Boasting a powerhouse of a V8 petrol engine and looks that are just as powerful, Lexus' newRC F will have few rivals for speed, handling or driving enjoyment when it is released at the start of the new year.
The 5.0 litre V8 resting under the bonnet supplies a breathtaking 471bhp, as well as maximum torque of 531Nm at 4800-5600rpm. Along with providing a predictably stunning performance, the RC F also achieves relatively low fuel consumption and carbon emissions figures for such a high-performance sportscar – 26.2mpg and 252g/km.
As the most powerful and aggressively styled versiosn of the manufacturer's RC coupé, the RC F and its RC F Carbon counterpart offer unparalleled quality in exterior and interior detailing. The extraordinary appearance of the vehicle's bodywork incorporates bi-xenon headlights, LED daytime running lights and 19" alloy wheels. Inside, the driver and passengers in the front and rear are favoured with soft-touch and supportive leather seats and shimamoku wood detailing. The Carbon models offer torque-vectoring differential for enhanced driving dynamics, as well as carbon-fibre exterior detailing.
The monstrous capacity of the V8 engine, in conjunction with the low drag coefficient of just 0.33 and the eight-speed Sport Direct Shift transmission, gives the RC F phenomenal pace. 0-60mph acceleration is possible in 4.4 seconds, and the car has a theoretical top speed of 170mph – more than adequate, even for track days.
Four different driving modes (“Normal”, “Sport”, “Off”, or “Expert”) are available with the RCF, with each altering the finely-tuned suspension to fit the preferences of the driver and the road surface and weather conditions they are experiencing at that time. A Lexus Remote Touch infotainment system with a 7” touchscreen, dual-zone climate control, and parking sensors are all standard equipment, along with a 10-speaker sound system.
Extremely powerful Brembo brakes ensure minimal stopping distances for RC F owners, and are integrated with an array of stability-enhancing safety measures including ABS, Traction Control, Vehicle Stability Control, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, and (in the case of Carbon editions) Torque Vectoring Control. Even more sophisticated is the technology aimed at forestalling any loss of concentration, such as the Rear Cross-Traffic Alert and the Blind Sport Warning Monitor. Front, side, curtain, cushion and driver’s knee airbags supplement the vehicle’s highly rigid structure in the event of an impact.