Lexus unveils new RC F and RC F Track Edition

2020 Lexus RC F Track Edition

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Along with the same refreshed front- and rear-end styling as the non-F RC coupe, the 2020 RC F gets some chassis tweaks, a new harder-core Track Edition model, and a slight retuning of the standard 5.0-liter V-8 engine and eight-speed automatic transmission.

Unveiled Monday in Detroit at the 2019 North American International Auto Show was a new RC Track Edition that will sit atop the updated RC F range, which was also shown and is being introduced for 2020.

Opt for the RC F Track Edition and you'll see the 0-60 miles per hour run take just 4.0 seconds, even with the car's 472-hp rating matching the standard RC F. The key is a diet rich in carbon fiber and lightweight 19-inch alloys, the latter also helping to reduce unsprung mass.

All RC F coupes for 2020 feature revised styling, improved aerodynamics, stiffer suspension bushings, and reduced weight over the previous model year. One of the few remaining naturally aspirated performance cars on the market, the RC now packs an extra 5 horsepower and 6 pound-feet (8 Newton-meters) of torque for a grand total of 472 hp and 395 lb-ft (535 Nm). This is joined by a higher final drive ratio for the standard 8-speed automatic transmission, which together with a new launch control system sees the 0-60 miles per hour time come in at a brisk 4.2 seconds.

And what about the RC F Track Edition? Inside the vehicle, plush leather in a red hue is standard along with Alcantara seat accents and red carbon trim on the doors and dashboard.

While the Toyota-backed brand has opted not to list official performance claims just yet, it does note that the Track Edition should be capable of a zero to 60 miles per hour (97 km/h) time of "less than 4,0 seconds".

Other upgrades for the RC F Track Edition include carbon-ceramic brake rotors, a titanium muffler, an aggressive front splitter, and a fixed rear wing. While it is still heavier than a comparable BMW M4 CS, Lexus still managed to remove an average size adult male from the car's mass, which they promise makes it a worthy track star.

That's being somewhat remedied for 2020 thanks to an update for the RC F that focuses on shedding weight.

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