Up­dated Lexus RC F breaks cover

West Sussex Gazette - - PROPERTY NEWS -

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.

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