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Maybe not the typical Lexus competitor but then again the RC-F isn't your typical Lexus.

On the surface the two do share a remarkable similarity, Naturally Aspirated 5.0L fire breathing V8's, coupe styling, 400+ hp and the dynamics to back it all up (we hope). A real detractor for the RC-F is the lack of a 6MT, I'm also not sure if the RC-F has a mechanical LSD I havent seen anything mentioned as of yet, but thats just me.

Some people claim that the RC-F will be technologically superior to the Mustang, but I'm just not seeing that. Ford put a ton of effort into thhe mustangs sophisticated driving modes and track suite apps that were developed in the last gen BOSS 302.

I think where the Mustang gets the real edge is in the engine department. The Coyota 5.0 is a proven monster with plenty of aftermarket support. In its current form the Coyote produces more power than the V8 in the IS-F. So for spec shoppers that could be the difference.

Of course I think it all comes down to intended use. As a daily driver the RC-F should prove to be a far more comfortable and refined package than the Mustang. As a weekend fun car, theres not much doing. But then what do you intend to DO with the car? For modders the Mustang is by far the better choice. More aftermarket support and way more upward potential in my opinion.

So the question becomes will you spend the extra $30K for the Lexus?
 

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Its all about the packaging and luxury. There may be some people who like the Mustang because it is cheaper yet has a powerful engine still. Others won't consider the Mustang because its not luxurious enough.

I think its less of a choice, since people usually know if they are looking for a luxury vehicle, or not, I don't think it will be a hard choice for most.
 

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I think Ford did a good job on the new mustang but I will still pass.

For me it's the RC-F, BMW M4, etc.
 

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dont get it twisted, this is not your fathers mustang, they luxed up the interior a TON. Heated and cooled seats, toggle switches, recaros. Its really a great package.

As a DD I agree the lexus is clear winner just because of comfort and lux, but as a weekend car the debate is much more wide open...


 

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The interior is great... for a Mustang. What I don't see is the high quality materials that a luxury brand like Lexus puts into their interiors. Show me the wood, and eliminate the black plastic. Nothing against the Mustang but its in a different league.
 

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The interior is great... for a Mustang. What I don't see is the high quality materials that a luxury brand like Lexus puts into their interiors. Show me the wood, and eliminate the black plastic. Nothing against the Mustang but its in a different league.
thats fine Lex and if thats what you're buying the RC-F for then maybe you should consider the RC350? I mean this car is about so much more than wood trim and fancy accessory trinkets.

The real draw of the RC-F is the natural V8, fire breathing sound and visceral experience the package seems to offer, those are all traditional domains of the Mustang. I don't see how the car can be written off from that standpoint.

As I said above, as a DD the RC-F is a clear winner, but if you're looking to have a little bit of fun on the weekends in comfort the debate is WIDE open. I mean the Mustang will be your Sunday fun car for $30K less, and that is SIGNIFICANT.
 

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I like how you made this rather unique comaprison. It does make sense though. Both cars do hold similarities. All but the price.
 

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also consider modifications. The Mustang will carry a huge following of aftermarket support, traditionally Lexus' do not. Sure tyhere will be cosmetic stuff, but in terms of performance parts the Mustang is always showered in love...
 

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also consider modifications. The Mustang will carry a huge following of aftermarket support, traditionally Lexus' do not. Sure tyhere will be cosmetic stuff, but in terms of performance parts the Mustang is always showered in love...
I agree. The mustang is the bolder one of the two when it comes down to it. the mustang uses it V8 to its potential, where as the Lexus is more for the luxury side of things. But then again thats why they are charing so much more.

I mean what would you rather take to a race right.
 

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I agree. The mustang is the bolder one of the two when it comes down to it. the mustang uses it V8 to its potential, where as the Lexus is more for the luxury side of things. But then again thats why they are charing so much more.

I mean what would you rather take to a race right.
If I was IN the race I'd take the Mustang, if I was GOING to the race I'd take the RC-F.

I just think the Lexus is more of a GT/Touring car than it is an out and out performance/weekend/track car. It's heavier because of its luxurious offers I expect RC-F to be a bit more ponderous because of.

The M4 is almost like smashing the two together, although I think the Mustang will hang with the M4 on track better than the RC-F will...
 

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build quality is also something to consider, i've been in a lot of mustangs along with many more american cars and they seem to have a much cheaper feel, even while still a few years old.....


yet some 10-20 year old toyota or lexus will feel really solid and at times new.
 

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The M4 is almost like smashing the two together, although I think the Mustang will hang with the M4 on track better than the RC-F will...
I'd put my money on the mustang too. I feel as if the Mustang would respond well to tweaks and mods too.
 

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I've seen those too, i hope they can actually take on the M's and do well, we'll just have to wait and see them prove this at the track.
 

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Interesting that I found this thread. Right now I'm at a toss up between an RC350 FSport and a Mustang GT Premium. Ive owned an IS350 and my cars are usually Toyota/Lexus (4) or Honda/Acura (17) so I am a bit scared of the Ford. Ford was the first car I ever owned (85 Ford Escort) and that was a complete disaster.
 

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Interesting that I found this thread. Right now I'm at a toss up between an RC350 FSport and a Mustang GT Premium. Ive owned an IS350 and my cars are usually Toyota/Lexus (4) or Honda/Acura (17) so I am a bit scared of the Ford. Ford was the first car I ever owned (85 Ford Escort) and that was a complete disaster.
Interesting.
What about the new Mustang is making you consider it?
Have you ever considered a mustang in the past? If so, why haven't you got it?
 

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Interesting that I found this thread. Right now I'm at a toss up between an RC350 FSport and a Mustang GT Premium. Ive owned an IS350 and my cars are usually Toyota/Lexus (4) or Honda/Acura (17) so I am a bit scared of the Ford. Ford was the first car I ever owned (85 Ford Escort) and that was a complete disaster.
The Coyote 5.0 is a bulletproof engine, I would be a bit angsty about Ford's electrical systems however. Sync for instance is a disaster. Naturally it comes down to intended use. As a commuter I do feel the RC350 will be the better choice (no matter how much I do like the mustang), interior of the new mustang is much better but lexus does have the edge there, as well in the fuel economy department...
 
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