Lexus RC F: First GenerationUSA

Lexus RC F Track Edition Priced at $96,650 in USA

Lexus RC F Track Edition Pricing

Lexus USA has announced that the RC F Track Edition will start at $96,650 and will be limited to 50 units country-wide for the 2020 model year.

This $32,000 upgrade over the standard RC F adds a number of features to the coupe, including a carbon fiber hood, roof, and rear wing, reduced weight, Brembo carbon ceramic brakes, 19-inch BBS forged alloy wheels and a titanium exhaust.

(The starting price for the standard 2020 RC F was also announced at $64,750 USD.)

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Airplane
Yes, but TMC should give consumers more choices as well, and this GT is a sign they are on the right track.
Regarding weight balance, a 47/53 ratio would be better than 53/47 for the RCF, but for a frankenstein of a car the RCF is well engineered.
Yes, I stated above, having a track-oriented hardcore RCF keeps the RCF relevant. BTW, 53/47 is pretty close to perfect balance as much as an FR car with big V8 can get. 52/48 probably might the closest. You would either need front or rear mid-engine layout to get a more rear-bias like a 47/53.
Probably accurate for the most part based on the spy shots, at least in terms of the shapes of the lighting. The front vents seem to be way to small, making it look awkward...
L
The design is cool but I prefer the daytime running light to be separate from the headlight assembly.
Looks accurate but bad from design perspective.
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I hope that render doesnt make the showrooms, its not nearly as aggressive as the market expects it to be.

The name likely won't change but I wish it were more sinister, RCF GTR, or maybe GR for Gazoo Racing.

And those headlights, I don't know its a step down from standard RCF, I was instantly reminded of the FRS headlights.

Fingers crossed for better execution.

LexusfanLFA
The design is cool but I prefer the daytime running light to be separate from the headlight assembly.
Good catch, I agree..... probably a cost cutting measure....
I see that just about everyone here is less than thrilled with this rendering of the RC midlife facelift/refresh. I'll stick my neck out and be the contrarian that thinks it's an improvement over the pre-refresh LC. I've never been a fan of the separate DRL Nikeesque swoosh, and I'm hoping this rendering is accurate as far as incorporating the DRLs into the main headlight unit. I also feel that the side vents on the front bumper fascia are appropriately-sized and not oversized as on the post-facelift 3IS.

Of course, at this point we don't know how accurate that rendering is...
Some thoughts for LEXUS about the planned RCF GT.
1. please don't have Centerlock wheels like the 911 GT3. Some who regularly track their car want to be able to have a spare set of wheels (tires) and replace them on their own. You can't with centerlock wheels
2. don't make carbon ceramic brakes standard. they cost a lot and, while they will last a long time with regular road driving, they won't if you track your car and this will be very expensive (too expensive)
3. go with a TT V8, or at least get 55oHP and 500 TQ
4. if you have a TT (8 or 6) have a Sport Exhaust
5. Rear axle steering should be standard
6. make all of the safety items options; you don't need LKA or adaptive cruise control if you want have a lighter car to track. Do away with all that will make the car heavy
7. make the car lower to the ground, substantially lower, include front axle lift
8. I assume that a number of people will buy the car and just drive it on the street, which is fine, but have an option to do away with the excessive Lexus comfy material. The car can be comfortable without all the extra stuff that just adds weight
9. Have a sport seat option, with a carbon fiber frame if possible

make the car a lot lighter., a lot lighter. maybe do away with the rear seat (you really can't put anyone back there anyway)

I drive my 911 at many track events and the RCF is virtually nonexistent (I've seen one once). It would be nice to see Lexus produce a car that people are going to want to drive at track events. If it performs very well (i.e, as good if not better than a 911 GT3, or even a 911 GTS), then people will take notice

Just sayin!

I'm looking forward to reading about the stats for the new RCF GT. I am very curious about track performance. Heh. contact me if you want me to take it out on the track for a test drive :) :p:joy:
I feel like they won't change much of the engine and more exterior dynamics for functional stuff like aero
meth.ix
I feel like they won't change much of the engine and more exterior dynamics for functional stuff like aero
this would be unfortunate. They need to upgrade the suspension and driving dynamics if the car will get close to the handling of a 911. I like the NA V8, but it won't compete with the 911 GTS high reving 4 l flat 6 NA engine. It may not compete with the 991.1 3.8 L NA engine either unless the car is far lighter (I doubt if they will get the car lighter than 3600 lbs). Without a TT engine, it will not get near any of the 991.2 models

If all they do is some exterior cosmetic work (better aero and a little lighter) the car will not be impressive and won't be a car worth tracking. IMHO
We don't know how much revving the 2UR could still get. I don't think they need to push really far to get over 500hp from the 5.0NA.
ssun30
We don't know how much revving the 2UR could still get. I don't think they need to push really far to get over 500hp from the 5.0NA.
Good point, my point is that if they are serious about making the RCF GT into a competitive track car, they need to attend to these issues. They cannot simply rely on the current tuning in the 5l NA engine. Porsche has done very well with their NA engines; I am sure Lexus engineers can do the same. They cannot simply make some cosmetic changes to exterior and expect the car to be competitive with corvettes, 911s and perhaps M cars as well
I would sort of view it as a competitor to the M4 GTS and C63 R. Not exactly Corvette ZR1s and 911 GT2s, but a slightly lower tier.
meth.ix
I would sort of view it as a competitor to the M4 GTS and C63 R. Not exactly Corvette ZR1s and 911 GT2s, but a slightly lower tier.
I would not expect it to compete with the 911 GT2 or the ZR1, very few cars can compete with those. I would like to see it compete with the 911 GT3, but I have my doubts whether it can compete with a lower trim 911, such as a GTS or carrera S. It would be nice to see if compete with a M4 GTS, but I would have to see that to believe that. It's one thing to compete on a 0-60 straight or 1/4 mile, it's an entirely different thing to complete on the track, such as Leguna Seca or other tracks with significant turns. If all Lexus does is add the aero and make slight changes to the exterior without changing suspension, driving dynamics and aspects of the motor, I don't hold out much hope.
RC F GT spotted testing in the Nürburgring Nordschleife a couple of days ago.



Skip to 9:40, 11:00, and 11:45. You can see the car hurtling itself down the straights. This car is so much more agile and is significantly more stable in high speed turns (which the standard RC F wasn't that bad at doing but wasn't amazing by any means). Most of all, it can carry much higher speed in the turns as well and the car looks like it is doing an amazing job at gripping the asphalt. Looks like there is still a little bit of understeer when taking the turn but it's not bad at all.
F1 Silver Arrows
RC F GT spotted testing in the Nürburgring Nordschleife a couple of days ago.



Skip to 9:40, 11:00, and 11:45. You can see the car hurtling itself down the straights. This car is so much more agile and is significantly more stable in high speed turns (which the standard RC F wasn't that bad at doing but wasn't amazing by any means). Most of all, it can carry much higher speed in the turns as well and the car looks like it is doing an amazing job at gripping the asphalt. Looks like there is still a little bit of understeer when taking the turn but it's not bad at all.
thanks for the post. It does look impressive in the corner and just prior to the corner. I'd love to read about some stats. Understeer is not a major issue. 911s have some understeer
J
That induction noise! one can hear that more than the exhaust.
F1 Silver Arrows
RC F GT spotted testing in the Nürburgring Nordschleife a couple of days ago.



Skip to 9:40, 11:00, and 11:45. You can see the car hurtling itself down the straights. This car is so much more agile and is significantly more stable in high speed turns (which the standard RC F wasn't that bad at doing but wasn't amazing by any means). Most of all, it can carry much higher speed in the turns as well and the car looks like it is doing an amazing job at gripping the asphalt. Looks like there is still a little bit of understeer when taking the turn but it's not bad at all.
JJohn341
That induction noise! one can hear that more than the exhaust.
WOW, watched it again. It really does look impressively stable through the corners. impressive!
Understeer is the result of the driver pushing it really hard. The way he/she threw the RC-F GT into the corner so abruptly looks like they are testing the limit.

Also, the RC-F, LFA, along with the 992 are the only cars that you can tell coming before they pass by. Other cars are just, turbo vacuum cleaners, including the Supra.
ssun30
Understeer is the result of the driver pushing it really hard. The way he/she threw the RC-F GT into the corner so abruptly looks like they are testing the limit.

Also, the RC-F, LFA, along with the 992 are the only cars that you can tell coming before they pass by. Other cars are just, turbo vacuum cleaners, including the Supra.
Yes, that is true in one regard but understeer does not only occur from pushing the car really hard. You also need to take note that suspension, shocks, camber, amount of dialing and overall chassis setup really matter in regards to how car turns into a corner. The RC F's poor architecture since its inception is the issue. Take a look at the IS F and GS F, they were very neutral on the turns in racetracks or even on normal roads, and that is all because of an amazing, taut, stiff and well balanced chassis. While yes, the driver plays a crucial role in regards to the car going into an oversteer or understeer, depending how much they dial in the steering wheel or try to induce a drift into a corner, that is nothing in terms of significance to the role of the engineers and mechanics with the chassis tuning.
F1 Silver Arrows
Yes, that is true in one regard but understeer does not only occur from pushing the car really hard. You also need to take note that suspension, shocks, camber, amount of dialing and overall chassis setup really matter in regards to how car turns into a corner. The RC F's poor architecture since its inception is the issue. Take a look at the IS F and GS F, they were very neutral on the turns in racetracks or even on normal roads, and that is all because of an amazing, taut, stiff and well balanced chassis. While yes, the driver plays a crucial role in regards to the car going into an oversteer or understeer, depending how much they dial in the steering wheel or try to induce a drift into a corner, that is nothing in terms of significance to the role of the engineers and mechanics with the chassis tuning.
That was exactly my point. Understeer can be suspension setup or driver input. There really isn't any conclusion we can get from a video clip. The drivers know what they are doing. The way I interpreted these clips is that the driver was testing the car's steering behavior under rapid increase of steering angle (which is not something that one should do in any type of driving on tarmac, by the way). You can interpret it as a suboptimal setup. Either could be correct.
That recent LFA Prototype has camouflage in similar areas, this updated RC F GT prototype seems to have that same widebody treatment on it... Combined with that fixed wing...

Lexus RC F Nürburgring Edition?

Couldn't Be... Could it?
RCF is much longer than the LFA. That LFA mule was some sort of LFA variant. This RCF GT is different from that Nurburgring Edition LFA mule that was testing

LexusSteve
That recent LFA Prototype has camouflage in similar areas, this updated RC F GT prototype seems to have that same widebody treatment on it... Combined with that fixed wing...

Lexus RC F Nürburgring Edition?

Couldn't Be... Could it?
LexusSteve
That recent LFA Prototype has camouflage in similar areas, this updated RC F GT prototype seems to have that same widebody treatment on it... Combined with that fixed wing...

Lexus RC F Nürburgring Edition?
I like this idea, naming the RC F GT the Nürburgring Edition. Would add some class.
F1 Silver Arrows
The RC F's poor architecture since its inception is the issue. Take a look at the IS F and GS F, they were very neutral on the turns in racetracks or even on normal roads, and that is all because of an amazing, taut, stiff and well balanced chassis
I own an RCF and "poor architecture" has absolutely baseless. The front end especially with TVD is extremely sharp. Yes, the chassis was derived from three chassis sections and took a lot of flack for being "frankenstein", but it is still engineered as unibody chassis with laser screw welding for high rigidity. The end result when I am pushing the car, is still very high torsional rigidity and a phenomenal chassis and I am very pleased Lexus is taking it forward as the platform of choice for the first track oriented F car after the LFA. The middle section has reinforcements in the door panel. The only downside was, the added reinforcements added weight. Since RCF has very low center of gravity and roofline (18 inches with the carbon roof), all of that weight is concentrated near the bottom of the car.

The TVD in RCF makes it more bias towards being tail happy as it rotates the rear (which I have on my carbon RCF) as long as the driver feeds in the power. 'Slalom' mode makes the car feel like a small, short wheelbase car with very high maneuverability at slower/moderate speeds while 'track' mode is for high speed agility. It is optional on RCF, but standard on GSF.

Where the GS F felt firm and planted, the RC F felt like it wanted to be driven hard. Using the same 467-hp, 5.0-liter V-8 engine, the RC F powered aggressively through corners on the Chuckwalla Valley Raceway. With its smaller dimensions, the drive was more aggressive, enabling the driver to push the limits even further than the GS F. Because the GS F is larger and heavier, even if it's only by roughly 80 pounds, it didn't offer as sporty of a drive as the RC F. When it comes to driving on the track, hands down, the RC F is the way to go.

https://www.motortrend.com/news/gs-f-versus-rc-f-5-reasons-choose-sedan-coupe/

Above all, RCF has lap times quicker on majority of the tracks over the GSF or the ISF. This AMS Germany same driver, same track case (AMS Germany) is one example

On a big track, RCF is full 3 seconds/lap faster than the GSF

Lexus RCF: 1:56.4 VMAX: 235 km/h
Lexus GSF - 1:59.5 VMAX: 232 km/h






This early 2014 carbon RCF prototype was going through benchmark testing while being chased by an ISF test car. The gap is clear

I've learned a bit more about this vehicle and I am REALLY excited for the updates. So much so I can see it in my garage. Expect some pleasant surprises!

Faisal Sheikh
I own an RCF and "poor architecture" has absolutely baseless. The front end especially with TVD is extremely sharp. Yes, the chassis was derived from three chassis sections and took a lot of flack for being "frankenstein", but it is still engineered as unibody chassis with laser screw welding for high rigidity. The end result when I am pushing the car, is still very high torsional rigidity and a phenomenal chassis and I am very pleased Lexus is taking it forward as the platform of choice for the first track oriented F car after the LFA. The middle section has reinforcements in the door panel. The only downside was, the added reinforcements added weight. Since RCF has very low center of gravity and roofline (18 inches with the carbon roof), all of that weight is concentrated near the bottom of the car.
Unfortunately the media just went ham on the RC F weight and that it has 3 platforms together and people just beat a dead horse over and over. 5 years later I hear the same arguments about weight. The RC F still drives pretty damn good.
RCF came out at a time when M4 was being touted as being very lightweight (compared to the E92/E90). BMW was officially quoting the dry weight of 1500 KG while RCF was being put at 1800 KG. The actual weight difference is much less at 182 KG (400 lbs). Still quite a lot, but not nearly as much as Sutcliffe, Chris Harris or Clarkson were quoting in early reviews. Even when RCF had a photo finish against the M4 running almost identical lap times with Randy Pobst, it still was said to be not as "playful" as the M4 beyond 10/10ths.

Funny I approached the drive of the RCF Carbon/TVD (which I ended up buying), with the same skepticism in mind thinking it will "feel" heavy, but was blown away once I pushed it hard through turns. I ended up deciding to buy it the next day.

GSF came well after the RCF and was praised a lot more than the RCF in the early reviews based on subjective driving impressions. Unfortunately, these type of fair reviews below started coming out many years after the RCF was launched. People still look at Harris and Clarkson reviews to draw impressions on a car. The damage was done.




mikeavelli
I've learned a bit more about this vehicle and I am REALLY excited for the updates. So much so I can see it in my garage. Expect some pleasant surprises!



Unfortunately the media just went ham on the RC F weight and that it has 3 platforms together and people just beat a dead horse over and over. 5 years later I hear the same arguments about weight. The RC F still drives pretty damn good.
Although it has yet to appear in the Lexus USA Newsroom, Automotive News reports that the RC F Track Edition will debut at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show:

Superfast Lexus RC F Track Edition to debut at Detroit auto show
December 6, 2018

Lexus plans to unveil a new superfast coupe at the Detroit auto show in January, just months before it hits the market.

The RC F Track Edition, which goes on sale in spring, reflects the brand's "Experience Amazing" evolution, said Cooper Erickson, vice president of marketing for the Lexus Division of Toyota Motor North America.

"It's about adding fun driving dynamics, styling, excitement, passion, emotion on to our traditional brand strengths," he said in an interview Thursday in Detroit.

Bob Carter, Toyota's executive vice president for North America sales, told Automotive News: "There's still some of us that like to drive fast, and there's some of us that like to drive really fast. And for those customers, we have something they'll enjoy."

Production will be “very very limited,” Carter said.

“With the exception of LF-A, this is the fastest most powerful vehicle that we’ve ever built,” he said.


http://www.autonews.com/article/20181206/OEM04/181209832/

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