How does the 2015 Lexus RC F compare to the competition?

In the world of performance coupes, there is a wide range of competitors, the newest entry of which is the 2015 Lexus RC F. Unveiled at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, the 2015 Lexus RC F certainly turned heads, and was quickly seen as possible competition for some of the greatest entry-level luxury coupes in the world, such as the BMW X4 and the Audi RS 5.

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2015 Lexus RC F – Luxury Performance Coupe

The 2015 Lexus RC F certainly looks the part, starting with bold lines, two-door coupe body, and an unmistakable bulging hood, hinting at the massive powerplant therein. In view of the “anonymous” non-descript designs that dominate the market, the Lexus RC F stands out, in more ways than one. Under the hood, the 2015 Lexus RC F is driven by a powerful combination only superceded by the Lexus LFA supercar. The naturally-aspirated 5.0 ℓ V8 engine generates 467 hp and 389 lb•ft of torque, which is fed through an eight-speed automatic transmission. Before heading to the rear wheels, power is divided by an electronically-controlled torque-vectoring limited-slip rear differential, and can launch the car from zero to sixty miles per hour in just 4.4 seconds.

The Competition

Depending on who you ask, the two top competitors for the 2015 Lexus RC F would be the BMW M4 and Audi RS 5, both very impressive luxury performance coupes in their own right, but how do they compare on paper?

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2015 BMW M4 Coupe – The One to Beat

Like the Lexus RC F, the BMW M4 is a new model, and is powered by a twin-turbo 3.0 ℓ inline-six cylinder engine. The M4’s engine generates 425 hp and 406 lb•ft of torque, which is impressive on its own, but shy of RC F’s output by 42 hp. Some sticklers might point out that the M4’s torque is better, by 17 lb•ft, but there’s a couple problems with this: First, it’s only 17 lb•ft, this isn’t enough to make a noticeable difference. Second, we’re not counting turbolag, so off-the-line power doesn’t have the same “immediacy” of the RC F’s naturally-aspirated V8, and those 2.0 ℓ of extra displacement give the RC F driver an immediate thrill and linear power delivery throughout the range. Still, the 2015 BMW M4 features faster acceleration, beating the 2015 Lexus RC F, by 0.5 seconds, to sixty miles per hour.

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2015 Audi RS 5 – The Other German Compatitor

Like the Lexus RC F, the 2015 Audi RS 5 is driven by a naturally-aspirated V8 engine, slightly smaller, at 4.2 ℓ, featuring 450 hp power output and 317 lb•ft of torque, which fits in nicely with the aforementioned BMW M4 and Lexus RC F. As someone once said, “It’s all in the cubes,” or the way we measure engine displacement these days, “it’s all in the liters,” which is why the Audi RS 5 is somewhat lacking in the torque department, 72 lb•ft lower than the RC F and 89 lb•ft lower than the BMW M4. Still, the Audi RS 5 is only a tenth of a second slower than the Lexus RC F.

Power vs Control

Of course, straight line performance is one thing, and practically anyone can mash the pedal and drive in a straight line, a clear indicator of how much power a vehicle has to sprint forward. Leaving the automatic transmission, equipped on all three of these vehicles, to choose the best shift points, one has but to keep the steering wheel pointed straight ahead.

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Lexus RC F’s V8 “Siren Song” is unmistakable.

On the other hand, power is useless without control, and each of these vehicles, the Lexus RC F, BMW M4, and Audi RS 5, are built with control-enhancing features. Featuring wide, low-profile sport tires, track-tuned suspension systems, high-performance brakes, and all the usual electronic nannies, razor-sharp handling is expected.

For example, we already mentioned the Lexus RC F’s torque-vectoring rear differential, which increases wheel torque on the outside of the turn, pushing the car into the turn. The BMW M4 features lightweight construction, including carbon-fiber reinforced plastic, forged aluminum-alloy wheels, and lithium-ion battery, which means that the engine has less to work against . The 2015 Audi RS 5 also features a torque-vectoring differential, in addition to its Quattro sport-tuned all-wheel drive system.

Testing a Theory

On the track, pushing power and control to the limits, how do these three vehicles compare? I’m sure that the group who put this next video together must have had a lot of fun putting together this particular road test, putting our three entry-level luxury performance coupes to the test. AMCI Testing, an unbiased third-party testing organization for the automotive industry, regularly tests some 250 vehicles per year, assuring that they do everything that the automakers say they will. Thus, the real question is, “How do they compare on asphalt?”

AMCI Testing recently hired professional race car driver Justin Bell, taking the gold at the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race being just one of his many achievements, to test-drive the 2015 Lexus RC F, 2015 BMW M4, and 2015 Audi RS 5. This wasn’t just any typical road-test, however, and Mr. Bell was introduced to a custom-designed race track meant to push him to his limits, as well. After, I’m sure, hours getting to know the track and vehicles, the results boil down to a short video showing the cars in action, as well as the driver’s reaction.

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In a pure performance mode, the Lexus RC F really seems to take the cake, a full two seconds faster than the BMW M4 and Audi RS 5. Keep in mind, we’re talking about all-around performance, and the Lexus RS F is so balanced that it pulls off with aplomb. Add in the beautiful siren-song of her naturally-aspirated V8 engine and the seemingly-opposed ultra-quiet cabin and beautiful ride quality, and you have what could be the perfect combination of performance and poise that we expect of a luxury performance coupe.

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Lexus RC F offers better all-around performance!

Lexus of Melbourne, your South, Central and North Florida Elite of Lexus Dealership and has achieved this Prestigious award 12 times!

At Lexus of Melbourne, it’s our mission to provide the drivers of Viera, Florida, and surrounding locations with prestigious, luxury cars, SUVs & Hybrid Vehicles from Lexus. From unparalleled customer service to world-class quality, we implement our high standards every day to meet your exacting expectations as customers by selling the finest new and used Lexus cars ever built. As a certified Lexus dealer in Viera, we go above and beyond to implement our expertise and experience to assist your every need. Call or visit Lexus of Melbourne today to experience the finest luxury cars ever built.

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Lexus of Melbourne Supports Toys for Tots

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Lexus of Melbourne is once again partnering with the Toys for Tots Foundation in Brevard to bring toys to our local children who might otherwise go without a present to open on Christmas morning.

From now until December 20th, bring a new, unwrapped toy to Lexus of Melbourne during business hours of Monday through Thursday from 8:30 am to 8 pm, Friday 8:30 am to 7 pm, Saturday 8:30 am to 6 pm and Sunday 11 am to 5 pm.  The Toys for Tots collection box is in their showroom located at 6927 Bromley Drive Viera, FL. About Toys for Tots

The Marine Corps League of Barefoot Bay, Florida is the Local Community Office (LCO) for Toys For Tots in Brevard County.  An LCO is established when there is not a Marine Corps Reserve Unit within the area.   Our LCO has been operating for 19 years helping the local needy children have a nicer Christmas.  Last year, we helped over 12,221 children.  Again this year, we’ll cover Brevard County and we expect a larger number of children.  We need sponsors for Fund Raisers and donations to help us manage our responsibility and continue operating this program. . For more information about Toys for Tots visit their website at barefoot-bay-fl.toysfortots.org/.

Lexus of Melbourne, your South, Central and North Florida Elite of Lexus Dealership and has achieved this Prestigious award 12 times!

At Lexus of Melbourne, it’s our mission to provide the drivers of Viera, Florida, and surrounding locations with prestigious, luxury cars, SUVs & Hybrid Vehicles from Lexus. From unparalleled customer service to world-class quality, we implement our high standards every day to meet your exacting expectations as customers by selling the finest new and used Lexus cars ever built. As a certified Lexus dealer in Viera, we go above and beyond to implement our expertise and experience to assist your every need. Call or visit Lexus of Melbourne today to experience the finest luxury cars ever built.

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Lexus Tops Consumer Reports Once Again–Visit Lexus of Melbourne to See Why

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Lexus of Melbourne invites you to stop by today to see why Lexus vehicles have once again dominated the latest Consumer Reports Survey when it comes to product reliability!  A survey that collects responses on more than one million vehicles from Consumer Reports subscribers provides exclusive data to predict which new cars, trucks, and SUVs are likely to be reliable and which might mean trouble.

Your Elite of Lexus dealer is pleased to announce that Lexus and Toyota led by a comfortable margin in the Survey.  Lexus has always been one of the few luxury brands that has had ironclad reliability.  One of the reasons for this could be that its parent brand, Toyota, introduces new technologies slowly and on proven platforms.  Other automotive brands don’t tend to follow this same system and try to launch top-to-bottom redesigns with new technology in many areas of the car.  It then takes years to work the bugs out.

Overall, Lexus finished first in the annual Consumer Reports Reliability Rankings.  Nearly every Lexus model also led in its respective category:

  • IS 350 – Took the top spot in the Luxury Compact Cars Category.
  • CT 200h and ES 300h – Placed first and second, respectively, in the Hybrid/Electric Cars Category.
  • LS 460, ES 350, and GS 350 – Placed first, second, and fourth, respectively, in the Luxury Midsized/Large Cars Category.
  • RX 350, RX 450h, and GX 460 – Took the top three spots, respectively, in the Luxury Midsized/Large SUVs Category.
  • CT200h – Placed FIRST overall as the most reliable vehicle in the study!

Download the complete results of the Consumer Reports Survey.

Lexus of Melbourne, your South, Central and North Florida Elite of Lexus Dealership and has achieved this Prestigious award 12 times!

At Lexus of Melbourne, it’s our mission to provide the drivers of Viera, Florida, and surrounding locations with prestigious, luxury cars, SUVs & Hybrid Vehicles from Lexus. From unparalleled customer service to world-class quality, we implement our high standards every day to meet your exacting expectations as customers by selling the finest new and used Lexus cars ever built. As a certified Lexus dealer in Viera, we go above and beyond to implement our expertise and experience to assist your every need. Call or visit Lexus of Melbourne today to experience the finest luxury cars ever built.

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Announcing the 2015 Lexus RX 350 at Lexus of Melbourne

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The luxury crossover others are trying to beat

Lexus continues to pursue perfection in the RX 350 luxury crossover, which is why drivers continue to choose the RX year after year. The 2015 Lexus RX 350, on sale here at Meade Lexus in Southfield, Michigan, keeps the luxury coming with a new standard display audio system with backup camera, an expanded Lexus App Suite with Slacker Radio, and upgraded iHeartRadio 4.0. Dynamic design, impeccable luxury finishes and amenities and a serenely quiet ride are 2015 RX 350 hallmarks.

You’ll see a difference up front, where the 2015 RX 350 (MSRP $40,970) features new LED foglamps on the F SPORT and available High-Intensity Discharge (HID) and LED headlamps for other models. The RX 350 F SPORT also offers new Cabernet leather trim. You’ll see a dash more elegance with the new 19-inch triple-split five-spoke wheels available for the Premium and Luxury packages.

The new display audio system isn’t just about convenience and connectivity. It incorporates a 12-speaker Lexus Premium Audio System that plays music from CDs, iPods®, SiriusXM® Satellite Radio (with a 90-day trial subscription) and Bluetooth® audio streaming. Or, for a special treat your ears will want every day, choose the available 330-watt 15-speaker Mark Levinson® Premium Surround Sound system, which delivers concert-quality sound to every seat in the vehicle.

The 270-hp 3.5-liter V6 engine goes about its business smoothly and quietly while delivering a satisfying kick on the road. For a sharper kick, go for the RX 350 F SPORT, which combines exhilarating performance with exclusive design and luxury elements.

Chief among the F SPORT benefits is an eight-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission in place of the standard six-speed automatic. The eight-speed even boosts highway fuel economy. The specially tuned F SPORT suspension, meanwhile, puts a sharp edge on agility without putting a rough edge on ride quality.

As with all F SPORT models, the RX 350 F SPORT wears a special look with its mesh-style spindle grille and bolder front bumper. Luxury, too, is enhanced in the F SPORT thanks to black or Cabernet leather upholstery accented by ebony bird’s-eye maple wood trim and aluminum pedals. Super-soft perforated leather, a power moonroof and more come with the Premium Package, which is standard on the F SPORT and available for the standard RX 350.

The Comfort Package, too, comes with the F SPORT and gives it heated and ventilated front seats HID headlamps and rain-sensing wipers among other amenities.

The F SPORT comes equipped with Active Torque Control All-Weather Drive, which is also available on the standard model.

“More” is a key word attached to the Lexus RX 350. Standard luxury remains high in this, so you start off with 10-way power front seats and the SmartAccess keyless entry system. With the latter, you need only carry the vehicle remote control in a pocket or purse. Simply touch an exterior door handle to unlock or lock the vehicle, and use the push-button to start the vehicle. The system does more, too. Turn off the engine, and the driver’s seat will slide rearward while the standard power tilt/telescoping steering wheel tilts upward and slides forward, making it easier to exit. Both return to their pre-set positions the next time you start the car. The RX 350 caters to your comfort without you needing to do anything more than turn the engine on or off.

If you carry an iPhone®, the RX 350 will even make calls, play music from iTunes or use navigation, all through standard Siri Eyes Free Mode.

The 2015 Lexus RX 350 offers a practical side, too, with 40 cubic feet of carrying space behind the rear seat. Fold the 40/20/40-split rear seatbacks down to double that.

If you’re looking for the ideal luxury crossover, one look at the 2015 Lexus RX 350 will end your search. Come in today for a test drive.

Lexus of Melbourne, your South, Central and North Florida Elite of Lexus Dealership and has achieved this Prestigious award 12 times!

At Lexus of Melbourne, it’s our mission to provide the drivers of Viera, Florida, and surrounding locations with prestigious, luxury cars, SUVs & Hybrid Vehicles from Lexus. From unparalleled customer service to world-class quality, we implement our high standards every day to meet your exacting expectations as customers by selling the finest new and used Lexus cars ever built. As a certified Lexus dealer in Viera, we go above and beyond to implement our expertise and experience to assist your every need. Call or visit Lexus of Melbourne today to experience the finest luxury cars ever built.

 

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Lexus of Melbourne announces the 2015 Lexus NX “Virtual Experience App” is here and your phone couldn’t be happier!

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The 2015 Lexus NX Virtual Experience App introduces you to the brand new Lexus NX luxury compact crossover – providing an immersive experience that allows you to explore, learn, and discover the NX’s many features.

Experience full 360° views of the 2015 NX — just like in the showroom. Take a deeper dive as you scroll through the NX’s rich feature set, explore exclusive product images, and view exhilarating videos. Take a look at how top competitors measure up to the NX with side-by-side comparisons. You have the ability to take notes, bookmark, or share content directly with others.

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Download the app here:
http://lexus.us/1wiNNGj (iPhone)

or here:
http://lexus.us/1wiNNWy (Android)

 

Lexus of Melbourne, your South, Central and North Florida Elite of Lexus Dealership and has achieved this Prestigious award 12 times!

At Lexus of Melbourne, it’s our mission to provide the drivers of Viera, Florida, and surrounding locations with prestigious, luxury cars, SUVs & Hybrid Vehicles from Lexus. From unparalleled customer service to world-class quality, we implement our high standards every day to meet your exacting expectations as customers by selling the finest new and used Lexus cars ever built. As a certified Lexus dealer in Viera, we go above and beyond to implement our expertise and experience to assist your every need. Call or visit Lexus of Melbourne today to experience the finest luxury cars ever built.

 

 

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Lexus of Melbourne announces 2015 Lexus RC “Virtual Experience App”

 

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Side by side comparisons. 360 views. Multiple videos. The 2015 Lexus RC “Virtual Experience App” is here and your phone couldn’t be happier.

Lexus is promoting the 2015 Lexus RC Virtual Experience App across our social media channels. The app provides an immersive experience that allows you to explore, learn, and discover the RC’s many features. Click on the link provided in the Lexus Facebook post to download the app. http://lexus.us/ZwjU9g

Or you can download in iTunes or Google Play here:

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https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/2015-lexus-rc/id914126772?mt=8
Google Play
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.toyota.lexus.rc

 

Lexus of Melbourne, your South, Central and North Florida Elite of Lexus Dealership and has achieved this Prestigious award 12 times!

At Lexus of Melbourne, it’s our mission to provide the drivers of Viera, Florida, and surrounding locations with prestigious, luxury cars, SUVs & Hybrid Vehicles from Lexus. From unparalleled customer service to world-class quality, we implement our high standards every day to meet your exacting expectations as customers by selling the finest new and used Lexus cars ever built. As a certified Lexus dealer in Viera, we go above and beyond to implement our expertise and experience to assist your every need. Call or visit Lexus of Melbourne today to experience the finest luxury cars ever built.

 

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Lexus of Melbourne are the proud hosts of Brevard Rescue Mission’s “Impact 100” Inaugural Event

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“Impact 100” will be held on October 16, 2014 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm at Lexus of Melbourne located at 6927 Bromley Drive, Viera, Florida. 

Guests of “Impact 100” will enjoy a light dinner and a short presentation by special guest speaker, University of Florida’s Athletic Director, Jeremy Foley. All proceeds from this inaugural event will benefit Brevard Rescue Mission located in Cocoa Florida.

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About Brevard Rescue Mission

Brevard Rescue Mission is a non-profit organization for homeless woman with children who learn to become self-sufficient. Their organization works to permanently break the cycle of homelessness in families by providing homeless women with children housing, access to health care, transportation, education, nutrition, job training and life skills in a safe, Christ-centered residential setting. The 12-24 month program is designed to lovingly transform families from dependency to self-sufficiency through daily accountability, personal responsibility and goal advancement.

For more information on Brevard Rescue Mission go to www.brevardrescuemission.org

 Lexus of Melbourne, your South, Central and North Florida Elite of Lexus Dealership and has achieved this Prestigious award 12 times!

At Lexus of Melbourne, it’s our mission to provide the drivers of Viera, Florida, and surrounding locations with prestigious, luxury cars, SUVs & Hybrid Vehicles from Lexus. From unparalleled customer service to world-class quality, we implement our high standards every day to meet your exacting expectations as customers by selling the finest new and used Lexus cars ever built. As a certified Lexus dealer in Viera, we go above and beyond to implement our expertise and experience to assist your every need. Call or visit Lexus of Melbourne today to experience the finest luxury cars ever built.

 

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LEXUS OF MELBOURNE are proud sponsors of this year’s Witch Way 5K

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The Indialantic Witch Way 5K is to take place on 10/11/2014 in Indialantic. Based on previous races, Road Race Place expects there to be over 600 finishers in the 2014 Indialantic Witch Way 5K race. This race has a RRP Race Prestige Rating of 3.5, which is defined as a race that is very professionally done with a year-round website and planned future races and one that will attract most local runners.

The Witch Way 5K will be a fun-filled family-friendly evening. Join us as a participant, sponsor or to just enjoy the festivities and cheer on our contestants! Benefits go to Local Student Scholarships to FIT, Children’s Hunger Project and Indialantic Beautification. More information on the 7th Annual Witch Way 5K Walk/Run → http://bit.ly/1sv9EeZ

Lexus of Melbourne, your South, Central and North Florida Elite of Lexus Dealership and has achieved this Prestigious award 12 times!

At Lexus of Melbourne, it’s our mission to provide the drivers of Viera, Florida, and surrounding locations with prestigious, luxury cars, SUVs & Hybrid Vehicles from Lexus. From unparalleled customer service to world-class quality, we implement our high standards every day to meet your exacting expectations as customers by selling the finest new and used Lexus cars ever built. As a certified Lexus dealer in Viera, we go above and beyond to implement our expertise and experience to assist your every need. Call or visit Lexus of Melbourne today to experience the finest luxury cars ever built.

 

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2015 Lexus RC 350 first drive

 

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The 2015 Lexus RC 350 is the brand’s first pure coupe in 15 years.

RC stands for Radical Coupe, according to Lexus. Marketing chief Brian Smith says the so-called premium coupe segment is “the place for a loud statement.” The biggest noise will come from the track-tuned RC F.

Lexus returns late to the booming market for compact, luxury brand coupes. Its last fixed-roof coupe in North America–the original SC 300/400–ceased production in 2000. The closest models since have had retractable metal roofs—the SC 430, which disappeared in 2009, and the current, sedan-based IS C. Competition for the new RC 350 is clearly defined: the Audi A5/S5, BMW 4 Series and Cadillac ATS, Mercedes C-Class and Infiniti Q60 coupes.

Read more here.

Lexus of Melbourne, your South, Central and North Florida Elite of Lexus Dealership and has achieved this Prestigious award 12 times!

At Lexus of Melbourne, it’s our mission to provide the drivers of Viera, Florida, and surrounding locations with prestigious, luxury cars, SUVs & Hybrid Vehicles from Lexus. From unparalleled customer service to world-class quality, we implement our high standards every day to meet your exacting expectations as customers by selling the finest new and used Lexus cars ever built. As a certified Lexus dealer in Viera, we go above and beyond to implement our expertise and experience to assist your every need. Call or visit Lexus of Melbourne today to experience the finest luxury cars ever built.

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Lexus of Melbourne is excited to share the first videos for the all new Lexus SUV NX!

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With the addition of two exhaust gas inlets and two nozzles, Lexus welcomes its first twin scroll turbo charger to its powertrain family at the 2014 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition.

The all new Lexus NX compact crossover offers the brand’s first gasoline turbo engine in the NX 200t. The NX 200t turbo will balance excellent fuel economy with responsive acceleration and agility. Read more about the new NX HERE.

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Lexus of Melbourne, your South, Central and North Florida Elite of Lexus Dealership and has achieved this Prestigious award 12 times!

At Lexus of Melbourne, it’s our mission to provide the drivers of Viera, Florida, and surrounding locations with prestigious, luxury cars, SUVs & Hybrid Vehicles from Lexus. From unparalleled customer service to world-class quality, we implement our high standards every day to meet your exacting expectations as customers by selling the finest new and used Lexus cars ever built. As a certified Lexus dealer in Viera, we go above and beyond to implement our expertise and experience to assist your every need. Call or visit Lexus of Melbourne today to experience the finest luxury cars ever built.

 

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