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LEXUS RC F Coupe

5.0 Carbon 2dr Auto

LEXUS RC F Coupe - 5.0 Carbon 2dr Auto

Vehicle Information

List Price
£70,135.00
Transmission
Automatic
Fuel Type
Petrol
Fuel Consumption
25 MPG
0-62 mph
4.5 secs
Engine Size
5.0
No. of Doors
2
CO2
268 g/km
By Line

The banzai Lexus RC F is a coupe that makes rivals like the BMW M4 and the Mercedes-AMG C63 seem almost straight-laced. Jonathan Crouch looks at the improved version.

Ten Second Review

The improved Lexus RC F crashes the sports coupe party with more focused race-derived drive dynamics. As before, a 5.0-litre 450bhp V8 does the honours beneath the bonnet. Front engine, rear wheel drive and a big normally-aspirated engine is a classic recipe and Lexus matches this with sublime build quality and a humungous equipment list.

Background

The Lexus RC F is based on the brand's RC Coupe, a car primarily targeted at American tastes but also developed for Europe with smaller, more efficient turbocharged power. That kind of engine is the sort of thing buyers now expect even in the most potent real-world performance cars: it's certainly what's delivered by the most direct rival this RC F must face, BMW's M4. Lexus though, doesn't simply copy the Germans anymore and instead, has simply uprated the old IS F's normally aspirated old-school V8 for this model - though pared it with a quite astonishing array of driver technology. It all leaves us posing this car a whole series of searching questions. Have we here the sort of engine still relevant in the modern world? And if it is, are buyers now ready to take Lexus seriously as a manufacturer of top-drawer sports cars? It's time to find out.

Driving Experience

Buckle up, because the RC F's specifications sound fantastic. This improved RC F coupe benefits from changes to boost its performance. Reducing weight was a key target, without diminishing the car's feeling of refinement and solidity. The details are small, but telling, including the use of hollow half-shafts in place of solid components, a slimmer intake manifold and a smaller air conditioning compressor. More kilogrammes have been saved by using aluminium for a number of suspension parts, while maintaining overall stiffness. To gain a more refined feel, stiffer bushings have been added to the suspension arms and steering rack mounts, while the use of more rigid engine mounts helps the RC F better exploit the power of its normally aspirated 5.0-litre V8 engine. The engine maintains its maximum power output of 457bhp and maximum torque of 520Nm, with a revised intake routing and lower rpm trigger point for the second intake opening. The established eight-speed automatic transmission is retained, but with a higher final drive ratio for improved off-the-line response. To secure the sharpest acceleration from a standing start, a redesign electronic launch control system has been added. This automatically adjusts the traction and throttle control for maximum take-off performance. The driver simply needs to press and hold the brake pedal, then engage the system by pressing a button on the centre console. This enables nought to 62mph to be accomplished in just 4.3 seconds. The RC F further gains new Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres, designed specifically for the coupe. These have a unique profile and tread pattern and are made from a special rubber compound. They have been designed to help reduce understeer, improve lateral grip and increase durability in extreme driving conditions. Otherwise, it's as before. The RC F gets standard fitment Brembo brakes, Sachs monotube shock absorbers, an active rear wing and Lexus's Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM) system. The standard Torque-Vectoring differential helps you get the power down through the bends, giving the driver the choice of with three operating modes to optimise traction and vehicle control in different scenarios, from everyday driving to track performance.

Design and Build

Styling changes made to this revised model include a revised headlight design with a stacked arrangement of LEDs, with integrated daytime running lights. The signature spindle grille has been revised with a lower lip opening that spans the base of the grille, creating the effect of a shorter front facia. At the rear, new tail lights are integrated into a reshaped bumper, giving a cleaner, more chiselled appearance. Otherwise, it's as you were. There are some coupes that look like saloon cars that are merely down a couple of doors - and then there are cars like the RC F. The design cribs a few cues from the brand's old LFA supercar, most notably in the use of air cooling and aerodynamic features. Air outlets on the bonnet, like those on the LFA, work together with front cooling ducts to support both engine cooling and overall vehicle stability. To the side there are air outlets behind the front wings that add to the engine and brake cooling performance, and which merge neatly with side sill extensions to create an 'L' shape. It features its own interpretation of the Lexus signature spindle grille, which dominates the front of the vehicle and has a subtle 'F' motif embedded in the mesh below the Lexus badge. In profile, there's a sleek roofline and a distinctive curved step in the window line leading into the C-pillar. The cabin doesn't instantly scream performance car. Instead it looks more like one of Lexus' luxury models. Look closer and you'll spot the sporty cues such as the instrument meters, steering wheel, seats, pedals and trim. It's just very downplayed. The instrument meters mark a further development of the switchable, diving mode-dependent central dial featured in the LFA. The dial pack comprises a large, centrally mounted tachometer that changes according to driving mode, digital and analogue speed read-outs, a differential torque vectoring monitor, a G-force meter, oil and water temperature gauges, mileage information and a stopwatch for clocking that bridge to gantry time at the Nurburgring.

Market and Model

The asking price for this revised RC F (starting at around £63,000) doesn't seem at all unreasonable given that Audi will charge you a much greater amount for its very comparable RS 5 Coupe. You can pay more though for this Lexus. There's an 'RC F Carbon' model with a carbonfibre roof for around £70,000, a more focused 'RC F Track Pack' version for around £73,000 and a top 'RC F Track Edition' variant for around £80,000. As you'd expect from Lexus, you get a ton of standard equipment including full LED headlights with automatic high beam function, a 10-speaker multimedia system including DAB, DVD player, Remote Touch touchpad control and Lexus Premium Navigation, dual-zone climate control and Drive Mode Select. There are also front and rear parking sensors, electric, auto-dimming, folding and heated door mirrors; cruise control, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, electric steering column adjustment and keyless Smart Entry. The torque-vectoring differential is standard. Safety provisions include eight airbags, a reversing camera, Hill Assist Control, Lane Departure and Rear Cross Traffic Alert, a blind spot monitor and VDIM, which co-ordinates performance of the ABS, brake assist, traction control vehicle stability control and electronic brakeforce distribution. All RC F models now come equipped with Lexus Safety System+, including a Pre-Collision System and Adaptive Cruise Control,

Cost of Ownership

One of the reasons we thought we'd sadly seen the last of the 5.0-litre normally-aspirated V8 is, and there's no real way of sugaring this particular bit, it was just plain uncompetitive when it came to economy and emissions. Lexus has worked on the engine in the RC F but it can only do so much; the combined cycle fuel figure is 26.2mpg and the CO2 return is 251g/km. Compare these readings to those of a rival BMW M4 (194g/km and 34mpg on the combined cycle). That comparison comes with a rider though. Modern turbocharged engines are designed to do very well on the EuroNCAP test and tend to fare less well in real world conditions, so while the Lexus RC F might seem like a dinosaur when the published figures are compared, in real terms the disparity in running costs might not be anything like so great.

Summary

Who'd have thought it would have been demure Lexus, of all people, who would bring us what is one of the most politically incorrect supercoupes on general release? Compared to the RC F, the Audi RS 5 and the BMW M4 look like buttoned-down sybarites. It's more on a par with Mercedes' unreconstructed C63 AMG coupe. Jaguar's F-Type R coupe also sports a 5.0-litre V8 but is some £30,000 more expensive and probably plays to a different crowd anyway. In summary, if you're in the market for something of this kind, I'd urge you to look beyond the press reports and make your own mind up about this RC F. If somebody offered me one of these or a BMW M4 to drive every day for a year, there's no way I'd choose the German car - and I didn't think I'd be saying that before I picked up the keys to this Lexus. It's old school in feel but new wave in execution. And there has to be room in the market for that combination.

Displayed below is the vehicle and technical data which is provided by a third party. Please check manufacturer's website prior to any order you place. If any specific feature is required that isn't listed, please make this clear to your account manager at your earliest convenience.
BODY GLASS
  • Electric front windows
  • Green tinted UV reducing windscreen glass
  • Noise insulating windscreen
  • Rain sensing wipers
  • UV reducing green reinforced with water repellent coating door glass
BRAKES
  • ABS
  • Brake assist function
  • Electronic brake force distribution
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Emergency brake light system (EBS)
  • Front/rear disc brakes
  • Hill start assist control (HAC)
  • Orange brembo brake calipers
  • Traction control
CARPETS/RUGS
  • Textile carpet mats
CHASSIS/SUSPENSION
  • Adaptive variable suspension
  • Sachs Monotube shock absorbers
  • Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management
  • Vehicle Stability Control (VSC)
COMMUNICATION
  • Bluetooth system
DRIVER AIDS
  • 5 Driving modes Eco/Normal//Sport/Sport /Custom
  • Drive Start Control
  • Dynamic radar cruise control
  • Electric power steering
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Lane departure warning system
  • Lane keep assist
  • Pre-collision system (PCS)
  • Reversing camera
  • Speed sensitive steering
DRIVER CONVENIENCE
  • Connected services
  • Power boot lid
  • Push button starter
DRIVER INFORMATION
  • 4.2" colour multi information display
  • Analogue clock with GPS function
  • Full European map
  • Lexus premium navigation with 10.3" display screen
  • MM19 multimedia system including apple carplay and android auto
  • Remote touch interface
  • Road sign assist - RSA
  • TFT (Thin Film Transistor) combination meter with analogue speedometer
DRIVING MIRRORS
  • Auto dimming interior mirror dimming door mirrors
  • Door mirror integrated indicators
  • Door mirror memory
  • Electric folding door mirrors
  • Heated door mirrors
ENGINE
  • Launch control
ENTERTAINMENT
  • 10 speakers
  • 2 USB ports
  • Auxiliary input socket
  • CD/DVD player
  • DAB Digital radio
EXTERIOR BODY FEATURES
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Carbon fibre active/retractable rear spoiler with switch
  • Carbon fibre bonnet
  • Carbon fibre front spoiler
  • Carbon fibre rear diffuser
  • Carbon fibre roof
  • F aluminium scuff plates
  • Lexus Signature front grille with F-mesh pattern
  • Metallic paint
  • Rear bumper wth quad exhaust
EXTERIOR LIGHTS
  • 3 beam LED headlights with automatic high beam - AHB
  • Headlight washers
  • High level LED brake light
  • Illuminated entry system with LED lights
  • LED auto leveling headlights
  • LED brake lights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED front indicators
  • LED rear lights
HEATING/COOLING/VENTILATION
  • Auto air recirculation
  • Clean air filter and pollen removal mode
  • Dual zone climate control air conditioning system with S flow and electrostatic temperature control switch
INTERIOR FEATURES
  • Active sound control
  • Easy entry/ electrically adjustable steering column
  • F aluminium effect trim
  • F aluminium foot rest and sports pedals
  • F heated steering wheel
  • F leather gearleaver
  • F leather steering wheel with paddle shift and memory
  • Foot pedal parking brake
  • Front centre armrest with 2 cupholders
  • Rear centre armrest with 2 cupholders storage
  • Semi-aniline leather upholstery with carbon Inlays
  • Steering wheel audio controls
  • Through load facility
INTERIOR LIGHTS
  • Welcome lighting
SAFETY
  • 2 x 3-point rear seat belts
  • Active pedestrian safety system
  • Curtain shield airbag
  • Driver and front passenger 2 stage airbag
  • Driver and passenger side airbags
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • Front and rear seat belt with emergency locking retractor
  • Front and rear seats seatbelt unfastened on the move audible and visual alert
  • Front passenger airbag deactivation switch
  • Passenger knee airbag
  • Sway warning system
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
SEATS
  • 2 way lumbar support for driver
  • 8 way electric adjustable drivers seat
  • 8 way electrically adjustable passenger seat with height, reach,till and backrest
  • Driver seat memory function
  • Fixed rear seats with luggage pass through
  • Front and rear head restraints
  • Heated front seats
  • ISOFIX child restraint system on rear seats
  • Memory function for passenger seat
  • Seatbelt pretensioners and force limiters
  • Slide/reclining front seats
  • Sports seats
  • Ventilated front seats
SECURITY
  • 1x Card key
  • 2 x Zippo type key
  • Anti theft alarm with incline sensor and glass break sensor
  • Double locking
  • Immobiliser
  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Smart entry
  • Speed sensitive power door locks
  • VIN Window etching
TRANSMISSION
  • Torsen limited slip differential
WHEELS
  • Michelin Tyres
WHEELS - ALLOY
  • 19" forged dark premium metallic alloy wheels
WHEELS - SPARE
  • Tyre repair kit
Displayed below is the vehicle and technical data which is provided by a third party. Please check manufacturer's website prior to any order you place. If any specific feature is required that isn't listed, please make this clear to your account manager at your earliest convenience.
  • CO2 (g/km): 258
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Noise Level dB(A): 69
  • NOx: 0.005
  • Particles: 0.0003
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 268
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 268
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 268
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High: 234
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max: 234
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min: 234
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High: 226
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max: 226
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min: 226
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low: 447
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max: 447
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min: 447
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium: 276
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max: 276
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min: 276
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • CC: 4969
  • Compression Ratio: 12.3:1
  • Cylinder Layout: V8
  • Cylinders: 8
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 94
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 89.5
  • Engine Code: USC10R-FCZRHW
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Fuel Delivery: DIRECT INJECTION
  • Gears: 8 SPEED
  • Number of Valves: 32
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • EC Combined (mpg): 25
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: Data Not Available
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 34
  • EC Urban (mpg): 17.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 11.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 11.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 11.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 10.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 10.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 10.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 9.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 9.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 9.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 19.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 19.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 19.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 12.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 12.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 12.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 23.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 23.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 23.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 27.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 27.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 27.4
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 28.5
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 28.5
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 28.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 14.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 14.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 14.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 23.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 23.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 23.3
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: Data Not Available
  • Badge Engine CC: 5.0
  • Badge Power: 463
  • Based On ID: N
  • Coin Description: N
  • Coin Series: Carbon
  • Generation Mark: 1
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 46E
  • Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • Safety Concerns?: Data Not Available
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • Service Interval Mileage: 10000
  • Special Edition: Data Not Available
  • Special Order: Data Not Available
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): Data Not Available
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 4.5
  • Engine Power - BHP: 463
  • Engine Power - KW: 341
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • Engine Power - RPM: 7100
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 384
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 53
  • Engine Torque - NM: 520
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 4800
  • Top Speed: 168
  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: Data Not Available
  • Tyre Size Front: 255/35 R19
  • Tyre Size Rear: 275/35 R19
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style: N
  • Wheel Type: 19" ALLOY
  • Height: 1390
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4710
  • Wheelbase: 2730
  • Width: 1845
  • Width (including mirrors): 2050
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 66
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2250
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): N
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 366
  • Max. Loading Weight: 535
  • Max. Roof Load: N
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: N
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: N
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1715
  • No. of Seats: 4
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 10.8
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Your Deal Summary
Personal Lease
Inc VAT
£787.00
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£7,082.96 inc VAT
Contract Term
48 mths
Annual Mileage
5000 miles
Maintenance
Not Included
List Price
70,135.00
Arrangements Fee
£199 +VAT
Road Tax
Included
Delivery
Free UK mainland
Excess Mileage
TBC
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Arrangement Fee will be applied and an excess mileage charge and/or damage charge may apply at end of contract.
Personal Lease
£787.00
Initial Rental (inc VAT)
£7,082.96
Your Deal Summary
Personal Lease
Inc VAT
£787.00
Initial Rental
(9 months)
£7,082.96
Inc VAT
Contract Term
48 mths
Annual Mileage
5000 miles
Maintenance
Not Included
List Price
70,135.00
Arrangements Fee
£199 +VAT
Road Tax
Included
Delivery
Free UK mainland
Excess Mileage
TBC
Vehicle Contracts offers advice solely on Contract Hire and Personal Contract Hire from a panel of finance companies.
Arrangement Fee will be applied and an excess mileage charge and/or damage charge may apply at end of contract.
Vehicle Information
List Price
£70,135.00
Transmission
Automatic
Fuel Type
Petrol
Fuel Consumption
25 MPG
0-62 mph
4.5 secs
Engine Size
5.0
No. of Doors
2
CO2
268 g/km
Arrangement Fee will be applied and an excess mileage charge and/or damage charge may apply at end of contract.
Vehicle Contracts offers advice solely on Contract Hire and Personal Contract Hire from a panel of finance companies.
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LEXUS RC F Coupe

5.0 Carbon 2dr Auto

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Personal Lease
Inc VAT
£787.00
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£7,082.96 inc VAT
Contract Term
48 mths
Annual Mileage
5000 miles
Maintenance
Not Included
Excess Mileage
TBC