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2019 Lexus RC F Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


CARHP Editorial Updated on: November 14, 2019


The Lexus RC F is a very capable and worthy Japanese competitor to any sports car that sits in the 400 hp mid-powered league, which are mostly from Europe and America. It looks stunning yet aggressive at the very same time, thanks to the bold edges and the gawking front grille. Another important aspect where the RC F impresses is that in an era of turbochargers and superchargers, it still gets a naturally aspirated V8

The RC F is the next fastest product from Lexus after the LFA, and it could well, be a hit or miss based upon your desire and taste. Not really known for sport engagement, Lexus unveiled the RC F in 2014, as a blend of its classic premium appeal along with track leaning performance. Now moving into its 2019 model year, it has been carried forward from its previous model without any major change.

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Pros

Plenty of character in the V8 engine

Comfortable cabin and ride quality

Competitive pricing

Superb build quality

Cons

Lacks the handling and acceleration of its rivals

Hefty weight hampers overall dynamics

Finicky infotainment interface

Not as feature rich as its competitors.

What's New?

New, limited 10th Anniversary Edition package introduced for 2019


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$64650

bodystyle

2dr Coupe

passenger capacity

4

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

303 cu.in.

horsepower

467 hp @ 7100 rpm

torque

389 lbs.-ft @ 4800 rpm

transmission

8-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

61.2/61.4

dimensions

wheelbase

107.5 in.

length

185.2 in.

width

72.6 in.

height

54.7 in.

curb weight

3958 lbs.

ground clearance

5.1 in.

capacity

passenger volume

38 cu ft.

cargo volume

39.1 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

4.4 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

16/19/25 mpg

highway range

435 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

6 yr. / 70000 mi.

powertrain warranty

72 months. / 70000

corrosion warranty

6 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

4 yr. / Unlimited


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Styles

 2019 Lexus RC F in Atomic Silver color  2019 Lexus RC F in Blue Vortex Metallic color  2019 Lexus RC F in Caviar color  2019 Lexus RC F in Eminent White Pearl color  2019 Lexus RC F in Austin Yellow Metallic color  2019 Lexus RC F in Infrared color
Atomic Silver

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Ratings

Features

5.0

6.7

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Lexus RC F Base

Base

power
467 hp @ 7100 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
19 combined

$64,750


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2dr Coupe (5.0L 8cyl 8A) Starting at $64,750 MSRP (16/19/25) 467 hp @ 7100 rpm, 5 L, V-8, premium unleaded (required)
8-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 4   Ultra White
  Flare Yellow
  Infrared
  Atomic Silver
  Ultrasonic Blue Mica 2.)
  Caviar
  Nebula Gray Pearl
  Matte Nebula Gray

Expert Review

6.7

Overall Rating


Up against some serious competition from the BMW M4 Coupe, Cadillac ATS Coupe and Mercedes-AMG C63, the RC F has a lot to prove. With a powerful V8 engine, comfortable ride quality, and the Lexus build quality, its ambitions are very similar to the Mercedes S class Coupe, however much thinner than the Merc.

Take it on the road, and those ambitions turn out to loose determination. It does provide a smooth ride, but the engine, even though it makes 472 horses, doesnt feel as enthusiastic as the car itself, and certainly lacks the punch of its competitors. What makes things even more difficult for the RC F is its heavy weight that alters its dynamism and on track performance. Apart from these the RC.F also falls short to its rivals when it comes to tech-packaging. Overall, at the price tag of $64.650, what you get is definitely a wild looking Lexus, but expecting that wilderness on the track will only lead you to disappointment.


5.0/10
Features

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

2019 Lexus RC F Features

5.0/10

The RC F is specced well with smart equipment which keeps you safe.

  • Standard Lexus Safety System+
  • Forward Collison Warning
  • Automatic Emergency Braking
  • Lane Keeping Assist
  • Adaptive cruise control

Trims

RC F

MSRP

$64,650

Features

Standard equipment includes LED headlights

 

Automatic high beams

 

auto-dimming mirrors

 

adjustable drive modes

 

adaptive cruise control

 

forward collision warning

 

automatic emergency braking

 

lane keeping assist

 

rearview camera

 

power-adjustable front seats with memory settings

 

simulated leather upholstery and a power-adjustable steering wheel

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It comes in only one configuration. Deciding factor will be which package you should opt for. The premium package comes with a host of luxury features while the performance variant provides an active differential which adds synthetic feel to the RCF’s handling.

2019 Lexus RC F Engine and Performance

“The Lexus RC F lures drivers in with rumbling V-8 power and grip, but the big leagues are a few hundred pounds away.” –Car Connection

Lexus RCF comes with a naturally aspirated V8 which sounds heavenly. It comes mated to a 8 speed transmission which produces 467 hp and 389 lb-ft of torque. All of the engine options are fast but not motivating much. Its slick shifting 8 speed automatic is joy to Drive.

Models

Lexus RC F

BMW M4 Coupe

Cadillac ATS-V Coupe

Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63

MSRP

$64,650

$68,700

$64,790

$67,500

Engine

5.0L DOHC 32V V8 VVT-iE

3.0L 6-Cylinder TwinPower Turbo

3.6L V6 Twin Turbo SIDI, DOHC, VVT

4.0L Biturbo V8

Transmission

8-Speed Automatic

6-Speed Manual

6-Speed Manual

7-Speed Automatic

Power

467 hp

425 hp

464 hp

469 hp

Torque

389 lb-ft

406 lb-ft

445 lb-ft

479 lb-ft

The performance is similar to German rivals but it understeers a lot on corners. Cadillac also returns similar numbers and you can race with any car on track.

Acceleration

Lexus RCF shoots from 0 to 60 in 4.4 seconds and surges to the quarter-mile mark in 12.8 seconds with its massive 5.0 liter V8 engine .It keeps the environment safe and the emissions levels are acceptable. Lexus misses out on launch control which other rivals have and feels disappointing for such an expensive car. It has the biggest engine among all but still slowest then the others.

Models

Lexus RC F

BMW M4 Coupe

Cadillac ATS-V Coupe

Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63

0-60 MPH

4.4 sec

4.0 sec

3.8 sec

3.9 sec

Quarter mile

12.8 sec

12.2 sec

12.2 sec

10.4 sec

Engine

5.0L

3.0L

3.6L

4.0L

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

9.3

8.9

9.2

9.3

All the other cars scores a quicker lap time than the RC F. Cadillac and Mercedes Benz takes 3.8 and 3.9 seconds to reach from standstill to 60 mph wile BMW takes 4 seconds for similar task. All are safe for the environment and gets a good EPA rating.

 Braking

The braking power is accompanied by 15.0-inch slotted front brake rotors and 13.6 inches in the rear clamped by massive six-piston Brembo calipers. In case of emergency braking it comes to complete halt in 106 meters which is an average distance. Its heavy curb weight significantly affects the agility of car.

Model

Lexus RC F

BMW M4 Coupe

Cadillac ATS-V Coupe

Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63

Brake Front(in)

15.0

15.0

14.5

15.4

Brake Rear(in)

13.6

14.6

13.3

14.2

Curb Weight(lbs)

3958

3565

3803

4074

60-0 MPH (ft.)

106

104

101

103

It is heaviest among rivals which is evident in its handling. It will be difficult for you to come out of a corner because it slides a lot. A lot means “A LOT”. The German horses gives better stopping power and driving dynamics. Cadillac has the smallest braking distance which is impressive.

2019 Lexus RC F Fuel Economy

Lexus RCF manages to return 19 MPG combined which is very optimistic for a car of this size . It returns 16 MPG in the cities and 25 MPG on the highways. EPA ratings are are good for this car and it will be lighter on your pocket as a daily driver.

Model

Lexus RC F

BMW M4 Coupe

Cadillac ATS-V Coupe

Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63

MPG (City)

16

17

16

17

MPG (Highway)

25

25

23

23

MPG (Combined)

19

20

19

19

Others in the competition manages to deliver similar fuel economy as the latter. BMW gives one MPG more combined than others in the rivalry.

2019 Lexus RC F Interior

"The RC’s well-made interior is stylish, comfortable, and spacious, but only for front-seat passengers. Its wild exterior styling also comes with an interior drawback: big blind spots."  -Caranddriver

Seating and Comfort

The snug cockpit swaddles the driver with data and controls in what seems like the ideal techno-cutting-edge, Tokyo-through-night time design scheme. A high middle console features a non-compulsory touchpad that is part of the $2840 navigation and an up­graded stereo package deal, and the units showcase a morphing LCD middle tachometer, similar to the LFA’s. Nearly the entirety within the car can be adjusted with the haptic infotainment manipulate pad, but there are also redundant buttons with knobs for extent and tuning, simply as within the modern-day IS. Like those competitors, the RC F lavishes its to be had space on the front passengers. The seats themselves are stitched to remind us of human muscle tissues, and they’re formed and sized to carry large adults. Their supple, huge cushions can aid huge bodies and small ones, too, and the adjustable guidance makes certain all will find a true using position.

Model

Lexus RC F

BMW M4 Coupe

Cadillac ATS-V Coupe

Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63

Passenger capacity

4

4

4

4

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

37.8/50.7/45.4

39.8/55.3/42.2

37.6/54.1/42.3

38.8/54.8/42.0

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

35.0/46.1/27.3

36.1/51.7/33.7

35.1/51.1/33.5

35.6/51.7/32.0

The seats themselves are stitched to remind us of human muscle tissues, and they’re formed and sized to carry large adults. Their supple, huge cushions can aid huge bodies and small ones, too, and the adjustable guidance makes certain all will find a true using position. BMW and Mercedes Benz offers a little bit of more space than Lexus while Cadillac have similar Dimensions.

Infotainment System

The Lexus amazing to drive but the infotainment system is cluttered with following creature comforts:

  • Remote Touchpad
  • Onboard Wi-fi
  • 3” inch touchscreen
  • Mark Levinson Surround Sound System
  • Dynamic Voice command
  • Android auto and Apple Car Play
  • Race Ready Gauge Cluster

Cargo Capacity

The Cargo space is limited and if you planning to go a long trip than pack lightly. Storage for small items and cup holders are more than enough. It can carry four carryon luggage. With 10 cubic feet capacity.

Model

Lexus RC F

BMW M4 Coupe

Cadillac ATS-V Coupe

Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63

Volume (ft cube)

10.1

11.0

10.4

10.5

Lexus rivals don’t offer much in either and the capacity is similar.

2019 Lexus RC F Exterior

"Extroverts only need apply: the RC’s striking appearance is anything but subtle, yet its performance doesn’t live up to its image" -Caranddriver

Dimension and Weight

Lexus improves the RC coupe’s look with slits, vents, and mesh grille. The final product is an interesting design that may be difficult to understand for some people. Lexus mixed the front clip of the GS sedan, the middle phase of the antique IS C convertible, and the rear stop of the IS sedan, the usage of adhesives and welding and a method known as laser screw welding, which permits for better design .

Model

Lexus RC F

BMW M4 Coupe

Cadillac ATS-V Coupe

Mercedes-Benz AMG C 63

Curb weight(lbs)

3958

3565

3803

4074

Length(in)

185.2

184.5

184.7

184.0

Width(in)

72.6

73.6

72.5

73.6

Height(in)

54.7

54.4

54.5

55.1

Ground clearance(in)

5.1

4.8

4.9

4.4

Wheelbase(in)

107.5

110.7

109.3

111.8

Track width(in) F/R

61.2/61.4

62.2/63.1

60.5/61.4

64.4/62.7

Designers created the IS rear enough to maintain the car’s dimensions small, and the IS C center segment necessary for its inherent stiffness and shorter wheelbase. The RC F can be thought of hot-rod model of the RC.

It stretches 185 inches in length and 72 inches in width. All the other dimensions are similar to the rivals and it Lexus has got the highest ground clearance. The wheelbase is shorter 107 inches a bit smaller than the competitors. Rivals have similar dimensions in length and breadth while Mercedes is the heaviest among all.

Exterior Features

A refreshingly new design language is evident with the RCF, It has got some quirks which differentiates it from the common.

  • Carbon Fiber Roof & Spoiler
  • Air Outlets on Fenders
  • Staggering Alloys
  • Brembo Callipers
  • Moonroof
  • Swoosh styled Indicators

2019 Lexus RC F Safety

It comes equipped with host of standard safety features.

  • Brake Assist
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Traction Control
  • Auto-Leveling Headlights
  • Lane Keeping Assist
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
  • Blind Spot Monitor (Optional)
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Cross-Traffic Alert (Optional)

2019 Lexus RC F Competition

BMW M4 Coupe VS 2019 Lexus RC F

Get inside of the mighty M4 and set together for explosive acceleration and razor-sharp handling. It oversteers on corners and always longing for a wheel spin.

It is a legendary car with 425 hp twin turbo inline six with comes mated to with six speed manual or seven speed dual clutch automatic. Its rear wheel drive burn up the rubber fast and smokes instantly.

BMW offers better performance than the Lexus but feels synthetic with too much driving aids. BMW is less dramatic than its previous generations. M4 have a high annual service maintenance cost than Lexus.

Cadillac ATS - V Coupe VS 2019 Lexus RC F

The 2019 Cadillac ATS-V coupe is powered with a 464 hp twin turbo 3.6-liter V6 which is rear wheel drive and comes in either 6 or 8 speed automatic transmission. Both acceleration and handling are good. The quality is magnificent and economic specification too.

The design of Cadillac appeals more than the RCF. Its alpha platform is more agile and stiff on corners as compared to RC F. Caddi comes with various transmissions while the former is available in automatic only.

Mercedes-Benz AMG C63 VS 2019 Lexus RC F

AMG C63 is the compact V8 own family supercar for all purposes. Not just in power outputs, but a full four body styles. The AMG twins are the sharpest, strongest, most interesting engine in its class with an absurdly pleasant agile chassis, fun drive and now, it is tech laden even in the lowest trim.

AMG is an icon for performance and chassis is much agile than Lexus. Steering input is also commendable. It has more resale value than Lexus and offer value for money package. Brash styling of RC F is less appealing.

 

2019 Lexus RC F Final Verdict

The 2019 Lexus RC F draws drivers in with thundering V-8 power and grip, however the major rivals are a couple of hundred pounds heavier. Lexus are not really the brand you'd expect a BMW M4 match from. The Lexus RC F, with its spindle grille and polarizing car styling, is to some degree a peculiarity – straightforwardly focusing on the German rivals. In any case, in a time of turbocharged cutting back where the main rival with a V8 wears an AMG identification, the RC F's normally suctioned 5.0-liter V8 is a staunch assertion of defiance. How non-Lexus.