Fleets of fancy

Fleets of Fancy: Lexus RC F

Why should I want it?

The RC F looks great, especially at the rear where the four large exhaust pipes make a serious impression. The visual upgrades versus the regular RC coupe really bulk up the looks, and the V8 engine noise builds very pleasantly with acceleration, rather than just on downchanges.

 

Why can’t I have it?

The light steering makes it feel more like a grand tourer than a hardcore performance rival to the BMW M4, and the infotainment system is way off the pace of those in the best German performance coupes.

 

Arguments to use on the fleet manager

It’s not as hardcore as it looks, especially at the rear, which makes it a sightly better day-to-day car than might be expected. Boot space is acceptable, and there are two rear seats, not that they’re much use for adults.

Paul Barker

 

Fleet of Fancy-Lexus RC F-November 2019-Fleety AlternativeMore fleety alternative

The RC coupe that swaps the 457hp V8 engine for 223hp hybrid power makes for a significantly more sensible proposition. The performance is less sparkling, but the good news is that emissions plunge to just 114g/km, and in F Sport trim it’s £20,000 less that the RC F.

Factfile

Lexus RC F
Economy:23.9 mpg
Emissions:258g/km
Performance:4.5 sec/168 mph
Power:457hp
Price:£62,755