‘ This car is in­ter­est­ing. I don’t know what it will be like to live with.’

Evo - - FAST FLEET - Richard Meaden (@Dick­iemeaden)

II’VE NEVER SPENT MUCH time in a Lexus. To be fair, apart from the LFA, I’ve never felt the urge to spend much time in a Lexus. At least this was the case un­til I tried an RC F a year or so ago, when my in­ter­est was piqued.

There’s some­thing rather com­pelling about what Lexus has done in re­cent years. Es­pe­cially with the styling of its cars. The new LC500 (Driven, evo 231) is spec­tac­u­lar, and while the RC F doesn’t pos­sess that car’s jawslack­en­ing drama, I think it re­ally looks the part. Suf­fi­ciently beefy, but orig­i­nal and in­ter­est­ing.

And that’s the point of this car. It’s in­ter­est­ing. I don’t know what it will be like to live with. I don’t know what it will be like to drive day-to- day. I don’t know how peo­ple will re­act to it. Had this been one of the Ger­man coupes, I’d have been pleased to spend six months with it, but it may have felt like going over old ground. They are known quan­ti­ties. So what is it? Well, in bald stats it’s a £61,310 coupe pow­ered by a nat­u­rally as­pi­rated 5-litre V8 good for 470bhp and 391lb ft. Top speed is just shy of 170mph and it’ll hit 62mph in 4.5sec. That ac­cel­er­a­tion fig­ure is far from shabby, but not quite a match for the RS5, M4 or C63 you can read about else­where in this is­sue. Then again, the Lexus weighs a chunky 1765kg. With­out the torque of a tur­bocharged mo­tor that’s a lot of mass to get mov­ing. Whether this dents its abil­i­ties or lim­its its driv­ing ap­peal on the road is some­thing I’m looking for­ward to find­ing out.

First im­pres­sions are very favourable. Ad­mit­tedly much of this is due to the nov­elty of a fresh driv­ing en­vi­ron­ment, but there’s also a deep sense of qual­ity. It re­ally does feel hewn rather than as­sem­bled, so while the kerb weight is hefty, you do get a tan­gi­ble up­lift in so­lid­ity.

At the time of writ­ing, I’ve only driven home from the evo of­fice, but in that time I quickly came to ap­pre­ci­ate the ma­tu­rity of the RC F’s de­liv­ery. This all sounds a bit grownup, but fear not, for there’s a raft of dy­namic modes, from Eco through Nor­mal to Sport and Sport S+.

I don’t know which of these offers the sweet spot, but I do know the RC F’s V8 engine re­ally finds its voice in the more ag­gres­sive modes. It’s also nice to have a mo­tor you need to work a lit­tle to re­lease its per­for­mance, rather than the twin­tur­bocharged of­fer­ings from Audi, BMW and Mercedes, which give so much so soon you rarely need to ex­tend them.

Will the RC F’s dif­fer­ent take on a fa­mil­iar recipe prove a match for the usual Ger­man sus­pects? Or will the nov­elty of this Ja­panese bruiser wear off as fa­mil­iar­ity grows? I hon­estly don’t know. That’s why the next six months prom­ise to be a fas­ci­nat­ing Fast Fleet test and a true voy­age of dis­cov­ery.

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