The Lexus RC F is the latest high-performance model to bear the desirable ‘F’ designation, following in the wheel tracks of the LFA supercar and high-performance IS F saloon. This rear-wheel drive RC F coupe is powered by an all-new 5.0-litre V8 engine producing over 470hp, engineered to deliver incredible performance as well as everyday usability and economy.
The new RC F is offered in two specifications: the standard RC F at £59,995 or the RC F Carbon from £67,995. Whether it be the stunning exterior of the two-door coupe or its luxurious four-seat interior, the Lexus RC F embodies all that Lexus and the ‘F’ emblem stands for: high quality, high performance and a pursuit of perfection.
Lexus has developed an all-new engine for the Lexus RC F, a high-tech V8 powerplant that is the most powerful V8 Lexus has ever produced. The statistics reveal a great deal – 471bhp and 530Nm of torque – but the engineering behind the new engine is what makes it so special. The V8 cleverly swaps between two different engine cycles dependent on use, utilising the efficient Atkinson cycle when cruising for optimum fuel economy and the more powerful Otto cycle when the driver needs all of the RC F’s performance capabilities.
The technological advances continue with the RC F’s eight-speed Sports Direct Shift (SPDS) transmission and clever Torque-Vectoring Differential (TVD), the first time that the latter has been used in any front-engined, rear-wheel drive car. Fitted as standard equipment on the RC F Carbon and optionally available on the RC F, the TVD increases driving enjoyment by changing the RC F’s handling characteristics dependent on the setting; selectable drive modes include Standard for a balance between performance and stability, Slalom mode for greater emphasis on steering reponse, and Track mode for a consistent, stable driving when engaging in high-speed circuit driving. An active rear wing that rises at speeds above 50mph adds to the RC F’s high-speed handling, and is one of a number of aerodynamic features found on the coupe.
Adding further to the RC F’s focused persona, the RC F Carbon makes extensive use of carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) for its roof, bonnet and rear spoiler. Lexus first used CFRP on the LFA hypercar, and its integration into the RC F Carbon reinforces the link between the maker’s high-performance ‘F’ models. By combining the RC F’s raw talent with the latest in powertrain, stability and material technologies, the Lexus RC F is a true driver’s car worthy of wearing the ‘F’ moniker, its abilities thrilling and confidence-inspiring in equal measure.
Even with its svelte yet aggressively-styled two-door body, the RC F coupe is fully equipped to carry four people in comfort and style. Behind the thick grip steering wheel, it’s clear that the RC F is driver-focused – a large rev counter dominates the LFA-inspired instrument panel, flanked by dials and gauges including a TVD monitor, G-force meter and stopwatch. The dash display changes dependent on driving mode too, a visual reminder of the different aspects of the RC F’s performance capabilities.
The RC F’s high-back seats are manufactured with a technique that allows them to cosset and support the driver and passengers, and are available in the RC F with a choice of five leather trims, while the RC F Carbon has a sportier feel from its Alcantara-clad seats. The seats are heated and ventilated (heated only on RC F Carbon) with eight-way power adjustment to ensure that the driver is comfortable at all times, Likewise, dual-zone climate control regulates the cabin temperature to keep everyone happy.
Lexus incorporates high equipment levels in all of its models, and the RC F is no different, with its two-zone dash display packed with features including the latest iteration of Lexus’ Remote Touch Interface in the lower operation zone. A 10-speaker multimedia system supplements the V8 engine’s mechanical soundtrack, with a Mark Levinson Surround Sound System optionally available on the RC F and fitted as standard on RC F Carbon.
Safety is of paramount importance to Lexus with all of its models, especially one with the power and performance of the RC F coupe. Therefore, the RC F is built to be strong and safe, and is equipped with the latest active safety technologies such as Lexus’ VDIM stability management system. Monitoring technologies like Lane Departure Warning and a blind spot monitor system constantly stay on the lookout for potential collisions, and in the event of an unavoidable collision eight SRS airbags are on hand to offer maximum protection to vehicles occupants.
Even with a 5.0-litre V8 under its low bonnet, the RC F has been engineered to minimise running costs while maximising performance. It achieves 26.2mpg on the combined test cycle – excellent for a car of its performance – and over 36mpg on the extra-urban test. And as it only needs a service every 10,000 miles or once per year, servicing is kept to a minimum too.
The exciting new RC F coupe is priced from £59,995 (on the road), before optional extras like the Torque-Vectoring Differential, Adaptive Cruise Control or the Mark Levinson sound system. The more-focused RC F Carbon edition includes the TVD and Mark Levinson system as standard along with a number of other specification upgrades, and is priced at £67,995 OTR. Further details on individual specifications and options can be found here.
*Prices correct as of 22/9/15