Buy/Drive/Burn: Rear-drive V8 Lexus Time in 2020

Corey Lewis
by Corey Lewis
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Did you know that in these modern and fuel-conscious times, Lexus presently offers three different rear drive, naturally aspirated V8 luxury cars? They’re all fast, on sale in 2020, and cost about the same money. Which one’s worth a Buy?


The trio starts with the most affordable option, and the one that’s likely to become extinct the soonest. GS is the oldest design here, and the one with no identified successor. F is the ultimate GS, and the most powerful sedan ever produced by Lexus. Its 5.0-liter V8 produces 467 horsepower in this application, and 389 lb-ft of torque are routed through an eight-speed auto. The most practical of the three, GS F seats five in comfort and serenity. 0 to 60 takes 4.5 seconds, and the top speed is 168 miles an hour. $84,600.

RC F Track Edition

The RC F receives another layer of performance with the Track Edition in 2020. It’s lighter and meaner than the vanilla version, but maintains the heavy-hitter 5.0. 472 horsepower and 395 lb-ft run through the same eight-speed as the GS F, but with the added benefit of a limited-slip differential from the people at Torsen. 0-60 arrives in a scant 3.96 seconds, with the same top speed as its larger F brother above. Nobody will mistake it for a regular RC F, as plentiful carbon fiber aero treatments continue onto the unpainted hood. $96,800.

LC 500

Lexus returned to the large luxury coupe market with the LC 500 in 2018. The least sporting alternative of our trio is also the most striking to behold: In person, it makes a considerable visual statement. In this instance, the 5.0-liter produces a middle-pack 471 horsepower but the most torques, at 398. For low-RPM cruising, the LC 500 receives a 10-speed automatic that drivers can shift on the fly via magnesium paddles. Compared to the other two, 0 to 60 times are leisurely at 4.4 seconds. For more money, Lexus also offers a hybrid 500h version with a V6 and 354 horsepower (or not). This one’s $92,950.

Twenty-four total cylinders sit before you; which eight will be burned?

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  • Krhodes1 Krhodes1 on Oct 01, 2019

    Burn all of the fugly things.

  • John R John R on Oct 02, 2019

    Dang. I WANT ALL THREE! Buy: GS-F Drive: LC 500 Burn: RC F Track Edition The RC F Track Edition may be a little too dear for what it's capable of. Perhaps especially so after the inevitable dealer mark-up.

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