For the 2020 model year, Lexus is bringing us what it describes as a “lighter, more capable and more eye-catching” RC F coupe. Also arriving will be a Track Edition that adds performance and lightness for serious sports car enthusiasts.
These 2020 Lexus coupes are not all-new models, but they add a very wide range of enhancements both cosmetic and practical. The RC F has always been a wonderful car to drive with striking looks, thrilling response and handling and the level of luxury and refinement we’ve come to expect from Toyota’s upscale division.
This is a great-looking sports car with all the styling features that add up to an iconic design – short trunk, long hood and very low on the road. Up front is what has now become a familiar Lexus feature on all its models, what the company calls its “spindle grille.” According to model, you can get black wheels, very popular right now, which fit well with the black honeycomb textured grille. The design team included elements from the RC F GT3 and RC F GT500 race cars to enhance aerodynamics. Weight reduction was also influenced by racing knowhow in all likelihood and includes use of carbon fibre components.
Tweaks to the chassis have increased rigidity by 150 per cent compared to the earlier model, a significant achievement that means better handling and responsiveness. All models use grippy Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires that are wider at the rear than the front, another race car cue.
Not too many models in any class have a naturally aspirated (non turbo) V-8 under the hood but you’ll find one in this Lexus. It’s a 5-litre unit rated at a potent 472-horsepower. It’s certainly refined but it still has an exciting sporty note to it that sports car fans will love. Acceleration is aided by an electronic launch control system and it’s very brisk indeed.
Track Edition variants come with Brembo carbon ceramic brakes with six-piston calipers and these cut weight considerably as well as enhancing high performance stopping power. The car also has 19-inch BBS alloy wheels. The muffler is titanium that as a side-benefit, has a distinctive note. The roof and hood are fabricated from carbon fibre. On the aerodynamic front, there’s a carbon fibre splitter under the grille and a carbon fibre wing on then rear hatch.
The interiors of both cars have a distinctively sporty ambiance along with the expected Lexus level of luxury and comfort. Track Editions have a different interior treatment to distinguish them from the RC F.
Given that these Lexus models edge very close to the supercar class, the prices aren’t too bad. Buyers get seriously capable performance combined with Lexus’ fabled build quality and reliability that very few rivals cam better. The cars should be available soon at Richmond Lexus at the Richmond Auto Mall.
SPECS AT A GLANCE…
BODY STYLE: Two-door sports coupe
ENGINE: 5.0-litre V-8
TRANSMISSION: 8-speed automatic
PERFORMANCE: Zero to 100 km/h in approx. 4.0-secs
FUEL ECONOMY: 11.8-litres/100km combined
PRICE: Starts at $85,000 MSRP for the RC F and $119,950 for the Track Edition