's skipped. We've got equipped the navigation and Mark Levinson audio option. In this case, that audio system doesn't really sound as good as it does in other Lexus vehicles. Something about it just didn't really sit right with me during my testing. It's probably because the RC's cabin is just a lot louder and the sort of tuning of it didn't really work. Also, the screen up here is a little bit low resolution and small compared to some of the other Lexus vehicles that we've checked and you've got a lot of space up here for a screen, but we've got this tiny little place kind of squished in to the middle. Also the RC F is going to use Lexus's remote touch pad control

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