The updated 2020 Lexus RC F coupe and an all-new, limited Track Edition debuted at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in January. The refined RC F coupe gets a stylish refresh, is lighter and more aerodynamic and achieves peak performance thanks to a more robust engine and improved suspension. The 2020 Lexus RC F Track Edition utilizes input from the Lexus Super GT and International Motor Sports Association race teams to decrease weight, increase downforce and further amplify its performance capabilities.
Updates to the look of the 2020 Lexus RC F coupe are subtle, yet evident enough to give it a more refined characteristic. Stacked LED headlights with integrated daytime running lights flank a tweaked Lexus signature grille with a new lower lip opening that creates a shorter appearance. In the rear, a new bumper and new taillights give the RC F coupe an aggressive look that matches its retuned performance dynamics.
The 2020 Lexus RC F boasts lower weight than the outgoing model thanks to revisions like hollow half shafts, aluminum toe control and upper suspension support brackets and a smaller intake manifold and air conditioning compressor. Taking advantage of its lighter weight are more rigid engine mounts, which work in tandem with revised intake routing to boost the output of the 5.0-liter V8 to 472 horsepower and 395 lb-ft of torque.
Electric Launch Control, which modifies the traction and throttle control for quicker acceleration from a dead stop, now comes standard with the 2020 Lexus RC F. Helping provide superior starts off the line is the revised eight-speed automatic transmission, which offers a higher 3.13 final drive ratio. New Michelin® Pilot® Sport 4S tires add to the lateral performance of the Lexus RC F as well as its ability in turns, lessening understeer, increasing toughness for wet driving conditions and providing better grip.
The limited-edition 2020 Lexus RC F Track Edition builds upon this already impressive framework, leveraging the expertise of the Super GT and IMSA racing teams as well as that of the luxury brand’s Takumi masters. The Track Edition sports a distinctive carbon-fiber front splitter with canards and carbon-fiber fixed rear wing, which both cut down on weight and boost downforce for improved aerodynamics.
Lexus estimates that the RC F Track Edition is 176 pounds lighter than the 2019 Lexus RC F, which significantly enriches the dynamic feel of handling and steering. Further weight cuts are achieved through a carbon-fiber roof and hood, carbon bumper reinforcement, a titanium muffler and tailpipes, Brembo® carbon ceramic brakes and lightweight 19-inch BBS forged alloy wheels. Combined, this gives the 2020 Lexus RC F Track Edition the best power-to-weight ratio in the segment and enables a 3.96-second 0-60 mph sprint.
Production on the 2020 Lexus RC F and Lexus RC F Track Edition is slated to begin in the second quarter of 2019.
This article is presented by Lexus of Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada.