Lexus brings special edition 10th anniversary models of the GS F and RC F to Chicago Auto Show

Article by Christian A., on February 9, 2018

To celebrate 10 years of its high-performance F cars, Lexus plans to come out with a couple of special edition models. These will include a 2018 Lexus GS F sedan, together with an RC F Coupe, and both will be dressed to make them stand out when they’re on display at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show. Both models will be given the same gray suit with blue accents inside and out.

This may already sound familiar to you, as the automaker actually has already brought them to the Tokyo Motor Show late last year. But what we know at that time was that those models will be exclusive to the Japanese market only – apparently, that has changed.

And yes, we are right about that. Though it will just be a limited model in the US, with only 340 units, the good news is that it will be available, and it will likely be very difficult to get one. Only 240 anniversary versions of the RC F coupe will be built, and 100 units of the thinner GS F sedans will get the special treatment. Each Lexus dealer in the US will only carry one unit of the coupe.

So what makes the anniversary version so special? Well, when looking at it from the outside, it will be painted in a nice coat of Nebula Gray with a matte finish. They will be the first Lexus models that will be dressed in this shade of grey. The automaker also says that the manufacturer took special care of this, making sure that this can withstand whatever type of automatic car washes. Both the coupe and the sedan will sit on a set of 19 inch wheels with contrasting blue calipers that also match bits of the interior theme.

In the cabin, what you will first notice are the blue leather and carbon fiber trim accents that coat the usual gray or black passenger compartment. Many parts of the car, including the steering wheel, shift knob, door panels, and some parts of the dash are all dressed in a shade of blue.

That’s not all because even the seats have been covered in the same colour, but with white accents and contrast stitching. There’s also some blue trim on the rear seats, and of course, each car gets an engraved plaque mounted on the driver door panel, to indicate that it is the anniversary version.

Since this is a special edition model, we would expect it to get some mechanical or power upgrade too. However, the package is limited to visual upgrades only, which slightly disappointed us. It remains to have the same 5.0 liter V8 engine that carries out 467 horsepower (348 kilowatts) and it can hit 60 miles per hour in 4.5 seconds - still pretty impressive we must say.

Both versions are scheduled to arrive in the US this summer, but we do not have details on the pricing just yet.

Press Release

A Decade of Lexus Performance

The purest expression of Lexus performance, that was the goal of the Lexus “F” performance brand when it was introduced in 2008. Every vehicle with an “F” badge would set new standards for Lexus performance and help redefine the brand for a new generation of customers.

Today, Lexus adds another chapter to the “F” performance story with the introduction of the 2018 Lexus GS F and 2018 RC F 10th anniversary special editions that will be displayed for the first time in the U.S. at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show.

Set to arrive at dealers this summer, these limited-edition models come standard with unique features that make them stand out beyond their already exceptional performance.

The transformation of both cars starts with a coat of matte finish Nebula Gray paint. It’s the first use of matte paint on a production vehicle since the LFA supercar. Particular care was taken to assure that the unique finish was durable enough for the rigors of everyday use, including the ability to withstand the average mechanized car wash without degrading the quality of the finish. The dark gray finish contrasts with the standard polished black multispoke wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 tires. Blue brake calipers peek out from behind the 19-inch wheels to add a splash of color and hint at the changes found inside.

Open the door and you’re greeted by unique blue carbon fiber trim on the window switch panel and dashboard along with blue leather accents that give the interior the look of a custom-made exotic. It’s not an illusion either, as each car also gets engraved plaques certifying its limited-edition status. Only 240 10th anniversary RC Fs will be built, corresponding to the current number of U.S. Lexus dealers, while the 10th anniversary GS F is limited to just 100 units.

In the RC F coupe, the front sport seats get blue leather with white accents along with a blue accented shift knob, steering wheel and instrument panel hood. An embossed headliner is also part of the package to give the coupe’s interior an even more personalized appearance.

For the GS F sedan, the front seats mimic those in the RC while the rear seats also get a splash of blue leather on the side bolsters. Additional blue carbon trim is used on the center console along with blue suede dash trim and blue seatbelt straps. There is additional blue leather trim on the steering wheel, console and shift knob, although the GS F doesn’t get the same embossed headliner as the RC F.

All RC F coupes feature a 467-horsepower, 5.0-liter V8 that sends power to the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission. It’s capable of going from 0-to-60 mph in 4.4 seconds. A Torsen limited slip differential is standard along with variable dampers and multiple drive modes. A torque vectoring differential is also available as an option.

The GS F sedan also comes with a 467-horsepower, 5.0-liter V8, an eight-speed automatic transmission and rear wheel drive. A torque vectoring rear differential comes standard. The GS F is capable of delivering a 0-to-60 mph time of 4.5 seconds and up to 24 mpg on the highway. Variable dampers offer a choice between a smooth highway ride or a more responsive feel for spirited driving. A range of drive modes, including a full custom setting, allows the driver to adjust multiple settings with the turn of one knob.

Additional options packages will be required on both 10th anniversary models, but final pricing has not been determined.

Source: Lexus

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