I HAD two exciting options last Saturday – a date with a girl I’d been messaging on Tinder, or a test drive in a Lexus RC F.
I know what you’re thinking, “Why not take the girl out in the car, you idiot!” Obviously, that was my first thought too – but sadly that wasn’t an option.
As soon as I mentioned the car’s (electronically limited) top speed of 168mph my ‘date’ didn’t want to know – it was too scary for her. But it wasn’t too scary for me – so I decided to spend some quality time with the RC F.
It an aggressive-looking motor with its big scary grille and sharp-angled features, but it’s even more aggressive when you switch it on.
The menacing growl of the V8 engine certainly lets your neighbours know you’re around.
In my excitement, I floored the RC F to see if it gripped the road as well as it looked like it could – to my surprise, the back fish-tailed for a few seconds before straightening up.
That made me slightly more nervous about having a heavy right foot. There is a teasing few-second pause between putting your foot down and feeling the RC F properly kicking in – and it’s a real rush.
The power at your feet is just incredible. It feels like you’re at the wheel of a top-of-the-range supercar.
The temptation is to put your foot to the floor at every opportunity, but driving along narrow country lanes is a million miles from a safe racetrack – but the RC F can handle both, as Lexus are keen to point out.
Jeremy Clarkson didn’t give this motor the most glittering review on Top Gear recently and he’s right, it does have its flaws.
There’s no doubt it’s a fun drive but it wasn’t long before my back started aching in the solid racing seats – I switched from Sport Mode to Eco in hope of a smoother ride. Which, does give you a noticeable difference.
On the dash I struggled to use the navigation system on the touch screen – I found it overly sensitive. Trying to type an address was a chore. Asking Siri to get me to my destination was a lot easier.
There’s little room for passengers – a long journey sat in the back would be far from comfortable.
Despite an aching back, driving the RC F is enjoyable, but I can’t help but wonder who’d buy one. It was more expensive than I could afford, and if I was going to spend £60,000 on a car – would this be the one?
I’m not sure.
And at that price it’s too cheap for flashy footballers who drive the best-of-the-best, and too expensive (and not practical enough) for families to consider.
I think if I was having a mid-life crisis and was in the market for a new car, this would be it. Its flash, fast and fun. It feels more like an expensive toy than a practical everyday car.
There’s no doubt that when sat at the wheel I felt cool. To see what others thought, I drove down a busy high street to gauge people’s reactions.
The motor certainly got some attention. One family even stopped walking along to have a good look, probably wondering how a guy wearing a Snapback and Nike T Shirt was driving a brand new Lexus.
Either way it’s a cool feeling having people admire your motor. The engine roar attracted attention long before people had seen the car.
The RC F is perhaps better suited to the track than the road but after a solid day’s driving I was reluctant to get out of the car, that’s how good it makes you feel.
But I’d had my fun and it was time to get back to reality, so I messaged my Tinder date to let her know the fun she missed out on – she hasn’t replied.
Maybe driving the car wasn’t as cool as I thought after all.
Key facts: LEXUS RC-F
Engine: V8 32-Valve DOHC with Dual VVT-i
Economy: 26.2 mpg (combined)
0-62mph: 4.5 secs
Top speed: 168mph
Length: 4.7 metres
CO2: 252 g/km