Thursday, May 19, 2022

New Lexus RC F facelift revealed in Detroit with less power

The new Lexus RC F has been revealed at this year’s Detroit Motor Show. The Japanese company’s latest coupe is set to wade into battle with the BMW M4, receiving a host of chassis, technology and engine upgrades, as well as a limited RC F Track Edition variant.

Sadly, the new RC F’s naturally-aspirated 5.0-litre V8 has lost 12bhp and 10Nm of torque over its predecessor, meaning it now produces 451bhp and 520Nm of torque. The drop in power is thanks to more stringent emissions regulations under the new WLTP regime.

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Despite the horsepower deficit, Lexus claims the new RC F maintains the same performance as the old one, thanks to revised gearing and a reduced kerb-weight, meaning it can sprint from 0-62mph in 4.5 seconds.

Lexus’ new coupe also receives a few styling updates, including fresh front and rear lamps, new daytime running lights and an updated front splitter. To help with traction, Lexus called on the aid of Michelin, who developed a set of Pilot Sport 4S tyres specifically for use on the RC F.

A Track Edition variant will also be available, built in an as-yet-unspecified limited production run. This hardcore model will be fitted with Brembo carbon ceramic brakes, 19-inch BBS alloy wheels, a titanium exhaust, a carbon fibre roof and a fixed carbon fibre rear wing which replaces the active unit on the standard car.

Power will stay the same as the standard RC F, but a weight saving of between 70kg and 80kg should make the Track Edition more spritely. Interior upgrades include Alcantara upholstery and red carbon fibre trim on the doors and dash.

Production of the new RC F and RC F Track Edition will begin in March 2019. Pricing and full specifications for both models are yet to be announced, but we’ll update you with more information as soon as it becomes available.

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