The tyre-scorching Lexus RC F has just been priced in the UK, and guess what? It’s more expensive than the model it’s gunning for, the BMW M4 Coupe. The super Lexus range starts at £59,995 in Britain – a good £3,360 more than the base M4 – and tops out at £67,995 for the RC F Carbon (before options, that is).
In the UK, the RC F includes full LED headlights, Brembo brakes, Sachs monotube dampers, an active rear spoiler and 19-inch forged alloys as standard, while the up-specced Carbon model adds a carbon-fibre roof, bonnet and rear spoiler, a torque-vectoring differential, Alcantara seats and a Mark Levinson audio system.
This is no ordinary Lexus, of course, with a high-tech 5.0 litre V8 engine that makes 450 hp and 520 Nm of torque, paired to an eight-speed Sports Direct Shift automatic transmission. It gets to 100 km/h in 4.6 seconds, on to a top speed of 270 km/h. The BMW M4 on the other hand (available in Malaysia for RM748,800), has a 431 hp/550 Nm turbo straight-six, 0-100 km/h time of 4.1 seconds and 250 km/h top speed.
Now readers, what do you think of this – is Lexus having delusions of grandeur, or is the RC F good enough to fight off the much-favoured BMW M4 even with a price disadvantage? Your opinions below, please.