2021 Lexus RC F

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2021 Lexus RC F Review: Beauty Is a Beast

by Aiden Eksteen

The Lexus RC F is the brand's answer to big-name sporty coupes like the Audi RS5, BMW M4, and Mercedes-AMG C63, and the automaker crams a whole lot into it to help it gain traction in the fray. A burly 472-hp V8 under the hood, a sweet soundtrack, a rear-wheel-drive layout, and sport-tuned suspension are all part of the package, and with a few tweaks to the on-board tech for the new model year, there's a lot of value to be had.

Last year, Lexus endowed the RC F sports coupe with various powertrain enhancements and weight-reduction changes to improve performance, and with the much-anticipated inclusion of Android Auto, the 2021 Lexus RC F is more prepared than ever to make a name for itself in the segment. But, with less-than-ideal gas mileage returns and handling that can't quite compete with the German Trinity, has Lexus done enough to get its 2-door sports car near the top?

Read in this review:

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2021 Lexus RC F Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs 2020 RC F?

The Lexus RC F sports coupe offers a few refreshed features for 2021, including a revised steering horn pad design and new satin trim, as well as the eagerly awaited Android Auto compatibility. Lexus has also standardized heated electrochromic side-view mirrors, a driver's seat memory system, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.

The biggest update for this year is the 60-unit-only RC F Fuji Speedway Edition, which is added to the lineup. It features weight reduction, upgraded brakes, loads of carbon fiber, and a sub-four-second sprint to 60 mph.

Pros and Cons

  • Sweet-sounding V8
  • Refined on the road
  • Upscale, high-tech, and well-built cabin
  • Better priced than many of its rivals
  • Now has Android Auto functionality
  • Competitors offer better handling
  • Fuji Speedway Edition is pricey for minor upgrades
  • Poor fuel economy returns

2021 Lexus RC F Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
RC F
5.0L V8 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
$65,975
RC F FUJI SPEEDWAY Edition
5.0L V8 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
$97,200
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2021 RC F Exterior

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Dimensions

  • Length 185.4 in
  • Wheelbase 107.5 in
  • Height 54.7 in
  • Max Width 72.6 in
  • Front Width 61.2 in
  • Rear Width 61.4 in
  • Curb Weight 3,902.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Caviar
  • Ultra White
  • Ultrasonic Blue Mica 2.0
  • Infrared
  • Flare Yellow
  • Arctic Blast Satin
  • Cloudburst Gray

2021 RC F Performance

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Engine and Transmission

  • Engine
    5.0L V8 Gas
  • Transmission
    8-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrain
    RWD

2021 RC F Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
    4-seater
  • Front Leg Room 45.4 in
  • Front Head Room 37.8 in
  • Rear Leg Room 27.3 in
  • Rear Head Room 35.0 in

2021 RC F Trunk and Cargo Space

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  • Trunk Volume
    10.1 ft³

2021 RC F Safety and Reliability

Warranty

  • Basic:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    6 Years \ 70,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    6 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    4 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Maintenance:
    1 Years \ 10,000 Miles

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

NHTSA safety ratings are not available at this time.

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2021 Lexus RC F a good coupe?

Improvements to the RC F sports coupe have helped to bring it closer to the level on which its competitors are, but while it has the chops to impress most, true enthusiasts may be left wanting. The 2021 RC F has a price tag of $65,975, which is quite attractive alongside many of the other premium sports coupes on the US market. But with that said, most rivals are more proficient and engaging performers. If you're drawn to the RC F for its design, we wouldn't blame you - it's a handsome beast, for sure. And there are a lot of other positives to the RC F, too, such as a modern and upscale cabin with dual-zone climate control, power-adjustable front seats, premium ten-speaker sound system, and Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and Amazon Alexa.

As with most luxury sports cars, the 2021 Lexus RC F hasn't undergone an official review for a safety rating, but as a Lexus vehicle, it does come standard with a good selection of driver assists and safety features, as well as with a proven reliability track record. The RC F is also surprisingly smooth and comfortable on the road, so while it may not be the most competitive track car, it is a great combination of good-looking, livable, and luxurious - all at a reasonable price.

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