2019 Lexus RC F

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When Lexus introduced the RC F coupe a few years ago, it was clear the company was finally serious about building a true high-performance car. For 2019, changes are few. All the good stuff remains like outstanding brakes and tires, while polarizing elements like front end styling are still here, too.

An optional performance package on our review car includes lots of carbon fiber, and it’s not just for show. A wing pops out of the trunk at higher speeds to help manage airflow. Speed is in abundance from five liters of V8 muscle with rear-wheel drive, and 467 horsepower really gives the RC F some punch.

The racing-inspired theme continues inside. Heated and cooled sports seats might be too restrictive on a long trip, but they’re great around town. Choose the sport setting for best handling and more aggressive shift points from the 8-speed automatic.

Optional Mark Levinson sound is amazing.

Let’s not talk about back seat room because there really isn’t any. Trunk space is not bad for a car this size, and there’s a pass-through to the back seat for long items.

I think handling is improved over the original RC F, and there’s nothing like a big V8 and rear-wheel drive for true motoring fun.

So, for the 2019 Lexus RC F, I say thumbs up to great V8 power, extroverted styling, and excellent brakes; thumbs down to the cramped back seat.

I averaged about 18 miles per gallon. The as-reviewed sticker price is $80, 889.

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