Lexus has revealed the RC F Track Edition alongside the updated 2019 RC F in Detroit which is due to enter production during the second quarter of 2019.
According to Lexus, the RC F Track Edition offers “exclusive upgrades designed for hard-core enthusiasts, blending a serious performance car for the track with the luxury and craftsmanship expected of a Lexus.” It certainly sounds the business.
Differentiating the Track Edition from the standard RC F is a carbon fibre roof and bonnet, titanium muffler and tailpipes, Brembo carbon-ceramic brake rotors and a raft of styling enhancements that improve aerodynamics and increase downforce.
There’s also a bespoke set of Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres designed specifically for the RC F with a unique profile shape, tread pattern and rubber compound.
Importantly, for performance fans, the Track Edition sheds 65kg compared with the previous RC F. The brand states its engineering team focused on trimming the fat that yields the most significant dynamic improvements.
Outputs for the 5.0-litre naturally-aspirated V8 remain the same at 351kW and 530Nm, however, the engine has revised intake routing and a lower rpm trigger point for the secondary intake opening (2800rpm vs 3600rpm). Power is sent to the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Other enhancements include stiffer bushings for the rear suspension arms and steering rack mounts.
The result of the changes combined with launch control will see the Track Edition accelerate from 0 to 100km/h in “around four seconds.”
On the inside, Lexus has dressed up the Track Edition’s cabin with a red leather interior with Alcantara accents and red carbon trim on the doors and dashboard.
Four body colours will be available: white nova, sonic titanium, graphite black and matte grey, the latter exclusive to the Track Edition.
The wider RC F line-up receives subtle styling changes for 2019 including headlights that now feature stacked LED lights and integrated daytime running lights, a lower lip on the grille, new taillights and a reshaped bumper.
Both the updated RC F and the new RC F Track Edition will begin production in the second quarter of 2019. Lexus Australia has told Car Conversation both models will reach local showrooms in May.
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