Everyone’s attention is towards Toyota’s new GR Supra, but Lexus here has just unveiled the 2020 RC F and RC F Track Edition, a sport coupe that deserves an equal level of attention.
The redesigned RC F features numerous styling upgrades, mainly inspired from the Lexus LC luxury coupe. The revised fascia is highlighted by a new pair of stacked LED headlights with integrated LED daytime running lights. The shape of the grille has been altered by adding a lower lip opening that stretches across the bottom. There are also new tail lights and a reshaped bumper to give the RC F a more athletic appearance.
Meanwhile, the interior receives less dramatic changes, which include, but not limited to, a bigger infotainment screen that also made its debut in the facelifted Lexus RC. This time around, the interior features a higher degree of customization.
Most of the changes for this RC F, however, went underneath the sheetmetal. It has new steering rack mounts, retuned suspension, stiffer rear bushings, as well as more rigid engine mounts. Weight reduction has been achieved through the installation of hollow half shafts, a smaller air compressor, aluminum toe control brackets, and upper suspension support brackets.
The engine now produces 472 hp and 536 Nm of torque, an increased of 5 hp and 8 Nm from its predecessor. Power is still sent through the rear wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission, which now has launch control.
Lexus has also unveiled a new Track Edition with coordination from the brand’s racing teams from IMSA and Super GT. The RC F Track Edition adds a carbon fiber front splitter, fixed rear wing that adds 26.3 kg of downforce compared to the active rear spoiler, as well as more weight reduction thanks to a carbon fiber roof, hood, bumper reinforcement, and the standard titanium exhaust. Overall, 80 kg has been reduced compared to the standard RC F.
While the engine sounds a lot naughtier than the standard RC F thanks to the titanium exhaust, the engine is exactly the same as in the standard RC F. However, due to the weight reduction, 0-100 kph is achieved in 3.96 seconds with launch control engaged.
Production of the new RC F and RC F Track Edition will commence on the second half of 2019, while pricing will be announced closer to their release dates.