The facelifted Lexus RC F as well as a special, “limited production” Track Edition model have been revealed ahead of their debuts at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
Of course, as we’ve already reported, both models are scheduled to launch in South Africa towards the middle of 2019.
Lexus says the RC F coupé boasts “improved performance” and “revised styling”, adding that the new RC F Track Edition is “capable of turning hot laps all afternoon and being driven home that night”.
The Japanese luxury brand claims its performance coupé has been “extensively updated”, gaining improved aerodynamics, reduced weight and a retuned suspension set-up.
Under the bonnet, the RC F’s naturally aspirated 5,0-litre V8 remains, although it gains a smidgen more oomph, now sending 352 kW and 535 N.m to the rear axle. The eight-speed automatic transmission has been carried over, but it gains a higher final drive ratio to improve off-the-line response. In addition, the RC F now includes electronic launch control as standard.
New Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres have been designed specifically for the RC F, while styling changes include updated headlamps, tweaks to the grille, fresh taillamps and a reshaped rear bumper.
And what about the RC F Track Edition? Well, this limited model gains a unique air dam (fashioned from carbon-fibre) to increase front-end downforce and a fixed rear wing to replace the active spoiler employed by the standard model.
Lexus claims the Track Edition is up to 82 kg lighter than the standard RC F. Furthermore, the special model gains Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes framed by lightweight 19-inch BBS forged alloy wheels.
The roof and bonnet, meanwhile, are made from carbon-fibre, as is the partition behind the rear seats and the bumper reinforcement. A titanium exhaust and tailpipes are also included, saving further weight and lending the Track Edition what Lexus describes as “a unique sound”.
Inside, the Track Edition features red leather with Alcantara accents, along with red carbon trim on the doors and facia. Just two exterior colours will be available: Ultra White and the Nebula Matte Grey hue you see in the images here.
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 mph (97 km/h) time of "less than 4,0 seconds".