Want a luxury sport coupe but still value exclusivity? You can buy a Maserati or Ferrari, or if these are a bit out of reach a Lexus RC might fit the bill perfectly. Even more on budget, a new RC 300…

2016 Lexus RC 300 AWD F Sport Road Test Review

At first glance you'd be forgiven for thinking the RC 300 AWD F Sport is an RC F. Of course, the two models are based on Lexus' new RC sport coupe, so their design and overall shape is identical, while this version is visually amped via the F Sport upgrade package's more aggressive styling front to back, not to mention it wears the same Solar Flare orange paint as the previous RC F I tested, but driving them is night and day.

The RC F is a 467 horsepower V8-powered rear-drive super coupe competing with the likes of BMW's M4, Cadillac's ATS-V Coupe, Mercedes-AMG's C63 Coupe, and I suppose Infiniti's new Q60 Red Sport 400 as well, whereas the RC 300 AWD F Sport only looks as if it can leave 90 percent of its four-wheeled rivals in a tire-smoking whirlwind of bruised egos. In reality its 3.5-litre V6 merely makes 255 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque, the latter number notably less than some of its competitors' base four-cylinder engines.

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