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2019 Lexus RC F Overview

After watching the steady sales of cars like the Audi RS5, BMW M3 and M4, and Mercedes-Benz C 63 Coupe, Lexus decided to throw its hat into the ring and introduced the RC F, an ultra-powerful version of its RC sports coupe. Having received a facelift in 2018, it slides into 2019 with no changes.

The RC’s body is sporty enough, with a wide stance, a long hood, an athletically-arched roofline, and a squared-off rear end. Still, the RC F is easy to identify in the lineup: just look for the one with the giant mesh front grille, and twin intakes beside it that feed air to the brakes. On each side, an elegant fender vent flows into a crease that runs down the length of the doors. And at the rear, you’ll see the signature stacked quad exhaust arrangement that all F vehicles carry. Inside, engraved sport bucket seats sit in all four positions, not to mention carbon fiber trim and aluminum everywhere.

The heart of the RC F is a 5.0-liter V8 with 467 horsepower and 389 pound-feet of torque, powering the rear wheels via an 8-speed performance-tuned automatic transmission and an optional torque-vectoring differential (TVD). The Lexus’s engine revs up to an impressive 7,300 revolutions per minute, and the whole car can hit 60 miles per hour in 4.4 seconds. There’s also a Linear Adaptive Variable Suspension (F-AVS) with several different modes, which was tuned on the track for body roll stability and consistent handling, including during turns. Large Brembo brakes quickly bring the coupe to a stop.

The RC F comes as a single, loaded-up trim. Standard features include leatherette upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, illuminated door handles, aluminum pedals, 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity, an infotainment system, a sport-oriented instrument cluster with a full LCD, and a 10-speaker premium audio system.

From there, you can add one of several packages and gain additional equipment. The Performance Package offers the TVD, a carbon fiber speed-activated rear spoiler, and a carbon fiber roof. The Premium Package includes heated and cooled front seats, memory settings, auto-dimming outside mirrors, and rain-sensing wipers. The Navigation Package includes navigation, a bigger infotainment display, voice controls, and a DVD/CD player. Select the Mark Levinson sound system, and you’ll get 17 speakers, a subwoofer, and machined aluminum control knobs. Finally, the All-Weather Package gets a heated steering wheel, a windshield wiper de-icer, and headlight washers. Full leather, premium wheels, a moonroof, and orange brake calipers, and triple-beam LED headlights are standalone options.

Buyers looking for even more ceremony can get the 10th Anniversary Edition, which commemorates a decade of the Lexus F performance house. All 240 of these distinct units get blue leather with white accents, an embossed headliner, and blue accents on the shift knob, steering wheel, and instrument panel.

Lexus has made sure the RC F is more than safe, by making a reversing camera and the Lexus Safety System+ standard equipment. The latter includes forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, lane-keep assist, full-range cruise control, and automatic high beams. Parking assist, a blind-spot monitor, and rear cross-traffic alert are extra-cost add-ons. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) tested the RC as recently as 2015, where it achieved excellent scores.

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