Tested: 2021 Lexus RC F Fuji Lacks the Punch to Match Its Price


Tested: 2021 Lexus RC F Fuji Lacks the Punch to Match Its Price

The Lexus RC F Fuji Speedway Edition looks like a race car stripped of its numbers and sponsorship decals. It’s powered by a 472-hp V-8 that rumbles under a vented hood made of exposed carbon fiber. It has a carbon-fiber wing stuck to its rear deck, fat tires inside its flared fenders, and big carbon-ceramic brakes behind its forged 19-inch alloy wheels. It drives with sweet, balanced precision and roars to a 7300-rpm redline. Did we mention it’s named for a famous Japanese racing circuit? What’s not to love?

For one thing, the price.

This version of Lexus’s muscle coupe costs a hundred grand. Technically, its base price is $98,225. But add a few options like our test car had —navigation, LED headlamps, Mark Levinson audio system, parking assist, and illuminated door sills—and the as-tested sticker comes to $103,350. Hundred-grand cars, such as other premium-priced consumer goods, take us to a psychological tipping point of elevated expectations. The Fuji ultimately can’t meet them because its price-value equation is upside down. It costs almost as much as a base Porsche 911 ($100,550) but performs like a Chevrolet Camaro SS ($38,695). For the full story, check out this article from Car And Driver.

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