Owning a proper two-door coupe with plenty of power can be all a person needs to wake up in the morning and just smile. The Lexus RCF is one such sport coupe, so here’s everything about it.
When on the market for a big and powerful grand tourer hailing from the land of the rising sun capable of taking on the likes of BMW’s M4, a particularly interesting option is the Lexus RCF. Thanks to such features as fat and wide Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires, roaring V8 under the hood and enormous brakes, it is able to corner with remarkable flatness and yank you forward once you stomp on the throttle. As that’s pretty much what a sport coupe is intended to do, here’s a more in-depth look at the RCF.
Taking no corners when it comes to engine size, the RCF incorporates a thundering 5.0-litre V8 that generates 467 horsepower, more than enough to haul you through any kind of corner you imagine. Zero to 100 kilometres per hours is just under 5 seconds and it achieves that figure with the help of an eight-speed sports direct shift automatic with paddle shifters mounted on the steering wheel. This is best done when you put the RCF in Sport or Sport+ modes. Interestingly, cruising speeds are where the engine uses the Atkinson cycle, whereas higher rpm required for sport modes have the engine switching to the Otto cycle. With an operating range of 7,300-rpm, this is a more than welcome feature.
An AVS (Linear Adaptive Variable Suspension) system is standard on the RCF as of recently and its main role is to control dampening force with more precision. It does this through two separate methods: it applies increased damping force while cornering to minimize body roll through the turn and it also improves ride comfort by reducing damper force in order to help absorb vibrations on rough roads. Compared to the previous “mere” 9 levels of damping force, the latest iteration of the AVS system now features 30 levels. Suspension control is further made more intelligent and usable thanks to being linked with both the Drive Mode Select control and the Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management safety technology. All of this results in both a smooth and responsive style of handling that inspires confidence regardless of the road surface.
Sporting & Complete Cabin
As befitting the RCF’s sporting intent, the highlights of the cabin experience inside the RCF are the two high-back sport seats designed to hug the body in all the right spots. This goes for both energetic driving and long-distance travel. Adopted from the astonishing Lexus LFA, the multi-information display and instrument cluster display everything from the torque distribution meter to the G meter. Overall, the RCF’s cabin is brimming with luxury materials and clever design throughout and provides the kind of top-notch luxury feeling one would expect from Lexus.
Just some examples include the fact that it’s confident, powerful and smooth. It makes all the right noises in all the right places and provides all the right feels no matter where your hand (or other body parts) lands on its chassis. Truly a remarkable feat of engineering, the Lexus RCF is a sport coupe that has every right to challenge its primarily German rivals and give them quite a run for their money. This is definitely a car worthy of your attention if you’re looking for a high-powered, high-luxury reliable and comfortable Japanese coupe.