Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

If you thought the driving experience was busy, that’s nothing compared to the interior laid out in front of you. Individually, some of the components and design details are delightful. The instruments, mix finely technical design along with easy to read information – especially the central digital display which alters its layout depending on drive mode selected.

There’s an abundant mix of material, with Alcantara, perforated leather and plain leather enhanced with blue, white, black and if you select the red leather seats some red stitching too. It would have made more sense, and looked far more cohesive, had they adopted a smaller mix of colours in our opinion.

Same goes for cabin plastics, which mix carbon (effect) with textured and brushed materials across the layered structure of the dashboard that in our eyes looks a little too similar to that found in the IS saloon. It’s not alone in its suffering though, as the BMW M4 and M3 feel too much like a 320d or 420d diesel they’re based on too – the Lexus like them doesn’t quite feel special enough.

That said, there’s absolutely no questioning the quality of the materials, with everything feeling reassuringly expensive to the touch, and each piece of switchgear operating faultlessly. Even if the climate control display already looks slightly dated.

The improved trackpad central controller does what it says on the tin, but it’s still not as intuitive or as easy to use on the fly as rival manufacturer systems with rotary controllers.

Thankfully Lexus RC F comfort was placed high-up the priority list – that’s why it’s fitted with a traditional automatic gearbox rather than a swift-changing dual-clutch automatic. And on the road, it’s entirely compliant and comfortable, despite the large alloy wheels, with impressive suspension response and composure. In fact, faced with a long drive ahead of you the RC F represents an impressive companion. Save for the limited range due to below average fuel economy, of course.

And though that engine really comes on song, both in terms of torque delivery and sound, over 3,500rpm the lengthy gear ratios mean intercontinental cruising in eighth gear is a hushed and relaxing environment. Along with decent wind-noise suppression, it’s almost eerily quiet in fact.

The seats are especially impressive, with plenty of electrical adjustment (along with the electrically adjustable steering wheel) ensuring the perfect driving position is just quick manipulation of the switches away. Own the car and you’ll likely take advantage of the driver’s seat memory function too, allowing drivers to swap and return to their desired position with the press of a single button.

There’s loads of support as well, and not just in the base and sides but the shoulder-area also thanks to the high wing area on the backrest. The holes for the harnesses might be a little bit of overkill though. And unfortunately the rear seats don’t prove quite as comfortable, unless you’re a child, thanks to a low sloping roofline, the high seat backs in front and tiny side windows making it feel slightly claustrophobic.