In a market thick with sedans and crossovers and SUVs, two-door coupes are few and far between. Which is why we were a little surprised—pleasantly so—when we learned that Lexus would launch the high-performance, rear-wheel-drive RC F coupe into an ever-shrinking market space dominated by the Germans.
Speed Chic: Why the Lexus RC F Needs Your Attention, It was, of course, aimed directly at Orion Nebula, with the message “New Lexus RC F. Earth. We’ve been expecting you.” Sadly, it may take a few centuries before we know what the aliens think of one of. – News from www.elle.com.au –
The RC chassis is a Frankenstein mash-up of three different cars. From the front bumper to the A-pillars lay the bones of the Lexus GS sedan. Between the A- and C-pillars, engineers borrowed the floorpan of the Lexus IS C convertible (reinforcing the sills for good measure). The rear end is adapted from the current Lexus IS sedan. The three sections are welded and bonded together with structural adhesive used around the rockers, inner fenders, A-pillars, and floor crossmember. Extra spot welds join the cowl and rockers, and laser screw welding is used for the door apertures, rear window, and package tray. Structurally, the regular-strength RC coupe and the hot-rodded RC F are nearly identical, although the F has its own fenders, aluminum hood, and front bumper cover, as well as a few more braces to stiffen things up even more.
Sliding into the big-bolstered buckets reveals a snug cockpit with a high center console running down the center of the car. The bezel-shifting LCD gauge pod from the IS350 F Sport changes its appearance among the four available drive modes (Eco, Normal, Sport, Sport+). Gone is the IS’s goofy mouse controller, replaced by a simple rotary-knob control for the radio, unless you pony up for the navigation system, in which case a haptic touchpad controls the infotainment screen. Audi’s MMI may be our preferred interface, but the Lexus system has just the right amount of redundancy and allows any first-time driver to tune the radio or set the HVAC temp without taking a Berlitz course.
Any successful coupe story blends show with the go, and there’s no denying that the RC is flashy. In F form, the RC350’s “fauxtarossa” slats at the rear disappear, and bargeboard-like vents, carried over from the IS F, cool the engine compartment. The F can look busy from some angles, as if there was one designer responsible for the car’s tail, another assigned to the hood, and still another working on the side, with each one trying to put their stamp on it. This polarizes some onlookers, but once you step back and view the whole, the RC F looks more cohesive. Complete review on www.caranddriver.com, by K.C. COLWELL
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