Thought the RC F Track Edition was just a one-off?
Earlier this month at the Detroit Auto Show, Lexus revealed its wonderfully awesome 2020 RC F Track Edition. Although this particular model will be limited production, the Track Edition moniker isn’t going anywhere. In fact, it’s just getting started. Lexus confirmed this to Motor 1 last weekend at the Rolex 24 at Daytona, stating that "the plan right now is to build 60 (RC F) Track Editions… and it’s going to be 40 of the white and 20 of the matte gray (for 2020). It’s (our) intention to have a version of the Track Edition in subsequent (model) years.” Those words come directly from Cooper Ericksen, Lexus vice president for product planning at strategy, so we can say for certain the luxury brand is aiming high for both performance and emotion.
Unfortunately, Ericksen could not elaborate further as to what other Lexus models the Track Edition treatment will be applied to, but we’d love to see the LC be chosen (though an LC F could come first). Another possibility is the next generation IS, which we hear will spawn a full-on F version once again. An IS F Track Edition would certainly be an interesting competitor to the likes of the next BMW M3 Competition Package, to name just one example. "We’re having fun with the engineers to figure out what (Track Edition) can look like in the future,” Ericksen added.
Meanwhile, Lexus still has plans to expand its F performance vehicles and it makes sense for any future Track Editions to be thought of as even more extreme versions.
Remember, the 2020 RC F Track Edition is the most powerful production Lexus to date, aside from the LFA supercar. With a total of 472 hp and 395 lb-ft of torque generated by its naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8, the RC F Track Edition also looks the part thanks to heavy doses of carbon fiber, such as the hood, rear wing, and several other aerodynamic elements. The days of bland and boring Lexus vehicles is officially over.