Wait, isn't that just last year's Track Edition?
The 2021 Lexus RC F has arrived, and it remains among the last naturally aspirated luxury performance cars on the market. True to last year's model, a 5.0-liter V8 screams out 472 horsepower at 7,100 rpm and 395 pound-feet of torque at 4,800 rpm accompanied by one of the most glorious exhaust notes available today. For 2021, Lexus has replaced last year's Track Edition special with a "new" RC F Fuji Speedway Edition, which is limited to only 60 units.
This "new" special edition is named after the Fuji International Speedway in Japan, where the high-performance Lexus F brand was born and honed. Suspiciously though, the RC F Fuji Speedway Edition looks remarkably like the Track Edition, leading us to believe it is mostly a carryover model with a new name.
Compared to a standard RC F, the Fuji Speedway Edition includes Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes, a titanium exhaust, and carbon fiber aerodynamic pieces like the hood and massive rear wing - all elements that were present on the Track Edition. Lexus says the Fuji Speedway Edition takes 3.96 seconds to hit 60 compared to 4.2 seconds in the standard car, though the Track Edition could hit 60 mph in the same sub-four-second time.
As with the Track Edition, Lexus will only offer two colors on the Fuji Speedway RC F; Arctic Blast Satin or Cloudburst Gray. Lexus says the Arctic Blast Satin paint is the first of its kind with a semi-matte finish, which looks like a matte finish but can still go through an automatic carwash. Inside, the RC F Fuji Speedway Edition gets Circuit Red leather with matching red carbon-fiber trim as well as a matching MSTR automatic movement watch.
As part of the 2021 model year update, the RC F now receives standard blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, heated exterior mirrors, and a memory driver's seat. The Fuji Speedway Edition misses out on the latter, and instead, it gets a manual seat for weight reduction. Android Auto is finally included along with Amazon Alexa and Apple CarPlay compatibility, supplementing the otherwise frustration Lexus Enform infotainment system.
As for its price, the RC F starts at $65,875, an increase of $1,125 over last year's model. The Fuji Speedway edition is priced at $96,675, just $25 more than last year's Track Edition.