2016 Lexus RC F vs. Its Competition

2016 Lexus RC F
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

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 Cadillac ATS-V2016 Cadillac ATS-V
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2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT3502016 Ford Mustang
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2016 Mercedes-Benz C450 AMG Sport2016 Mercedes-Benz C Class
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Quick Specs
The 2016 Lexus RC F can flog the road course with V-8 brute force, but it's just a bit less lithe and talented than its lighter-weight rivals.
8.8
The 2016 Audi S5 Coupe and S5 Cabriolet are among the best-looking (and best-performing) luxury coupes on the market.
9.0
The 2016 BMW M4 delivers on-track performance that also translates to the street, and buyers can choose from a sleek coupe or a wind-in-your-hair convertible.
The 2016 Cadillac ATS-V is a brilliant performance/luxury sedan, truly in a league with the best Germany has to offer.
8.4
The Ford Mustang keeps its newfound finesse and pony-car attitude, blasting past its 50th year with a rorty new Shelby GT350 variant plus more ways to stand out from the crowd.
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The 2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is one very charming luxury car; in AMG trim, it's risen above and beyond Bavarian levels of handling.
MSRP From     
$62,805$53,100$65,700N/A$24,145$38,950
Gas Mileage     
16 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Premium Unleaded V-8Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded V-6Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6N/ARegular Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Subcompact CarsSubcompact CarsSubcompact CarsN/ASubcompact CarsCompact Cars
Style Name     
2-Door Coupe2-Door Coupe Manual Premium Plus2-Door CoupeN/A2-Door Fastback V64-Door Sedan C 300 Luxury RWD
Drivetrain     
Rear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveN/ARear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
444N/A45
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Coupequattro CoupeCoupeN/AFastbackSedan
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODManual w/ODManual w/ODN/AManual w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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