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6/10
Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review:Lexus RC

£38,935£69,065
6/10
Overall verdict
Not all that sharp to drive but it’s comfy and striking. For some, that will be enough.
 

For: 

Bold looks, wilfully different, smooth character, an alternative to the Germans

Against: 

Keen drivers will be left frustrated

Overview

What is it?

Lexus takes aim – for the first time – at the BMW 4-Series and Mercedes C-Class Coupe, with a two-door, four-seat premium coupe joining its range. And like it or loathe it, you can’t deny it’s bolder and harder to miss than either German foe, looking not unlike its wilder 470bhp RC F relation.

That V8 RC F has already grabbed the headlines but it’s the regular RC that will sell in greater numbers (if still but a fraction of what BMW and Merc do). As such, it’s offered with two cooking engines, one petrol turbo and one petrol hybrid. No diesel, of course, in the usual Lexus way. Maybe that’s why it’s being modest in its sales targets…

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
500 5.0 [463] 10th Anniversary 2dr Auto
4.5s 258g/km 25.0 463 £67,870
The cheapest
300h 2.5 Luxury 2dr CVT Auto [Premium Navigation]
8.6s 114g/km 57.6 223 £38,935
The greenest
300h 2.5 Luxury 2dr CVT Auto [Premium Navigation]
8.6s 114g/km 57.6 223 £38,935
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