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

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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.

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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