ROAD TEST: Lexus RC F

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SUPERIOR: The Lexus RC F is a real head-turner Credit: Toyota / Lexus

The RC F is a sports coupe from Lexus with striking supercar styling, and supercar performance to match.

Powered by a 5.0 litre V8 engine packing a potent 457 hp, the RC F has a top speed of 270 kph (168 mph) and a searing 0-100 kph time of just 4.5 seconds. Not surprisingly, it has selectable driving modes for either road or track! Average fuel economy is 8.8 kpl (25 mpg) – respectable with such power on tap – and emissions are 258g/km.

The race-bred visual styling of this model makes it a genuine head-turner and several people who I asked to guess its price estimated €100,000 or more. In fact, it is €70,607 (£62,690). Features include torque-vectoring differential, active rear spoiler, raised bonnet profile, bonnet scoop and large forged alloy wheels.

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Power delivery is smooth and eager with a delightful growl from the twin exhausts, the ride quality is firm but totally composed and there is reassuring grip on fast corners. It offers a terrific driving sensation as the power is unleashed, yet when cruising it can still deliver such comfort than you feel you could drive right across Europe and still arrived fresh and relaxed.

This large coupe’s interior has luxury ambiance, and while it does have four seats, the rear pair are in effect just for children. Front occupants get plenty of room and very comfortable powered seats, and the dashboard has an unusual tiered design but is entirely functional and user-friendly. Boot space is not largest in the sector but still very practical at 374 litres.

The standard kit list is impressive, and includes multimedia screen, 10-speaker premium sound system, sat-nav and reversing camera, parking sensors and eight airbags. Safety features include Brake Assist, Hill Start Assist, Stability Control, and Vehicle Dynamic Management.

This Lexus has rivals in its sector, most notably the BMW M4 Coupe which is arguably a little more nimble to handle. But when you add the sheer visual impact of the RC F, its superior refinement and the brand’s legendary reliability, in my view it is the overall winner.

Stats panel:

Model: Lexus RC F

Engine: 5.0 litre V8 petrol

Transmission: 8-speed sports auto

Performance: 0-100 kph 4.5 seconds, top speed 270 kph (168 mph)

Economy: 8.8 kpl (25 mpg)

Emissions: 258 g/km

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