LEXUS RC F MY18
Do little tweaks add to a lot?
LEXUS HAS made its free-revving, naturally aspirated V8 RC F coupe much more of a daily proposition thanks to a raft of minor changes focused on improving comfort and usability. A softer adaptive damper tune makes for a nicer around-town ride, while the ageing interior has been spruced up by a new, 10.3-inch centre screen replacing the previous 7.0-inch unit. Unfortunately, Lexus is persisting with its touchpad control interface, simply fitting a larger pad, which takes an eternity, and many profanities, to get used to. There’s also simplified cruise control buttons and the latest semiautonomous tech, and you can now combine an aggressive engine setting with a Comfort damper setting where you couldn’t before. A new yellow, Zinnia, has been added to the palette, as well. To drive, the RC F makes a helluva noise and feels fast, even if it would get smoked by a BMW M4, a car that’s only $1000 more in Pure form – the RC F’s acceleration is merely fast by 2010 standards. Still, despite some handling quirks, it’s a rear-drive, naturally aspirated V8 that’s fun to drive, pretty nice inside with a muscular appearance that grows on you. It could be a bit cheaper, but own an RC F and you might just notice your fondness for it increasing over time. – Dylan Campbell SPECS: 5.0 V8; 351kW @ 7100rpm; 530Nm @ 4800rpm; RWD; 1780kg; $138,100