Lexus turn on the power with their RC F supercar
The latest supercar from Lexus, the RC F, has just arrived and I've just had a quick, but informative, drive in it.
It has a dramatic front and sharp rear with inlet fins on the side for added effect.
The real thrill for me (in a brief drive) was the acceleration and the Porsche-like sound from the 477bhp V8, 32-valve 4,969cc engine. It revved invitingly all the way to the red line.
This is a side of Lexus that we don't see that often, but when we do it's certainly memorable (12pc more power than the IS F).
With rear-wheel drive and an 8spd Sports Direct Shift automatic transmission, it scoots to 100kmh in 4.5 seconds (top speed 270kmh/ 68mph).
It is low-slung, and felt so well balanced. They've given the steering plenty of feel - absolutely essential.
I await a more extensive drive but my half hour or so certainly whetted the appetite.
I liked the mix of easy-to-drive assuredness and serious performance. Limited Slip Differential is standard and is designed to give extra grip and better handling.
Not that it matters too much but they claim 10.8l/100km (26.2mpg).
Prices start at €106,950 for the RC F, €114,950 for the Premium version and €118,950 for the Carbon model. I'm told there's a handful of people really interested in this.
Standard equipment includes: Drive Mode (ECO/ NORMAL/ SPORT S/SPORT S+), eight airbags, electric/adjustable/heated mirrors, LED daytime running lights, parking assist, electrically retractable rear spoiler, 4.2ins colour multi-information display, lap timer function, Lexus Media Display 7ins display screen, steering-wheel controls for audio/display/phone /voice, two USB ports and AUX socket, electronic climate control, front sports seats, rain-sensing wipers, 19in alloys, 10-speaker, DAB audio system, sat nav, Touch Pad, Alcantara trim, heated front seats, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) etc.