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Road & Track Lauds the RC 350 as "the Definition of a Grand Touring Coupe"



It isn't sponsored content, so I guess Road & Track just really believes that "The Lexus RC 350 Is the Definition of a Grand Touring Coupe." I found that declaration a little surprising since other reviews have criticized aspects of the RC 350, and this one has those same observations.

Road & Track got a RC 350 F Sport to drive for two days. The reviewer immediately applauds the new design language as something that you notice every time one passes by, even if you don't like it. Much better than blending into the crowd, and I totally agree with him.

The reviewer actually points out some of the same criticisms of the driving experience that other publications have.

I don't think it ever really felt fun. It wasn't fast enough to be fun in a straight line, and it was too heavy to really enjoy tossing into a corner. On some two-lane country highways, I hit speeds that were way above the legal limit, and even then, it was never "exhilarating," like "a double shot of adrenaline," or however else Lexus describes the RC.
So with these criticisms, how does the RC 350 end up with a review conveying such high praise. Well, tell me what you think about this line:

Plus, a lot of people who think they want a sports car really want a comfortable grand tourer. They want something that looks like a sports car, but they don't want to deal with all the compromises that come with owning one.
Do you find that to be true? Are you one of those people?
 

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It appears that the reviewer never put the car in Sport+ or manual mode and drive with the paddle shifters, and didn't take off the nannies, else they would have had the time of their lives. Is it a Porsche, BMW M-series or Audi R8, No, but then you won't spend a lot of time at the dealership with a Lexus. The Lexus has more leg room than a C7 Vette and has the same legroom as a Cadillac , and can sit 4, be it very small people in the back.


So to answer the question, Yes it is a comfortable grand tourer with a hint of sports car w/o all the problems normally associated with a true sports car. If I wanted a car where I'm nickeled and dimed for every available option, shoved into a cramped cockpit, and spend too many days at the dealership then I guess I would have bought one of the cars I mentioned, but I didn't as I got a Lexus instead and I'm very happy about my purchase.
 

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I think that the point the reviewer is making is that when you compare the Lexus RC F to its competitors, it can't beat them on their terms. The RC F, however, is not a bad car because of this fact. It simply has different strengths than its rivals.
 
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