2016 Lexus RC-F: Faster Than a Speeding Bullet

Published: Monday, August 8, 2016 | 8:55 PM

2016lexusrcfsport475My first impression of the 2016 Lexus RC-F? It’s a bullet. The RC-F shoots from a stand-still to a giddy speed in no time. I loved it!

A souped up version of the RC coupe, the RC-F sports a natty exterior with a sported-up interior and a more aggressive engine and suspension.

The 2016 Lexus RC F is a compact, four-passenger high-performance sport coupe.

Standard equipment for the 2016 RC F includes 19-inch wheels with summer tires, a sport-tuned suspension, high-performance Brembo brakes, LED headlights, keyless ignition and entry, automatic climate control, power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, auto-dimming mirror, rearview camera,10-way power driver seat, eight-way power passenger seat, driver memory settings, heated front seats and simulated leather upholstery.

Electronic gadgets include Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, 7-inch display, configurable multi-instrument display, voice commands and10-speaker sound system with satellite radio, HD radio, auxiliary audio jack and USB interface.

A number of optional packages are available. My model came equipped with the Premium package with added an active rear spoiler, heated and ventilated front seats, carbon-fiber interior trim, automatic wipers, auto-dimming side mirrors and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.

Also included on my model was the Performance package adding a carbon-fiber roof and a rear spoiler, as well as a torque-vectoring differential in place of the standard Torsen mechanical unit.

2016lexusrcfdashA Navigation package combined with the Mark Levinson package incorporated a console-mounted touchpad controller, a navigation system, upgraded voice commands and smartphone app integration with a 17-speaker surround-sound audio system.

My model also had the stand-along leather upholstery, 19” split 10-spoke forged alloy wheels and leather trimmed interior.

Equipped with a 5.0-liter V8, the RC F generated 467 horses and 389 pound-feet of torque. The car comes standard with a high performance eight-speed automatic. Expect to get 16/city, 25/highway and 19/combined mpg.

The interior of the RC F is definitely posh with soft, high-quality materials. Seating in the front is comfortable and supportive but the rear seats are cramped for leg and headroom, so are really only suitable for cargo or little ones.

The control placement follows through with the cars sporty design with attractive knobs and buttons.

Cargo space is limited to 10.1 cubic feet in the trunk since the back seats do not fold down.

Driving the RC F is a blast. It’s like an e-ticket ride at Disneyland. Depressing the accelerator sends the RC F on its way with a throaty roar and takes turns in its stride.

You don’t have to give up comfort for sport. The 2016 Lexus RC F makes a sporty statement without losing the luxury badge.