Hardcore Lexus RC F Track Edition Teased Ahead Of Detroit Debut
Lexus will debut the RC F Track Edition at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan, in January. The automaker wont tell us much more than that at the moment, though. Thankfully, spy shots provide a few more details about what to expect.
The photos (above) indicate that Lexus has a very aggressive looking vehicle on the way. The most eye-catching addition is the carbon fiber hood that features a relatively small vent in the center. A revised front fascia boasts a big splitter and larger corner inlets than the existing RC F. In profile, the ride height appears significantly lower, and the coupe rides on meatier tires. A large, fixed wing adorns the trunk lid, and the rear bumpers unfinished appearance on this test mule indicates big changes might be on the way back there. The overall styling is reminiscent of the RC F GT3 race car.
The vented hood and larger intakes hint at the possibility of major powertrain tweaks. There might be a hotter version of the existing 5.0-liter V8 in the engine bay. The current version in the RC F makes 467 horsepower (348 kilowatts) and 389 pound-feet (527 Newton-meters) of torque. The version of this mill in the LC 500 produces 471 hp (351 kW) and 398 lb-ft (540 Nm), so theres at least some room to boost the powerplants output.
Judging from the photos, Lexus also gives the Track Edition an overhauled suspension for handling a circuit. Cross-drilled brake discs and big calipers are visible behind the V-spoke wheels, so stopping the hotter RC F should happen rapidly.