The Lexus RC F aims to thrill with explosive V8 power and scalpel-sharp handling. The coupe is a high-performance rendition of the Lexus RC, and it's part of the manufacturer's F line of speed-loving, curve-hugging variants. The RC F has more than just outstanding driving dynamics to its credit. This Lexus also entices buyers with an exquisitely crafted cabin.
Lexus RC F Overview
The Lexus RC F was introduced for the 2015 model year. This compact high-performance sport coupe seats four, and all models are governed by an eight-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive is standard.
With styling that's brash and forceful, the RC F coupe's sheet metal telegraphs its performance capabilities. Standard LED headlights squint alongside the brand's bold spindle grille in front, and a side view showcases the car's standard 19-inch wheels. Tapered taillights slice into the coupe's sculpted rear fascia, overlooking a shapely body-colored bumper.
Unlike some performance variants, the RC F's cabin is a premium affair. The materials used are of impressive quality, and the design is both attractive and functional. A standard power-adjustable driver's seat keeps you supported and secure in turns, but it may be a tight fit for those with larger builds. Open the trunk and you'll find 10.1 cubic feet of cargo capacity. This figure trails that of certain rivals by a cubic foot or two. Keep in mind, too, that this performance car's additional structural bracing prevents the rear seats from folding down to accommodate longer items placed in the trunk.
The RC F provides quick acceleration and smooth power delivery, and its engine note is a treat for the ears. The eight-speed automatic transmission shifts with seamless precision. Still, newer automated manual transmissions have a slight edge in responsiveness. The coupe is offered with just one engine: a 5.0-liter V8 generating 467 horsepower.
Base RC F coupes boast a generous assortment of standard equipment. The list includes daytime running lights, a sport-tuned suspension, performance-oriented Brembo brakes, automatic climate control, push-button start, leatherette upholstery, a rearview camera and a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel. Standard technology features include satellite radio, Bluetooth connectivity and a 10-speaker sound system. The lineup of available features includes adaptive cruise control, a navigation system, park assist, heated and ventilated front seats, leather upholstery, a premium sound system and blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.
For 2016, the Lexus RC F added the Lexus Enform Service Connect emergency telematics system. This amenity provides collision notification and roadside assistance, and it can help locate stolen vehicles. Orange-painted brake calipers also became available.
The Lexus RC F runs with a fast crowd that includes the BMW M4, Audi RS 5, Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG coupe, Chevrolet Corvette, Porsche 911, Dodge Viper, Nissan GT-R and Acura NSX. You won't be let down by any of these choices, but the RC F will be of special interest to enthusiasts who prize an opulent cabin.