You know, I have to say that the Lexus RC-F has its work cut out for itself.

That's because, well, it's facing tough competition. While many will say the Audi RS5 and Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG are still players, in this writer's opinion those vehicles are null with the all-new BMW M3 and M4.

For the RC-F that's following up on the IS-F's legacy, which isn't much of a legacy for that matter as many publications have bashed it, this is a steep hill to climb. FULL DISCLOSURE: I liked the IS-F. Now, the good news is that we know the RC-F will be equipped with a 5.0-liter V8 good for MORE than 450 horsepower over 380 lb.-ft. of torque.

2015 Lexus RC-F

We don't know if that means Lexus will pull a Chrysler Hellcat move and offer it with over 500 ponies or if Lexus will announce the RC-F with only 451 horsepower. Our fingers are crossed for the L brand's sake because this vehicle is going to need to PERFORM.

All things considered, it recently released video of the all-new RC-F charging up Goodwood House's drive. Front and center you'll hear the roar of the V8. As we've been keeping tabs on the M3/M4's sound issues, we're curious if this all-new Lexus V8 has YOUR attention or if you just don't care.

Let us know in the comments below!

2015 Lexus RC-F

LEXUS RC F - from the makers of the LFA. The countdown to launch has begun! The stunning new Lexus RC F - which made its debut at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed - is on target to arrive on UK roads this winter.

To celebrate, we filmed the car as it tackled the hill climb course at Goodwood House.

Equipped with the most powerful V8 engine Lexus has ever produced for a road car, the 5.0-litre, 32-valve unit develops more than 450bhp and 520Nm of torque and delivers staggering performance.

And to match the advanced engine, the RC F has unique styling, including the most dramatic evolution of the Lexus spindle grille yet, and styling and cues directly inspired by the LFA supercar. These include bonnet air outlets and front cooling ducts.

The bodywork includes carbon fibre elements to help keep weight down, including the roof, bonnet and active rear wing, while at the rear, sculpted wheel arches help underline the car's muscular appearance.

The rear-wheel drive coupe also features a specially calibrated, eight-speed Sports Direct Shift transmission which includes the world-first use of a torque-vectoring differential.

This, coupled with an advanced dynamic control system, allows the driver to choose one of three driving modes -- Standard, Slalom and Track -- to deliver the optimum blend of traction, stability and control.

Developed by a team inspired by the Lexus LFA, The RC F has evolved from the new Lexus RC coupe, which will go on sale in the UK in 2015.

2015 Lexus RC-F

VIDEO: Lexus Gives Us A GOOD Listen Of The All-New RC-F's V8 — Is It Turning YOUR Head Yet Or Are YOU Stuck On The NEW M4?

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