When you consider the Lexus brand, it’s fair to say two things will immediately spring to mind: benchmark luxury and a customer service ethic that is hard to surpass.
But this is no ordinary Lexus, it’s the all-new high-performance RC F Coupe and CarAdvice is here at Bathurst’s iconic Mount Panorama to test its metal – on the track.
There’s plenty of drama going on with the styling, so it’s bound to be noticed out on the road, but under here is where all the fireworks are produced.
This naturally aspirated 5-litre V8 generates 351kW of power and 530Nm of torque – that’s 40kW and 25Nm better than the IS F - and enough to blast off from zero to 100km/h in 4.5 seconds, and they’ve had to electronically restrain the top speed to 270km/h.
Its closest rival is the BMW M4, but Lexus engineers say that wasn’t the benchmark. Rather, it was their own IS F CCS-R race car that provided the key performance benchmarks for the RC F.
Lexus say they’ve honed the car for serious track work, so it gets a stiff chassis, racetrack-developed suspension and brakes, and power delivery to the rear wheels via an 8-speed auto and a torque vectoring differential.