Who says luxury sports coupes are dead?
After unveiling the 2019 RC in late August last year, the more powerful RC F has officially been unveiled at this year's North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). Meaner, sleeker, and packing an upgraded V8, the 2020 RC F gets improved performance, sharper handling, and a new track-focused model.
Starting with its exterior, the new RC F shares some similarities with the standard RC. However, a closer look shows that Lexus did introduce some subtle changes here and there. For starters, it has a different front bumper with larger side air intakes. It also gets a sportier rear bumper, along with with new wheel designs that highlight the RC F's sportier look and pedigree.
Under the hood, the new RC F gets a slightly more powerful 5.0-liter V8. The engine now cranks out 478 PS (+5) and 535 Nm (+6) of torque thanks to a revised intake and internals. Carried-over from the previous generation is the eight-speed automatic transmission. However, Lexus gave it a higher final drive ratio (3.13 vs previous 2.93) for quicker acceleration.
Besides giving the RC F more get-up and go, Lexus was also busy tweaking the RC F's suspension, as well as making it more lightweight. It now has rear hollow-shafts (instead of solid ones), new aluminum toe control and support brackets, stiffer bushings for the rear suspension and steering rack mounts, and more rigid engine mounts.
For those that prefer a more potent RC F, there's the limited Track Edition. Developed with help from their race teams in Super GT and IMSA series, it was purpose-built to be lighter, faster and more aerodynamic than its run-of-the-mill counterpart.
Unlike the standard RC F, the Track Edition gets improved aerodynamics like a unique front splitter complete with canards, a fixed rear wing capable of delivering more downforce, and a lightweight carbon fiber hood.
Speaking of weight, Lexus claimed that the Track Edition weighs 80 kg lighter thanks to extensive use of the lightweight composite. Portions of the RC F Track Edition like the roof, partition behind the rear seats, and the bumper reinforcements are made out of carbon fiber.
In addition, it has carbon-ceramic Brembo disc brakes all around which weigh less and perform better under constant pressure. Finally, the Track Edition rolls on 19-inch BBS forged alloy wheels derived from the RC F GT3 race car.
To make it stand out from the rest, Lexus was also busy changing up the Track Edition's interior. A red leather interior serves as the sole trim option, along with Alcantara seat accents and red carbon fiber trim pieces on the doors and dashboard.