Does the brand new RS5 have what it takes to pummel the old RC-F into submission?
What the heck is the Lexus RC-F up to these days anyways? It’s hard to tell for sure. Aside from popping up every so often for a comparison test, it’s been cast into the margins of two-door sports car society, doomed to go out of existence without a replacement plan in place. Its naturally aspirated V8 will live on in the LC500 for now, but there’s no peep from Lexus about whether or not it’ll offer another sports coupe in the midrange segment.
At least the RC-F isn't alone in its plight for attention. The Audi RS5 was previously the lonely kid in the corner that seemed to get none of the attention while the BMW M3s or M4s and Mercedes-AMG C63s got all the love. That may no longer be the case.
Unlike Lexus seems to have done with the RC-F, Audi hasn’t given up hope just yet. In fact, it has plenty reason to be hopeful. It’s just gotten done revealing the all-new RS5, this time equipped with an impressive 2.9-liter turbocharged V6 producing 450 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque, a dramatic improvement in grunt over its predecessor. Though its specs match its two German competitors (despite the whole quattro all-wheel drive thing), the RS5 must first prove itself against another outcast before it can fight with the big boy sports coupes. Too bad Alfa Romeo doesn’t have a two-door Giulia QV for this.