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2019 Detroit Auto Show: Lexus RC F Track Edition revealed

By Chris Thompson, 15 Jan 2019 News

2019 Detroit Auto Show: Lexus RC F Track Edition revealed

Carbon-laden V8 coupe sheds weight and sharpens up

Lexus has pulled the covers off the 2020 Lexus RC F Track Edition, based on and appearing alongside the updated standard RC F.

At the Detroit Auto Show, Lexus revealed the slight tweaks it had made to the standard RC F, and elaborated upon how the Track Edition is even sharper.

The primary focus of the Track Edition is that it’s lighter than the standard RC F, with a carbon fibre transformation removing an estimated 65kg according to Lexus.

A carbon front air dam aims to increase downforce, while a carbon fibre fixed rear wing does the same while reducing drag.

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The roof and bonnet are carbon fibre as has been available as an optional extra on RC Fs, while the partition behind the rear seats and reinforcement for the bumpers are also now carbon.

Track Editions are also granted titanium mufflers and tail pipes for less weight and to differentiate the exhaust note from a standard RC F.

Stopping power comes via a set of Brembo’s carbon-ceramic brake rotors, again saving more weight and claimed to withstand heat cycling more effectively than standard steel.

A set of 19-inch BBS alloys, which are designed after the RC F GT3 racer, are also lighter than standard and in conjunction with the brakes and lighter callipers reduce unspring mass by 25kg.

Under the bonnet, Lexus’ 351kW/530Nm 5.0-litre naturally aspirated V8 remains unchanged from the standard car, though its fresh update means it now opens its secondary air intake earlier in the rev-range, and the addition of launch control should allow a 0-100km/h sprint in “around four seconds,” Lexus says.

It launches in May 2019 in Australia alongside the updated RC F, with pricing yet to be announced.