The new RC is an aggressively styled sports coupe with seating for four. Essentially a coupe version of the IS sedan, it uses a standard 3.5-liter V6 engine hooked up to an eight-speed automatic. An all-wheel-drive version is available with a six-speed automatic. Top-trim RC F versions, fitted with a 467-hp, 5.0-liter V8, target the BMW M4.
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Lexus RC Road Test
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All-new Lexus RC F is a 21st-century Toyota Supra When giving up a little performance returns a lot of comfort


Effectively replacing the Lexus IS convertible as the two-door companion to the IS sedan, the RC coupe combines power, luxury, and refinement. Then the F kicks it up a notch, falling somewhere between hardcore sports car and grand touring coupe. The resulting machine had several members of our team uttering the words "modern Toyota Supra" under their breath.

The RC F carries an aggressive expression of Lexus' latest exterior design theme, and it ensures the driver receives a fair amount of attention behind the wheel. Or perhaps it was the screaming orange paint on our borrowed example.

For some, the extroverted appearance might be too much; it makes a car like the BMW M4 look staid by comparison. And if you are in the market for either vehicle, receiving attention is expected and possibly a motivational factor. But with a large V8 and raucous styling, the RC F also targets the likes of the Porsche 911 and Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. So where does the Lexus fit among these performance icons?

Impressions We're pleased to say that the RC F is not the 10/10ths performance machine that we know the 911 and Corvette to be. What Lexus has brilliantly done is create a car that gives up just a little performance and gets back enough comfort to make the RC F a far better daily driver than other more dedicated sports cars.
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