Do lit­tle tweaks add to a lot?

Motor (Australia) - - FAST BLAST -

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

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