Hardcore Lexus RC F GT Spotted At The Nurburgring

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Lexus has rationed the RC F on a strict carbon-fiber diet to create a new track-focused GT variant.

Now that the covers have come off theupdated 2019 Lexus RC, it's only a matter of time before the more potent RC F gets a facelift. The good news is that the updated line-up will include a production version of the track-focused RC F GT concept unveiled back in 2015 that was designed to tackle the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. The concept retained the RC's naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8 engine but weighed just 3,130 lbs thanks to extensive use of carbon fiber.

Our spies managed to snap some fresh shots of a prototype Lexus RC F GT racing round the Nurburgring, and it's clear the production version will also be rationed on a strict carbon fiber diet to shed a significant amount of weight since the current RC is a bit on the bloated side.

The vented hood and roof is made of carbon fiber, as are the side sills. A huge fixed rear wing and a diffusor also give the range-topping RC road car an aggressive, racing-inspired appearance. Elsewhere, the entire RC line-up is expected to get revamped interiors and revised bumpers.

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The big question, however, is whether there will be any changes under the hood. Being the new range-topper, we're expecting the RC F GT's naturally aspirated V8 to be slightly more powerful than the current RC F, which has 468 horsepower and 389 lb-ft of torque on tap. This enables the sports coupe to sprint to 0-62 mph in 4.4 seconds and top out at 168 mph. Being lighter, the RC F GT should be quicker off the line even if it doesn't have more power under the hood.

Hopefully, we'll see the updated RC F and new RC F GT debut at the LA Auto Show later this month, or possibly at the Detroit Auto Show in January.

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