Say hello to the most hardcore Lexus since the LFA.
The all-new Supra isn't the only Japanese sports car debuting at Detroit: say hello to the new hardcore 2020 Lexus RC F Track Edition. Put simply, this is the most hardcore model Lexus has ever produced since the legendary LFA. Combining the luxury you would expect from a Lexus with "performance upgrades typically reserved for exotic sportscars," the RC F Track Edition has debuted alongside the standard RC F, which has been extensively updated for the 2020 model year with improved aerodynamics, reduced weight, a retuned suspension, and enhanced styling.
"The new RCF and the Track Edition, in particular, benefit from constant development since their original launch. With the latest improvements, these models help further distinguish the F brand by offering fast, durable, highly capable performance cars that rely on a range of technologies to help make their performance accessible to drivers of all skill levels," said Koji Sato, Executive Vice President, Lexus International.
Powering both models is a naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8, which has been tuned to deliver 472 hp and 395 lb-ft of torque – that's a 5 hp increase over the previous model, though we were hoping the hardcore Track Edition would have more power.
The V8 unit is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission with a higher final drive ratio (3.13 vs 2.93) to improve off-the-line performance. Launch control is now included as standard, allowing the 2020 RC F to sprint from 0-62 mph in 4.2 seconds, while the Track Edition achieves the same sprint in 3.96 seconds. Lexus claims the RC F Track Edition has the best power-to-weight ratio in its class.
The hardcore RC F Track Edition receives an assortment of aerodynamic upgrades. At the front, Lexus has fitted a lower spoiler made from carbon fiber that reduces weight and front end downforce for better grip and more precise steering. A fixed rear wing also made from carbon fiber replaces the active spoiler offered on the standard RC F, which is lighter and reduces drag while increasing downforce.
Lexus claims the fixed wing provides up to 58 pounds of additional downforce compared to the standard car's active rear spoiler. Compared to the previous model, the RC F Track Edition has dropped 176 pounds thanks to the addition of a carbon-fiber hood and roof, a titanium muffler and tailpipes, and Brembo carbon ceramic brakes housed in lightweight 19-inch BBS forged alloy wheels featuring a design derived from the RC F GT3 racecar.
Further distinguishing the RC F Track Edition is a standard red leather interior with Alcantara seat accents and red carbon trim on the doors and dashboard. Only two exterior colors are available: Ultra White and Matte Nebula Gray, a color exclusive to the Track Edition.
The standard RC F has also received some styling tweaks, including redesigned headlights featuring stacked LED lights and integrated daytime running lights, a reshaped grille that creates a visually shorter front, and new taillights that integrate into a reshaped bumper, giving the car a cleaner look. Tweaks made to the suspension further refine the handling.
Production of the 2020 Lexus RC F and RC F Track Edition will start in Q2 2019, with pricing to be announced closer to the sale date.