Forecourt Update: Lexus RC F
Everything you need to know about Lexus’forthcoming coupe
What Is it?
The Lexus RC F is a powerful coupé to rival the BMW M3. Its manufacturer claims it rewards “drivers of all abilities” from track veterans to those that prefer the open road.
Its Chief Engineer, Yukihiko Yaguchi, explains: “There’s a perception that many high-performance cars are hard to drive. In fact, they’re easy in the right hands because they’ve been purpose-built for the skill level of their drivers.”
He added: “It’s the same with the RC F, which I have built to be enjoyed by all enthusiasts no matter what their level of expertise. Electronics can be modified instantly on board to provide performance and protection appropriate to each driver’s abilities - but even in its basic settings, it’s a blast.”
What Are The Engine Options?
Just the one. Power comes via a 5.0-litre V8 petrol that produces 471bhp and 530Nm of torque. It propels motorists to 62mph in 4.5 seconds and is limited to 168mph. The manufacturer claims the RC F is the: “most powerful V8 road car Lexus has yet produced”.
The engine is teamed with 8-speed transmission that incorporates five modes. These include options for saving fuel by minimising engine revolutions – such as “eco” - and “Sport S+” that unleashes the vehicle's full potential. The motorist can leave the transmission in automatic mode or select gears manually via paddles behind the wheel.
What Are The Trim Options?
There are 2 versions: RC F and RC F Carbon. Both incorporate “clever instrumentation” that automatically changes based on which driving mode has been selected.
The Carbon trim also has a carbon fibre reinforced plastic composite bonnet, roof and spoiler to save weight, plus a torque vectoring differential. Torque vectoring maximises stability by limiting the engine torque sent to one of the rear wheels. Reducing power to the outside right wheel, for example, could prevent it losing traction and spinning the car.
How Much Is It?
The RC F costs £59,995 and the RC F Carbon is £67,995.
Anything Else I Need To Know?
The Lexus RC F can be ordered now, with deliveries from January 2015.