GS F Versus RC F: five Reasons to Choose the Sedan and five More to Pick the Coupe
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With the addition of the Lexus RC F spectacle coupe that debuted for the two thousand fifteen model year, the Lexus F brand, introduced back in two thousand eight with the launch of the IS F, has carved out a place against the niche spectacle brands from BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi. Lexus further expands this brand with the launch of the all-new two thousand sixteen GS F, featuring the same powerplant that underpins the RC F. We had the chance to test both of these models at Chuckwalla Valley Raceway, both on and off the track, and these spectacle models mean business.
When you want a luxury spectacle car, it’s all about the compromises. Cabin space versus spectacle numbers. Luxury appointments versus weight savings. But when it comes to the F brand, the only compromise you have to make is if you want two doors or four. The Lexus RC F and GS F have a good amount of similarities, but the subtle nuances that separate these two models make all the difference. If you can’t get enough of that polarizing spindle grille, here are five reasons to choose the all-new two thousand sixteen Lexus GS F. But if four doors just aren’t for you, check out the five reasons to justify the RC F.
Get the GS F: More Room
When you’re getting ready for a night on the town or picking up the week’s groceries, nothing is worse than attempting to climb into a cramped back seat. The two thousand sixteen Lexus GS F accommodates more passengers and cargo with ease thanks to an extra set of doors. The RC F does have a back seat, but fitting grown adults back there cozily is going to be tricky. The GS F offers almost four inches of added headroom and gives rear passengers an extra five inches to open up out their gams. Exchange out the passengers for cargo, and the GS F lightly accommodate longer trips with total luggage.
Get the GS F: Interior
Albeit the two interiors are similar with the F-brand sport seats with an embossed F logo in the headrests, blue contrast stitching, and a few other features, the GS F steps up the luxury with a different interior layout. The sedan offers a larger display that shows more information at a given time than the RC F and has a different center stack layout. We choose the GS F’s interior touches, especially the HVAC controls. Instead of running your finger up and down a sliver of chrome like in the RC F, the GS F offers actual buttons, which will digitally roll the number up or down.
Get the GS F: Good Daily Driver
The RC F’s sporty rail can be tamed with the use of the drive mode selector, and albeit this is also true for the GS F, we think the sedan takes the edge when it comes to daily driving. The GS F doesn’t need to be in Sport+ mode with the spanking paddle shifters to suggest up an engaging rail. Hitting winding canyon roads in Palm Springs, we were able to practice what this car has to suggest. With the layout of the interior, comfy seats, and room for all your necessities, we’d love to hit the streets every day in this sleeper of a spectacle car.
Get the GS F: Torque Vectoring Differential
Lexus adds an sensational feature to the all-new GS F in the form of a torque-vectoring differential. This marks the very first time a Lexus sedan will feature this technology. With the three different drive modes—Standard, Slalom, and Track—the system sends power to the outside rear tire during cornering to help stir the GS F around the turn for enhanced agility and to keep the line. However, RC F buyers can get the TVD for an extra cost as part of the Spectacle package. For the GS F, however, it comes standard.
Get the GS F: Track Spectacle
When you’re aggressively throwing your car into a turn, you want to make sure you’re not going to run out of talent and find yourself in the gravel. Sitting in the F-brand off the hook sport seats with our HJC SI-12R helmet on, the driving position was ideally comfy, providing us the peace of mind to power through a corner and gun it on the straights. However, the RC F provides slightly smaller interior dimensions, leaving us feeling slightly cramped with our helmet on. Because the GS F is slightly stronger than the RC F, the sedan felt more planted on the track, like we could shove it further than we normally would have. The level of confidence it gives a driver on the track is superb.
Get the RC F: Two Doors
Sometimes you just don’t want to be the chauffeur to everyone in your life. The RC F provides the ideal excuse for not carrying more than one passenger. The back seat is rather cramped, and most full-grown adults will find it both slightly difficult to get in and out of the back and sit cozily with the diminished legroom. It’s the ideal spot to throw a purse or briefcase and maybe a suitcase, but when you’re behind the wheel of this spectacle car, the back seat is the last thing you want to think about.
Get the RC F: Price
When price and spectacle don’t line up, it’s effortless to get disappointed. However, the RC F is almost $22,000 cheaper than its sedan counterpart. When it comes to spectacle, the RC F gets a slight edge thanks to weight savings. That’s not to say that the GS F is bad, but when there’s such a significant difference in price without a significant switch in spectacle, it’s almost a no-brainer. Why pay more for a slightly stronger four-door sedan that uses the same powertrain and offers the same spectacle output? It might not be as luxurious, but the RC F is nothing to scoff at.
Get the RC F: Exterior
Even if you can’t get behind the spindle grille that has been adopted by the entire Lexus lineup, the overall exterior of the RC F coupe undoubtedly is stylish. The side profile shows a sweeping roofline with acute windows and F badges just behind the front wheels. At the back are the signature F-brand quad exhausts, an optional carbon-fiber rear spoiler, and a rear bumper that draws inspiration from the LFA supercar. The GS F isn’t unattractive by any spread of the word, but the RC F ups the styling to another level.
Get the RC F: Optional Packages
Albeit there’s a $22,000 difference in embarking prices inbetween the RC F and GS F, that isn’t to say there aren’t any optional features or packages. The RC F offers five different packages, including the Spectacle package, Premium package, Navigation package, Navigation/Mark Levinson package, and the All-Weather package. It also has eight individual options. The GS F offers just two options and no extra packages. However, with packages added to the RC F, that price gap closes by just over $13,000, bringing the difference to toughly $9,000. That gap is still large enough for many to opt for the sportier RC F.
Get the RC F: Track Spectacle
Where the GS F felt rock-hard and planted, the RC F felt like it desired to be driven hard. Using the same 467-hp, Five.0-liter V-8 engine, the RC F powered aggressively through corners on the Chuckwalla Valley Raceway. With its smaller dimensions, the drive was more aggressive, enabling the driver to shove the thresholds even further than the GS F. Because the GS F is larger and stronger, even if it’s only by harshly eighty pounds, it didn’t suggest as sporty of a drive as the RC F. When it comes to driving on the track, forearms down, the RC F is the way to go.
You tell us, would you rather pocket around $20K and go with the RC F’s sporty drive and coupe styling, or do you choose the more expensive GS F with an added set of doors and a more grounded feeling on the track?