An accident waiting to happen

2016, Lexus, RC-F

When I drive a luxury sports car, my biggest fear is getting a speeding ticket. The power is intoxicating. I watch my rearview mirror for cops and think of excuses to tell them of why I was going so fast in hopes that the officer might let me off with a warning. That was not my biggest fear in the RC-F.

Twice, twice in one day, two guys almost ran into the car in front of them because they were ogling the car I was driving. One of the guys literally went out of his lane.

I've had luxury sports cars many times in my little town. I've had more expensive cars in my quaint small town. Somehow, someway, this car has captured the right foot of many a man.

Even when I was on the phone with my friend Jack in the UK, he was excited that I had the RC-F in my driveway. Jack owns an older Porsche, back "when Porsches could be thrown around". We compared the power-to-weight ratio of his Porsche and the weight of the Lexus. With a V-8 engine and 467 horsepower the Lexus can move. I'd like the torque to engage at a little lower rpm for that instant G-thrust feel, but the drivability and curving of the car were spot on. A little less weight and this car would be a massive competitor to the BMW M4.

Model: 2016 Lexus RC MSRP: From $62,805 price of car I tested: $77,905 Horsepower: 467 hp Engine: 5.0-liter V-8

Curb weight: 3,958 lbs Warranty: 4 yr/50,000 mi basic, 6 yr/70,000 mi powertrain Dimensions: 185″ L x 72-73″ W x 55″ H Horsepower (SAE) 467 @ 7,100 rpm Torque 389 lb.-ft. @ 4,800 – 5,600 rpm 0-60 mph Acceleration (manufacturer results) 4.4 sec. Top Track Speed (mfg. estimates – electronically limited) 170 mph EPA Estimated Fuel Economy city/highway/combined mpg 16/25/19 premium unleaded 91 octane

By Lou Ann Hammond
2016-03-10

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