In a world of turbochargers, smaller-capacity engines, hybrid-electric, and fully electric cars, it’s actually refreshing – especially for those who appreciate the finer things in life – to see at least one mainstream carmaker is continuing to offer a raw, high-revving, naturally aspirated V8. We don’t like our chances, but of all combustion engine styles, we hope the aspirated V8 stays with us for the longest.
Despite its push for hybrid powertrains, Lexus, of all unlikely companies, still offers that classic, quintessential V8 recipe in the RC F, GS F, and the spectacular LC 500. The engine that powers all three of these cars – and similar to the engine in the old IS F – is one of our favourite production engines of all time. It’s unadulterated, full-bodied, crisp, and, above all, it’s capable of putting a big smile on your face.
Before we dive too deeply into the powertrain though let’s talk a bit more about what this, the 10th Anniversary Edition, is all about. This is a special edition that’s on sale for a limited time only. It was designed to help celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Lexus F sub-brand – since the launch of awesome IS F in 2008. Prices start at $151,929, or about $14,200 pricier than the regular RC F (excluding on-road costs).