Lexus RC F review

Category: Coupé

Section: Costs & verdict

Lexus RC F 2021 interior infotainment
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  • Lexus RC F 2021 interior dashboard
  • Lexus RC F 2021 interior rear seats
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  • Lexus RC F 2021 headlight detail
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  • Lexus RC F 2021 alloy wheel detail
  • Lexus RC F 2021 interior front seats
  • Lexus RC F 2021 interior detail
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  • Lexus RC F 2021 boot open
  • Lexus RC F 2021 front left tracking
  • Lexus RC F 2021 rear cornering
  • Lexus RC F 2021 interior dashboard
  • Lexus RC F 2021 interior rear seats
  • Lexus RC F 2021 interior infotainment
  • Lexus RC F 2021 front right tracking
  • Lexus RC F 2021 right tracking
  • Lexus RC F 2021 rear left tracking
  • Lexus RC F 2021 rear tracking
  • Lexus RC F 2021 headlight detail
  • Lexus RC F 2021 exhaust detail
  • Lexus RC F 2021 alloy wheel detail
  • Lexus RC F 2021 interior front seats
  • Lexus RC F 2021 interior detail
  • Lexus RC F 2021 interior detail
  • Lexus RC F 2021 interior seat detail
  • Lexus RC F 2021 boot open
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

The Lexus RC F is expensive to buy and costly to run. Its official combined economy figure of 25mpg is poor by modern performance car standards, and the CO2 emissions are high too, at 268g/km.

We’d recommend the standard RC F version over the rest of the range. Carbon and Track Edition versions come with aggressive styling that might not be to all tastes, and the go-fast tech fitted doesn’t transform the RC F into a weekend racer, making it hard to justify the extra cost involved.

Overview

The Lexus RC F is a mighty last hurrah to big V8 engines. The fact that it’s expensive to run should surprise no one, but you might be disappointed to learn that a Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupé is still more fun to drive. Still, the RC F is well equipped, feels pretty plush inside and is well priced against the V8 coupé alternatives.

  • V8 engine sounds magnificent
  • Well equipped
  • Lots of standard safety tech
  • High running costs
  • Rivals are more practical
  • Not as much fun to drive as rivals