By on October 1, 2019

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?

GS F

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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47 Comments on “Buy/Drive/Burn: Rear-drive V8 Lexus Time in 2020...”


  • avatar
    4drSedan

    I’ll take one of each…
    RC-F Track edition for me.
    LC500 for my bride.
    GS-F for family road trips (not in that yellow though…ew).

    • 0 avatar
      NormSV650

      Lexus loses it value just like any other luxury vehicle.  So I wouldn’t believe the wive’s  tale about Lexus holding their value. Residual values are set by the banks and the food chain of auction and dealerships just play along to make as much money as they can out the consumers.

      Edmunds long term test of the Lexus GS loosing over 1/3 of it’s value from MSRP.

      “Resale and Depreciation:

      We accumulated 20,940 miles on our 2013 Lexus GS 350. Edmunds’ TMV® Calculator valued the vehicle at $47,431 based on a private-party sale. The market did not seem to support this price, as CarMax offered us $40,000 and the best we could muster from a private partywas $41,000. This made for 30-percent depreciation from our paid price of $58,377. We were disappointed

      • 0 avatar
        28-Cars-Later

        You shill for Buick, you don’t even have room to argue on depreciation.

        “Edmunds long term test of the Lexus GS loosing over 1/3 of it’s value from MSRP.”

        That’s actually good because most things are 50% +/- 5 in 2.5 years. I have personally seen ES350s pulling 77-80% of MSRP in almost 2 years which baffles me yet I cannot unsee.

      • 0 avatar

        Also, nobody was talking about residuals. No wives tale mention. Imagine trying to stay on topic once or twice.

  • avatar
    FreedMike

    Buy: LC, in red. Why? Just look at it. And the engine note is glorious. If you haven’t seen this car in person, do so – pictures don’t do it justice.

    Drive: GS-F

    Burn: RC-F – probably great on the track, but compromised on the street.

  • avatar
    Land Ark

    This is a tough one between the LC and GS.

    Ultimately I’d buy the LC because it’s the only car my mom has seen that caused her to text me a picture of it and declare that she wanted it.

    Drive the GS because because I know it would be comfortable and do everything I want it it.

    Burn the RC because of the trinkets and the wing and all the old boy racer stuff. It’s the least livable one and most awkwardly styled.

  • avatar
    Vulpine

    Until they fix that grille, I’ll burn them all.

  • avatar
    spookiness

    Go big or go home. LS or nothing for me.

  • avatar
    ajla

    Burn the RC-F track. I really wanted to pick this but it is only available in white and gray exterior colors. I guess I could vinyl wrap it neon purple or bright red, but nah.

    Buy the GS-F. The performance between it and the LC is basically the same but I’d be less afraid of parking lot dings with the GS and I think strangers would largely leave me alone.

    Drive the LC500. It’s a good car.

    • 0 avatar
      ajla

      So, I watched a few Lexus videos after work and I have to change my selections.

      Buy – RC-F Track (I’d still have to wrap it though)
      Drive – GS-F
      Burn – LC500 (sucks to do it but I don’t make the rules)

  • avatar
    Jon

    Burn: LC500, it has a hybrid option.
    Buy: RC-F for date night.
    Drive: GS-F because very little is more fun than going fast as a family.

  • avatar
    Mnemic

    So many cars being built right now aren’t going to be appreciated until years after they’ve been out of production.

  • avatar
    Kyree S. Williams

    Buy: LC — I think it’s an amazing showcase of Japanese design. Also, I love high-end personal luxury coupes

    Drive: RC-F — It’s probably a lot of fun, on the track and on the road

    Burn: GS-F — There are far better Q-ships out there.

  • avatar
    dal20402

    Buy: LC. The most beautiful car Lexus has ever made. (And, no, I’m not forgetting the LF-A or the original SC when I say that. In fact, second place for me would go to the first-facelift LS 400!)

    Drive: GS F. The noise is pretty fun.

    Burn: RC F. It’s an ugly coupe that’s heavier than the GS. It has no reason to exist.

  • avatar
    jkross22

    I love all of these. I’ll burn none not just to spite you but to prove a valuable point….

    Great machines come from places other than Europe. These naturally aspirated V8s are better made and more reliable than any made with a Euro badge. And these sound phenomenal.

    Can I kindly ask that TTAC readers with hefty wallets purchase or lease these so that when I can afford one, they are available on the used market?

    I say that and yet gas is now cresting $4.30/gallon for 91 in So. Cal. so owning any one of these right now and driving it like you should means around $100/week.

    Burn none.

    Corey, come at me bro.

    • 0 avatar
      Hummer

      I just paid $2.54 for Premium for my V8 SS, and $2.25 for regular in my V8 H2.

      Quite frankly unless your spending $80k+ there’s nothing good or interesting at all coming out of Europe.

      • 0 avatar
        Nick_515

        340i still 60 large.

        • 0 avatar
          Hummer

          First of all i6 over V6 everyday of the week, so my bias here is towards the BMW engine. The issue is the output on those i6s just aren’t impressive enough to suffer with a turbo engine day in day out, especially anywhere near $60k of the 340i that’s way too much money to ask for a turbo car. Why is this engine so underpowered; I’m sure it has more torque by nature of being an inline configuration, but the HP is disappointing knowing what BMW used to be capable of.

          335 HP from a turbo six is not impressive, the N/A camaro V6 has 335HP for much less money (albeit in a compromised car). I don’t think this i6 is a huge step up from the i6 BMWs of 15 years ago.

          • 0 avatar
            ajla

            If the car runs fast and sounds good I don’t think the power rating is that big of a deal. FWIW, the latest “M-sport” cars are now rated at 382hp.
            IMO, the German cars above the 4-cylinders have decent enough engines but the are all way over-tech’d these days.

          • 0 avatar
            Nick_515

            spoken like a chevy man.

          • 0 avatar
            Hummer

            I mean I suppose if you want to say GM engines are light years ahead of BMWs. Kinda a nice slide at BMW your doing there after I thought you were trying to prove Europe could build something interesting.

      • 0 avatar
        dal20402

        That’s a little hard on the M240i and M2.

  • avatar
    ajla

    I’m going to defend the RC-Track a bit. 3700lb curb weight (so that puts it about equal to the Camaro SS 1LE), standard Torsen differential, carbon-ceramic brakes, 3.31 final drive, and all the wings & scoops are apparently functional.

    Biggest trouble is lack of colors and that Ford/Chevy exist.

  • avatar
    ptschett

    GSF? They named a car after an MxPx song?

  • avatar
    Dan

    Burn the RC. The angry little racecar as luxury never spoke to me at all and that’s all this one says. Track edition anything is already starting off on the wrong foot. A wing like that is embarrassing on a WRX let alone something expensive. No thanks.

    Drive the GS. Not as good as a big sleeper but a medium sized sleeper is OK too. As ugly as everything else is now even that awful predator face doesn’t stand out anymore.

    Buy the LC. Pretty cool that a future collectible like this still exists.

  • avatar
    cbrworm

    I’ll take one of each, please.

    I think I’ll end up burning the RC-F, just because it isn’t what I need.

    I think the GS-F is what I would drive, but I can’t tell for sure until I’ve had it for a while.

    The LC is glorious, but I don’t think my kids and all their gear will fit. But, there’s only one way to find out for sure.

  • avatar
    SilverCoupe

    Buy the LC 500 for its beauty.
    Drive the RC F, after getting the hood painted, as it would probably be a lot of fun to drive.
    Burn the GS F, because I have never purchased a car with four doors.

  • avatar
    ravenuer

    Top pic looks like a NYC cab.

  • avatar
    05lgt

    Buy the GS F: rear doors matter in my household
    Drive the LC 500: Date night happens, this is the Friday Night Car
    Burn the RC F: This is just a confused car. Heavy Luxury track day special? Fast brash boy (street) racer with too much of Daddy’s money? Too firm and low for the road, too heavy and expensive for the track. What does a carbon fiber hood on fire look like? Time to find out.

  • avatar
    Farhad

    Burn them all.
    I have no way to make sure I never will see the front of the car…

  • avatar
    PeriSoft

    I disregard the rules, and buy and drive the LC500 – something I plan on doing as soon as possible anyway. The cheapest ones in the country are under 70k now. At some point, the lines representing their price and my income will cross, and at that moment I shall have one.

    Unless I test drive it and it’s garbage. But based on design and theme? I’m there. Good Lord, I’m there.

  • avatar
    krhodes1

    Burn all of the fugly things.

  • avatar
    John R

    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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