Greater complication awaits when you start that V8 and attempt to navigate the RC F’s many drive modes. The shiny drive mode select knob allows you to cycle through Eco, Normal, Sport S and Sport S+ presets, which apply control regimes to the engine, transmission and power steering and different display modes for the LCD instruments.
There are another four modes to the VDIM stability control and three modes for the optional active diff. Setting the car up to match the prevailing conditions can feel more like flapping away vainly at a Rubik’s Cube than refining an increasingly capable dynamic recipe.
Experience teaches you simply to find a setting you like and stick with it. Moreover, in actuality the RC F has only two operating routines, because the way the V8 combines with the automatic transmission tends to polarise the car’s driving experience.
The powertrain is pleasingly suave and docile at unstressed pace, then sharp and energetic at maximum attack. Anywhere in between, it doesn’t work nearly so well. That’s a problem for a coupé like this whose richness and performance should arguably be most distinguished at medium-high, brisk but unhurried cross-country pace.