The updated 2020 Lexus RC F now welcomes the new RC F Track Edition to the line-up with launch control included for the first time for blistering zero to 100km/h times
In the face of all the roid-rage from Germany, what can the Lexus RC F really do against massively turbocharged Merc AMGs and BMW Ms? A kerb weight of 1.8-tonnes and a naturally aspirated engine mean the Japanese coupe lags by about half a second in the zero to 100km/h sprint, and scampers to keep up through the turns as well.
What the hell, we love it anyway, because it’s the only naturally aspirated V8 you can get in the segment, and the 5.0-litre Yamaha-tuned engine got under our skin way back in 2010 with the IS F saloon.
The 5.0 has served every Lexus F car except the halo LFA supercar, so it’s been around in some form or another for over a decade, and long may it stick around. Now the engine has been on the receiving end of more development, to eke out another five horsepower and little more torque through a new intake design. So the 2020 Lexus RC F comes rated at 472 horsepower and 535Nm of torque.
New engine mounts and new Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres bespoke to the car help in tiding up the handling, and if you go for the new 2020 Lexus RC F Track Edition you also get lunch control for the first time. This enables the Track Edition version to sprint from zero to 100km/h in around four seconds according to Lexus, which is a pretty considerable improvement over the outgoing car’s 4.4 seconds.
Lexus engineers found the speed the old fashioned way, by cutting weight. with loads of carbon fibre parts. The 2020 RC F Track Edition comes with carbon fibre splitter, and more carbon fibre aero bits at the rear to generate up to 25 kilos of downforce according to Lexus, plus a carbon fibre roof and bonnet. Then there are the lightweight 19-inch wheels and carbon ceramic brakes which save about 25 kilos, and more savings with more carbon fibre parts inside and a titanium exhaust system to finish off.
All in all the RC F Track Edition weighs 80kg less than the previous RC F which should make things interesting for the Germans once the 2020 model arrives in the UAE. Lexus says pricing will be announced in the second quarter of this year.