The 2019 Detroit Auto Show – formally known as the North American International Auto Show – is standing witness to the debut of the refreshed iteration of the Lexus RC F coupe. However, making it debut alongside the RC F coupe is a version designed to live on the tracks. We are talking about the new Lexus RC F Track Edition.
Essentially, the Lexus RC F Track Edition is a more hardcore version of the RC F. The RC F, in turn, is the sportier edition of Lexus’ entry level RC coupe that was unveiled at the 2018 Paris Motor Show. That makes the RC F Track Edition the sportiest and most hardcore evolution of the RC coupe.
The Lexus RC F coupe is differentiated from the RC by a number of performance-related upgrades, just like better suspension, greater power and aerodynamics. The same is true with the RC F Track Edition, as this version is laden with precisely engineered upgrades that help push its performance to a whole new level. For instance, compared to the RC F, the RC F Track Edition is lighter and definitely has larger wings.
Described by Lexus as “a higher degree of F,” the Lexus RC F Track Edition was developed with input from Lexus race teams in the Super GT and IMSA series. Thus, Lexus was able to design the RC F Track Edition to offer superb yet very predictable performance. Interestingly, the goal for the RC F Track Edition wasn’t just to make it as quick or as fast as possible, but also to ensure that it still performs it brief as an uncompromised luxury performance coupe.
The Lexus RC F Track Edition employs the same normally aspirated 5.0-liter V8 engine in the new 2020 Lexus RC F. This 5.0-liter V8 mill delivers more output (plus 5 hp) and more torque (plus 6 lb.-ft.) than in the previous RC F. This means that this powerplant can provide up to 472 hp of output and up to 395 lb-ft. of torque, as made possible by a revised intake routing. It is still mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission that features a higher final drive ratio (3.13).
While the Lexus RC F Track Edition has the same mill as the RC F, its power is optimized through better aerodynamics and lighter weight. On the front, the front splitter with canards -- now made from carbon fiber – is designed to increase front end downforce, thereby improving grip and steering precision. The RC F Track Edition also has fixed carbon fiber rear wing -- replacing the active spoiler offered on the RC F – that help reduce aerodynamic drag and add downforce.
The wing rear is shaped in a way it smoothens the airflow over the rear to decrease drag-inducing turbulence. A slight angle of attack is also added to generate downforce without compromising overall airflow. Compared to the active rear spoiler of the RC F, this fixed rear wing generates 58 lbs more downforce.
In terms of weight, the RC F Track Edition is lighter by around 176 lbs than the previous RC F. This allowed the new RC F Track Edition to boasts of having the best power-to-weight ratio among its rivals. Along with the new electronic launch control system, the RC F Track Edition can sprint from nil to 60 mph in just 3.96 seconds.
Lexus will commence production of both the 2020 Lexus RC F and the RC F Track Edition in the second quarter of 2019.