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Lexus RC F review – brilliantly different from the establishment

Will Beaumont
10 Jan 2018
Verdict:

The RC F feels unlike its European rivals, but not always better

Evo Rating: 
Price: 
£61,310
For 
Refreshingly different, beautifully controllable engine, well-balanced chassis
Against 
Too heavy, only at its best in the right driving mode, engine not as exciting at its top end as you might hope
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Performance and 0-60 time

Not shackled by a Germanic 250kph (155mph) speed limiter, the Lexus RC F has a trump card over many of its European rivals, a 168mph top speed. In almost every other respect, howver, its figures trail the competition slightly.

With a claimed 0-62mph acceleration time of 4.5sec, the Lexus is clearly fast, but it’s 0.3sec off the BMW M4 Competition Package’s official time and 0.6sec behind the Audi RS5 and Mercedes-AMG C63 S. And those are the manufacturers' optimistic, perfect-environment, only-a-thimble-of-fuel-to-save-weight times. Our recorded times for the Audi (3.6sec), the BMW (4.4sec) and Mercedes (4.3sec) are still all faster than what Lexus could get the RC F to achieve.

When we’ve had opportunity to set lap times with the Lexus coupe it's been slower than its competition, too. Around one of Bedford Autodrome’s smaller loops it trailed a regular M4, without the Competition Pack, by 0.35sec and the old, heavier, less powerful, naturally aspirated Audi RS5 by 3.35sec.

> Read our review of the BMW M4

There’s a significant element that the slower acceleration and lap times can be blamed on, and that’s the Lexus’s 1765kg kerb weight. It’s 205kg more than a BMW M4 Competition Pack and 145kg more than the four-door saloon-only Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio.

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