BMW M4 vs Lexus RC F, Which Super Coupe Would You Take? [w/Poll]

It is hard to imagine a wilder interpretation of Lexus’ answer to the BMW M4 Coupe, the RC F. Based on an already daring design, the RC coupe, the RC F is the type of design that you either love or hate. One can tell designers were given a free hand to make the car as aggressive as possible and my opinion is that, they did a fine job.

The BMW M4 Coupe, on the other hand, features an aggressive styling as well, but seeing the two cars side by side (albeit only in photos) makes it clear to me that the RC F looks more dramatic. To put it another way, I’m sure that if the two cars were to be driven down a crowded boulevard in quick succession, there would be more people turning their heads after the Lexus than the BMW.

Sure, design will always be a matter of personal taste and one could argue that the BMW’s understatement is more appealing and the RC F’s aggressiveness is just too vulgar. Also, let’s not forget that tradition is way more important for BMW than Lexus, with BMW M cars usually featuring more restrained, understated lines than their competitors.

On the other hand, Lexus designers were not constrained by anything other than their imagination and this is why the RC F looks so dramatic. Furthermore, they had a wilder car to work on from the beginning – the standard Lexus RC.

Another difference between the two cars that can’t be spotted in the photos is that the M4 Coupe features a 425hp twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter straight-six engine, while the RC F is powered by a naturally-aspirated 5.0-liter V8 unit with “more than 450hp”.

Scroll down to take a look at the shots of the two cars put side by side and let us know which car is your favorite in the poll that follows.

By Dan Mihalascu

Poll: Which super coupe gets your vote?


  • carnut

    TheLexus’s proven top record of engineering quality, evident via reliability surveys is undeniable. So no question that overall Lexus builds better quality where it counts.
    The gents who are complaining about the Lexus interior design or plastics; should realise that their perception is just that; your taste or expectation is for a different design or material & that because it is not within your current range of preference you don’t like it. You translate that incorrectly into “bad”.
    Whereas there is quite Universal disapproval of the design of several previous BMWs; all of these are jokes (majority vote);
    – original Z4 convertible; super ugly from every angle. I don’t know how an ow
    – X6; ridiculous useless overpriced Suv; proves that BMW thinks buyers are fools. ..But it has the “badge”
    – urrent X1; “ugly redesign of the X5 to punish X1 buyers for buying the cheapskate version of the X5”
    – a couple of recent 3 series with very ugly ‘french eye lid’ front lights & ugly cube rear lights; designs to make the car ‘different’.

  • Shikuwasa

    Perhaps, but it probably won’t run. The Lexus will though.

    • Andrewthecarguy

      Funny. You’re not a fan boi at all.

      • Shikuwasa

        I currently drive a Lexus and I love it. I learned to drive in my father’s BMW and it was a fantastic car, but the current models are too unreliable. If I were I company car owner, I’d be very interested in an M car or an AMG.

  • Shikuwasa

    BMW’s interiors are bland and the leather they use on the seats is bloody awful.

    • Andrewthecarguy

      BMW has several grades of leather…something Lexus cannot say. Lexus leather feels like vinyl. BMW Dakota leather wears VERY well, so in 30 years it still looks and feels the part if you care for it.

      • Shikuwasa

        Lexus leather does not feel like vinyl: dakota certainly does though! Any type of leather will look good in 30 years’ time, if it’s cared for.

  • Shikuwasa

    Your education was obviously not so great either: learn how to use commas and apostrophes.

    • donkey riding fucker, eatshit and die

  • Andrewthecarguy

    BMW V8 and V12 continue to be twin-turbo, designated as TwinPower as well.

    BMW is to be blamed for the confusion. TwinPower is supposed to mean twin scroll…

  • Andrewthecarguy

    It’s been a year, and they haven’t. The Lexus is a fine sports car, no questions about that. It’s just not an M4 competitor. I think it looks like a Japanese interpretation of an E92 M3…down to the engine.

    If you are looking for a keeper car, then buy the BMW. If you want something to enjoy for a few years, buy the Lexus.

    • AstonMartin

      Andrew, just over a year since my comment I can admit I had this all wrong. I liked the Lexus brand however as a past owner its polarizing new design direction (int/ext) never caught on with me the way that I thought it would. I’ve seen the RCF up close and personal numerous times now – even adjacent to an M4 and you are right – the M4 is by far the most timeless and appealing between the two and it would be my choice if I were in the market for a 2+2 coupe/conv. Comfort and utility for a daily driver is my present objective so I plan to upgrade my current Range Rover Sport to the latest model. I appreciate the comment and I can admit when I got it wrong.

      • Andrewthecarguy

        A true gentleman you are. No one can predict the future but I find that BMW will always err on the side of caution. They’ve figured out design so I usually just wait to get what it is they had in mind.
        Case in point is the last gen 7 Series. Current 5 GT is another.

  • Andrewthecarguy

    I know right! But that aaronbbrown for ya.

  • Crixus Crasus

    I’d choose C7 vette Z06 over both. C7 z06 will smoke them both, heck I have smoked Audi R8 as well

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