Lexus has unveiled a hardcore version of its RC F coupe which the brand claims to blend luxury with serious performance. The big news? It's coming to South Africa in 2019.
The headline numbers speak volumes. From a 5.0-litre naturally-aspirated V8 engine comes 352 kW and 535 Nm, with power going to the rear wheels via a revised 8-speed automatic gearbox. Launch control has been fitted and the 0-100 kph sprint is claimed to be dispatched in 3.96 seconds.
Those are some serious numbers, but the changes from standard RC F to RC F Track Edition are not limited to just more power. The car has been on a strict diet and Lexus claims that as much as 80kg has been shed thanks to extensive use of carbon fibre in the roof and bonnet. In addition, Brembo carbon ceramic brakes are fitted and the car rides on trick Michelin Pilot Sport 4S rubber. There is a neat aerodynamic kit including a diffuser and fixed rear wing, and finally, the suspension has been reworked for a more engaging precise drive.
Lexus claims the RC F Track Edition will go into production in the second quarter of 2019 and Toyota SA confirmed that this model will be coming to SA before the year is out. This is great news as the pre-facelift Lexus RC was never available in F flavour. We can't wait to drive it.
Listen to the Lexus RC F Track Edition here