The Lexus RC F is a liberating influence in enthusiasts’ motordom that deserves a warmer welcome than the Autocar road test can give.

It’s an important step along the road for a young performance brand and adds much-needed variety to a part of the market crying out for it. It has been created with no shortage of budget, effort and commitment. It’s fresh, bold and different, and it’s pleasingly unreserved and true to its purpose – an easy car to like.

Big on charm, but lacking in real-world pace and well-rounded cruising manners

The RC F isn’t quite so easy to justify, though. As effusive as the car’s V8 powertrain can be, it can also be underwhelming and even frustrating at times. The chassis spec makes dynamic promises that the handling fails to fully deliver on.

Meanwhile, the sophisticated drivetrain and chassis technology aren’t as discreetly integrated or expertly tuned as they would have been by a more experienced hand. As a result, we can only really recommend the car as a talented also-ran.