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.
- 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