With its striking design, three impressive powertrain options, and selection of performance-specified underpinnings, the 2021 Lexus RC looks like a capable sports coupe on paper. But when compared to its German contemporaries in the USA, it becomes clear that Lexus maintains their penchant for comfort and refinement and forgo competitive performance measures. It’s still a fast coupe with the chops to excite, but it’s to no extent one of the top contenders when it comes to real competitiveness and deeper driver engagement.
The 2021 Lexus RC coupe can be seen as a sporty coupe with grand tourer resolve, and a composed and compliant driving character. Counting in its favor are a premium cabin and an extensive array of luxury comforts and conveniences. The F Sport versions of both the RC 300 and the RC 350 do offer greater driver engagement and handling poise with their upgraded suspension kits, stronger brakes, and an available limited-slip differential, but don’t expect the same degree of performance you’ll get from some rival 2-door coupes. As a premium cruiser, the RC’s unintuitive infotainment controls and cramped back seats also detract from the experience. Ultimately, the Lexus RC is a fun and polished car to cruise about in, but it won’t earn you any bragging rights against your racing buds.