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
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