Lexus RC F unveiled in Detroit with track-ready flagship

Limited Run RC F Track Edition Debuts In Detroit

Lexus RC F Track Edition revealed in Detroit

Lexus introduced an updated RC for 2019 but noticeably missing was the updated version of the RC F sledgehammer. It turns out the Japanese brand had much bigger plans for its high-performance coupe.

Unveiled Monday in Detroit at the 2019 North American International Auto Show was a new RC Track Edition that will sit atop the updated RC F range, which was also shown and is being introduced for 2020.

Track-ready coupe debuts alongside "standard" facelifted 2019 RC F at NAIAS.

Weight-saving measures for the standard 2020 RC F included making the half-shafts hollow, shrinking the intake manifold and air-conditioning compressor, and switching several suspension brackets to aluminum.

As predicted, the Track Edition has gone on a bit of a diet, with "preliminary estimates" claiming a weight reduction of 65 kilograms compared to the outgoing RC F. One of the few remaining naturally aspirated performance cars on the market, the RC now packs an extra 5 horsepower and 6 pound-feet (8 Newton-meters) of torque for a grand total of 472 hp and 395 lb-ft (535 Nm).

Drive continues to be sent to the rear wheels exclusively by an eight-speed automatic transmission with launch control. Inside the vehicle, plush leather in a red hue is standard along with Alcantara seat accents and red carbon trim on the doors and dashboard.

While the Toyota-backed brand has opted not to list official performance claims just yet, it does note that the Track Edition should be capable of a zero to 60 miles per hour (97 km/h) time of "less than 4,0 seconds". Four body colours will be offered with the RC F Track Edition - White Nova, Sonic Titanium, Graphite Black and Matte Grey (exclusive to the Track Edition). Lexus will also offer the vehicle in white or gray only, both of them exclusive to the model.

Though the Track Edition is expected to be produced in very limited numbers, it represents an exciting way for the RC F to (presumably) fade into the light over the next year or two.

Changes to the RC F's exterior styling include redesigned headlight clusters with integrated daytime running lights, while a new vent at the bottom of the front grille, reshaped bumper and new tail-lights most clearly differentiate this from the old model. This means we should see the cars in showrooms by late summer, although Lexus hasn't said how much they'll cost.

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