Lexus’ highly anticipated RC F sports coupe has finally gone on sale in the UK, priced from £59,995.

Aiming to steal sales in the performance coupe market, which is currently dominated by the BMW and Audi RS5, the RC F is billed as the most driver focussed Lexus since the exclusive (and eye-wateringly expensive) LFA hypercar.

It certainly has the firepower to take the fight to its German rivals. Eschewing the trend for engine downsizing, the RC F is fitted with 5.0-litre V8 petrol motor, developing 471bhp – enough to cover the 0-62mph sprint in 4.5 seconds and on to an electronically limited top speed of 168mph.

While the RC F’s performance figures are competitive with the Germans, Lexus is yet to confirm its fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. With a large, naturally aspirated engine, it is unlikely it will be able to outperform the highly efficient, turbocharged BMW and Audi.

Power is sent to the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox and an optional torque vectoring rear differential, which sends drive to the wheel with the most traction for greater dynamism in the corners.

Being a new performance flagship for the brand, the RC F is aggressively styled, with heavily creased bodywork, exaggerated wheel arches and quad exhaust tailpipes. There’s even an active rear spoiler that automatically raises at speed.

It’s a similar story inside, where the aluminium finished pedals and sports seats lift the ambience of a cabin that otherwise borrows heavily from the rest of the Lexus range, with its multi-layered dashboard and touchpad controlled user interface.

Being a Lexus, the RC F is generously specified, with all models featuring DAB digital radio, DVD player and sat nav as standard, as well as a host of electronic safety aids, including lane departure and blind spot warning systems.

Alongside the standard RC F, Lexus has also launched a ‘Carbon’ edition. Priced from £67,995, it comes with the torque vectoring rear differential as standard and features a bonnet, roof and rear spoiler constructed from lightweight carbon fibre.

Order books for the Lexus RC F are open now, with the first customer cars expected for delivery in January.

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Daljinder Nagra


November 25, 2014