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2018 Lexus RC F and GS F special editions bound for Australia

By WhichCar Staff, 31 Oct 2017 Car News

2018 Lexus RC F and GS F special editions bound for Australia

The specially equipped RC F and GS F models will arrive next year to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Lexus’ “F” performance division

Lexus is bringing two limited edition “F” sport models to Australia to celebrate the 10th anniversary of its performance division.

The limited-edition V8-powered Lexus RC F and GS F cars will have an exclusive interior colour "Heat Blue" and other features including matte grey body panels to further set them apart from regular versions of Lexus’ hot four-seat coupe and executive sedan.

But it won’t just be cosmetic differences that differentiate them, with each model equipped with body performance dampers, which Lexus says enhance body rigidity and steering stability over the existing "F" models by dialling out undesirable chassis harmonics.

There are no changes announced for the powertrains of either car, however, with both expected to retain their 351kW/530Nm 5.0-litre naturally-aspirated V8s.

The specially equipped limited-edition RC F coupe and GS F sedan were unveiled at this year's Tokyo Motor Show and are expected to arrive in Australia here in the latter half of 2018.

The timing marks a decade since the local launch of the, the IS F sedan, the first Lexus to bear the "F" symbol, which is derived from the name and design of Japan's Fuji Speedway where Lexus develops its performance vehicles (the badge depicts the first corner of Fuji Speedway, commonly known as 27R). 

Lexus Australia is yet to confirm numbers, but with just 50 of each to be sold in Japan, numbers will likely pretty tight.

It’s still too soon to say how much of a premium the special edition F models will have over the standard RC F and GS F, which are priced here at $137,951 and $153,251 respectively.