Lexus RC

Lexus RC information: everything you need to know if you own it, are thinking of buying one or just want to find out more about the sports car from Japan. Click on the links below for all of CAR magazine’s news, reviews, videos, scoops and spy photos of the RCF car range. We list the top 10 stories for each model – and where appropriate you can click on ‘More’ to browse even more of our archive.

Background

The Lexus RCF is the only RC available currently in the UK, though the range will swell over time. It’s a two-door coupe, borrowing bits from the GS and IS ranges. Target? Think the brand’s answer to the BMW 4-series. For more information on the RC, click on our further stories on the links below.

60sec road test

The RCF is the Lexus way of saying M4. This is the only model available at present, although four-cylinder turbo power will join the range soon. For now it has a hulking 5.0-litre V8, last seen in the sporting ISF and tuned here for a fulsome 465bhp. There’s an eight-speed auto gearbox and a Torsen limited-slip diff to control all that torque. It sounds good, all popping and V8 growl at start-up. Fast, too, with Lexus quoting 0-62mph in 4.5sec. Porsche-scaring, that is… Strong brakes wipe off that speed, and on track it’s faithful and composed. The problem is, it’s rarely fun, and even though BMW has spoiled the M3/M4 somewhat in their newest iterations, we’d say the German car edges it for fun handling. And that counts for a lot when you’re spending the thick end of £60k+.

The one we’d buy

RCF

The one we’d avoid like the plague

RCF Carbon for £8k more? No thanks…

Rivals to consider

Audi RS4, BMW M4, Mercedes C63 AMG

For 

Usual Lexus qualities, fine cabin, V8 oomph

Against

Cramped rear seats, expensive, not as sharp as Europe’s best to drive

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