Lexus RC F Track Edition revealed in Detroit

Remigio Civitarese
Gennaio 14, 2019

Developed in conjunction with Lexus's Super GT and IMSA race teams, the Track Edition features a number of modifications aimed at maximising aerodynamic efficiency and enhancing handling performance. It turns out the Japanese brand had much bigger plans for its high-performance coupe.

The RC F range now features the RC F Track Edition, a lighter, stiffer version of the standard vehicle that offers driving enthusiasts "the ability to impress on the track and off". Following the RC coupe's facelift unveil a few months ago at the Paris Motor Show, Lexus pulled the cover off the new Track Edition model today in Detroit.

Opt for the RC F Track Edition and you'll see the 0-60 miles per hour run take just 4.0 seconds, even with the car's 472-hp rating matching the standard RC F. The key is a diet rich in carbon fiber and lightweight 19-inch alloys, the latter also helping to reduce unsprung mass. Most important is the subject of weight, which is often referenced as the current RC F's Achilles' heel. Power is still delivered to the rear wheels via the same eight-speed automatic transmission, but the engineers have implemented a higher final drive ratio to improve overall response. A red leather interior with carbon trim and Alcantara seat accents is fitted as standard.

While the Toyota-backed brand has opted not to list official performance claims just yet, it does note that the Track Edition should be capable of a zero to 60 miles per hour (97 km/h) time of "less than 4,0 seconds". Four body colours will be offered with the RC F Track Edition - White Nova, Sonic Titanium, Graphite Black and Matte Grey (exclusive to the Track Edition). Lexus will also offer the auto in white or gray only, both of them exclusive to the model.

That's being somewhat remedied for 2020 thanks to an update for the RC F that focuses on shedding weight.

Though the Track Edition is expected to be produced in very limited numbers, it represents an exciting way for the RC F to (presumably) fade into the light over the next year or two. This means we should see the cars in showrooms by late summer, although Lexus hasn't said how much they'll cost.

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