More wing, less weight.
New for 2020 is a track-focused, limited-run edition of the car called the RC F Track Edition. Following the facelifted RC coupe's unveiling at the Paris Motor Show, Lexus pulled the cover off the new Track Edition model in Detroit, giving fans of the brand a look at its entry-level coupe's sportiest offering.
After seeing the car up close and in the metal, we have several positives to report. Most important is related to the model's weight, as the new Track Edition sheds 176 pounds. Thank the liberal use of carbon fiber throughout the body, as well as the removal of the rear seats.
Other notable pieces include 19-inch BBS forged-alloy wheels with Brembo carbon-ceramic brake rotors. These lighter pieces reduce the Track Edition’s unsprung weight by 55 pounds relative to the standard RC F.
Lexus also spent time tinkering with the 5.0-liter V8 engine, which now packs an extra five horsepower and six pound-feet of torque for a grand total of 472 hp and 395 lb-ft. The Track Edition is now the most powerful car in the Lexus lineup (by one horsepower). Power is still delivered to the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission, but Lexus engineers bless the Track Edition with a higher final-drive ratio.
The Track Edition is expected to be produced in very limited numbers, and the model represents an exciting way for the current RC F to (presumably) signal the end of its run. With its lightweight performance pieces and nearly 500 horsepower engine, the Track Edition has the potential to be a real threat around a racetrack, too.