Chris Harris Drives the Lexus RC F, Finds It Confusing...On Paper

Oh, look, it’s another video from Chris Harris on Cars, this time holding the Lexus RC F in the spotlight, a performance coupe that goes against the grain and opts for an atmospheric V8 as everyone seems to be going for turbos these days.
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Photo: Chris Harris on Cars / YouTube
The review does not start as Lexus and its fans would like to as Harris’ first remark is that on paper, the Lexus RC F is a confusing machine. However, the charismatic journalist won’t leave the circuit without getting the best out of this Japanese bad boy as he personally admits that “he came here wanting to love this car”.

Before watching the video, you should know that Harris’ reactions while driving the car are quite different. After praising the coupe’s styling, he briefly downplays the RC F for being 300 kilograms (661 lbs) heavier than the BMW M3/M4.

This hot and cold game continues as Harris appreciates the RC F’s cabin and its LFA-borrowed elements but is not quite happy with the maximum torque delivered by the Lexus RC F. In fact, this issue has a simple explanation.

The naturally-aspirated 5.0-liter V8 (an old-school choice, if you asked Chris Harris) placed under the RC F’s hood is good for 530 Nm (391 lb-ft) of torque, while the M4’s maximum torque is 20 Nm higher, at 550 Nm (407 lb-ft). While this might not seem a considerable difference, we need to have a look at revs intervals at which this torque is delivered.

Therefore, the RC F’s 530 Nm (391 lb-ft) of torque are unleashed between 4,800 and 5,600 rpm while its German counterpart, the BMW M4, can make those 550 Nm (407 lb-ft) of torque available quite early, from 1,850 rpm all the way up to 5,500 rpm.

That being said, we’ll just invite you to watch the video and draw your own conclusions based on what Chris Harris has to say about the Lexus RC F.

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