2017 Lexus RC F
- Gorgeous, well-built cabin
- Refined and powerful V8 with a soundtrack to match
- Benign handling characteristics are user-friendly
- Many comfort and convenience features on offer
- Feels heavy (because it is)
- Touchpad-based infotainment and climate controls can frustrate
- Benign handling characteristics fail to excite
- No manual transmission option
2017 Lexus RC F pricingin Ashburn, VA
Which RC F does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating3.0 / 5
The distinctively styled Lexus RC F doesn't have it easy. Its German competitors were strong when it debuted in 2015, and they haven't relented in the meantime. The main hurdle for the RC F is weight — it is hundreds of pounds heavier than the BMW M4. In the traditional metrics of performance-car accomplishment, therefore, the RC F suffers. This prodigious poundage blunts not only its acceleration but also its eagerness to change direction. Moreover, its brakes can wilt under hard use, although this is something you'll only encounter when lapping a racetrack.
In the real world, the RC F finds its groove. Its interior is flat-out gorgeous, its seats superb and its driving manners refined. Its non-turbocharged 5.0-liter V8 may not pin you to your seat as firmly as the 467-horsepower rating suggests, but it's plenty quick for street use and makes wonderful sounds.
2017 Lexus RC F configurations
Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions, although trim levels share many aspects. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the 2015 Lexus RC F (5.0L V8 | 8-speed automatic | RWD).
NOTE: Since this test was conducted, the current Lexus RC F has received the notable addition of adaptive suspension dampers. Our findings remain broadly applicable to this year's RC F.
Noise & vibration4.0
Ease of use2.0
Getting in/getting out3.0
Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite RC F safety features:
- Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
- This system sounds an auditory warning if it detects a vehicle or object approaching as you reverse.
- Pre-Collision System
- When it detects an imminent front crash, this system primes the brakes for quicker stopping.
- Lexus Enform Safety Connect
- A subscription service that provides GPS-based emergency services in the event of a collision or breakdown. The first year is free.
2017 Lexus RC F for Sale
In an era when many new models have been put on strict diets, often shedding hundreds of pounds in the process, the 2017 Lexus RC F is not one of them.
In fact, its extra weight, relative to that of other performance-oriented coupe competitors, is one of its major downsides. The good news is that for those who like the RC F's good looks and sporty demeanor, the extra poundage will largely be a non-issue.
That's because the RC F still offers strong acceleration and sharp handling, even if neither qualifies as class-leading. The 467-horsepower V8 engine provides plenty of thrust: 0 to 60 mph takes just 4.6 seconds, and it has a great exhaust note to go with it. The transmission's quick upshifts are admirable, though downshifts can be jerky at times.
Quick steering is a plus, though its precision is a tad lacking and the car's extra weight makes understeer a common problem, especially when you push hard. Strong, easily modulated brakes are a definite plus, though they tend to show some signs of fade under the most extreme use. In short, the RC F is exciting to look at and drive around town. It's less so if you're on a racetrack.
Inside the RC F, you'll find outstanding materials and handsome design. The front seats are extremely comfortable (if you fit in them) and make a fine place to enjoy the RC F's engaging driving dynamics. Add the available 17-speaker Mark Levinson premium audio system and you have a good excuse for taking the long way home.
Lexus offers the RC F in a single trim level. There are a handful of option packages, of course. We can recommend the Premium package, which is filled with LED headlights, automatic wipers, heated and ventilated seats, parking sensors and rear cross-traffic alert. The Performance option package may sound appealing, but honestly, it's overkill on a car like this.
There are other quibbles as well: The car's sport-tuned suspension yields a fairly stiff ride quality that may be rougher than luxury car buyers expect. As noted, the handling is not cutting-edge. Some buyers may find the lack of a manual transmission disappointing. The touch-based infotainment and climate controls are finicky and frustrating. Finally, the rear seats are really seats in name only, offering so little room they should be considered more of a spacious package shelf for purses or gym bags.
All things considered, however, the 2017 Lexus RC F makes a fine and handsome sport coupe, even if its extra pounds prevent it from leading the pack. Let Edmunds help you find the one that's right for you.
2017 Lexus RC F Overview
The 2017 Lexus RC F is offered in the following submodels: RC F Coupe. Available styles include 2dr Coupe (5.0L 8cyl 8A).
What do people think of the 2017 Lexus RC F?
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Our Review Process
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We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.
What's a good price for a New 2017 Lexus RC F?
2017 Lexus RC F 2dr Coupe (5.0L 8cyl 8A)
The 2017 Lexus RC F 2dr Coupe (5.0L 8cyl 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $75,609. The average price paid for a new 2017 Lexus RC F 2dr Coupe (5.0L 8cyl 8A) is trending $6,747 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
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The average savings for the 2017 Lexus RC F 2dr Coupe (5.0L 8cyl 8A) is8.9% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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Should I lease or buy a 2017 Lexus RC F?
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