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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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MPG and running costs

We have been running a Lexus RC F in our long-term collection, Fast Fleet, for a few months now. Unsurprisingly, as it hasn’t even breached the 5000-mile mark yet, it hasn’t accrued any big bills. However, Lexus’s official combined MPG figure of 26.2 is proving to be a tad optimistic; we’ve currently averaged around 22.4mpg. Not a huge difference, and only slightly less than our long term Audi RS5 that’s averaging 25.9mpg – way off Audi’s claimed 32.5mpg.

> Find out what the Audi RS5 is like to drive

With the RC F being so comfortable going sideways – once it’s in its correct driving mode, diff and traction control settings, that is – you might want to budget for the rear tyres to be replaced frequently. The 275/35 R19 Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres that are standard fitment on the back of the RC F cost around £250 each, fitted.

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