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If there’s one model that em­bod­ies the Lexus am­bi­tion to be­come a truly dy­namic pres­tige brand, it’s the RC F. The RC coupé range is a bold state­ment in it­self. The svelte two-door is a be­spoke model, em­ploy­ing plat­form el­e­ments from other Lexus mod­els but not di­rectly based on any sin­gle one. The flag­ship RC F raises the game again: the F sig­ni­fies the Ja­panese maker’s high-per­for­mance di­vi­sion, named af­ter Fuji Speed­way and cre­ator of now­iconic mod­els such as the IS F and LFA su­per­car. The F di­vi­sion is still com­mit­ted to the con­cept of a nat­u­rally as­pi­rated V8, but there’s noth­ing old-school about it: the RC F’s new 5.0-litre en­gine pro­duces 40kw more than the pre­vi­ous IS F unit, but its fuel econ­omy is only one litre per 100km short of the V6 en­gine in the RC 350. The chas­sis shares lit­tle with other RC mod­els. The sus­pen­sion is 70 per cent unique and the RC F has some gen­uine high-per­for­mance tech­nol­ogy such as an ac­tive rear spoiler and lim­ited-slip dif­fer­en­tial. Cus­tomers can also spec­ify a Torque Vec­tor­ing Dif­fer­en­tial (TVD), which can au­to­mat­i­cally ap­por­tion more power to the out­side-rear wheel to im­prove cor­ner­ing speed and sta­bil­ity. The RCF is a se­ri­ous per­for­mance ma­chine, but it’s far from a stripped-out racer. It has a be­spoke in­stru­ment panel, unique leather-up­hol­stered sports seats and a high­qual­ity au­dio sys­tem with tech­nol­ogy called Clari-fi, which re­stores some of the qual­ity lost in com­pressed mu­sic files on smart­phones and other por­ta­ble mu­sic play­ers.

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