Cars.com took the RC-F and M4 (along with an ATS-V) to the Autobahn Raceway outside Chicago for their Performance Coupe challenge.
Keep in mind that the review is subjective and based on the feelings of the testers. They zero in on their pure instincts as track cars instead of muddling their feelings with road manners.
- Dedicated experience
- Tightly tuned suspension and steering
- Engine is great on track coming out of a corner, torque rockets the M4 out of corners
- Benchmark of class
- No learning curve, by far the most fun
- Phenomenal brakes
- torque torque torque
- Automatic gearbox isnt intuitive on track
- Exhaust note isn't that pleasant, sounds like economy 4 cylinder
RC F Pros
- Automatic Transmission in its most aggressive mode isn't bad on track
- Best sounding engine of the bunch
- Throaty high revving and aggressive revs are aurally pleasing
- Great first effort
RC F Cons
- Heavier weight makes it feel torque-less
- Felt over matched by the track
- Exhibited too much understeer when being pushed
- V8 felt lifeless coming out of corners, needs high revs to get power out of it
Had this been a road focused comparison we would of heard them waxing poetic about how comfortable the RC-F is, how liveable day to day it can be. Sure it may suffer periodic bouts of understeer after several hot laps, but on the street the more 'comfort' oriented suspension soaks up the road imperfections the M4 is more then happy to transfer to your teeth.