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.