Limited Run RC F Track Edition Debuts In Detroit

2020 Lexus RC F Track Edition

2020 Lexus RC F Track Edition

And what about the RC F Track Edition? It turns out the Japanese brand had much bigger plans for its high-performance coupe.

Lexus has revealed the RC F Track Edition in Detroit this week, which is scheduled to commence production during the second quarter of 2019.

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. Most important is the subject of weight, which is often referenced as the current RC F's Achilles' heel.

A redesigned carbonfibre front splitter and spoiler are said to offer improved steering response and up to 26kg additional downforce over the standard model, while weight savings of between 70kg and 80kg have been achieved with carbon-ceramic brake discs, carbonfibre body panels, titanium exhaust components and lightweight BBS alloy wheels. 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).

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".

Inside, there's red leather upholstery with Alcantara accents, along with red carbon trim for the doors and dashboard.

The Track Edition will be available in white or a bespoke matt grey exclusive to the model. 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.

We're curious to see what the lighter Track Edition can do at our Lightning Lap event, where the previous RC F's time of 3:05.6 was hampered by its excess poundage-as we put it, "The RC F only needs a diet to be faster". In addition, the RC F now includes electronic launch control as standard.