2021 Lexus RC F

MSRP $64,900

Ranked #11 in Compact Coupe

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2021 Lexus RC F Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 21, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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What if one is looking for a blend of performance and elegance that can easily lead to goosebumps, the 2021 Lexus RC F might just be the answer. The automotive industry has already engineered such examples, segment-wise, these are named luxury performance coupes. These excel in exhilarating driving dynamics, blistering-quick accelerations, and performance that would unconsciously have you tighten your grip on the steering, as to never let such cars go. But they also incorporate lavish and opulent interiors to have a big crowd gazing onto them.

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Pros

Handsomely appointed interiors

Rumbling naturally aspirated V8 block

Loads of standard equipment

Cons

Tight trunk space

Not as quick as the rivals

Deficient infotainment setup

What's New?

New Fuji Speedway Edition model 

Additions to the standard features list


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$64900

bodystyle

2dr Coupe

passenger capacity

4

top speed

168 mph

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

displacement

303 cu.in.

horsepower

472 hp @ 7100 rpm

torque

395 lb.-ft. @ 4800 rpm

transmission

6 speed automatic w/OD and auto manual

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

15/13.6 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

107.5 in.

length

185.4 in.

width

72.6 in.

height

54.7 in.

curb weight

3902 lbs.

ground clearance

5.1 in.

capacity

passenger volume

79.4 cu ft.

cargo volume

10.1 cu ft.

towing capacity

2800 lbs.

payload capacity

700 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

3.9 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

11.7 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

16/20/24 mpg

highway range

417.6 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

6 yr./ 70000 mi.

powertrain warranty

6 yr./ 70000 mi.

corrosion warranty

6 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Base$64,900 onwards

Colors and Styles

2021 Lexus RC F in Atomic Silver color
Atomic Silver

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Features

5.3

Engine and Performance

7.0

Fuel Economy

7.1

Interior

8.1

Exterior

7.0

Safety

9.9

Competition

7.0

7.4

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.4

Overall Rating


The 2021 Lexus RC F is such an example of which the prior revelation would stand true. With the Japanese roots and advanced engineering methodology of Toyota, the RC F Coupe is an exciting name in its segment. With striking and peculiar attire and beautifully appointed interiors that inspire sporty vibes once inside, the 2021 Lexus RC F stands against the likes of BMW M4, Audi RS 5, and Mercedes AMG C 63 coupe. But, if you are opting for the Lexus luxury coupe, does it have what it takes to compete with some legendary titles like the M4?

2021 Lexus RC F Coupe front angle view
2021 Lexus RC F Coupe rear angle view

7.0/10
Engine and Performance

7.1/10
Fuel Economy

8.1/10
Interior

7.0/10
Exterior

9.9/10
Safety

7.0/10
Competition


2021 Lexus RC F Features

The 2021 Lexus RC F is available as a standalone trim, but there is a limited production Fuji Speedway Edition for this year. Concentrating on the base 2021 Lexus RC F, the Japanese sub-brand loads this elegant performance coupe with loads of bells and whistles and sticks to a price tag of $65,975. The complete list of features available with the coupe is given in the table below.

Model

Base

MSRP

$65,975

Key Features

Race-Inspired Cockpit

 

Apple CarPlay, Android Auto

 

Amazon Alexa integration

 

10-speaker audio system

 

7" infotainment system

 

Automatic LED headlights with LED DRLs

 

19” inch dark chrome wheels with Michelin Pilot Sports 4 S tires

 

Lexus Safety System+

 

Leather upholstery

Which trim should you buy?

The 2021 Lexus RC F coupe, being a standalone trim in itself, is the only choice available here. It comes with plushly appointed interiors and loads of standard equipment, as mentioned above. But you can further customize it with optional packages or opt for one of the two-track editions or equip one of the optional packages.

2021 Lexus RC F Engine and Performance

7.0/10

Under the hood, the 2021 Lexus RC F hides a punchy 5.0L naturally aspirated V8 block that cranks out 472 hp and 395 lb-ft of torque. The engine breathes in the air and revs as high as 7,100 RPMs, and the rumble and roar are mesmerizing. The engine is paired with a seamless 8-speed automatic transmission, while the rear-wheel-drive system makes it no less of an expensive toy to play with.

2021 Lexus RC F Coupe driving view

The power is seamless, and the engine is refined to deliver linear power delivery for a smooth and comfortable ride. But it is also quick to respond even to a pinch on the pedal. Off the line, the rear-wheel-drive Lexus RC F coupe takes 4.1-seconds to reach 60-mph from a standstill. Motivating the throttle a bit more can result in an exhilarating 12.7 seconds quarter-mile time that would leave the driver and other occupants sucked in their seats. That’s not all, the RC F coupe is engineered to reach limits like a 172-mph speed, enough to overtake some German idols on the autobahn.

Models

2021 Lexus RC F

2021 BMW M4 Coupe

2021 Audi RS 5 Coupe

2021 Mercedes AMG C 63 Coupe

MSRP

$65,975

$71,800

$75,400

$70,650

Engine

5.0L Naturally Aspirated V8

3.0L Twin-Turbo Inline-6

2.9LTwin-Turbo V6

4.0L Bi-Turbo V8

Drivetrain

RWD

RWD

AWD

RWD

Transmission

8-Speed Automatic

6-Speed Manual

8-Speed Automatic

7-Speed Automatic

Power 

472 hp @ 7,100 rpm

473 hp @ 6,250 rpm

444 hp @ 6,700 rpm

469 hp @ 5,500 rpm

Torque 

395 lb-ft @ 4,800 rpm

406 lb-ft @ 2,650 rpm

442 lb-ft @ 4,700 rpm

479 lb-ft @ 1,750 rpm

0-60 MPH (seconds)

4.1

3.8

3.9

3.9

Quarter Mile (seconds)

12.7

12.0

12.5

11.9

Top Speed (MPH)

172

180

174

155

The brawny BMW M4 Coupe produces some very inspiring performance numbers, but the Lexus RC F is just a horsepower down to the M4. The price tag of the Lexus performance coupe makes it the most desirable car in the lot, while the BMW M4 is the quickest one, followed by the other two German nameplates. When comparing the top speed, the Mercedes C 63 Coupe is the slowest at 155 mph.

How well does the 2021 Lexus RC F handle?

For around 65 Grand, the 2021 Lexus RC F gives you a standout identity, it being a uniquely designed performance coupe. The naturally aspirated block rumbles like no other, but it is the rear-wheel-drive system that gives you a genuine excuse to be a lunatic from time to time. The Lexus RC F employs double-wishbone front suspension and multi-link rear suspension with coil springs on all four corners, this enhances the ride quality both in sportier settings or for smooth city cruises. 

2021 Lexus RC F Coupe handling

However, the RC F lacks the thrill and fun the German rivals have, especially nameplates like BMW M4, which have a legacy for being athletic and energetic. The steering is precise but lacks engagement. The powerful engine makes the RC F quick enough to make the occupants bite their nails. Around the corners, the Lexus coupe remains planted despite being rear-wheel driven. There is some body roll and understeer that might ruin the driving experience.

Braking Performance

The 2021 Lexus RC F hosts 15-inch brake rotors in the front and 13.6-inch rotors in the rear. To put the nifty coupe to a complete halt, effort from 4-wheel disc brakes have great assistance. An emergency panic braking from 60 mph results in a 108-ft braking distance with a curb weight of a pinch over 3,900 lbs.

Models

2021 Lexus RC F

2021 BMW M4 Coupe

2021 Audi RS 5 Coupe

2021 Mercedes AMG C 63 Coupe

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

15

15

14.8

14.2

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

13.6

14.6

13

14.2

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3,902

3,830

3,990

4,076

60-0 MPH (feet)

108

98

108

103

The 2021 Lexus RC F, despite strong efforts, isn’t able to put out inspiring figures like BMW M4 and Mercedes AMG C 63 Coupes do. Not to forget, the latter is the heftiest in the lot. In the rivalry, the Lexus and Audi coupes are equally matched in braking performance. This is, however, bettered by the Mercedes and the BMW by a significant margin.

2021 Lexus RC F Fuel Economy

7.1/10

The performance luxury coupes are incredible machines that pack fabulously decorated interiors, but what they lack is decent fuel economy. Obviously, it’s not smart to expect a naturally aspirated V8-powered 2021 Lexus RC F to match some Toyota in terms of fuel efficiency. To be exact, the RC F luxury coupe stands to EPA estimates of 16/24/19 MPG in city/highway/combined conditions. It comes with a large 17.4-gallon fuel tank that puts its highway range over 400 miles.

Models

2021 Lexus RC F

2021 BMW M4 Coupe

2021 Audi RS 5 Coupe

2021 Mercedes AMG C 63 Coupe

MPG (City)

16

16

18

17

MPG (Highway)

24

23

25

26

MPG (Combined)

19

19

20

20

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

17.4

15.6

15.3

17.4

Range (City/Highway /Combined, in Miles)

278/417/330

249/358/296

275/382/306

295/452/348

Yet again, the 2021 Lexus RC F coupe is down against Germans like Audi RS 5 and Mercedes AMG C 63 Coupes. But this time, the BMW M4 shares the last spot with the Lexus coupe, actually, while the latter has a slight edge with a bigger fuel tank. It is still amazing that the Lexus is able to provide a V8 and achieve this much. The Mercedes C 63 Coupe stands above all with a class-leading range of 348 miles.

2021 Lexus RC F Interior

8.1/10

Gorgeous, handsome, and impeccable, these are just a few words to define the attractive and sporty interior of the 2021 Lexus RC F. Since its inception, Lexus has always stood out of the competitive automotive industry, mostly because it finishes its cabin with traditional Japanese craftsmanship, and the Lexus RC F also get a piece of the same heritage. The cabin is also ergonomically decent and pleasing to the eyes. The front sport seats hug the driver and the front passenger with big bolsters and a comfortable shape that supports the body. There’s ample headroom and legroom in the front as well. 

2021 Lexus RC F Coupe front seats

The Lexus luxury coupe has great visibility with thin A-pillars, but the thick C-pillars make up a blindspot. At the rear, the space is tight. The richly appointed interior utilizes top-notch materials like premium leather, metallic accents, and wood inlays. The dash surfaces are smooth, and it’s hard to resist caressing the hands. The center stack fits an analog clock, something that has been inspired by brands like Rolls Royce and Bentley. The cargo capacity measures 10.1 cu-ft, but a large majority of the buyers would deploy remaining luggage to the rear cramped seats, which is uninhabitable for adults.

Models

2021 Lexus RC F

2021 BMW M4 Coupe

2021 Audi RS 5 Coupe

2021 Mercedes AMG C 63 Coupe

Seating Capacity

4

4

4

4

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

37.8/50.7/45.4

40.3/55.1/41.7

37.4/55.3/41.3

38.8/54.8/42.0

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

35.0/46.1/27.3

35.8/51/34.7

36.1/50.7/32.7

35.6/51.7/32.0

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

10.1

15.5

10.9

10.5

Like every coupe in the automotive universe, the mentioned nameplates are seriously cramped in the rear, making it impossible for adults to sit. While cargo space is also limited, who cares about practicality when you are rich enough to park a luxury coupe in your driveway. The Lexus stands out with sophisticated interiors with intricate details, while the German rivals are subtle. On the other hand, the likes of Mercedes-AMG C 63 look modern with flashy styling. Standout interior features include:

  • Heated and powered seats
  • Leather upholstery
  • Automatic climate control system
  • Leather interior inserts
  • Heated steering wheel

What’s there to keep you entertained?

The 2021 Lexus RC F coupe fits a 7-inch display as standard, while a 10.3-inch display is available as an upgrade. The menus can be accessed through a touchpad on the center console. It also equips features like Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, Amazon Alexa compatibility as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot, along with Scout GPS Link navigation. For audiophiles, the Lexus fits a 10-speaker sound system to go with SiriusXM satellite radio.

2021 Lexus RC F Coupe front seats

Standout infotainment features include:

  • 7" infotainment system
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • Amazon Alexa
  • Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Bluetooth
  • 10-speaker Lexus Premium Audio System
  • Navigation

2021 Lexus RC F Exterior

7.0/10

The 2021 Lexus RC F is a stunning piece of engineering, with sleek lines and seductive curves collaborating in harmony. The classy Lexus-defining grille and angular headlights give the RC F coupe an aggressive face. From the sides, the low ground clearance and smooth sloping roofline call for a sporty stance. In the rear, the RC series signature taillights decorate the luxury coupe to look dynamic and leave an everlasting impression. To end the exterior appraisal, the dual exhaust tips look incredible on the RC F Coupe.

2021 Lexus RC F Coupe 

Models

2021 Lexus RC F

2021 BMW M4 Coupe

2021 Audi RS 5 Coupe

2021 Mercedes AMG C 63 Coupe

Curb weight (lbs)

3,902

3,830

3,990

4,076

Length (inches)

185.2

189.1

186.0

187.1

Width (Inches)

72.6

74.3

73.5

73.9

Height (Inches)

54.7

54.8

54

55.2

Ground clearance (inches)

5.1

NA

N/A

4.0

Wheelbase (inches)

107.5

112.5

108.9

111.8

The short stance makes the 2021 Lexus RC F look nimble and nifty, which turns out to be an advantage behind the wheels. The M4 is the smallest coupe of the lot and the one with the most controversial design (did you forget about the massive kidney grilles?). The RC F, on the other hand, looks both striking and intimidating. Standout exterior features include:

  • Heated and powered side mirrors
  • Automatic LED headlights
  • LED DRLs
  • Air diffuser
  • Integrated spoiler
  • Carbon fiber exterior elements for the Track Edition
  • Lip spoiler
  • 19" alloy wheels

2021 Lexus RC F Safety

9.9/10

Lexus is a luxury subdivision to the Japanese automaker, Toyota, that empowers each of its vehicles with top-notch safety. Why wouldn’t the sub-brand be inspired by its parent? And for the same reason, Lexus is also renowned for first-class safety standards, inherited from Toyota itself. The 2021 Lexus RC F protects its occupants inside a rigid and sturdy framework that has utilized high-strength materials. For the same reasons, the IIHS has awarded the RC F coupe with a top score of “Good” overall rating. Besides, the 2021 Lexus RC F equips advanced safety and driving assistance aids like:

  • Automatic emergency braking system
  • Pedestrian detection
  • Forward collision warning
  • Pre-Collision System
  • Intelligent High Beams
  • Traction Control (TRAC) system
  • Stability Control

2021 Lexus RC F Competition

7.0/10

2021 Lexus RC F vs 2021 BMW M4 Coupe

The BMW M4 is a legacy, a nameplate that has lasted for decades and never failed to leave the driver wanting to spend more and more time in the seat. The Lexus RC F, on the other hand, lacks this heritage. The Lexus coupe is quick and agile, but not enough to match the M4’s perfection. When it comes to interiors and exterior styling, the Lexus is peculiar, but the fussy infotainment is a serious headache.

2021 BMW M4 Coupe

2021 Lexus RC F vs 2021 Audi RS 5 Coupe

The Audi RS 5 coupe is sophisticated and engaging. It is also quick, nimble, and fun. Standing as the most expensive buy, Audi’s tasteful driving dynamics are applauded, whereas the Lexus does lack a few points there. The first being steering feedback and engagement. However, the Lexus RC F coupe’s louder engine rumble can steal the consumers in the segment.

2021 Audi RS 5 Coupe

2021 Lexus RC F vs 2021 Mercedes AMG C 63 Coupe

The Mercedes AMG C 63 Coupe is more premium in terms of cabin layout and styling. The advanced infotainment system with a dual-screen setup is highly appreciated in the industry. The Lexus, on the other hand, stands out with traditional Japanese styling combining sporty bits like a red interior scheme.

2021 Mercedes AMG C 63 Coupe

 

2021 Lexus RC F Final Verdict

The 2021 Lexus RC F Coupe is a stunning machine, with an aggressive face, yet elegant lines that make it hard not to fall for. The ride quality is both soft and sporty, but the German names are far better when it comes to engagement and feedback from the steering wheel. The RC F Coupe is not as quick as the rivals, yet, enough to make the occupants pinned to their seats. The rich interior is a plus point, but the infotainment needs to be refreshed.

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