Tuesday 16 September 2014

Is the Lexux RCF better than the BMW M4?


 Steve Sutcliffe of Autocars gets behind the wheel of the all-new 467 hp Lexus RCF, a rival for the likes of BMW’S M3 and M4. Lexus engineers claim the car is just as capable on the track as it is on the road – but the question is are they right?
The video shown below tells it all. – But first, let’s look at some technical specs.

The Lexus RCF is powered by a naturally-aspirated 5.0 litre V8 engine producing 467 horsepower and 389 Ib-ft of torque sent to the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission.

0 to 62 mph is achieved in 4.5 seconds. In contrast, the new BMW M3 and M4 have dropped the V8 naturally-aspirated engine and are now using a 3.0 litre, six-cylinder inline turbocharged unit.

Lexus RCF Tech Tidbits
The all-new, 3.0-litre BMW M4 engine is approximately 10 kilograms lighter than its V8 predecessor and packs an even stronger punch. With 425 horsepower from 5,00-7,300 rpm, 406 Ib-ft of torque from 1,850-5,500 rpm, and capable of 0-60mph in 3.9 seconds when equipped with the M-DCT transmission (4.1 seconds with standard 6-speed manual).
However is that enough to overshadow the Lexus RCF? ‘Well let’s find out’

By Beth Lloyd

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