2020 Lexus RC F and RC F Track Edition First Look
- Facelifted version of the luxury sports coupe
- Track Edition is announced as a limited production model
- Production to begin in the second quarter of 2019
Following the debut of the refreshed 2019 Lexus RC coupe at the Paris Auto Show in October 2018, Toyota’s premium division revealed its high-performance variant, the 2020 Lexus RC F coupe, at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Along with the RC F, a new, limited production RC F Track Edition has also made its debut, featuring “performance upgrades typically reserved for exotic sportscars,” according to Lexus.
The latest editions of the RC are not complete makeovers, but a collection of cosmetic and mechanical updates to a vehicle that has been in production since the 2014 model year.
RC F: Fresher and Faster
In updating the RC F, Lexus said that its goal was twofold: to boost its performance, and to freshen its overall look.
To boost performance, engineers focused on reducing weight. Subtle changes helped achieve meaningful reductions, while some tinkering with the naturally aspirated (non-turbo) 5.0-liter V8 engine has resulted in slight gains in horsepower (+5 to 472) and torque (+6 lb-ft to 395). The RC F’s 8-speed automatic transmission carries over, but with a higher final drive ratio to improve response off the line, and a new standard electronic launch control that can produce a 0-60 mph time of 4.2 seconds.
To freshen the overall look, the front fascia is revised to include stacked LED lights and integrated daytime running lights, along with a revised grille. New taillights and a reshaped bumper update the rear.
Track Edition: More than an accessories package
Described by Lexus as “capable of turning hot laps all afternoon and being driven home that night,” the RC F Track Edition features a set of performance and appearance upgrades beyond the standard RC F.
The Track Edition is treated to additional weight reduction, losing approximately 176 pounds versus the 2019 RC F. Lightweight Brembo carbon ceramic brake rotors are standard, bringing both weight savings and performance benefits. BBS forged alloy wheels derived from the RC F GT3 race car also aid in weight reduction. The Track Edition’s roof and hood are made from carbon fiber, along with several other key body parts. Its muffler is constructed of titanium, which not only reduces weight but enhances the exhaust note.
A carbon fiber fixed rear wing gives the RC F Track Edition a signature look while reducing drag and improving rear downforce. Similarly, a front lower spoiler (also carbon fiber) announces the Track Edition’s approach while improving aerodynamics and downforce.
Pricing for the 2020 Lexus RC F and RC F Track Edition will be announced closer to the vehicle’s release, along with details about the Track Edition’s limited production. The 2019 Lexus RC F starts at $64,750, with a special 10th Anniversary Special Edition is priced from $80,810.