Hallelujah! The Facelifted Lexus RC F Will Keep Its Wonderful V8 Engine


The RC F remains a very unique option in its segment.

The Lexus RC F is a unique car in the sports coupe sector. The 470-hp 5.0-liter V8 is the last naturally aspirated engine in the segment, which puts the RC F at a bit of a disadvantage compared to its rivals. Even though the RC F is slightly slower than cars like the BMW M4 and Audi RS5, we spent a few weeks driving the car and fell in love with it. We've heard rumors that Lexus is working on a new 600-hp 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 that would show up in models like a LC F and a refreshed RC F. It looks like this engine won't be ready for 2018.

This seems like good news and bad news. Autocar has spotted a facelifted version of the RC F going around the Nurburgring. This 2018 RC F had camouflage on the bumpers, skirts and trunk, where the changes to the car will likely be. It seems like this will simply be a refresh instead of a full redesign. The RC F will keep its 5.0-liter V8, but Lexus will give it more power to improve its competitiveness in the segment. The facelifted car should also get safety upgrades such as a newer adaptive cruise control system and automatic emergency braking. We'd like to see the RC F get an ACC system that can actually bring the car to a stop in traffic and resume driving without touching the pedals.

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We'd like to see the V8 get closer to the 500 hp mark, which should help it be more competitive against its turbocharged rivals. We hope to see the new twin-turbo V8 debut soon in a new LC F or GS F, but it seems like the RC F will keep the old engine, at least for this year.

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