But, for us, one of the most distinguishing features of the RC F lies in its powerplant – which is defined by its purity. In a world constantly dominated by extremely complicated engine and propulsion units featuring Hybrid and other technology – look at the rest of the Lexus range, for instance – the RC F features a setup that’s properly old school. It has a high-revving, naturally aspirated 5.0-litre V8 with (hold your breath!) quad cams, four valves per cylinder and dual variable valve timing – an anachronism that really makes it stand out. It’s quaint and, at the same time, nice to have an old school, powerful, high revving naturally aspirated motor that sounds like a banshee at full pelt.
As you would expect, with that look-at-me design, a stunning engine and a well setup chassis, the RC F is a treat – irrespective of whether you’re driving it or just looking at it. On track too, the RC F did very well, despite a power deficit compared to the other turbocharged engines – with ‘just’ 467bhp on tap. It corners flat, the chassis is totally predictable and the engine loves to rev – good old fashioned fun in a cutting edge package.
The RC F has a lot going for it. It’s a stunningly beautiful machine. It’s exclusive and has an engine note to die for – and, at the same time, it’s refined and comfortable enough to be used everyday even in India. The only reason that the RC F loses out is because of a price tag that’s north of `2 crore, which makes it a tough sell. It’s a shame, really, because it’s a beautiful example of a proper sports car that we loved driving – both on the road and on the track.