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How “F” Became A Symbol Of Performance For Lexus

This is how the Lexus F came to be. The spirit of the LFA supercar eventually transcended into every performance Lexus moving forward.

In the foothills of Mount Fuji lies the Fuji Speedway, the “temple of speed” where Lexus tests all its performance models. Through its nearly mile-long straightaway and twelve unforgiving corners, this is the proving ground for performance and it is from this world-renowned racetrack—and the silhouettes of the curves themselves—that the Lexus F line takes its name.

How It All Started

The Lexus models that bear the F badge are the high-performance machines born and bred on the racetrack. This badge is a symbol of the deep respect Lexus’s engineers and master test drivers have for the pursuit of peak performance.

The most iconic car that bears the Lexus F badge is the LFA supercar. After more than a decade in development, the LFA set a new benchmark in performance. A powerful V10 paired with a single-clutch automated manual produces upshifts in just 200 milliseconds—breaking the lap record at Nürburgring for a production car on non-competition tires during its time.

The F represents Lexus’ commitment to exhilarating performance on and off the racetrack. The badge is proudly displayed at every official racing event that Lexus participates in—and technology that is developed and tested during the rigors of actual racing find their way to the F models fairly quickly. The exhilaration of driving a car built for the racetrack is an experience that a chosen few enthusiasts will relish. And let’s not forget that these models still boast of opulence and luxury craftsmanship that the brand is known for.

The LFA was designed like no other. A special loom was invented to weave the carbon fiber, a digital tachometer was reimagined to capture the high revs, and drivers could choose everything, from the leather stitching to the color of the brake calipers. Limited to just 500 models, this feat of engineering would also set the stage for all Lexus performance vehicles to follow.

Enter The Lexus RC F Performance Coupe

2022 Lexus RC F Philippines

Pushing performance to new extremes, the RC F now features the most powerful Lexus V8 to date—a potent 472-horsepower 5.0-liter V8. The RC F emits a throaty, specially tuned intake and exhaust note as it screams to its impressive 7,300 rpm redline.

Engineered from the asphalt up, the RC F is a bold expression of the F philosophy, built for uncompromising performance. The RC F was conceived as a next-generation expression of Lexus “F” values, a race-bred approach to the future of sports driving pleasure. Its creation integrated 3 core attributes: the tuning and technology of the LFA supercar; a deepening of the three elements of F driving fun; and an emotional and enthralling driving experience.

The RC F channels the race track-honed technology and fine-tuning developed for the LFA. The naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8 engine generates pulse-quickening performance and is given an aural emotional edge by ASC which heightens its sensual appeal as you shift through the gears.

It deepens the elements of “F” driving fun, defined as ’Response’, ’Sound’ and ’Limitless Power Feel’, in its riveting racetrack-ready performance. The exciting evolution of basic performance harnesses the stirring power of the 5.0-liter V8 with the immediate response and intuitive handling of VDIM with Sport Mode, and the immersive feeling of sporting control in the cockpit with its advanced instrumentation and sports seating.

2022 Lexus RC F

It generates a captivating driving experience that brings an irreplaceable smile to every driver’s face. The alluring coupe’s design, at once aggressive and eye-catching, immediately expands the potential for Lexus “F” experience with one strong advantage—it is ready to race, meeting entry regulations for FIA GT3 racing.

The RC F fuses the eye-catching lines of a coupe styling with an aggressive attitude, every form and component honed by the no-compromises functionality of a race-bred sports car. The sensual appeal of the flowing form sublimates this beauty into essential functionality, creating the exceptional cooling efficiency and aerodynamic performance of a high-performance sports coupe.

The most innovative engineering delivers the most visceral driving experience. Born on the racetrack and obsessively crafted for the road, Lexus F Performance vehicles are the result of countless hours of testing and retesting for peak precision. Featuring some of our most potent engines, innovative suspension systems, and advanced driver-inspired technology, the Lexus F marks the highest expression of power and performance.

The Lexus RC F is priced at P5,968,000 and can be viewed at the Lexus Manila showroom at Bonifacio Global City or remotely through our website.

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