As a high-performance coupe, the 2018 Lexus RC F is not one of the best. The main problem with Lexus RC F is its weight. That’s hundreds of pounds heavier than its competitors, which makes it less energetic and agile. It’s not like the performance car you expect from its looks and the sweet 5.0-liter V8 engine that’s fired up behind the Lexus’s grille.
But if all you want is a stylish luxury coupe with a large V8 engine, the 2018 Lexus RC F can be very interesting. That’s right, since this year it comes with an adaptive suspension that should provide a better driving quality than previous RC F. In the end, there are many ways to spend your money at this price point, and no matter how you look at it, the Lexus RC F remains an imperfect choice.
Trim and Features
The 2018 Lexus RC F is a high-performance version of the Lexus RC coupe. It’s come in single well-equipped trim levels.
Standard features for the RC F includes special styling, 19-inch forged alloy wheels, Brembo upgrade brakes, adaptive variable suspension, a limited-slip differential, automatic high beams, LED headlights, forward collision warning, auto-dimming mirrors, adaptive cruise control, adjustable drive modes, lane keeping assist, automatic emergency braking, sport seats, power-adjustable front seats with memory settings, a power-adjustable steering wheel, simulated leather upholstery and a rearview camera.
Standard tech features includes Scout GPS Link smartphone-based navigation system, the Lexus Display Audio tech interface with 7-inch screen and knob controller, a USB port, Lexus Enform Remote services, a 10-speaker sound system with a CD player, satellite and HD radios. Also standard is the Safety Connect emergency communications, which include emergency assist button, automatic collision notification and stolen-vehicle locator.
There are several packages and stand-alone optional for the 2018 Lexus RC F.
The Premium package adds parking sensors, a speed-activated rear spoiler, automatic wipers, blind-spot monitoring and rear-cross traffic alert systems, water-repellent side windows, carbon-fiber interior trim, ventilated and heated front seats. The Performance package adds a carbon-fiber rear spoiler, a carbon-fiber roof and a rear torque-vectoring differential. The All-Weather package adds headlight washers, a windshield de-icer and a heated steering wheel. The navigation system comes with the Remote Touch interface (10.3-inch screen, touchpad controller), a suite of infotainment apps, voice controls and two USB ports. You can also add to that a 17-speaker Mark Levinson sound system and six-CD/DVD changer.
Stand-alone options include upgraded a sunroof, parking sensors, LED headlights and leather upholstery.
The 2018 Lexus RC F is powered by a 5.0-liter V8 engine that produces 467 horsepower and 389 pound-feet of torque. A performance-oriented eight-speed automatic transmission is standard and sent that power to the rear wheels. A manual transmission is not available.
In performance testing, the 2018 Lexus RC F accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds. Which is a quick time, though it’s a few tenths or so off the speediest segment entries. The EPA estimates fuel economy rating at 19 mpg combined (16 city/25 highway).
The 2018 Lexus RC F cabin is styled with four seats trimmed with high quality materials. Dense layers cover the upper dash, armrest and even the center console side where the knees tend to be rubbed. Most drivers will find the front seat very supportive but supple. Like many coupes, the rear seat lacks legroom and headroom, and it is best suited for children or cargo.
Although the multi-tiered cockpit is unusual, it is very attractive and contemporary in its entirety, with its multilevel layout and subtle upscale touch. The climate and audio controls are sharply tilted, reinforcing the RC F sporty vibration, and buttons and knobs are generally easy to use.
To carry stuff, the 2018 Lexus RC F provides 10.1 cubic feet of trunks space, about one or two cubes less than a competitor. The rear seats are not folded down as on the regular RC, due to the F additional structural support behind the seat.
Release Date and Price
The 2018 Lexus RC F is on sale and arriving now at dealers nationwide with the base price starts at $64,650. Key competitors include the BMW M4, Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Audi S5 Coupe.