2021 Lexus RC F

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2021 Lexus RC F Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: October 14, 2020

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German coupes face tough competition from one of the biggest manufacturing giants whose aim is to build vehicles that stir the souls of the drivers, no matter how long it takes and that company is Lexus. To face German cars Lexus launched the RC F in 2015 and for 2021 gets a refreshed design, a more powerful engine and many more features. The upcoming model features an updated exterior with improved performance. It also has revised intake routing to give it 5 more horsepower and 6lb-ft of torque boost than the previous generation. The RC F gets new headlight design, grille and taillights and the car weight’s have also been reduced. Offered in two trims, the base model is priced at $65,925 while the Top end Track edition is priced at $97,825.

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Pros

Unadulterated Performance

Plush Ride Quality

Comfort Laden Seats

Aggressive Starting price against Rivals

Impeccable Build

Sonorous V8 Exhaust Note

Cons

Lack of Standard Tech Features

Compromises on Handling for comfort

What's New?

New Exterior and interiors


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Features

vehicle bio

base price

$65875

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

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)

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

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Trims

Base $65,875 onwards

472 hp @ 7100 rpm | 5L | V8 | premium unleaded

  • 1st Row LCD monitor
  • All door remote Keyless Entry
  • Aluminum Pedals
  • Android Auto & Apple Carplay & Amazon Alexa Compatible
  • Driver Lumbar Support
  • Driver's Memory Seat
  • Dual Zone Climate Control w/ Interior Air Filter
  • Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning
  • Firmer suspension tuning
  • Heated Mirrors
  • Nuluxe Interior Trim
  • Rain Sensing Windshield Wipers
  • Remote Touchpad
  • Smartaccess w/ Push Button Start/Stop
  • Trailer hitch
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Colors and Styles

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Atomic Silver

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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


Slated to launch later at the end of this year, Lexus RC F competes in the Performance-oriented luxury coupe segment dominated by the likes of Audi RS5, The BMW M4 and Mercedes AMG C63. Here’s our take on the 2021 Lexus RC F Coupe that is soon going to be on sale in the market.

2021 Lexus RC F Coupe Front View
2021 Lexus RC F Coupe Rear View

5.3/10
Pricing and Features

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 Pricing and Features

5.3/10

The 2021 Lexus RC F comes in just two trim options: Base and Track Edition. Lexus equips the RC F models with the latest tech and features including the standard Lexus Sensing suite of safety features. 

Model

Base

Track Edition

MSRP

$65,925

$97,825

Key Features

Race-Inspired Cockpit

Adds to Track Edition features

 

Apple CarPlay

Torsen Limited slip differential

 

Launch Control

Monotube gas-filled SACHS shock absorbers

 

High-Back Sports seats

 

 

Triple Beam- Headlamps

 

 

Torque vectoring differential

 

 

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

 

 

Lexus Safety System+

 

 

Vehicle-speed-sensing rack

 

The Base trim, priced at $65,925 comes with most of the features as standard with the highlights being Triple Beam headlamps, Lexus safety system+.

The Sport trim comes next at $97,825 is the special edition of the Base trim with all the same features but lighter body parts, carbon fiber hood and roof, more power, track-focused suspension and LSD.

2021 Lexus RC F Maintenance, Reliability and Warranty

Lexus is the sister company of Toyota built only with only one thing in mind: Relentless Pursuit of Perfection, and this reflects in Lexus cars like LC, RX models and most of all in the RC trims. The RC F is a satisfying car to drive and own, with no problems either you bring it to face heavy traffic or to push it to its limits on track days. The RC F is one of the last few coupes with a naturally aspirated V8, which makes it easy to maintain, pleasant to drive but a little low on mileage.

Reliability and Ownership Costs

The feature-filled Lexus RC F got 4.5 stars of 5 stars in terms of reliability from J.D.Power reports. The company is built around the term reliability and comfort and the RC F doesn’t compromise in both. Lexus has one of the best reliability records in the automobile industry. The RC F has only undergone recall once in 2018 due to damage to the pulsation damper in high-pressure fuel pumps, which were replaced instantly and free of charge. While the Mercedes C63 has undergone recalls frequently and the and the while the other vehicles in the segment have undergone recalls more than once in 5 years, which makes the RC F most reliable in terms of safety with its competition.

On average, the 2020 Lexus RC F Sedan on average cost about $66,000. However, the cost of buying the car isn't the only cost you incur. Here is the consolidation of the cost one might incur through the RC F in 5 years.

 

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Total

Tax Credit

$0

$0

$0

$0

$0

$0

Insurance

$1,188

$1,230

$1,273

$1,317

$1,363

$6,371

Maintenance

$329

$1,547

$816

$2,766

$3,735

$9,193

Repairs

$0

$0

$0

$331

$505

$836

Taxes & Fees

$3,772

$93

$93

$93

$93

$4,144

Financing

$4,155

$3,341

$2,474

$1,547

$560

$12,077

Depreciation

$19,291

$6,232

$5,093

$5,710

$4,987

$41,313

Fuel

$2,193

$2,259

$2,327

$2,397

$2,469

$11,645

Real cost of Ownership

$30,928

$14,702

$12,076

$14,161

$13,712

$85,579

The RC F is considered a worry-free travel companion that has the potential to become both your daily drive and your track car.

In terms of the ownership costs, on an average, you will have to shell out nearly $70,500 in 5 years when you buy a brand-new Lexus RC F sedan. This is quite high but when you compare it with other cars in the segment, these track-focused coupes do cost a lot to maintain and own.

Warranty

The warranty term of the Lexus is standard in the segment but still admirable. Lexus also provides 1 year of complimentary service and an extended period of warranty on both powertrain and limited warranty terms. The warranty in terms of the period is better in the Lexus when compared with both the Mercedes and BMW with more year coverage as more miles under the warranty.

Criteria

Period

Limited warranty

4 years/ 50,000 miles; whichever is earlier

Powertrain warranty

6 years/ 70,000 miles; whichever is earlier

24-hour roadside assistance

3 years/ 36,000 miles; whichever is earlier

Complimentary maintenance

1 year/ 10,000 miles; whichever is earlier

Miles Per Dollar

The RC F costs a lot to own with fuel cost for average users lying around $2,400. It should equate to about 6 miles per dollar.

2021 Lexus RC F Buying Advice

We will recommend the base trim of the RC F as it comes with all the features on the exterior and interior as standard. All you get for an extra $30,000 is a weight reduction of 121 pounds, bigger and better brakes, better lap times of a quarter of second and more aggressive carbon-fiber styling. All these modifications do look nice on paper but for daily driving doesn’t add much and for half the money you can get better upgrades due to large aftermarket support for the RC F vehicles as seen in last year’s TX2K19, where we saw of RC F with just two turbochargers and no other modifications and still safely producing a boost of 700hp, putting even the Dodge HellCat to shame.

Is buying a used car Lexus RC F Coupe a good idea?

The Lexus RC F undergoes a huge depreciation of 20grand after its first year of purchase and a steady degrade of average $5,000 every next upcoming year, so getting a used RC F might be a good idea, due to their high reliability and complimentary Lexus maintenance. The model you should go would be a 2017-2018 RC F, which you can get around $45,000 which sounds a great deal for a V8 engine naturally aspirated car from Lexus. The vehicle provides a nice chance to experience the raw power of a V8, without the hassle to worry about the big chunky engine in the front due to its engineering excellence.

2021 Lexus RC F Engine and Performance

7.0/10

In the front, you get a carbon fiber hood, underneath which you have a 5.0L naturally aspirated V8 with a very sonorous bellow that revs up to 7000 rpm. The engine produces around 472HP and 395lb-ft of torque which is 5 more horsepower than the previous generation and all that power goes through an 8-speed automatic rear-wheel-drive Lexus transmission with a torque-vectoring rear differential. So, it makes the Lexus more powerful than the M4, the C63 and even the costliest Audi RS5.

2021 Lexus RC F Coupe has 5.0L V8 Engine

The track edition RC F can rev up to 7300 to produce more power at higher speeds. The engine bay of the RC F looks beautiful with blue painted intake runners and well-built parts.

Models

2021 Lexus RC F Coupe (Expected)

2020 BMW M4 Coupe

2020 Audi RS5 Coupe

2020 Mercedes Benz C63 Coupe

MSRP

$65,925

$69,150

$77,230(est.)

$69,745

Engine

5.0L V8

2.0L 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 @ 7100 RPM

425 hp @ 5500 RPM

444 hp @ 5700 RPM

469 hp @ 5500 RPM

Torque

395 lb-ft @ 4800 RPM

406 lb-ft @ 1850 RPM

443 lb-ft @ 1900 RPM

479 lb-ft @ 1750 RPM

The Lexus RC F is the most powerful in the segment which results in better acceleration and more power for your money but the Mercedes C63 provides a much larger range of low-end torque which makes city driving fun and easier.

2021 Lexus RC F Coupe Acceleration And Braking Performance

Lexus's 5.0-liter V8 engine makes the RC F to sprint from 0-60 mph in 4.2 seconds. Due to lack of turbocharging the RCF lacks behind and does slowest in naught to 60. The RC F track edition gets a Torsen Limited Slip Differential for higher differential gear ratio’s so shorter gears mean more aggressive acceleration and it also gets Launch control for quicker starts even without a turbo.

2021 Lexus RC F Coupe Accelerate 0-60 MPH in 4.2 sec

The RC F gets Brembo six-piston brakes in the front and four-piston calipers at the back and the car gets 14.9” inch carbon-ceramic brake rotors on both ends which makes stopping distance from 60-0 mph in under 108 feet.

2021 Lexus RC F Coupe Brake

Models

2021 Lexus RC F Coupe (Expected)

2020 BMW M4 Coupe

2020 Audi RS5 Coupe

2020 Mercedes Benz C63 Coupe

0-60 MPH

4.2 seconds

4.0 seconds

3.7 seconds

3.9 seconds

Quarter-Mile

12.7 seconds

12.2 seconds

12.5 seconds

10.4 seconds

Top Speed

172 MPH

174 MPH

155 MPH

155 MPH

60-0 MPH

108 feet

98 feet

101 feet

103 feet

The BMW M4 has the highest top speed due to less weight and more power but the Audi RS5 and Merc C63, top speeds are electronically limited to 155 mph due to safety regulations. The BMW M4 wins in terms of stopping distance with a stopping distance of 98ft from 60-0mph.

2021 Lexus RC F Fuel Economy

7.1/10

The RC F lags behind its competitors in terms of mileage due to lack of turbocharging, but due to this, it makes city driving fun and higher and faster exit speeds at corners while the competition faces turbo lag. The RC F also comes with different driving modes with the best mileage on comfort mode which shuts down half the valves and the least on Sports+ mode which pushes the V8 to the limit.

Models

2021 Lexus RC F Coupe (Expected)

2020 BMW M4 Coupe

2020 Audi RS5 Coupe

2020 Mercedes Benz C63 Coupe

MPG (City)

16

18

18

17

MPG (Highway)

24

25

27

26

MPG (Combined)

19

20

21

20

Fuel Capacity 

17.4 gallons

15.8 gallons

15.3 gallons

17.4 gallons

Range (City/Highway/Combined) 

278/418/330 miles

284/395/316 miles

275/413/321miles

296/452/348miles

The RC F compensates for low mileage in terms of fuel capacity but lacks behind the Benz C63, due to similar tank size and better mileage resulting in a better range. The Audi RS5 despite being the most fuel-efficient lacks in range owing to small fuel tank due to weight considerations.

2021 Lexus RC F Interior

8.1/10

The interior of RC F feels premium but you can only enjoy this one if you like red, from reading sets to even a red carpet but you can also opt for an all-black interior in the base trim. The seats are refreshed in design with different bolstering and come stitched in suede Alcantara in red. The steering wheel is a manual tilt telescope one rather than a powered one. The dashboard is made of soft-touch injection molded plastic and comes with contrasting stitching on both dashboard and console. The noise treatment inside the cabin is good and ride quality is comfortable. The back seats provide not much of leg space which is common on sports coupes.

2021 Lexus RC F Coupe Dashboard

RC F being a luxury-focused sports coupe was expected to work better in this segment but on the other hand, stands worse than in its competition. The interior feels comfortable but looks a little outdated and hate to say that but Lexus cheaped out on some interior features like the dashboard controls and the ones in the German competition feel and look much more modern and offer better usability.

Models

2021 Lexus RC F Coupe (Expected)

2020 BMW M4 Coupe

2020 Audi RS5 Coupe

2020 Mercedes Benz C63 Coupe

Seating Capacity

4

4

4

4

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

37.8/50.7/45.4

39.8/55.3/42.2

39.0/55.3/41.3

38.8/54.8/42.0

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

35.0/46.1/27.3

36.1/51.7/33.7

36.1/50.7/32.7

35.6/51.7/32.0

The RC F does have a comparatively small trunk compared to the competition and measures around 10.0cu-ft of space but due to additional structure bracing the seats don’t fold down. The Audi gets the biggest trunk space of 11.6cu-ft. while the rest lie around 10.5-11.0cu-ft.

How’s the 2021 Lexus RC F Coupe’s infotainment system?

The 2021 RC F gets a larger 10.3” inch infotainment screen than the previous 7.0” inch screen. You also get Lexus intelligent access key and push start and cold starts feel perfect. It also includes Apple CarPlay but still no Android Auto. The RC F comes in different driving modes that can be selected from dashboard controls and tweaked on the infotainment screen. The car also gets a digital instrument cluster with a center dial displaying revs and gear, the left part displays temperatures, fuel levels and consumption, real-time torque distribution and Lap times while the right part is analog and shows the speed of the vehicle.

2021 Lexus RC F Coupe Infotainment System

The steering wheels are fitted with Aluminum paddle shifters and infotainment/ instrument cluster display controls. The Lexus RC F also comes with a 17-speaker Mark Levinson sound system with surround sound.

2021 Lexus RC F Coupe center console
2021 Lexus RC F Coupe Interior Image
2021 Lexus RC F Coupe cockpit area
2021 Lexus RC F Coupe Interior Image
2021 Lexus RC F Coupe front seats
2021 Lexus RC F Coupe Interior Image
2021 Lexus RC F Coupe front seats
2021 Lexus RC F Coupe Interior Image
2021 Lexus RC F Coupe front seats
2021 Lexus RC F Coupe Interior Image
2021 Lexus RC F Coupe shift knob
2021 Lexus RC F Coupe Interior Image

2021 Lexus RC F Exterior

7.0/10

The F versions have gone a major design change with new sleeker front facia design, new triple beam LED headlight design with fish hook style daytime running lights which are now combined rather than in the previous versions which were separate. The RC F comes in two color options Pearl white and Anchor Grey, but the grey option costs 3 grand more and comes with Carbon fiber hood, Carbon fiber front splitter, dark chrome grille with intricate L badging. The RC also comes with a functional heat extractor on the hood for the engine. The carbon fiber is extended onto the roof which helps lower the center of gravity of the vehicle.

2021 Lexus RC F Coupe

On the rear, you get a large carbon fiber wing and at 168 MPH for reference, this wing adds about 98 pounds of downforce. The RC F also comes with updated taillights with LED design brake lights while the turn signals are incandescent. The rear diffuser is made from carbon fiber and it has a Quad-Titanium exhaust system.

2021 Lexus RC F Coupe Brake

Models

2021 Lexus RC F Coupe (Expected)

2020 BMW M4 Coupe

2020 Audi RS5 Coupe

2020 Mercedes Benz C63 Coupe

Curb Weight 

3902 lbs

3625 lbs

3968 lbs

4109 lbs

Length (in)

185.4

184.5

186.0

187.1

Width (in)

72.6

73.6

73.4

73.9

Height (in)

54.7

54.5

53.5

55.1

Ground Clearance (in)

5.1

4.8

N/A

4.0

Wheelbase (in)

107.5

110.7

108.9

111.8

The 2021 Lexus RC F is around 150lb lighter due to a lot lighter carbon fiber material use and it is symmetrical in size with the BMW M4 but the latter stills weigh around 300 pounds lighter than the RC F. The RC F has a high ground clearance when compared in the segment which might cause some disadvantage at the track but play a big role while daily driving.

2021 Lexus RC F Coupe headlamp
2021 Lexus RC F Coupe
2021 Lexus RC F Coupe rear three quarter view
2021 Lexus RC F Coupe
2021 Lexus RC F Coupe three quarter view
2021 Lexus RC F Coupe
2021 Lexus RC F Coupe three quarter view
2021 Lexus RC F Coupe
2021 Lexus RC F Coupe left side view
2021 Lexus RC F Coupe
2021 Lexus RC F Coupe rear view mirror
2021 Lexus RC F Coupe

2021 Lexus RC F Safety

9.9/10

The Lexus RC F was last tested by Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in 2019 but even this trim received top scores in all categories in the segment. The RC F comes with safety-focused features and body design. These include Adaptive cruise control, Forward collision with pedestrian detection, lane departure with Lane keep assist, Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, all as standard.

2021 Lexus RC F Competition

7.0/10

2021 Lexus RC F Vs BMW M4

When compared to the BMW M4, the Lexus RC F feels bulkier to drive due to an additional 300 pounds, which is a big disadvantage in a sports car. The RC F due to its naturally aspirated engine feels more eager to accelerate at all speeds but the BMW at above 2000rpm feels more ferocious than the Lexus. The 8-speed automatic gearbox in the Lexus feels great for cruising but is no match on the track with the M4’s 7-speed dual-clutch automatic in terms of gear changes. The Lexus does feel heavier but due to better tires and brakes feels better than the M4 around corners but the difference is negligible, the exhaust notes sound much more profound on the Lexus due to the bigger engine.

BMW M4 Coupe

The interior of the BMW feels much more premium than the Lexus which for 2021 looks a little outdated.

2021 Lexus RC F Vs Audi RS5

The Lexus RC F, when compared to the Audi RS5, looks a little far behind the race in terms of comfort, features and efficiency. The RC F does compete with the Audi in terms of performance and top speed. The RC F is one of the last N/A V8’s to provide a raw roar. But overall, the RS5 emerges a better option in the Luxury Sports coupes. The RS5 provides a better overall package with better adjustable drive modes, better interior and better value for your money.

Audi RS5

 

2021 Lexus RC F Final Verdict

The 2021 Lexus RC F is the car you buy when you don’t listen to your mind but your heart, with huge aftermarket support and hidden potential waiting to be explored under the hood. The Lexus takes its inspiration from the legendary LFA. The Lexus RC F provides a compelling value when you dig deep under its surface. On the surface, the designing of the RC F looks phenomenal with a big dark chrome grill and fixed carbon fiber spoiler, but styling is subjective. The RC F isn’t as fast as its competitors on the track but does sound much better while doing so. The RC F carries extensive arrays of standard amenities and a huge collection of feature content from Lexus as well as many safety features as well.

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