Lexus reveals further info on new RC F
Lexus has announced further specification on its upcoming flagship performance coupe.
The RC F Track Edition is set to be unveiled at this weeks Detroit motor show with a range of updated features the Japanese car maker says are designed for “hard-core enthusiasts, blending a serious performance car for the track with the luxury and craftsmanship expected of a Lexus”.
Those features include carbon ceramic Brembo brakes, a carbon fibre roof and bonnet, titanium muffler and tailpipes, a reduction in weight and styling enhancements that are said to improve aerodynamics and increase downforce.
Lexus says it’s pushing for a 0-100km/h time of around four seconds from the RC F’s tweaked naturally-aspirated 5.0-litre V8, which features revisions to the intake manifold and a reduced trigger point for the second stage of the variable camshaft. It continues to drive the rear wheels through a modified version of the existing eight-speed automatic with newly added launch control feature.
It will make its debut alongside the standard RC F which has also been given a range of updates.
Refinements to the RC F’s weight have been made with the use of hollow rear axle shafts (instead of the previous solid shafts) and a smaller intake manifold and air-conditioning compressor to remove weight from the front end.
Stiffer rear suspension bushings and more rigid engine mounts are said to refine the feel of the RC F.
Lexus also says the new RC F range will get Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres, designed specifically for the model to reduce understeer, improve grip and increase durability under extreme conditions, such as track days.
A direct rival to BMW’s M4 CS, the RC F Track Edition gets more features such as a carbon fibre fixed rear wing that reduces drag and adds up to 26kg of downforce according to the brand. Lightweight 19-inch BBS forged alloy wheels are standard on the Track Edition while the inside gets red leather seats and red carbon trim on the doors and dash.
Only four colours will be available: white nova, sonic titanium, graphite black and matte grey (exclusive to the Track Edition).
Production of the RC F and RC F Track Edition is set to begin in the second quarter of 2019.