Lexus RC F (2014) review

The RC F is the initial performance auto from Lexus because the outstanding LFA supercar , and bucks the present turbo craze with a classic normally aspirated V8. But has it obtained the products to outmuscle BMW’s M4 ?

The place did this Lexus RC F abruptly spring from?

It is based mostly on the RC coupe which US dealers get quite quickly, but which we won’t get in the Uk until following 12 months when a turbo four will replace the Yank-spec V6. But you may recognise the styling from a few of previous Lexus principle automobiles, the LF-CC and LF-LC .

What is underneath the pores and skin?

The entrance conclude is from a GS , the back stop from the previous IS-F saloon , and the little bit in in between, is borrowed from the IS-C cabrio . Seventy % of the suspension components are new, nonetheless, and Lexus claims the structure is massively stiff, which it bloody well should to be, presented that it weighs 200kg more than a BMW M4 coupe.

To offer with that heft, it receives a reworked variation of the IS-F’s 5. V8, which receives a 48bhp enhance and now sends 465bhp to the rear-wheels through an eight-pace automatic gearbox. At the again there is a Torsen limited slip diff as normal, with the option of a torque-vectoring device. 

First impressions?

A smile when you see that the exhaust tailpipes are legitimate this time, alternatively of the awful faux plastic things trapped on to the bumper of the IS-F. And an even greater smile when the V8 wakes up with a growl and serves a ideal reminder of what is actually incorrect with the M4’s new motor. Then you squeeze the proper pedal and realise what BMW obtained correct. The fact is the RC F by no means feels that fast, not fast ample for the company it keeps, anyway. Lexus prices four.5sec to 62mph, but that is .3sec down on an M4, and you truly have to work it challenging to get your kicks. It merely doesn’t make enough torque for a automobile that’s too weighty. It truly is close to 6mpg thirstier than the BMW, as well.

There are excellent factors. On observe, it feels absolutely devoted, the steering has a reassuring linearity to it and the brakes are sturdy. But it never ever feels as nimble or controlled as the BMW, even with the sensible diff functioning its magic, and lacks the wallop you get in the M4 when you plant the throttle on the exit of a corner.

On the street it fares considerably better. The journey is mostly good, and although the paucity of low and mid-range power is even far more apparent, the motor is in fact a little bit of a charmer. The inside, lifted straight from the IS saloon , is a beautiful point too. You twist the audio quantity dial and every thing from the texture and condition of the knob to the precision and gearing of the gubbins powering it exemplifies Lexus’s focus to detail. Much less fortunately, the LFA’s unloved pc mouse controller has been swapped for a garbage laptop-type trackpad to function the multimedia method. It wants binned for a rotary dial. And while there are four seats, the rear is much more cramped than an M4’s.

Everything else I want to know?

Nicely, you would be recommended to steer clear of the hideous RC F Carbon, which adds a huge £8000 to the £59,995 foundation cost in exchange for a Mark Levinson hello-fi, heated Alcantara seats, tastier very same-sized alloys and that trick diff, but also a carbon roof and bonnet. The roof, we could live with, and the two are stated to preserve 15kg, but the bonnet is severely OTT. The good news is you ought to be in a position to cherry pick some of people possibilities for the base car, which is predictably loaded with goodies in any case. 


We ran an IS-F, a vehicle that never ever troubled the old M3 much in group tests, as a extended termer, and really arrived to admire it. Lexus cars have that impact on you. They are about more than what you will discover on a short take a look at travel. But if you requested us exactly where to set your coupe funds nowadays, we would have to go for the BMW, or dangle on for the new twin-turbo AMG C63 which is because of to pop up any time shortly. As it stands the Lexus is heavier, thirstier, pricier, and not as significantly fun as the competition. It really is a 3 and 50 % star vehicle, but we don’t do 50 % stars. The ray of daylight that might flip individuals three stars into four is that Lexus’s engineers say you will find significantly far more to come from the RC F. We’re ready when you are, boys.