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Lexus RC F review – MPG and running costs

With a 5-litre V8 and rear-wheel drive the RC F is going to accumulate a big fuel and tyre bills 

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from £63,240
  • A masterpiece of internal combustion under the bonnet
  • Can feel cumbersome and a little unsophisticated. Infuriating infotainment

When we ran a Lexus RC F in our long-term Fast Fleet, matching Lexus’s official combined mpg figure of 26.2 proved tricky; we averaged around 22mpg. For comparison, our long-term Audi RS5 averaged 25.9mpg against an official claim of 32.5mpg.

With the RC F being so comfortable going sideways, you might want to budget for the rear tyres to be replaced frequently. The 275/35 R19 Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres that are standard fitment on the back of the RC F cost around £250 each, fitted.

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In contrast to high fuel bills and expensive consumables, the RC F is a Lexus, and one of a bygone era, which means build quality and reliability are second-to-none. The relative rarity of these RC Fs also mean they hold onto their value well, and being so specialised with their naturally-aspirated engines, we wouldn't count against values remaining steady as these sorts of vehicles dry up from the new car market place. 

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