The Lexus RC-F Should Never Be Seen As A BMW M4 Rival

When Lexus first revealed the RC-F, the world expected the Japanese car maker to give the BMW M4 a proper run for its money.

Especially since its predecessor, the IS-F, proved to be one of the most surprising performance sedans, offering an engaging driving experience that was accompanied by a throaty naturally aspirated V8.

The Lexus RC-F arrived at a time when everyone was downsizing their engines and adding turbos to them. With the BMW M4 turning to a twin turbo 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine that offered all of its torque below 2,000 rpm, the high-revving engine in the much heavier RC-F seemed like it never even had a chance.

How much heavier? Well, 661 lbs (300 kg) heavier than the BMW M4, with the RC-F’s weight figure sitting at a rather bulky 4,056lbs (1,840kg).

Still though, the 5.0-liter V8 produces 477hp and a wonderful induction noise that makes the driver want to keep the engine at boil, just to keep listening to it.

Then of course is the styling; bearing in mind that this is a purely subjective matter, the RC-F’s busy shape didn’t make many friends but at least it looks unique and with its own distinct identity.

Doug DeMuro shows us around the Lexus RC-F, pointing out all of its interesting features, and of course its quirks, on the video that follows.

 

  • Dude

    IDK, i guess I see it rivaling anything in its pricepoint range, including SUVs and Trucks.

  • Six_Tymes

    “Should Never Be Seen As A BMW M4 Rival”. Are you joking? When the RC-F was being developed pr came out saying it was going to be a “M4 killer”. Why no one bought it, because its a fat whale.

    • Matt

      Lexus wanted it to be a ‘M4 killer’, but it’s better if you don’t think of it that way. I think that’s the point of this video.

  • Matt

    This video is amazing because at 7.53 Doug lets one rip and the microphone is there to catch it.

    • Loquacious Borborygmus

      Ah! Can’t you smell that leather interior?
      Eh? Had the cow shat itself?

  • TheBelltower

    Lemme see… could it be because it achieves the perfect balance of both bland and hideous design?

    • Matt

      So true, how do make a high-performance coupe look so bad?

  • Craig

    The car itself is not a ‘total flop’. And of course it’s a BMW M4 rival.

  • StopBeingOffendedDERP

    I’ve been in new BMWs they are horrible in comparison to almost any new Lexus. I was horrified at the rough restart at a red light in regards to their auto shutoff capability. It was a new 2018′ the interior was janky and the Lexus puts it to shame.

    Aside from that, any new Jaguar b handles far superior to any bmw overrated nonsense.

  • Honda NSX-R

    Make the RC-F lose some weight, replace the 8 speed auto with the new 10 speed, and then it will be a better BMW M4 competitor.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Fat kills. It’s too bad, because I really wanted to love this car.

    • Bo Hanan

      Me too. Its also easy to see why Toyota went to BMW for the new Supra and didn’t choose to twin it with this car.

      • PK

        i guess toyota didn’t have what it takes to build their own sports car.

      • Six Thousand Times

        Good point.

  • Rani

    This car is one redesign away from being much more competitive performance-wise. The design would be sharpened with a cleaner look. On a separate note I will say I have sat in this car and the seats in the Lexus are the most comfortable I ever sat in.

  • SteersUright

    Seriously? Doug couldnt just reshoot the driving experience??

    • Matt

      He realized he had deleted the footage two weeks after filming. He no longer had access to the vehicle. He could have found another one though I guess (but how many RC-F’s are there to borrow?).

    • Hans_Remore

      He’s too busy galavanting around Coronado, CA, buddy.

  • Brent Morrison

    DeMuro S coops

  • Bo Hanan

    $75K! No wonder people aren’t buying it.

  • skinny

    Lose 400-500lbs, replace the tranny, fix the horrendous user interface, and fix some styling issues such as bulging hood side vents on front fenders, and the plastic add on on the rear bumper, and Bam….fixed!

  • Big Black Duck

    because he is good and I like him..

    • Mynameis Taylor

      He’s not good

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