Lexus has revealed two new versions of their ‘RC’ sports coupe at the ongoing North American International Motor Show in Detroit. These, the RC F and RC F Track Edition, receive a number of visual and performance tweaks, making them substantially different from the base model which was revealed in Paris last year.
Like any range-topping performance model, the RC F is made to be leaner, sharper, and generally faster. It looks the part by adopting changes to both front and rear, and the wide front lip even neutralises the brand’s oversized grille.
The ‘Track Edition’ goes a few notches further, adding lightweight parts and top-of-the-line features. The entire upper area, including roof, hood and spoiler is made up of carbon fiber, and so is the interior partition separating its back row. All these, along with other subtle weight-saving measures, have helped the car drop close to 176 pounds as compared to the previous model ( and 55 pounds from the RC F). It is still not as light as some of the others in the segment but this goes a way in addressing the complaints of the outgoing model.
2020 Lexus RC F & RC F Track Edition- Specs and Tech
One of the few Naturally Aspirated options left, the RC F’s 5.0-liter V8 is capable of producing 472 hp and 395 lb-ft (535 Nm)- which is 5 horsepower and 6 pound-feet more. Advanced Electronic Launch Control will propel the car from 0 to 60 mph (96 kph) taking a mere 4.2 seconds. Power is send to the rear wheels by means of an 8-speed automatic transmission (with higher drive ration compared to the base model).
The RC F ‘Factory edition’ also has the same V8 but with better performance, courtesy of the diet it has undergone.
Lexus has partnered with Michelin to provide bespoke Pilot Sport 4S tires on the RC F models.
Price and release date
Lexus has not revealed the prices yet but the current RC F goes for $64,750 and its10th Anniversary Special Edition has a $80,810 price tag. Figures are expected to remain close.
Both models will begin to reach dealerships by June 2019.