This $81,000 Mean-Looking Lexus Sports Car Will Gladly Pin You Back in Your Seat

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) Corvette 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.

In short, Toyota's (TM) 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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A side view shows off some of the RC F's aggressive styling. But, not all.
A side view shows off some of the RC F's aggressive styling. But, not all.
Photo credit: Brian Sozzi

At an angle, you can see the aggressive styling was carried to the rear taillights and lower bumper.
At an angle, you can see the aggressive styling was carried to the rear taillights and lower bumper.
Photo credit: Brian Sozzi

A Facebook user told us the rear looks like a Scion. We disagree.
A Facebook user told us the rear looks like a Scion. We disagree.
Photo credit: Brian Sozzi

Nice slightly vertical layout of the dual exhaust pipes. Different.
Nice slightly vertical layout of the dual exhaust pipes. Different.
Photo credit: Brian Sozzi

19 inch wheels, of course. These rims are incredibly hard to clean, FYI. Badging and ground effects amps up the sporty feel.
19 inch wheels, of course. These rims are incredibly hard to clean, FYI. Badging and ground effects amps up the sporty feel.
Photo credit: Brian Sozzi

The cozy cockpit of the RC F.
The cozy cockpit of the RC F.
Photo credit: Brian Sozzi

This is not a manual transmission, but we appreciated that it looked like one. The track-pad (below the shifter) helped us easily navigate the infotainment system. The dial (top right) changes the car's drive modes.
This is not a manual transmission, but we appreciated that it looked like one. The track-pad (below the shifter) helped us easily navigate the infotainment system. The dial (top right) changes the car's drive modes.
Photo credit: Brian Sozzi

These trim pieces could use an upgrade.
These trim pieces could use an upgrade.
Photo credit: Brian Sozzi

Racing seats. Much more comfy than they look.
Racing seats. Much more comfy than they look.

Top speed 200 mph?
Top speed 200 mph?
Photo credit: Brian Sozzi

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