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2017 LEXUS RC-F DELIVERS A SOLID PUNCH

By NITISH S. RELE – motoringtampabay@gmail.com
It can go 0 to 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds. Top speed is at 170 mph. And a quarter mile takes only 12.5 seconds. That iss the powerful 2017 Lexus RC-F luxury sport coupe for you with a 5.0-liter V-8 engine blasting off 467 horsepower @ 7100 rpm and 389 pounds-feet of torque @ 5600 rpm. And, of course, the forceful F Sport-tuned suspension provides for some spirited driving. The rear-wheel-drive ride is mated to an 8-speed auto gearbox with eco, normal, sport and snow modes. Providing positive brake feel are 14.9-inch vented front and 13.5-inch rear discs equipped with six- and four-piston Brembo calipers respectively.
Up front, a gigantic mesh spindle grille is flanked by twin-projector LED headlights and daytime running lights, with F badge on front fenders to indicate that this is indeed a speed demon. Step into the luxurious cabin and you will also find F engraved on 10-way power cooled/heated front seat headrests, multi-information display and power tilt/telescopic leather steering column. Niceties include push-button start, carbon-fiber trim and LED air-vent dials, analog clock, navigation with Mark Levinson audio of 17 speakers pumping out 835 watts, and auto dual-zone a/c. A mouse-like, easy-to-use Remote Touch enables the driver to toggle navigation, climate, audio and phone controls, which are displayed on a 7-inch screen.
Dual front and side airbags, side curtain airbag, front knee airbags, vehicle stability and traction controls, three-point seatbelts for all, front/rear crumple zones and side-impact beams, blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, rearview camera, four-wheel antilock brakes with electronic brake distribution and brake assist, daytime running lights and a tire pressure monitoring system are standard.
If the miniscule 10.1-cubic-foot trunk and a hefty price tag topping $79,869 with options are not a concern, the RC-F should be the vehicle of choice for lead-foot drivers. It delivers an effective punch or two while heading toward your destination.

RC-F
Tires: 255/35R19 front; 275/35R19 rear
Wheelbase: 107.5 inches
Length: 185.2 inches
Suspension: double wishbone front, multilink rear
Steering: speed-sensing electric power
Weight: 3,958 pounds
Fuel capacity: 17.4 gallons
City: 16 mpg
Highway: 25 mpg
Base price: $64,165
Web site: www.lexus.com

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