With a big V-8 engine under the hood, a rear-wheel-drive layout, and a suspension tuned for sporty driving, the 2021 Lexus RC F adds a wallop to the brand’s luxury coupe lineup. With 472-hp, the RC F is quick and sounds delightful, but it fails to deliver the sharp handling of rivals such as the Audi RS5 or the Mercedes-AMG C63 coupe. The interior is roomy for two but the rear seat is tight. Luckily for those seated up front, Lexus provides comfortable bucket seats and plenty of luxury features. A full set of driver-assistance systems come standard as well, and the RC F is fully equipped with a well-connected infotainment system.
What’s New for 2021?
The RC F carries over unchanged from the model with the exception of a new Fuji Speedway Edition model. The special edition is limited to just 60 cars and comes in either Arctic Blast Satin (matte white) or Cloudburst Gray exterior colors, both with a red leather interior. If you’re lucky enough to snag one of the 60 Fuji Speedway Edition cars, you’ll also receive a limited production MSTR watch to go with it. Blind-spot monitoring, memory front seats, and Android Auto all become standard this year and the base model gains heated exterior mirrors.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
All 2021 Lexus RC F coupes are motivated by a 5.0-liter V-8 engine that produces 472 horsepower and 395 lb-ft of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission sends power to the rear wheels. During our testing back in 2014, the RC F made it from zero to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds. For 2020 the RC F received a slight power boost and a lighter curb weight, which allowed it to zip to 60 in just 4.1 seconds this time around; the Fuji Speedway Edition did it in 4.0 seconds flat. Even with this slight improvement, other picks in this segment provide quicker acceleration. For example, a BMW M4 Competition we tested made it from a standstill to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds. The RC F comes standard with drive-mode settings that allow you to customize the car’s performance. Its smooth handling makes it a comfortable choice for everyday driving.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
The RC F’s cabin is notable for its plush comfort and elegant design. The front seats are a pleasant place to spend your commute, and the interior is home to chic styling and premium materials. Technically, this coupe provides four-passenger seating, but the cramped back seat is best used for cargo storage. In the back, the RC F’s trunk offers 10.1 cubic feet of room for your stuff. That’s less room than you’ll get with rivals such as the BMW M4 coupe (11.0 cubic feet) and Mercedes-AMG C43 4Matic (10.5 cubic feet).