If not for the trademark spool grille, you'd be hard pressed to identify the RC-F as a Lexus. The designers have done a masterful job of incorporating some of the best styling themes found in this class. The RC-F is slightly lower and longer than the RC 350 and benefits from a carbon fiber roof panel and active rear spoiler that deploys above 50 mph.
To back up its aggressive looks, the RC-F gets a 467-horsepower 5-liter V8, so expect to scoot from zero to 60 mph in about 4.5 seconds. Rear-drive models get an eight speed automatic with paddle shifters, while all-wheel drive versions come with a six-speed automatic instead. A selectable driving mode system allows you to tailor the car's responses for everyday driving, sprinting around a track, or somewhere in-between.
All models carry an adaptive sport-tuned suspension, summer performance tires on 19-inch wheels and digital performance gauges. The rear-drive RC-F can also get a torque-vectoring differential that transfers power between the rear wheels for optimal high-speed handling.
The RC-F comes standard with NuLuxe (premium vinyl) sports seats, silver interior trim, keyless access and ignition, LED exterior lighting, a rearview camera and a 10-speaker audio system with HD radio. The Premium package adds heated and ventilated front seats with driver memory, rain-sensing wipers, auto-dimming mirrors, front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert and carbon fiber interior trim. A leather interior and a sunroof are standalone options.
The available navigation system comes with a touchpad controller, a slew of integrated smartphone apps and streaming audio. The All-Weather package features headlamp washers, wiper deicers and a more powerful heater. There's also a collision mitigation system with integrated adaptive cruise control. Other options include 19-inch forged alloy wheels and premium triple-beam LED headlamps.
Our first picks off the option list would be the leather upholstery and sun roof, which seem mandatory in a car like this. Beyond that, the Premium package provides an excellent mix of safety and comfort features.
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