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BMW M4 vs Lexus RC-F

Lexus has made a muscle car to take on the mighty BMW M4. Is sheer brawn going to be enough, though?

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What will they cost?

Just Β£935 separates the brochure prices of these coupΓ©s, but you can haggle almost Β£6000 off the price of the BMW M4, whereas you'll struggle to get much more than Β£1600 off the Lexus RC-F.

Running costs won’t be cheap, whichever car you choose, but again the M4 has the advantage, because it holds onto more of its value over three years, offers better real-world fuel economy and is cheaper to insure.

The M4’s more favourable CO2 emissions mean it’s also the cheaper of the two for Benefit-in-Kind tax, although few people will be permitted to run either of these coupΓ©s as their company car.

Standard equipment is as generous as you’d expect. Both cars get alloy wheels, climate control, electric windows, heated and electrically adjustable leather seats, front and rear parking sensors, satellite-navigation, a DAB radio, xenon headlights and Bluetooth as standard.

Safety and security kit is reasonable, with a tyre pressure-monitoring system, an alarm and engine immobiliser standard on both cars. The RC-F has more airbags (eight vs six), but isn’t available with autonomous emergency braking, whereas you can add this important safety feature to the M4.

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