Updated Lexus RC F breaks cover
Lexus has unveiled an updated version of its RCF coupe and announced an even-more track focused option for the keenest drivers.
Externally, the RC F gets new headlights and taillights along with a revised grille and reshaped rear bumper, while there have been bigger changes under the surface.
Lexussaythatahostofaerodynamic and suspension improvements as well as a reduced weight bring new levels of performance to the sports coupe.
Key to the changes has been a weight loss programme that has seen the wider use of aluminium in suspension components, lighter engine and drive components and even a smaller air con compressor.
At the heart of the RC F lies a naturally aspirated 5.0-litre V8. Revised for the 2019 model year, it nowproduces451bhpand384lb/ft and,pairedtoaneight-speedautomaticgetsthecarto62mphinjust 4.5secondsthankstoanautomated launch control system.
For those looking for an even more focused offering, the RC F Track Edition is a limited-run model developed with input from Lexus Super GT and IMSA racing series.
The Track Edition has undergoneevenmoreradicalweightsaving,withtheuseofcarbonfibrefor the roof, bonnet and rear bulkhead. The standard exhaust has been replaced with a lightweight titanium system and Brembo carbon ceramic brakes and forged 19-inch alloys help cut even more weight from the model.
Atthesametime,thetrackedition adds a carbon fibre front air dam and fixed carbon fibre rear wing to save weight, cut drag and add downforce.
Production of the new RC F and RC F Track Edition will begin in March this year, with pricing to be announced nearer the cars going on sale.