The sporty Lexus RC F tends to get mixed reviews in the blogosphere for being heavier than some BMWs. To those nit-picky folks, pipe down and show some respect to the speedy RC F. 

Originally debuting in 2015, the 2017 version of the RC F features mostly suspension upgrades. And boy, did the improvements turn our test vehicle into one thrilling weekend ride.

Under the hood is a 5.0 liter V-8 engine rated at 467 horsepower. The impressive power-plant (in what is still a light car relatively speaking) rockets the RC F from 0 to 60 mph in about 4.4 seconds. Top speed is reportedly 170 mph, but the gauge displays more than 200 mph. Either way, we weren't going to push that limit out in suburban Long Island, New York. Flip on the sport plus mode, which opens up the exhaust to produce a loud growl, and it's very hard to not test 110 mph. 

Meanwhile, the interior is rather reminiscent of General Motors' (GM) - Get General Motors Company (GM) ReportCorvette Grand Sport we tested last year -- seats that fit like a glove, everything within easy reach. Bluetooth, USB ports, satellite radio, automatic climate control and power tilt and telescoping steering wheel are standard. Given the steep $81,000 price tag on our test car, we would have liked to see better quality trim pieces.

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In short, Toyota's (TM) - Get Toyota Motor Corp. Sponsored ADR Report Lexus brand should be darn proud of the RC F. It looks different (in a good way) relative to competing cars from BMW and Mercedes-Benz, and has the engine and suspension to back up the mean appearance.

Here's a quick walk around of the car. 

Editors' pick: Originally published April 22.

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