Its wild styling aside, I have always maintained that the RC F coupe is a formidable machine whose only problem was its excess weight. The current generation of the Lexus RC F weighs over 4,000 pounds; with this weight, the RC F has struggled to compete with its considerably lighter adversaries such as the BMW M4. However, things are set to change for 2020 as Lexus has finally realized the RC F has a weight problem and has decided to take it on a diet. It even gets better as the automaker is set to offer a more powerful, more aggressive iteration of the RC F christened “RC F Track Edition.”
2020 Lexus RC F Exterior
Not only has the RC F gone through a dieting program, but its looks have also been freshened. The 2020 Lexus RC F features a revised front fascia that has stacked LED headlights with integrated DRLs. It also has a new grille. Lexus has also revised the rear and hooked up the coupe with new taillights.
The RC F Track Edition features more extensive appearance upgrades to set it apart from regular RC F coupes; first, the Track Edition sports a distinctive carbon-trimmed front spoiler that has side-mounted canards. The spoiler enhances the coupe’s aerodynamics and adds downforce. On the flanks, it is hard not to notice the coupe’s new, 19-inch BBS rollers whose design is adopted from the RC F GT3. Stopping power is courtesy of lightweight carbon ceramic Brembo brakes.
At the rear, the standard active spoiler has been replaced with a motorsport-inspired fixed wing that is made from carbon fiber. The wing reduces drag and adds downforce. The hood and roof are also made from carbon fiber while its exhaust pipe is made of titanium, which in addition to reducing weight improves its exhaust note.
Compared to the standard 2020 Lexus RC F, the Track Edition weighs 176 pounds less.
Unlike standard RC F models that are offered in a variety of exterior paint options, the RC F Track Edition will be available in only Matte Nebula Gray and Ultra White finishes with the former being exclusive to the model.
Changes inside the cabin are minimal. However, the Track Edition comes with new features that make it stand out. To begin with, its seats are upholstered in red leather and have Alcantara inserts while a red carbon trim is featured on the dashboard and doors. I think it is pretty wise for Lexus to depart from the usual black interior accenting common with performance-oriented cars.
Other features of the standard RC F are carried over unchanged.
Engine and performance
Changes under the hood are minimal, as Lexus has retained the outgoing RC F’s 5.0 L, naturally aspirated V8 mill. However, the engine is slightly more powerful due to a number of enhancements. The new structural improvements include reduced weight, enhanced aerodynamics, and a revised suspension. Lexus has used lightweight aluminum suspension modules at the front while at the rear solid shafts in the outgoing model have given way to hollow half-shafts. At the front, the new model features a lesser air-conditioning compressor.
The new engine returns 472 hp up from 467 hp and 395 lb-ft of torque up from 389 lb-ft. The transmission system is also unchanged; however, the 8-speed automatic system has a higher final drive ratio that enhances response. In addition, the RC F features an electronic launch control that enables the standard RC F to hit 0-60 mph in 4.2 seconds. The launch control, which is a standard feature, works by adjusting the throttle and traction control for optimum acceleration.
The RC F Track Edition uses the same 5.0 L, V-8 engine. However, this car is quicker with a 0-60 mph time of 3.96 seconds courtesy of the launch control. Its Titanium exhaust system makes it sound more aggressive than the standard model.
Price and release date
Prices of the 2020 Lexus RC F together with information regarding the Track Edition limited production will be announced close to its on sale release date later this summer. Due to the new changes, the price will definitely exceed the current MSRP of $65,745 for the standard model. The Track Edition will likely start from $80,000.
The 2020 Lexus RC F competes with the Mercedes-AMG C63 coupe, BMW M4, as well as the Cadillac ATS-V.