Lexus has played in this game before. The second-generation Lexus IS began its hi-po IS F tenure in early 2008 with a 5.0L V8 generating 416 horsepower.
The new RC coupe, a spin-off from the third-generation IS and the , also uses the 5.0L V8 in RC F form. The V8 makes more power now, 467 ponies. But it's not the crazy 503-horsepower V8 of the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG S, nor does it accelerate like that car. The RC F is a heavy beast, and it's not known to be the outright performance car that its key rivals are.
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