The RC F can finally stake a claim in the performance arena that barely contains some of the highest-performance coupes in the world.
BMW's M4 has taken over the two-door duties from the M3; it's less sharp and likable than in previous versions, but on high-speed tracks, it's astonishingly stable and quick.
The Mercedes-AMG C63 coupe has better road feel and even more stunning acceleration—and it's a gorgeous car in the steel flesh.
Cadillac's ATS-V has amazing twin-turbo V-6 power but less visual distinction, while the Audi S5 is more in the Lexus performance league, with timeless styling.
Finally, let's toss a bomb in this group: the Shelby GT350, probably the best track-tuned car Ford ever has built.
In mission, image, and exclusivity, it's an outlier in this group—but trust us, drive one and it all makes sense.
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|2016 Lexus RC FBrowse Used Listings||2016 Audi S5Browse Used Listings||2016 BMW M4Browse Used Listings||2016 Cadillac ATS-VBrowse Used Listings||2016 Ford MustangBrowse Used Listings||2016 Mercedes-Benz C ClassBrowse Used Listings|
|16 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||14 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy|
|Premium Unleaded V-8||Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded V-6||Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6||N/A||Regular Unleaded V-6||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4|
|Subcompact Cars||Subcompact Cars||Subcompact Cars||N/A||Subcompact Cars||Compact Cars|
|2-Door Coupe||2-Door Coupe Manual Premium Plus||2-Door Coupe||N/A||2-Door Fastback V6||4-Door Sedan C 300 Luxury RWD|
|Rear Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||N/A||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Automatic w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||N/A||Manual w/OD||Automatic w/OD|
|Detailed Spec Comparison|
|2016 Lexus RC F vs. 2016 Audi S5||2016 Lexus RC F vs. 2016 BMW M4||2016 Lexus RC F vs. 2016 Cadillac ATS-V||2016 Lexus RC F vs. 2016 Ford Mustang||2016 Lexus RC F vs. 2016 Mercedes-Benz C Class|