2020 Lexus RC F Track Edition & Updated 2020 RC F Coupe [MERGED]

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    Probably for the best. When in Europe I barely use car. Average I think under 10km per day. RC300H would fit my needs, very cost efficient for keeping and city driving and the new version looks neat :).
    In Japan I would buy a car when I have so much money that I can literally waste it.
    World is very diverce place. You can see it just by looking cars and I think that's a richness :)
     
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    RCF and RCF Track Edition premiere at the Laguna Seca Track.

    Excited about the tires and my big issue of soft sidewalls is addressed by these new RCF-spec Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires

     
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    The Lexus RCF is a great car. Would like to see the track edition offer with the ultra sonic blue with red interior in the future. I hope Lexus Is at making the next generation even better. Hoping for a dynamic force engine Tt V8 with 500 plus hp for the next generation RCF replacement.
     
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    Same decision is made to delete the RC F from the range in Belgium & Luxemburg, unfortunately. :mad:
    It's a shame, because such 'halo' models are absolutely needed to build brand awareness with a dream factor, even if not one single unit is sold...
     
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    I think they dropped because it was keeping fleet emissions high. But I don't think they never intented to sell one. As you said building a brand, never saw even displayed.
     
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    interesting that they say nothing about the lap time at laguna seca. It's a nice car, very comfortable, but it does not compete with the other cars one typically sees at the track, like a corvette grand sport, porsche 911 S or GT3 and above, camaro Zl1 1LE; not sure if it would be a modified miata either. Not that speed is the important thing for the RC F track edition; just sayin
     
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    When was the last time Lexus talked about lap times? The track edition will not compete with most of the cars you mentioned. An M4 CS, Camaro 1LE SS or GT350R most likely, but these cars have racing slick tires that make a big difference in lap times. A standard RCF without carbon/TVD, with Randy having issues with the transmission, ran a 1:43. It is safe to say the RCF track edition will be 2.5 - 3 seconds quicker than the RCF carbon with TVD so it should put it in the 1:39 range with Randy, wbich is a very good lap considering it is not on slick tires and still has a full luxury interior.

    p.s. Unless a Miata has a big turbo on its engine, it would not be close to an RCF on a big/fast momentum and flow track where you are carrying around 90 - 100 mph through some turns.
     
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    I agree, The RC F is a luxury grand touring car, not a car that will compete with the typical cars one sees on the track (in USA at High Performance track days) that I mentioned above. So, IDK why Lexus calls it a track edition, inferring that it will compete at the track. I was expecting a serious attempt by Lexus to field a car that would compete with vette GS, 911S, GTS. I was disappointed. I might have bought one if they took off more weight and if it was faster. Its still a cool car. I am sure people will buy it, but for the most part they won't drive it on a track. The wing looks cool and it's comfy, but still heavy. I am sorry to ding it, but I was disappointed. 0-60 in 3.96 s is pretty good and it is an improvement, but I was hoping for something quicker.. There are many cars that are much faster. Their RC F GT concept car was very fast on VIR. They can make a fast car, but their market is not to track boys; its to more sophisticated drivers who like a pretty fast car that has some cool carbon fiber and has a cool wing. I do like the way it looks. I am just complaining and don't mean to disrespect the car. I just wish they sold something more track focused. I guess one could buy one, and pull out the back seats, and do away with a lot of the extra stuff to make it lighter.
     
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    The RCF GT that ran lightning lap was not street legal and was stripped out of all interior. The track edition RCF still has the same rear seats and front seats my RCF has because racing seats are uncomfortable for daily driving. I think you are confusing the car's purpose. It is not a purpose built track car. 911s cost a lot more than the RCF and Corvette is a 2-seater. If you want to compare it, you should look at 2 + 2 cars that are built with track focus while still retaining the luxury amenities. Cars like (past) C63 AMG black series, (past) M3 GTS, M4 CS or GTS, GT350R are a good comparison.

    I personally thought, Lexus would strip out the rear seats and put lightweight racing seats at the front, but they have been using the phrase "drive it every day and then take it to the track to run fast laps". Still, just under 200 lbs weight savings is quite impressive and I think it will do quite well.


     
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    Ha! Really cool seeing Chad in the video. I know Chad, he's a really good guy and a true Lexus enthusiast!
     
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    New Lexus marketing of the RCF

     
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    Not really a huge fan of these commercials, but the car looks and sounds great :heart_eyes:
     
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    2020 Lexus RC F Track Edition First Drive Review- Not the hardcore machine we deserve
    Ouch...but the commentary from Tsurumoto is interesting, seems like the bean counters pushed back against the engineers...
     
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    Caranddriver review and video as well

    https://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/a27033751/2020-lexus-rc-f-track-edition-drive/

     
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    I agree with the review. BUT, I will add: If they really wanted to put together a car with a faster and still reliable engine, then they could, but it would be much more expensive and would require a lot of development. An example is the Porsche 911 Carrera S. the 2020 911 S (and the 991.2 model) are much faster (0-60 in about 3.4; MT did it in 3.1 with the 991.2) HOWEVER, the cost is at least 33% more. If you look at the build for a 2020 911S with carbon ceramic brakes and similar tech, that car will cost about $140,000. It's an amazing car, but, its almost 50% more. Ceramic brakes in the 911 cost about an extra $9 k. Now I would not have bothered with the ceramic brakes; too expensive and if you track it, they will wear out too fast. BUT, overall, for what you get, the RC F (track edition) is an excellent car. We were expecting more, but still. BUT, if I were going to buy one, I'd get the regular RCF with the Performance package, or even just a standard RCF. 0-60 in 4.2 is fast and if one just wants a very comfortable, fast, and reliable sports car (in the category of M3 and M4), then the basic RC F is really the way to go. To save money, I'd buy a 2017 model CPO