Former world rally champion Didier Auriol took to the Goodwood Hill last weekend behind the wheel of the highly anticipated Lexus RC F. Auriol is one of the first people in the world to drive the LC F and the Frenchman told the Lexus Blog that he was ‘delighted to be one of the first to drive the car; it was such an honour. I don’t know the Goodwood Hill Climb course very well but my overriding impression of the car was based around the engine. I think we have an engine with very good torque and power. In fact, the power just goes, goes, goes, all the way through; and because it shifts gears so quickly through the paddles it feels smooth yet relentless.’
Auriol had high praise for the Lexus LC F, ‘The car felt very progressive in its handling. It starts off feeling quite neutral but then when the back end did break away it felt so predictable it was like I didn’t have to counter with much steering.’ Auriol was also surprised that there was power from the off with the RC F.
The RC F is powered by a 5.0-litre 32 valve engine producing 450bhp and has 520Nm of power at its disposal. This is mated to an eight-speed Sports Direct Shift gearbox.
The new RC F will also feature technology including a new touchscreen operated Remote Touch Interface control and tweaking has also been undertaken to enhance the advanced technologies and of course the driving dynamics of the car.
Styling cues are not just for design purposes, the Lexus has an active rear wing that automatically deploys at 50mph and retracts when speed falls below 25mph. Adding to the cool looks are 10-spoke, 19-inch forged aluminium wheels which the car sits on.
The Lexus RC F will be launched in the UK by the end of the year.