Lexus RC F: First Generation

Introducing the Lexus RC F Track Edition & Updated 2020 RC F Coupe

Lexus RC F Track Edition

After all the spy shots and Nürburgring testing and carefully scripted teasers, the Lexus RC F Track Edition debuts today at the Detroit Auto Show alongside the updated 2020 RC F.

Right from the start, the RC F had style to burn — the coupe was well-suited to all the staples of the Lexus F brand: the massive front intakes, fender vents, and quad exhausts have always been a natural fit. With this latest update, Lexus has taken off the shackles and unleashed something spectacular with the RC F Track Edition.

Lexus RC F Track Edition & Standard

Hyped as the most powerful Lexus since the LFA, the RC F now has 472 horsepower (+5hp) and 395 pound feet of torque (+6 lb ft) while the Track Edition loses 176 pounds of unsprung weight. Add in the new launch control feature, and the RC F Track Edition hits 0-to-60mph in less than 4.0 seconds.

Lexus RC F Track Edition Rear

Both editions of the RC F deserve our through attention, so let’s start off with the full press release and all the official images.


  • Refreshed 2020 Lexus RC F boasts improved performance and updated design
  • New 2020 RC F Track Edition offers exclusive upgrades designed for hard core enthusiasts
  • New launch control feature delivers 0-to-60mph time of less than 4.0 seconds on Track Edition

DETROIT, MI – January 14th, 2019 – Freshly updated for the 2020 model year, the RC F coupe now boasts improved performance, revised styling and an all-new, limited production Track Edition. With the introduction of the RC F Track Edition, hard core driving enthusiasts no longer have to decide between a luxury car for the street and a serious performance car for the track. Blending the luxury and craftsmanship of Lexus with performance upgrades typically reserved for exotic sportscars, the RC F Track Edition is capable of turning hot laps all afternoon and being driven home that night. It’s the latest milestone for the F performance brand that will continue to evolve as an important pillar of the overall strategy at Lexus.

The Track Edition joins the standard Lexus RC F performance coupe which has been extensively updated for the 2020 model year. Improved aerodynamics, reduced weight, a retuned suspension and enhanced styling elevate the RC F to a new level of performance and refinement.

“The new RCF and the Track Edition, in particular, benefit from constant development since their original launch. With the latest improvements, these models help further distinguish the F brand by offering fast, durable, highly capable performance cars that rely on a range of technologies to help make their performance accessible to drivers of all skill levels,” said Koji Sato, Executive Vice President, Lexus International.

The 2020 Lexus RC F coupe gets a wide range of changes designed to boost its performance and freshen its overall look. One of the first targets for the engineers was reducing weight without compromising the coupe’s sense of refinement and solidity. At the rear, hollow half shafts are now used in place of the previous solid shafts while up front a pared down intake manifold and a smaller air conditioning compressor remove weight from the front of the car. Changing to aluminum for the toe control brackets and upper suspension support brackets also reduces weight while maintaining stiffness.

To further refine the feel of the RC F, there are now stiffer bushings for the rear suspension arms and steering rack mounts. More rigid engine mounts were also used to better transmit the power of the RC F’s normally aspirated 5.0-liter V8, one of the last such engines available in a luxury coupe. It’s now rated at 472 horsepower (+5hp) and 395 pound feet of torque (+6 lb ft) thanks to a revised intake routing and lower rpm trigger point for the secondary intake opening (2,800 rpm vs 3,600rpm). An eight-speed automatic transmission carries over, but a higher final drive ratio (3.13 vs 2.93) has been installed to improve off-the-line response.

For the ultimate in standing start acceleration, the RC F now includes electronic launch control as standard. With a push of the button on the console, the system automatically adjusts the traction and throttle control for maximum acceleration from a stop. All the driver has to do is press and hold the brake pedal, engage the system, floor the accelerator to bring up the engine speed and release the brake. Using the system results in a 0-to-60mph time of just 4.2 seconds.

Additional performance gains are delivered by new Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires designed specifically for the RC F. Compared to the standard Michelin specifications, the tires on the RC F utilize a unique profile shape, tread pattern and rubber compound. The changes are specifically designed to reduce understeer, improve overall lateral grip and increase durability under extreme conditions.

RC F Track Edition: A Higher Degree of F


There are also subtle but substantive changes to the styling of the RC F that add familial traits to further refine its aggressive overall shape. Up front, the headlights have been updated to a design that features stacked LED lights and integrated daytime running lights. The shape of the signature grille has been altered by adding a lower lip opening that stretches across the bottom to create a visually shorter front fascia. At the rear of the car, new taillights integrate neatly into a reshaped bumper to give the RC F a cleaner, more chiseled appearance.

More than a mere accessories package, the limited production RC F Track Edition features a precisely engineered set of upgrades that work together seamlessly to push its performance to a new level. Developed with input from Lexus race teams in the Super GT and IMSA series, the Track Edition is designed to deliver exceptional performance that enthusiasts can easily exploit in a wide variety of conditions.

Achieving that level of predictable performance was made possible by rigorous engineering and the assembly precision of Takumi masters who oversee production of every RC F. All aspects of the car were scrutinized for improvement, but the Track Edition doesn’t forego refinement for all-out speed. It remains an uncompromised luxury performance coupe with the ability to impress both on the track and off.

A Smoother Shape and a Precise Diet


One key area of improvement is the RC F Track Edition’s aerodynamic signature. Up front, the unique lower spoiler is not only made from carbon fiber to reduce weight, it’s also designed to increase front end downforce for better grip and more precise steering. At the rear of the car, a fixed rear wing made from carbon fiber replaces the active spoiler offered on the standard RC F. The fixed wing is not only lighter, it does double duty by simultaneously reducing drag and adding downforce.

To accomplish that paradoxical feat, the engineers started by shaping the wing in a way that smooths the airflow over the rear of the car to decrease drag-inducing turbulence. They then added a very slight angle of attack to produce downforce without compromising the overall airflow. The result is up to 58 pounds of additional downforce compared to the active rear spoiler.

Like the standard model, weight reduction was a key area of focus for the Track Edition. Preliminary estimates put the total reduction at 176 pounds compared to the previous RC F, but more importantly, the engineers focused on cutting weight that yields the most significant dynamic improvements. This led to keying in on unsprung weight since any weight that can be removed from the mass not supported by the suspension pays huge dividends in handling and steering feel.

With that goal in mind, every Track Edition model is upgraded with Brembo carbon ceramic brake rotors. They are not only significantly lighter than their steel counterparts, they’re also better able to withstand the extreme heat cycling associated with performance driving. They are surrounded by a set of lightweight 19” BBS forged alloy wheels that feature a design derived from the RC F GT3 race car. Between the wheels, brake rotors and calipers, the Track Edition boasts a significant 55-pound reduction in unsprung weight on the front of the car alone.

Additional weight was removed by specifying carbon fiber for the roof and hood along with switching to a carbon fiber partition behind the rear seats and a carbon bumper reinforcement. Many of these carbon fiber pieces are made on the same line that supplied the Lexus LFA during its two-year production run. A standard titanium muffler and tail pipes is yet another area where the Track Edition sheds weight. Rarely seen on production cars, the use of titanium not only reduces the overall weight of the individual parts, it gives the Track Edition a polished look along with a unique sound.

That sound is worth enhancing, too, as the Track Edition uses the same 472hp, normally aspirated 5.0- liter V8 found in every 2020 RC F. In fact, when combined with the Track Edition’s reduced curb weight, this RC F has the best power-to-weight ratio among its competitors. Couple that with the new electronic launch control system, and the RC F Track Edition is capable of launching from 0-to-60 mph in 3.96 seconds.

In order to give the Track Edition a more exclusive look on the inside, a red leather interior comes standard along with Alcantara seat accents and red carbon trim on the doors and dashboard. Only two exterior colors will be available: Ultra White and Matte Nebula Gray, an exclusive color only available on the Track Edition.

Both the 2020 Lexus RC F and the RC F Track Edition will start production in the second quarter of 2019. Pricing will be announced closer to their on-sale dates.

Comments
I'm getting a little perplexed by some of the responses here because I am leaving you guys information (INSIDER INFO FROM TMC). This is the third time that I am leaving the same clue all over LE. Think. About. The. Future. *sigh* since many of y'all really even bother searching the forums, I'll indirectly show you what the future in powertrain design is. Think about motorsports.

https://lexusenthusiast.com/forums/threads/reviews-2018-lexus-lc-500.4027/page-6

Merry Christmas......
If you guys are still unsure about where Toyota and Lexus' new powertrain technology will all be coming from, here you go. The Toyota TS050 Hybrid.

Lexus Released a teaser for the RC F TRACK EDITION
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Video: The Lexus RC F Track Edition Makes an Appearance

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I think they should use this as advertisement what a great 15 second commercial that you could spike peoples interest not only about Lexus but the F badge.
got a good snippet of it

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Really really excited for this!!!


A video just came out, but I laughed when he said the Track only got 472HP.
Lexus said it will be the most powerful car excluding the LFA, but damn, 1hp increase over the LC500 is bizzare.

176lb lighter is a good improvement though!
They could have made this the new RCF.

Wish Lexus put the LC500 steering wheel in it, slight dissapointment.
A limited production of 60 units makes me afraid this might be the last model before the discontinue the model.
https://www.wardsauto.com/north-ame...lexus-refreshes-rc-f-debuts-new-track-edition

ITS OUT ITS OUT ITS OUT AHHAUJFHASOIUDFIASHDFIOUAHSDFIUHASOUIDF IM FIRST WOOOOOOOO.

BUT 472? XD I HEARD EITHER FROM THIS FORUM OR SUPRAMKV FORUMS ABOUT SOMEONE MAKING A JOKE ABOUT IT BEING 472 HP.

AND AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH LORDD OMG I CANT EVEN IT HAS LAUNCH CONTROL FINALLYYYYYY. 3.96 SECONDS 0-60

AND ITS SO MUCH LIGHTER ASD WELL YEEEEEET. I WANT THIS ONE BADDDD..

OMG THERE IS ALSO A NEW 2020 LEXUS RC F AS WELL YOOOOOOOO


YO OMG THE SUPRA IS JUST LINGERING IN THE BACK LIKE THEY DON'T CARE ANYMORE LOOOL.


PICTURES FOR Y'ALL <333333






Even the standard RCF gets launch control now improving 0-60 mph by 2/10ths.

176 lbs weight drop without sacrificing practicality by taking out the rear seats (and with those heavy a** 80 lbs front seat), is very impressive.

https://www.cars.com/articles/2020-...ack-edition-performance-pumped-1420756995507/
All the details about the 2020 RCF and RCF track edition. Both have 472 HP and have a shortened overall gearing (and launch control)

Now imagine if they did take away the backseats, and gave it way lighter seats?

Another 150 lbs less? Lexus killed it with this car. I'm so proud of them. However I did expect more power ngl.

Agreed. Was disappointed in the 472 HP (considering a standard RCF in Asia/Europe makes 471 HP already), but they made improvements in other areas I did not expect (shorter gearing, launch control and more weight loss than I thought they would be able to).

F1 Silver Arrows
Now imagine if they did take away the backseats, and gave it way lighter seats?

Another 150 lbs less? Lexus killed it with this car. I'm so proud of them. However I did expect more power ngl.

There is weight reduction on the standard 2020 RCF s well

https://newsroom.toyota.co.jp/en/lexus/26154336.html
I saw, but it's definitely not as much as the Track Edition. What's really revolutionary is that Lexus right now showed that these two cars are a pivotal point in direction for Lexus. I remember we had a slight discussion because of my slight dislike to the RC F because of it's architecture, but it's moments like these where I told everyone before to not turn their backs on Lexus' (and Toyota's) engineering prowess. These two cars (I am more interested in the Track Edition however) show that. I am genuinely happy for Lexus.
I have to say it looks sick! I wish more HP as well but still looks so good! Now Lexus you are doing a great job with the RCF track edition and RCF and LC convertible let's not stop there! Keep the F's coming and make them on more products! I like the limited edition versions but don't get rid of the "standard" F cars. Weird to use "standard" F with Lexus now that we have a track edition! Love it!
Overall, I am very impressed with this car. A lot of effort and R&D went into this refresh, which is awesome for such a low volume car in a market that's bullish on SUVs.

I'll just say it: RC F Track Edition > Supra. :eyes:
Gecko
Overall, I am very impressed with this car. A lot of effort and R&D went into this refresh, which is awesome for such a low volume car in a market that's bullish on SUVs.

I'll just say it: RC F Track Edition > Supra. :eyes:
I'd be very disappointed if the Supra was better...are we going to have a new thread for Supra or since it's not Lexus we won't? I'm really curious what people think of the Supra. I've talked to two different people who both loved the old Supra and were like it's eh. I think it looks cool...but back to RCF they knocked it out of the park! 10/10 on this and LC convertible.
Looks so sexy! Damn! Great job Lexus!
James
I'd be very disappointed if the Supra was better...are we going to have a new thread for Supra or since it's not Lexus we won't? I'm really curious what people think of the Supra. I've talked to two different people who both loved the old Supra and were like it's eh. I think it looks cool...but back to RCF they knocked it out of the park! 10/10 on this and LC convertible.
https://lexusenthusiast.com/forums/...thread-officially-unveiled-pg-26.2666/page-26
I love the updates. Lets be honest you can't reasonably expect much more power from this engine as a N/A. What they did do is work on the weight which everyone complains about.

Overall they literally fixed most of what people complained about. It now has the best power to weight ratio in class.
Do we have any idea on pricing for these? I would assume RCF would stay pretty much the same but how much is the track edition going to be? Up to the GSF price?
I really dig that updated rear end, but the front will take some getting used to...
I love the new 19" BBS Forged Wheels with red brakes, looks beautiful. I expected more power and a faster 0-60 time than just under 4 seconds for the Track Edition, but 4.2 for the regular RC F is still not very competitive but better. I'm proud of Lexus for being able to reduce the weight so much, but it is still overweight. Guess that's the best they could do with the Frankenstein body.
Beautiful and brilliant. Love all of the upgrades and design cues. Lexus is not giving up on performance and sex appeal (never doubted it). Its really a shame they'll only offer white and matte gray, orange would've been excellent, and an homage to the LFA Nurburgring Edition.

With the surprising release of the aggressive looking RCF Track Edition, can you guys even imagine what they have it store for the LCF?
I usually think these types of decklid spoilers and aero bits look cheap, but Lexus did an amazing job at creating a package that looks purpose built, expensive and badass all at the same time.









Also, the interior with Alcantara inserts is GORGEOUS IMO:







I think folks are equally divided on the RC/3IS interior - some say it's old and outdated looking, but others like the retro Japanese feel. I'm in the latter category and think the additional bits from the Track Edition make this car an instant classic.

Nicely done, Lexus!!:heart_eyes:
James
Do we have any idea on pricing for these? I would assume RCF would stay pretty much the same but how much is the track edition going to be? Up to the GSF price?
Think it will be more expensive than the GSF. The track is limited to 60 cars.
Some very nice video of the details on this car:

I love the lights so cool looking! Honestly the whole car looks so damn good. great job Lexus! Keep up this mentality!

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