Lexus has launched an upgraded version of its RC F high-performance road car, along with a special track-focused edition for 2020.
The new Lexus RC F, which the company says is “designed for hardcore enthusiasts”, is designed to provide a combination of luxury and upgraded performance.
It is an updated version of the original RC F road car which debuted in 2014, featuring the same 5.0-liter V8 engine as its predecessor.
Differences include a revised engine intake routing that brings the total power output up to 472 hp, five more than the previous model, while the car also comes with a new electronic launch control feature.
Off-the-line performance is aided further by Lexus giving the car’s eight-speed automatic transmission a higher final drive ratio.
The Lexus RC F Track Edition, meanwhile, features the same engine configuration as the ‘base’ model but sports multiple exterior upgrades including a carbon fiber front splitter and fixed carbon fiber rear wing.
Lexus reports that it was “developed with input from Lexus race teams in Super GT and IMSA”, and includes some features derived from those programs, including the 19” BBS forged alloy wheels akin to those found on the Lexus RC F GT3.
It is estimated to be 178 lbs lighter than the previous-generation RC F and is capable of hitting 0-60 mph in just under four seconds.
Customers can choose from one of two exterior colors for the Track Edition – Ultra White and Matte Nebula Gray – while the car comes with a red leather interior trim as standard.
Pricing structures for both models will be released at a later date.
“The new RC F and the Track Edition, in particular, benefit from constant development since their original launch,” said Koji Sato, executive vice president of Lexus International.
“With the latest improvements, these models help further distinguish the F brand by offering fast, durable, highly capable performance cars that rely on a range of technologies to help make their performance accessible to drivers of all skill levels.”