Engineered for exhilaration, the Lexus RC F is the most powerful Lexus V8 road car engine ever built. Here our motoring writer Simone Barry took it for a spin.

Breath-taking curves, gleaming paintwork, big-engine appeal, super cool interior – no wonder my colleagues were green with envy when they heard I was taking the RC F for a drive.

There’s been a lot of chatter about this car and I’d read some reviews comparing it to the BMW M4 and Audi RS5, so I had high expectations.

I scooped the car up from Lexus Chester and headed straight for scenic North Wales.

First impressions were good. It has head-turning looks. And it smelt gorgeous: that fantastic smell of a brand new car. The interior was really sporty and luxurious too with its black beautifully stitched leatherwork, high-back seats, driver-focused cockpit and thick grip steering wheel.

As I hit the A55 and put my foot down, I loved the sound of the engine as it purred like a sports car. A real joy to drive, I felt like I was gliding effortlessly along and my three-hour road trip whizzed by. The seats were really comfortable – in fact, everything about it had an upmarket feel.

The car has some excellent gadgets. SPORT S+ mode is a brilliant feature, making the car go full throttle which keeps you on your toes. I also loved the computer system with mouse navigation – a very neat feature.

Despite its very modern feel, with its state-of-the-art technology, it was cute that the clock on the dashboard wasn’t digital but a traditional face clock. This was a brilliant contradiction to the wealth of impressive gadgets included within the car and gave it a bit of a retro feel.

I’d give this thrilling car 9/10 (it loses a point for its smaller boot space) and would highly recommend it. Such a great drive, it’s a shame I had to give it back!

Simone Barry is a Legal Executive at Hillyer McKeown

With thanks to the Mitchell Group, Stanney Mill Lane, Cheshire Oaks. Tel: 0151 346 5555. www.mitchellgroup.co.uk
The details

Price £59,070 – £67,070

  • Developed on the world’s toughest circuits
  • Advanced aerodynamics
  • 19” forged alloys
  • Leather sports seats and sports steering wheel
  • Most powerful V8 road engine ever developed by Lexus
  • Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert detect vehicles you may not have seen
  • Lane Departure Alert
  • Eight airbags

This article has been published in the latest issue of HM Magazine, available here