Lexus has proudly released details of its new high-performance coupe, the RC F. However, the manufacturer suggests all is not as it seems.
This impressive model does not only offer exceptional performance, it’s also remarkably easy to drive. The goal of Lexus was to deliver a model that any driver, whether an experienced track racer or a motoring enthusiast, can enjoy.
Of course, that doesn’t mean that Lexus is compromising the craftsmanship, speed and agility of the car. In fact, the F in the name is derived from the Fuji Speedway, the site of much of the high-speed testing carried out by the manufacturer.
So how does it deliver the supposedly excellent performance? Well, that’s partly down to the 5.0-litre V8 engine under the bonnet, offering 471 bhp and 530 Nm of torque. It’s also because of the significant upgrade to Lexus’ eight-speed Sports Direct Shift transmission, offering five operating modes. These include the fuel-efficient Eco setting and the more ruthless, powerful Sport S+.
The model is flexible to suit the driving style of the driver, with the option to switch between a manual and a sequential shift control.
According to the manufacturer, the RC F is the most powerful V8 road car it has ever created. It can head from 0-62mph in just 4.5 seconds, while keeping the foot to the floor will see the car hit electronically limited speeds of 168 mph.
While the speed might be impressive, drivers will have to experience the exceptional grip and handling themselves to believe it. The chassis, brakes, steering and suspension have all been fine tuned to create optimum driving satisfaction and comfort, even at high speeds.
Yukihiko Yaguchi, chief engineer of the RC F, said: “There’s a perception that many high-performance cars are hard to drive. In fact they’re easy in the right hands because they’ve been purpose-built for the skill level of their drivers. It’s the same with the RC F, which I have built to be enjoyed by all enthusiasts, no matter what their level of expertise.”
Mr Yaguchi said that even in the car’s most basic settings, it is still “a blast” to drive.
Order books will open for the machines in January 2015, with two versions set for the UK: the RC F (£59,995) and the RC F Carbon (£67,995).
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