PROJECT RCF SPORT, BUILT BY GOR­DON TING BE­YOND MAR­KET­ING

NZ Performance Car - - Event Sema -

Love it or hate it, one of the most talked-about im­port cars at the show was the 2015 Lexus RC F Sport that was rocking a wild, cus­tom Rocket Bunny kit and fit­tingly ag­gres­sive Enkei/6666 wheels, with both the kit and wheels de­signed by TRA-Ky­oto. With 265/30ZR19 up front and 325/30ZR19 Toyo 888s on the rear, there was very lit­tle real es­tate left in the flares. And just like the fac­tory wheel specs, the OEM 355mm front brakes were some­how deemed in­suf­fi­cient, so mas­sive Brem­bos were em­ployed, with six-pot monoblock front calipers and four-pot rears, slung over 380mm and 345mm discs re­spec­tively. On the in­side, Bride seats re­place the fac­tory pews (with rears cus­tom up­hol­stered to match) and Takata har­nesses fin­ished the JDM street-racer style. The all-im­por­tant stance was achieved us­ing KW Sus­pen­sion V3 coilovers, as well as KW’s HLS 4 lift sys­tem. The HLS stands for Hy­draulic Lift Sys­tem, and raises the coilovers up to 45mm when needed to clear ob­sta­cles (or more likely for this car’s short-term fu­ture, when load­ing on and off the trailer). This is a neat so­lu­tion for those who want the best of both worlds, as you are able to lift and drop, with­out sac­ri­fic­ing the per­for­mance of coilovers for airbag sus­pen­sion (in­ci­den­tally, air cups are an­other op­tion, for any­one out there now think­ing about get­ting some­thing like it). The list of per­for­mance mods was in­cred­i­bly short, but in­cluded a GReddy ex­haust sys­tem and up­graded oil (yes, re­ally). With a 228kW (306hp) 3.5-litre V6 stan­dard it’s not ex­actly slow, but this car is prob­a­bly built more for looks than speed, so if you were seek­ing some­thing with a bit more power, please read on.

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